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Graham Lee

Head of Research

Graham is Head of Research at TDi Sustainability. His role is to turn raw data and stakeholder perspectives into actionable insights for companies in supply chains. Graham is fascinated by the roles that business can play in the transition to a more sustainable global future, and the systems and interactions between organisations that – when well managed – can bring this future about.

Graham has been with TDi Sustainability since 2017. Highlights of his work include a series of briefing papers and a policy paper for the World Economic Forum, providing thought leadership on the responsible sourcing implications of the planned extraction of minerals from the deep-sea; a series of papers on the environmental and social aspects of the coloured gemstone sector; and methodology development for TDi’s flagship Material Insights and Material Change data-driven projects, which assist manufacturers to interpret ESG risks in their supply chains and take effective risk-management decisions.

Graham holds a double first class degree and Master’s in pure mathematics from Cambridge University in the UK, for which he specialised in the study of infinities. He greatly enjoys bringing the rigours of abstract logic to bear on real-life sustainability issues. Despite his degrees, he still uses his desktop calculator to add together numbers greater than 20.

Graham combines his academic base with extensive on-the-ground experience, having previously served as an officer in the British Army, predominantly in the airborne forces, and founded a company focused on risk, opportunity and corporate responsibility in East Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.