Chris PinneyChris Pinney, President & CEO

Chris Pinney is the High Meadows Institute’s founding President. The Boston-based Institute was established in 2013 to explore the role of business in defining a 21st century social contract that ensures economic and social progress for all in a global economy. Chris brings to the Institute over 25 years of experience working with C-suite executives nationally and internationally on this issue.

Prior to the Institute, Chris was Vice President at the Alliance for Business Leadership, a non-partisan alliance of CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors committed to defining a path forward for business leadership on sustainability. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, where led the development of the Business and Society Leaders Forum.

Previously, Chris was Director of Research and Policy at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, where he worked with Global 300 companies on corporate strategy and sustainability. He also served as Director of Executive Education and was a chief architect of the Center’s Corporate Citizenship Management Framework. As Adjunct Professor at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, Chris designed and taught the MBA curriculum on corporate citizenship as an integrated driver for business strategy.

Prior to joining Boston College, Chris was Director of the Imagine program in Canada, a national initiative that brought together Canada’s leading CEOs and over 600 companies in a campaign to define an expanded role for business leadership in Canada based around a set of principles and commitments. Chris also served as Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. Chris has an extensive background in international development and has served as Vice President of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and Chair of the Brussels-based International Council for Development Action.

Chris has a BA (Hons) from McGill University and is an RSA Fellow.

Caitlin McCorkle, Communications & Operations Manager

Caitlin joins the High Meadows Institute as an experienced program and operations professional. As Communications & Operations Manager, she directs communication strategy and manages program operations. Prior to joining the High Meadows Institute, Caitlin led operations at the Lynch Leadership Academy, planning events, managing communications, and providing logistical support.

Caitlin started her career as a Teach For America corps member in Memphis, Tennessee, where she taught sixth grade science and seventh grade social studies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Policy Management from Dickinson College and an M.B.A. from Boston College.


Research Partners

Sakis KotsantonisSakis Kotsantonis

Sakis is the Managing Partner and a co-founder of KKS Advisors, an advisory services firm working with companies, investors, NGOs, and public officials to find innovative solutions that enable the creation of more sustainable business models and communities. Sakis is leading the corporate governance & reporting and sustainability strategy practices of KKS.

Prior to KKS, Sakis worked for Deloitte in their Technology Strategy service line and for IBM Global Business Services. In these roles, Sakis worked in several technology strategy projects and specialized in performing capability maturity assessments, creating strategic roadmaps, designing target operating models and organizational structures.

Sakis holds a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London and is a certified PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments) practitioner.