Business Advisor

Chuka Umunna is a strategic corporate advisor to companies on business-critical issues that impact on long term value, reputation and narrative – environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in particular.

His principal role is as Executive Director and Head of ESG (EMEA) at Edelman, the world’s biggest strategy and communications advisory firm. Part of the UK leadership, he is based out of the firm's specialist capital markets and financial services team where he spearheads the ESG consultancy practice - he provides advice to senior executive leadership and company boards on the integration of ESG factors into corporate decision making. He works across the wider corporate affairs division too on a whole suite of issues for clients.

In addition, he serves as an external, non-executive director (NED) for Vista Equity Partners and BC Partners, sitting on the board of their portfolio company, Advanced, the UK’s third largest software company. He is also a NED of Digital Identity Net UK, a UK fintech firm in the digital identity sector (having previously served as its Corporate Affairs Director), and sits on the advisory board of Signal AI, a leader in Artificial Intelligence Powered solutions for business and professional services.

Widely recognised as the former Member of Parliament for Streatham (2010-2019), Chuka served in Opposition as the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Shadow Minister for Small Business for several years.

A solicitor by profession, prior to his election to the UK Parliament he worked as a corporate employment lawyer for international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP for several years.

Chuka continues to contribute regularly to a range of publications, including a variety of major UK newspapers and Forbes business magazine.

Chuka Umunna, U.K. lawmaker for the opposition Labour party, poses for a photograph following an interview at his offices at the Houses of Parliament in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. Umunna, a member of Parliament in the main opposition Labour Party, is coordinating a nationwide effort to try to derail Britain’s departure from the European Union in March. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg