Claire

Smith

Founder of Beyond Investing at Beyond Animal

Claire is the founder of humane investment platform Beyond Investing. She is a vegan and environmentalist with 35 years’ experience in finance and investment at top-tier banks and investment houses. Beyond Investing creates investment programs designed for animal advocates and climate-conscious investors in both public listed equity markets and venture capital. Beyond Investing is the architect of the US Vegan Climate Index, a stock index which screens out all animal exploitation and fossil fuel from a US market benchmark, and the sponsor of the US Vegan Climate Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). Beyond Investing affiliate Beyond Impact focuses on early stage and growth companies that provide vegan, plant-based and cruelty-free products and services. Together with IT strategist Dhanesh Kothari, Claire co-founded the Beyond Animal integrated digital platform, which aims to accelerate the growth of the global vegan economy. Claire founded the Beyond Cruelty Foundation, which campaigns for zero animal exploitation and to fund safe havens for animals, and receives a portion of profits of companies under the Beyond umbrella. A chemical engineer by training, previously Claire was a partner at alternatives advisory firm Albourne Partners, an independent consultant and published writer and an investment banker at UBS Group companies.