Satyam Khanna is a recognized expert in financial regulation, sustainability, and corporate governance. He joined Stanford after serving as the Securities & Exchange Commission's (SEC) Senior Policy Advisor for Climate & ESG, the agency’s first-ever official dedicated to integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into the federal securities laws. During his tenure, he played a lead role in developing several pathbreaking ESG-related policies and was detailed to the EPA to advance its efforts to evaluate climate financial risks.
Prior to his most recent government service, he was a Resident Fellow at NYU Law's Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance. Satyam served on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition on the financial regulators’ review team, and he was a member of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, an external group of experts that advises the SEC on its regulatory priorities.
Before NYU Law, Satyam served as Counsel to former SEC Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr., advising on an array of novel issues in securities regulation and corporate governance. He began his public service at the U.S. Treasury Department on the Financial Stability Oversight Council, where he counseled senior officials on emerging risks to U.S. financial stability. Satyam started his legal career as an associate at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery.
Satyam has been published in the New York Times and is frequently quoted by media outlets, including Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, and Reuters. He received his B.A. in biology and political science from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.