About | Contributor | Diana El-Alam

Diana El-Alam

I am passionate about sustainable finance and the benefits it can provide for individuals, firms and society as a whole.


Diana is extremely passionate about sustainable finance and became an Altiorem volunteer to help change finance for the better. Diana is looking forward to inform investors learn how they can act with social, environmental and ethical responsibility at the forefront of their mind.


ESG and financial performance: Aggregated evidence from more than 2000 empirical studies

15 December 2015
This study examines the positive relationship between ESG (environmental, social, and governance factors) and corporate financial performance, through examining over 2000 empirical studies; a strong business case is also seen across regions and asset classes. Findings show an expected alpha when embracing ESG in investment strategies.

Moving toward gender balance in private equity and venture capital

This report examines the gender gap in the private equity and venture capital industry, specifically in emerging markets. The correlation between gender balance and fund performance is explored. This report puts forward key actions to improve gender balance and examines the benefits of its improvement in leadership teams.

Private equity and value creation: A fund manager's guide to gender-smart investing

This report examines the increase in adoption of gender-smart investing within the private equity industry by general partners (GPs) and limited partners (LPs). Lessons from over 160 fund managers have been utilised in this step-by-step guide to choosing gender-smart investment strategies, and putting policies into practice within firms and portfolios.

Project Sage 3.0 – Tracking venture capital, private equity and private debt with a gender lens

Project Sage 3.0 is the third part of a series, examining the landscape of gender lens investing in venture capital, private equity and private debt from 175 surveyed funds. Key findings see a 58.6% increase in gender focused capital and an increase of over $2 billion in capital raised.

Greenwashing risks in asset management: Staying one step ahead

The practice of greenwashing is a key regulatory concern in the UK, EU and globally. Greenwashing involves making misleading statements about sustainable products. This report examines how greenwashing occurs and the regulatory initiatives that have emerged to combat this. The report provides five steps firms can take to prevent greenwashing.

Global investor engagement on meat sourcing: Engaging QSRs on climate and water risks to protein supply chains

This report examines the findings from dialogue with quick-service-restaurant (QSR) brands, as part of the Global Investor Engagement on Meat Sourcing. Investors have encouraged six of the largest QSR brands to prioritise reducing their vulnerability to climate change and water scarcity from animal protein production. Key trends include emission reduction targets and board oversight.


The rise of gender washing

17 October 2022

Gender equality continues to be a key issue that companies are being called on to address with public attention focused on issues like the gender pay gap, harassment, and a lack of representation. However, like other Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, some companies have been accused of overstating their progress or ‘gender washing’.

The gap between commitment and reality on climate change

11 August 2022

Research by MarketMeter finds that climate risk management is close to the bottom of investment priorities in a sample of 115 institutional investors. This remains relatively unchanged over the past year, despite increased rhetoric by major firms that they are engaging with the opportunities and risks associated with the climate crisis. So is this just corporate greenwashing, or are there deeper issues at play?