Wise Responder empowers social investments and sustainable human development goals by providing social metrics for financial institutions, investors, companies, and governments to tackle the world’s declared number one goal: United Nations SDG1 – No Poverty.

In a world where most social metrics are often bartered agreement by agreement, Wise Responder’s multidimensional poverty index (MPI) metrics and benchmark The Poverty Zero Index facilitate the connection of large investment pools to effectively targeted initiatives with enhanced impact reporting. Companies and government organizations can make objective, metrics-driven decisions that improve sustainable investing impact, reduce business and operational risks, and foster economic growth.

The Poverty Zero Index provides licensed users with standardized metrics, comparable measures across countries, a suite of measures to proactively respond to the United Nations’ SDG Framework, and a means through which to adhere to Articles 8 and 9 Funds of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). The SDG1 Index officially launches in Q3 2022.

The Index is an inferred index that estimates acute poverty in over 100 developing countries and updates quarterly—a frequency never before available. It enhances sovereign risk analysis and is available as a benchmark for sustainability-linked financing. The Index estimates the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index developed by Oxford University’s Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Among Wise Responder’s early corporate adopters are four Fortune Global 500 companies and one Fortune 500 company, including a global brewing and beverage company, a multinational oil and gas company, the world’s largest fresh produce company, and two global financial services companies.



Our vision is a world in which private-sector companies, governments, and communities harness their abilities and resources in the global effort to end poverty and create a more equitable, sustainable world for all to prosper.


Our mission is to provide private-sector companies and governments with an index of data and analytical tools to meet their social impact commitments and align their business and investment strategies to the first of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 1), which aims to end extreme poverty by 2030. 



Poverty is multidimensional.
Poverty is not just about income.
It is also about vulnerabilities.


Poverty and vulnerability have
many dimensions, such as health,
living standards,
and education.


Poverty affects everyone. It is a global, national,
community, and personal issue that requires responses at all levels.


Investments in people are best made
with evidence-based models,
ongoing research, and validation.


Ending poverty requires private-sector participation with traceable impact and joint public-private partnerships with
clear accountability.      


Investment in the health, growth, and prosperity of employees, households, and local communities has the power to reinvigorate an economy.  

Jamie Coats
Co-Founder and CEO
Wise Responder, Inc

Jamie Coats, CEO

Jamie Coats is the co-founder and CEO of Wise Responder, Inc. A passionate thought leader on the global imperative to use powerful social data to help eradicate poverty and build a sustainable, more equitable world, he leads the company’s business strategy, operational growth, client engagement, and new product development initiatives in the private and public sectors.

Under his direction, Wise Responder’s mission is to close the “social data gap” by empowering financial institutions, corporations, institutional investors, and governments around the globe to use its multidimensional poverty index (MPI) metrics and SDG1 Index to make objective, metrics-driven decisions that improve sustainable investing impact, reduce business and operational risks, and foster economic growth through the creation of sustainability-linked financing and investment.

Wise Responder’s innovation is based on Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)’s groundbreaking, scientific global MPI methodology that captures interlinked poverty deprivations across areas such as education, health, and living standards. As co-founder of SOPHIA Oxford, formed by Oxford University as a not-for-profit partner of OPHI, Jamie spearheaded the rigorous testing of OPHI’s sustainability-linked MPI methodology for applicability in the broader financial and business community, ultimately resulting in the incubation, spin out and incorporation of Wise Responder.

Jamie is a frequent speaker at conferences and participant in multimedia forums focused on corporate sustainability, sustainability-linked finance, impact investing, ESG data, and the urgent requirement to accurately quantify and assess poverty’s significant impact on the overall ESG goals and decisions made by organizations in the financial and business community.

Jamie is a member of the Senior Common Room of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University; a trustee of the Trustees of Donation for Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; founder and board director of the Lady Doak College Foundation, Boston; advisor to Lady Doak College, Madurai, India; and board director of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation, Boston.

He is a co-author of the 2022 Citi GPS report “Eliminating Poverty: The Importance of a Multidimensional Approach in Tackling SDG 1.” His poems, The Candle Trilogy, were published by the Dean of Christ Church College Oxford in 2017.

A graduate of the University of London where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Jamie is based in the greater Boston area and London.

Stuart Jeffreys
Wise Responder, Inc

Stuart Jefferies, COO CFO

Stuart Jeffreys is the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of Wise Responder, Inc. Stuart studied Maths at Merton College, Oxford before starting his career at L’Oréal in marketing. After 7 years he left L’Oréal to start his own business. With a business partner, he set up and ran My Goodness Ltd which created the sports nutrition brand For Goodness Shakes. Stuart led the business until arranging an exit to a trade buyer in 2015. He has volunteered for various charities/social enterprises throughout his life and spent a year with Sanitation First who were providing toilets for inner city populations near Chennai. Stuart is a qualified management accountant, and brings experience of running a small entrepreneurial business, strategic planning, sales, fundraising and managing an exit.

Ana Vaz
Chief Research Officer
Wise Responder, Inc

Ana Vaz Chief

Ana Vaz is the Chief Research Officer at Wise Responder. She is a leading world expert on the measurement of multidimensional poverty and wellbeing. She is pioneering tools for companies to measure multidimensional poverty among their employees, suppliers and customers, including Global Fortune 500 companies. She is also exploring how multidimensional poverty data can support social and impact investment.

Before founding Wise Responder with her colleagues, Ana was the Chief Research Officer at Sophia Oxford, a social enterprise incubator of Oxford University, and she was a Senior Research Officer at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research center within the University of Oxford. While at OPHI, Ana advised governments developing national measures of poverty, collaborated on the development of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index, and published in peer-reviewed journals. Ana holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford, and she was previously on the faculty at the Catholic University of Portugal and a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Nardin Baker
Chief Quantitative Analyst
Wise Responder, Inc

Nardin Baker is Chief Quantitative Analyst of Wise Responder, Inc. He is a leader in Social Factor Investment modeling, with a solid background in socially responsible strategies. He develops Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms to model complex systems with high dimensionality. His work has concentrated in the areas of quantitative asset management, optimal portfolio construction, and risk-controlled investment strategies. He was a pioneer of incorporating social value investing criteria into customized client portfolios to improve ESG exposures while maintaining risk and return objectives for global portfolios.

Nardin was an early developer of equity factor models for forecasting returns, an area in which he is a well-known expert. He has written several articles with Professor Robert A. Haugen, including “Commonality in the Determinants of Expected Stock Returns,” which appeared the in Journal of Financial Economics.

Having developed the first application of minimum volatility investing, Nardin created a large-scale portfolio optimization approach to investigate the properties of minimum volatility portfolios. Minimum volatility portfolios have historically outperformed capitalization-weighted benchmarks across equity markets across the world. Results of this innovative research were published in “The Efficient Market Inefficiency of Capitalization-Weighted Stock Portfolios” in The Journal of Portfolio Management. This led to the first published Smart Beta index, “S&P 500 Efficient Index”, appearing in Pensions & Investments starting in 1991.

Previously, he headed the Global Alpha equity group at Guggenheim Partners. He directed the Global Asset Allocation and Tax-sensitive Equities groups for Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo (GMO). Nardin is the Vice-President of the Trustees of Donation for the Diocese of Massachusetts and is actively involved as an advisor with an Episcopal religious order, SSJE, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tyler Woebkenberg
Advisor - Data Strategy
Wise Responder, Inc

Tyler brings deep experience as an executive in global management consulting and technology product companies, including Accenture and Salesforce, designing and implementing systems in data architecture, analytics, and emerging technologies. He has partnered with clients across industries ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to international NGOs, to governments to drive innovation in the social sector. In addition to being an experienced technology practitioner, Tyler is also an educator, serving as an adjunct instructor for Bachelors and Masters level courses in IT, data, and analytics.

Tyler holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Science in Applied Urban Informatics from New York University. Currently, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Jackie, and their dog, Warhol.

Francisca Rocco
Commercial Director
Corporate Services, LATAM at Wise Responder.

Francisca Rocco

Francisca leads Wise Responder’s work with companies to apply multidimensional social metrics in their operations for employees, customers, suppliers, and communities of operation. She manages a team of consultants to design tools and make them available to enable companies to be more strategic, effective, and efficient in their social investments and in measuring impact. She supports companies using quality social metrics to generate alliances between different sectors and to create data driven partnerships to improve wellbeing.

Before working at Wise Responder, she coordinated social programs in Chile for more than 12 years. For the Gabriel and Mary Mustakis Foundation, she led and managed a lab that promoted creativity and collaboration to build community wellness opportunities. In London, for the Indo-American Organization for Refugees and Migrants, she worked as an assistant manager to improve processes and support the welfare of immigrants.
Before that, she worked in a design company, “Bassi Design”, as a project manager for almost 3 years, and with several foundations raising social projects (COANIL, Fundación Chilena de Hipoterapia, Trabajo País) and leading the construction of 30 social houses in VALPARAISO.

She is passionate about human-centred design, making complex processes accessible and understandable to everyone. Her mission in life is to end poverty by creating equal opportunity. For Francisca people are not just data, they have a name and family. The most important thing for her is to improve our support of people and never forget the people at the centre of her work.

Santiago Sedaca
Advisor - Impact & Sustainable Investing
Wise Responder.

Santiago has worked at the intersection of business and international development for 25 years. He has been an innovator in international development and commercial strategies in emerging markets, working across a range of disciplines, with a strong track record in public-private partnerships, social and commercial sustainability, innovative finance, private sector development, improved governance, and natural resource management. He has worked in more than 40 countries across the world. Santiago has been a leading executive in major international development and business management consulting firms, including CARANA, Palladium and DT Global, where he has led strategy and managed large technical, business development and operations teams (1000+ people), producing market-leading financial results and significant social impact (managed $100 million+ P&L). He has deep networks within the multilateral and bilateral donor communities as well as with corporations pursuing sustainable business practices. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, served on the US Agency for International Development’s Advisory Council for Voluntary and Foreign Aid, and is a Board member of international development NGO ENLACE, and Gordon College, where he received degrees in Political Studies and Economics. He also graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he received his MS degree with an international business concentration, and is where he met his wife, Nicole. They live in McLean, VA, with their three school-age children.