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William Frater has been an independent consultant in investment and governance since 2007. His initial working career was in trade union advisory work, research and policy development. In 1998 William was one of the co-founders of Frater Asset Management. From 2001-2007, he spearheaded shareholder advocacy on governance and stakeholder issues. Frater Asset Management became a leader in this field in South Africa. William has spoken widely at conferences on corporate social responsibility, governance and responsible investment on changing both investor and corporate behavior. He is a board member, trustee or advisor to a number of companies and organizations. From the advocacy perspective his energy has been focused on opening up institutional funds to extend their investment universes more to sectors of the economy that can offer capital preservation and returns, while generating employment and improved social and environmental welfare. His view is that such opportunities lie in bottom-up approaches that empower and enable people to improve their own lives and those in their community. His passion is on installing effective governance which can be used to improve the effectiveness and accountability of all organisations, believing that this can have a transformative effect on society as a whole. William studied history and economics at the University of Cape Town, and proceeded to Cambridge to read an M.Phil in International Relations. He is a Fellow of the ninth class (Tariro) of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.