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Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar (Manager of Research at RIAA)

Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar

Manager of Research at RIAA

Zsuzsa joins RIAA as Manager, Research. Her role will be took look after the research efforts of the organisation, which includes ensuring the continued success of existing projects and reimagining RIAA’s research for the future.

Zsuzsa has an extensive track record as researcher, spending the last nine years in academia. She completed a PhD in sustainable finance and worked extensively with investors and the not-for-profit sector in the region on topics such as climate adaptation finance, blue finance, and the identification of environmental risks and opportunities. Prior to moving to Australia, she was a senior consultant for Deloitte in Europe where she was first exposed to the power of responsible investment and lending to make a positive difference. Zsuzsa is passionate about helping capital move into ventures that make investments responsible and our world more sustainable for present and future generations.

Dean Hegarty (Executive Manager, Membership & Engagement at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Dean Hegarty

Executive Manager, Membership & Engagement at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Dean leads RIAA’s member engagement, events, marketing and communications functions. His role focuses on building meaningful engagement opportunities for our members and ensuring RIAA delivers high quality content that adds value to the industry.

Scott Mesley (Partner, National ESG Growth Leader at KPMG Australia)

Scott Mesley

Partner, National ESG Growth Leader at KPMG Australia

Scott is a Partner of KPMG, National Leader of KPMG IMPACT in Australia, and global sponsor of KPMG’s Natural Capital and Biodiversity services. With a 25-year career in professional services, Scott works within global capital markets and has advised across government, private sector and NGO clients. Scott has worked across a range of sectors, including financial services, asset management, real estate, infrastructure, healthcare and education. Scott’s experience spans policy design and implementation, market engagement, funding strategies, transaction design and management, capital structuring and raising. More recently Scott has focused on the field of social impact investing, sustainable finance, and the role capital can play in delivering positive environmental, social and economic outcomes.

Susheela Peres Da Costa

Susheela Peres Da Costa

Susheela Peres da Costa is Chair of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia and a director of US-based think tank, The Shareholder Commons.

She has advised financial institutions on responsible investment governance, strategy, and implementation since 2006, and her clients include some of the world’s leading banks, pension funds, wealth advisers and asset managers, alongside major global responsible investment organisations such as the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.

Her 15 years in leadership roles at influential responsible investment pioneer, Regnan, also included developing and leading its implemented stewardship (company engagement) program; its ESG research product line; and the creation of ethical, sustainability, and impact evaluation frameworks for investment products.

Mark Spicer (Partner at KPMG Australia)

Mark Spicer

Partner at KPMG Australia

Mark joined KPMG's Sustainability team in 2006 and he is passionate about the intersection of capital markets and the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance of companies. Mark believes that the integration of ESG/Responsible Investing as well as the transparent and robust reporting of ESG performance should lead to improved investment opportunities.
Mark understands how the management of critical social and environmental issues such as climate risk, associated reporting (TCFD), and modern slavery will play an increasing role in the ability of corporates to be successful. Mark works across all elements of the ESG/Investment value chain, from stakeholder/member engagement, strategy design, policy and social/environmental impact and valuation to reporting and assurance. Mark has developed a gap analysis tool that assesses the alignment of asset owner disclosures, policies and processes against the TCFD recommendation and global better practice.
Mark believes that purely financial reporting represents a shrinking percentage of the information that the market considers important and there has been a shift in the past decade towards reporting of non-financial value towards impact reporting. Mark has used the Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology, industry best practice and KPMG’s True Value methodology in order to assist clients planning, measuring and reporting of social and environmental impact. More recently, he has assisted asset owners and managers in their impact reporting leveraging the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).