Mr Matthew (Matt) Hedley Kasdin
Director, Senior Councel
Maxeon Solar Technologies
Matt Kasdin is Director, Senior Counsel at Maxeon Solar Technologies, overseeing key legal, operations, compliance and ESG functions. Maxeon is a spin-off from SunPower Corporation and a NASDAQ-listed company based in Singapore. A lawyer by training with over 20 years of experience, Matt is passionate about human rights, labor rights, environmental rights, anti-corruption, sustainable supply chain management, public company reporting on ESG and other current and emerging ESG topics.
Previously based in New York, the United Kingdom, Africa, Latin America and all over Asia, Matt is now based in Singapore and is at the forefront of using legal principles to advance the sustainability agenda. Not only has he practiced at Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s leading international law firms, but he also was acting Head of Legal at the United Nations Global Compact and has extensive experience with organisations advancing impact and responsible investing including the Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
His previous engagements include projects for the World Bank and OECD, as well as representing leading investment banks and private equity firms in billion-dollar cross border transactions. Matt co-authored an award-winning law review article on corruption published in the Texas Journal of International Law and edited United Nations publications on embedding human rights in business practices. He also has spoken at events convened by intergovernmental organisations such as United Nations Secretariat and OECD and institutes of higher learning such as National University of Singapore. A graduate of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law with a specialisation in International Law, Matt was awarded the US State Department Fulbright Scholar advising on legal reform, appointed the Executive Editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business and served as a member of the UNDP Climate Change Stakeholder Advisory Committee for Asia.