About | Mentor | Sanaya Khisty

Sanaya Khisty

Sanaya is an experienced policy advisor and project manager, who has worked across multiple policy areas in politics and consulting.


She believes strongly in the power and work of Altiorem because of the potential gains to be made by improving sustainability in business and finance.

Sanaya Khisty is the Chief Strategy Officer at Beyond Zero Emissions and a Non-Executive Director of Climate for Change. She has experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Earlier in 2020, Sanaya achieved a major policy reform in corporate governance for Certified B Corporations while working at B Lab Australia and New Zealand. Before joining B Lab, she was a senior consultant at a firm specialising in education policy. There she managed a multi-year evaluation of a $32 million government initiative and advised state governments in Australia and the USA. Prior to that Sanaya was an advisor to two federal parliamentarians.

Sanaya holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University. She is a 2017 Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s Pathways to Politics Program for Women and Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia 2020.


Responsible sourcing: The business case for protecting land and environmental defenders and indigenous communities' rights to land and resources

28 April 2020
This reports presents a business case for companies, particularly those with agricultural, timber and mineral supply chains, to take action on protecting and promoting rights of land and environmental defenders (LEDs). It also provides practical steps businesses can take to protect and promote these defenders’ rights.

Climate change 2021: The physical science basis summary for policymakers

This Summary for Policymakers presents key findings on the physical science basis of climate change for the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). It assesses the climate response to five illustrative scenarios that cover the range of possible future development of anthropogenic drivers of climate change found in the literature.

Political leadership on climate change: The role of health in Obama era U.S. climate policies

24 September 2020
To overcome climate action inertia that many governments are experiencing, the paper proposes that health can be used as a core motivator for climate action. This idea is explored through the case study of the Obama administration’s climate mitigation policies.

Indigenous investment principles

This investment framework is for Indigenous organisations with accumulated capital. It outlines principles that empower local organisations to take control of their financial assets. It guides thinking about the purpose, governance and investment of financial resources to better protect interests for current and future generations, particularly for culture and heritage.

Directors' liability and climate risk: Comparative paper - Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom

The report provides a high-level legal analysis of directors' duties that relate to climate risk in four major Commonwealth countries: Australia, Canada, South Africa and United Kingdom. It captures the evolving priorities of organisations and their need to provide greater transparency on climate risks.

2 degrees of separation: Transition risk for oil and gas in a low carbon world

This methodology was developed for the supply side data and demand scenario used in the asset level analysis of oil and gas production in a carbon constrained world. It shows the marginal costs for oil and gas produced by intersecting 2°C demand with supply curves are higher than the currently prevailing prices for those fuels.


Global warming of 1.5°C: Summary for policymakers

This summary for policymakers presents key findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. It includes comparisons between global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Final report: Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

This report contains the final recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. It includes information on climate-related risks and opportunities, scenario analysis, and guidance to support organisations from all sectors to make climate-related financial disclosures consistent with these recommendations.


History and overview of the Indigenous Investment Principles

25 October 2021

In 2015, Indigenous Business Australia launched Indigenous Investment Principles (the Principles), aiming to provide a voluntary investment framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Preceding the launch was two years of consultations with 40 Traditional Owner groups and Indigenous organisations across Australia, along with investors, advisors, and the resource sector.