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Beatriz Pessôa de Araújo

Partner, Baker McKenzie

Beatriz will be on the panel discussing: People, purpose and the pandemic: How will boards evolve after COVID-19?

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Beatriz is a corporate partner in Baker McKenzie's London office. Since serving on the firm's Global Executive Committee (2009-2013), Beatriz is spearheading Baker McKenzie's Corporate Governance Group.

Beatriz's practice focuses on advising boards and multinational groups on company law, in particular director duties, and corporate governance matters and best practice approaches to embed governance and values in organisations with a view to companies building trust with all stakeholders and third parties, including regulators.

She has been a voice behind the more recent global focus on stakeholder governance following a White Paper she published in March 2019 in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

Beatriz was appointed by the World Economic Forum's leadership a Future of Investing Platform Fellow as of 1 July 2020, to serve as a corporate governance expert and is currently working with the Forum on the Future of the Corporation Governance Initiative.


Title  People, purpose and the pandemic: how will boards evolve after COVID-19?
Date  19 August
Time  11:15-12:00

Boards have faced unprecedented challenges since the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in the UK. The decisions they have taken will shape their strategy, composition and governance into the future – even their very decision making itself.

As businesses emerge from lockdown and move into the recovery, boards have an opportunity to change how they function for the better. Informed by the social, political and wider business response to the crisis, they will be actively considering the three Ps: 

  • Purpose – how has a corporation’s purpose changed?
  • People – what have they learned from the treatment of staff, stakeholders, suppliers?
  • Process – what will boards do differently? Has governance fundamentally changed?

Beatriz joins Professor Alex Edmans (Professor of Finance at London Business School), Catherine Young (Director, Wetton Young) and Julia Root-Gutteridge (Manager, Board Effectiveness at ICAEW) to discuss this hot topic.

Key takeaways and why you should watch

  • Explore the latest thinking on how COVID-19 will fundamentally change boards and business’ role in society and community.
  • Hear from an expert panel drawn from business, academia and ICAEW’s membership to explore these issues.
Beatriz Pessôa de Araújo, Partner, Baker McKenzie and speaker at ICAEW Virtually Live 2020