The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Feb. 1, 2021, that Satyam Khanna will serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Environmental Social Governance matters, in the office of Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee.
In this new role, Khanna will advise the agency on environmental, social, and governance matters and advance related new initiatives across its offices and divisions, a press release from SEC said.
“I am thrilled that Satyam is returning to the SEC to oversee and coordinate the agency’s efforts related to climate risk and other ESG developments, issues of great significance to investors and the capital markets,” Lee is quoted saying in the press release.
“Having a dedicated advisor on these issues will allow us to look broadly at how they intersect with our regulatory framework across our offices and divisions. Satyam’s experience, insight, and resourcefulness will help ensure our efforts in this space are thoughtful and effective,” Lee added.
Khanna was most recently a resident fellow at NYU School of Law’s Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance and served on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition’s Federal Reserve, Banking, and Securities Regulators Agency Review Team.
He was previously a member of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, where he served on the Investor-As-Owner Subcommittee, and was a senior advisor to the Principles for Responsible Investment.
Prior to that, he served as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr.
Earlier in his career, Khanna was a member of the staff of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the U.S. Treasury Department and was a litigation associate at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery.
He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Washington University in St. Louis.