CEO Wise Responder, and Co-Founder SOPHIA Oxford
Jamie Coats is the co-founder and CEO of Wise Responder, Inc. A passionate thought leader on the global imperative to use powerful social data to help eradicate poverty and build a sustainable, more equitable world, he leads the company’s business strategy, operational growth, client engagement, and new product development initiatives in the private and public sectors.
Under his direction, Wise Responder’s mission is to close the “social data gap” by empowering financial institutions, corporations, institutional investors, and governments around the globe to use its multidimensional poverty index (MPI) metrics and SDG1 Index to make objective, metrics-driven decisions that improve sustainable investing impact, reduce business and operational risks, and foster economic growth through the creation of sustainability-linked financing and investment.
Wise Responder’s innovation is based on Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)’s groundbreaking, scientific global MPI methodology that captures interlinked poverty deprivations across areas such as education, health, and living standards. As co-founder of SOPHIA Oxford, formed by Oxford University as a not-for-profit partner of OPHI, Jamie spearheaded the rigorous testing of OPHI’s sustainability-linked MPI methodology for applicability in the broader financial and business community, ultimately resulting in the incubation, spin out and incorporation of Wise Responder.
Jamie is a frequent speaker at conferences and participant in multimedia forums focused on corporate sustainability, sustainability-linked finance, impact investing, ESG data, and the urgent requirement to accurately quantify and assess poverty’s significant impact on the overall ESG goals and decisions made by organizations in the financial and business community.
Jamie is a member of the Senior Common Room of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University; a trustee of the Trustees of Donation for Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; founder and board director of the Lady Doak College Foundation, Boston; advisor to Lady Doak College, Madurai, India; and board director of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, Boston.
He is a co-author of the 2022 Citi GPS report “Eliminating Poverty: The Importance of a Multidimensional Approach in Tackling SDG 1.” His poems, The Candle Trilogy, were published by the Dean of Christ Church College Oxford in 2017.
A graduate of the University of London where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Jamie is based in the greater Boston area and London.