About Us

Util is the only impact data provider that uses AI across peer-reviewed journals to objectively quantify a company’s impact, giving investors the evidence they need to deliver on their sustainable investing goals.

Our proprietary Evidence Engine maps a company’s products to 2,000+ sustainability concepts using peer-reviewed academic research as evidence. The result is an objective data set that shows, with evidence, a company's positive and negative impact to the world. Our data helps investors capture a company’s potential future value offering, and better understand its risk profile in order to support portfolio construction, client reporting, fund creation, and more.

Unlike some traditional ESG data providers that base their scores on subjective or company-reported disclosures, Util bases its evaluations on objective research and quantifiable evidence, shedding light on how a company affects society and the environment at the product level, yielding deeper insights into company exposure.

Awards & Recognition

Our data have been recognised by a number of prestigious awards.

AIFinTech100 companies by Fintech Global (2023)

ESG FinTech 100 companies by Fintech Global (2022)

Global Top 100 companies solving SDG-related problems by the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) under the auspices of UNESCO (2023)

ESG Research of the Year, North America by Environmental Finance’s Sustainable Investment Awards (2022) WINNER

Best Sustainable Investment Research & Ratings Provider by Investment Week’s Sustainable Investment Awards (2022) WINNER 

Best Sustainable Investment Research & Ratings Provider by Investment Week’s Sustainable Investment Awards (2021) FINALIST

Meet our leadership team

Patrick Wood Uribe

Chief Executive Officer

Before joining Util, Patrick was Head of Business Development and Academic Research at Kensho, the leading provider of AI to sophisticated financial institutions. In 2018, Kensho was acquired by S&P in the world's largest AI acquisition to date. Patrick joined Kensho from The Advisory Board Company.

Jose María López

Chief Technology Officer

Jose joined Util from data consultancy SDG Group, where he was a business intelligence consultant. He graduated from King’s College London with a Master’s in Robotics and studied finance at the London School of Economics. Jose holds an MSc from Barcelona’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

Ewen Gillies

Chief Information Officer

Ewen earned his PhD in High Energy Physics at Imperial College London, as one of the first graduating cohorts of the Schrödinger Scholarship Scheme. With a strong background in theoretical and computational physics, he has worked on a host of different problems across seven different countries.

Raquel Gallardo

Head of Client Operations

Raquel joined Util from Oliver Wyman, where she was a consultant focused on financial markets and technology. She previously interned at Wayra, Telefonica's start-up incubator, and holds a degree in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics.

Alex Thoma

Machine Learning

Prior to Util, Alex worked in the low-carbon energy sector. Most recently he was a consultant at Element Energy, where he developed software and applied machine learning to problems in energy networks. Alex holds an MSci in Chemistry and a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Elisabeth Steyn

Marketing & Communications

Elisabeth joined Util from T. Rowe Price, where she worked in content marketing with a focus on ESG. She previously held positions in investment writing and PR at Legal & General Investment Management. Elisabeth holds a degree in English from Cornell University.

Meghna Mann


Meghna joined Util from BlackRock, where she worked in asset management and financial markets. She has research experience at The Brookings Institution and in impact philanthropy at Wharton Business School. Meghna holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Barnett

Finance & Operations

Richard is a chartered accountant with a background in auditing, particularly financial reporting and management. He spent 10 years as an audit manager at Critchleys before joining Util, where he has responsibility for all matters financial and regulatory.

Stephen Barnett


Stephen created Util in 2017, having spent five years in corporate finance at HSBC. He has always had an interest in social entrepreneurship, most recently setting up a school in Mozambique. Stephen graduated from Cambridge with a first-class degree in Social and Political Sciences.

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