Ulysses Smith is an ESG Senior Adviser based in the New York office.

Mr. Smith has an impressive track record at the intersection of sustainability, governance, rule of law, anti-corruption and human rights. His experience includes advising major multinationals, not-for profit organizations, governments and multilateral institutions on a range of sustainability and governance issues.

He has devised tailored inclusive models of governance and sustainability, addressing a range of ESG factors and risks, including environmental sustainability, human rights and labor issues, corruption and sanctions. Mr. Smith has worked to advance sustainability, good governance and economic development in more than 20 countries on six continents.

Mr. Smith is recognized by The Legal 500 US (2024). In 2016, Mr. Smith was honored by the UN Global Compact as one of ten Global Sustainable Development Goals Pioneers for work advancing SDG 16 (which includes themes of good governance, human rights, rule of law). He is currently a member of the UN Global Compact’s Expert Network, focused on sustainability and governance, and is also the former chair of New York City Bar Association’s United Nations Committee. In addition, Mr. Smith founded and chaired the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Good Governance in the Secretary-General Selection.

Mr. Smith received his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1997, and his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2007.


  • Cornell Law School, 2007, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, 1997, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York