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About the analysts

Maggie O’Neal

Global Head of ESG Research

Maggie O'Neal is a Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Research at Barclays. Based in London, she has been named in the top three of Institutional Investor European Fixed Income Research team for her coverage of Basic Materials and Industrials since 2016, including #1 in High Yield Basic Materials in 2021. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, she was at Deutsche Bank for ten years, where she held a similar role covering High Yield Basic Industries and Industrials following a short time in Emerging Markets Credit Risk.

Dave Dai

Asia-Pacific Head of ESG Research

Dave Dai is Asia-Pac Head of ESG research at Barclays. He joined Barclays’ global ESG research team in 2022 from Tian Lun Gas, one of China’s leading natural gas companies, where he was the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of ESG. Prior to that, Dave spent 13 years covering Asian new energy and utilities as a sell-side equity analyst, including seven years at Credit Suisse, as well as Daiwa Capital Markets and CLSA. At Credit Suisse, he led the utilities team to receive a Top 3 ranking for the All-Asia Institutional Investor poll consistently during 2017-2019; on the corporate side, he helped Tian Lun Gas achieve a Top 3 among ESG programs in Institutional Investor’s All-Asia Executive poll in 2021. Dave graduated from the University of Toronto in Canada and has been a CFA charterholder since 2009.

Jessica Whitt

US Head of ESG Research

Prior to joining in 2021 Jessica was first a Senior Research Analyst covering Emerging Markets Equities then head of ESG Research for Emerging Markets Equities at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Previously, she was a Senior Research Analyst covering global and emerging markets automotive and industrials at Moon Capital Management. She has a B.A. from Colgate University with double major in International Relations and Asian Studies and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business with concentrations in Economics and Finance.

Charlotte Edwards

Head of ESG FICC Research

Charlotte Edwards is Head of ESG FICC Research at Barclays. Based in London, she focuses on the ESG-labelled securities market, integration across the FICC research department, and ESG strategy research which considers how investors approach ESG and the impact this is having on portfolio construction and valuations. Charlotte has also been instrumental in integrating an ESG framework into fundamental research across regions. Prior to joining Barclays in 2017, she spent nearly four years at HSBC, where she worked primarily as a European Credit and Global Green Bond strategist. Charlotte graduated with a degree in Economics from Bath University and is a CFA charter holder.

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