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Fiona Reynolds (CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI))

Fiona Reynolds

CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

The PRI is a U.N. supported organisation, with more than 2,200 signatories who collectively represent over US $90 trillion in Assets Under Management. Fiona has 25 years' experience in the financial services and pension sector. Fiona joined the PRI from Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent 7 years as the CEO.

Fiona also serves on the Board of the U.N. Global Compact, she is the Chair of the Financial Services Commission into Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (The Liechtenstein initiative). Fiona is also a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Global Advisory Council on Stranded Assets at Oxford University, the Global Steering Committee for the investor agenda on climate action and the Steering Committee for Climate Action 100.

Simon O'Connor (CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Simon O'Connor

CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has extensive international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and sustainability consultant across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors.

Simon works with RIAA’s 240 member organisations with the goal of delivering on RIAA’s mission of promoting, advocating for, and supporting approaches to responsible investment that align capital with achieving a healthy and sustainable society, environment and economy.

Simon is active across the region and internationally in responsible investment and sustainable finance initiatives. He sits as Co-Chair of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative, working group member of the NZ Sustainable Finance Forum, a member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, the UN backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Australia Network Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in New Zealand.

Susheela Peres da costa (Chair of RIAA Board & Head of Advisory at Regnan)

Susheela Peres da costa

Chair of RIAA Board & Head of Advisory at Regnan

She chairs the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, and is special adviser to the co-chair of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. Susheela has been advising institutional investors on responsible investment for 15 years. During this time, she has led the development of Regnan’s engagement program, its advocacy, its ESG research products, and most recently, its advisory offerings. In her advisory capacity she supports some of the worlds’ largest investors and investor initiatives to develop robust responsible investment strategies and governance; to establish or upgrade their RI implementation; and to achieve a step change in their impact and effectiveness.

Susheela is an acknowledged thought leader in Responsible Investment. She has spearheaded many of the industry’s stewardship developments, including Active Ownership 2.0, for the Principles for Responsible Investment. This is being recognised as the emerging best practice standard in stewardship.

Sheela Veerappan (Head of Australia and New Zealand at Principles for Responsible Investment)

Sheela Veerappan

Head of Australia and New Zealand at Principles for Responsible Investment

Sheela leads and manages signatory relations for Australia and New Zealand at the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) – an investor led organisation that has over 3,000 signatories who jointly manage $144 trillion in assets globally. She has been working with signatories to elevate sustainability and ESG issues in their investment processes and decision making and shifting their efforts to invest in a long-term sustainable manner.

Sheela has over 15 years of investment consulting experience with a focus on manager research in both Australia and Asia, with technical expertise in ESG risks and responsible investment. She has consulted to leading Asian and Australian asset owners on manager selection and monitoring and equity portfolio construction.

Nicolette Boele (Executive Manager Policy & Research at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Nicolette Boele

Executive Manager Policy & Research at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

At RIAA Nicolette leads the organisation’s policy and research agendas and is a member of the PRI’s Global Policy Reference Group. She also oversees the administration of the industry’s Responsible Investment Certification Program – that now covers more than 150 responsible and ethical investment and retirement savings products as well as financial advisers and financial planning groups.

Nicolette joins RIAA after 25 years delivering engagements, collaborations and accountability solutions for and with Australian and international companies, governments, unions and NGOs. She has worked at the Australian Conservation Foundation and Investor Group on Climate Change and has held executive roles at The Climate Institute, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Banarra and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority.

Nicolette is lead judge for NSW’s GREEN GLOBE Awards and Banksia Foundation’s Award for Circular Economy. She is also an interim Board member on Brand Ethics, an internationally reaching research institute promoting ethical shopping choices by providing labour, environmental and animal rights ratings on over 1,000 consumer brands.

Louisa Gao (ESG Specialist for APAC at DWS Group)

Louisa Gao

ESG Specialist for APAC at DWS Group

Louisa joined DWS Group in 2012 and is responsible for leading client engagements in APAC on responsible investing with topics of focus on ESG data, thematic research and corporate governance. Prior to her current role, she was an insurance business consultant at Insurance Australia Group (IAG).

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Science from the University of Sydney, majoring in Finance, Economics, Mathematics & Psychology, and is a Certified ESG Analyst (CESGA®).

Andrew Gray (Director, ESG & Stewardship of AustralianSuper)

Andrew Gray

Director, ESG & Stewardship of AustralianSuper

Andrew has around 30 years experience in the investment industry beginning with an investment research role at JBWere/Goldman Sachs which evolved to include research on ESG issues as they relate to investment. Andrew joined AustralianSuper in 2011 and since that time has been responsible for developing Australian Super’s ESG and Stewardship approach in its investment portfolio. As part of this role, Andrew considers issues such as board effectiveness, remuneration, climate change, work force and diversity and how they impact on AustralianSuper’s investments. Andrew also oversees AustralianSuper’s voting on its listed equity holdings and engagement program with company boards.

Daniela Jaramillo (Senior Responsible Investment Adviser at HESTA)

Daniela Jaramillo

Senior Responsible Investment Adviser at HESTA

Daniela Jaramillo is a Senior Responsible Investment Adviser at HESTA, focusing on integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its investment strategy. She is a Board Member of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA). Prior to moving to Australia, Daniela worked in the Responsible Investment industry in Chicago and London. Daniela is originally from Ecuador where she started her career as one of the founders of an NGO focusing on education and health issues. Daniela holds an MSc. in Environment and Development from London School of Economics (LSE) and a B.A in Journalism from Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

Janette O'Neill (Group Head of Sustainability at QBE Insurance Group)

Janette O'Neill

Group Head of Sustainability at QBE Insurance Group

Janette joined QBE in 2017 to establish and lead their global sustainability function. Her career
started in strategy consulting and she has worked in several countries as a consultant and in senior
leader roles related to strategy, sustainability, transformation and HR. She has worked for global
companies including Andersen Consulting, PwC and NAB.

Janette is currently on the Prince of Wales Accounting4Sustainability expert panel and the Arise
Leadership Circle. She is a non‐executive director of the PwC Foundation and a board member of the
UNEP Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI).

Danielle Welsh-Rose (ESG Investment Director - Asia Pacific of Aberdeen Standard Investments Australia Ltd)

Danielle Welsh-Rose

ESG Investment Director - Asia Pacific of Aberdeen Standard Investments Australia Ltd

As ESG Investment Director for Asia Pacific Danielle supports the integration of ESG factors into investment decision-making in Australia and across Asia-Pacific, and advocates for the importance of ESG capabilities with clients and potential clients across the region. Previously, Danielle was Head of ESG for the Victorian Funds Managed Corporation, and held roles in consulting and superannuation focusing on sustainability investing. Danielle has over 17 years of industry experience, and holds postgraduate qualifications in sustainability and finance.