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Sophia Mendelsohn

Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of ESG, Cognizant

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Sophia Mendelsohn is the Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Head of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) for Cognizant, responsible for leading the integration of ESG considerations into the company’s thinking, decisions and actions.

Cognizant’s vision is to become the preeminent technology services provider to the leaders of the world’s Global 2000 companies. The company’s ESG program is an important part of achieving that vision and aligns with clients’ and investors’ increasing focus on ESG.

Prior to joining Cognizant in 2020, Sophia was the first Chief Sustainability Officer at JetBlue Airways, Head of Sustainability at Haworth and held an ESG role at the Jane Goodall Institute in Shanghai, China. 

Sophia has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to corporate citizenship, receiving the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leadership Award in 2016, and the Climate Leader of the Year award by Ethical Corp. In 2020, she was named one of the top 30 people leading the climate charge by Bloomberg.

Sophia speaks Mandarin Chinese, serves on boards and advisory councils and holds a master of science in sustainable management from Columbia University. She can be reached at