Bimal Patel is the Director of Research at the Center for Audit Quality. He leads the CAQ’s research function driving increased engagement with investors, academics, and other stakeholders in support of CAQ’s strategic initiatives. He also oversees the activities of CAQ’s two research grant programs: the Access to Audit Personnel program, offered in partnership with the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association, and the Research Advisory Board grant program.
Before joining the CAQ, Bimal worked at Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) as Associate Director in US Research and was head of engagement and policy development. He led ISS’ global benchmark policy development process and led US engagement efforts with corporate issuers. At ISS, Bimal worked on outreach and research projects and served as a US policy authority on board/audit/shareholder rights issues. Bimal has over 22 years of experience in corporate governance and proxy research. He has written several papers on various corporate governance topics and has served as a featured speaker at various events. Prior to ISS, Bimal served as a trading officer for Corus Bankshares, Inc., Asset Management Division in Chicago.
Bimal holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics with a concentration in Finance and a BS in Biology and Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.