Miranda Carr (Global Head of Applied ESG & Climate Research at MSCI)

Miranda Carr

Global Head of Applied ESG & Climate Research at MSCI

Miranda Carr, who joined MSCI in January 2021, is Global Head of Applied ESG & Climate Research, covering ESG & Climate integration into portfolio construction and investment strategy. She also has a focus on the key issues and developments in ESG & Climate in the Asian region, including developing ESG integration frameworks for key APAC clients.

Philip Foo (Vice President, APAC Research and Engagement at CGI Glass Lewis)

Philip Foo

Vice President, APAC Research and Engagement at CGI Glass Lewis

Philip oversees the Sydney, Tokyo, and San Francisco research and engagement teams that cover Asia-Pacific markets. In addition to his APAC responsibility, Philip remains heavily involved with CGI Glass Lewis’ Australian and New Zealand research and engagement as he has since first joining CGI Glass Lewis in 2018. Prior to joining CGI Glass Lewis, Philip was a forensic accountant in the Disputes and International Arbitration practice at Berkeley Research Group, before which he was with the forensic accounting and audit practices of KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a CFA Charterholder.

Julia Leske (Managing Director, ISS APAC Institutional Sales of ISS ESG)

Julia Leske

Managing Director, ISS APAC Institutional Sales of ISS ESG

Having worked in ESG since 2007, Julia has a great understanding of company sustainability assessments and reporting frameworks. She has been involved in the collation and construction of sustainability indices and has contributed to a range of thematic reports on corporate ESG challenges. Through working with a broad range of investors to incorporate ESG criteria into their investment processes, and participation in multi‐stakeholder groups and investor collaborations, Julia also has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement. Julia has a Master in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University, and a combined Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration/European Studies and Sustainable Development from the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Twente (Netherlands).

Estelle Parker (Executive Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Estelle Parker

Executive Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Estelle Parker leads RIAA’s research, certification, policy, standards and working group programs. She brings 20 years’ experience leading strategic initiatives as a diplomat, policy analyst, stakeholder manager and strategic planner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Estelle has served, inter alia, as Acting Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador to Mexico, Central America and Cuba; Deputy State Director (Victoria); Policy Adviser to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands; and as Director overseeing the development and management of bilateral relationships.

Estelle also worked for five years at the University of Melbourne, where she lectured in the Master of Public Policy and Management and Master of International Relations. She is currently Chair of the Board at Wild at Heart Community Arts, which helps people who experience disability, mental illness and disadvantage to tell their stories through art and music making.

Trista Rose (Head of Sustainable Investment, Pacific at FTSE Russell)

Trista Rose

Head of Sustainable Investment, Pacific at FTSE Russell

As Head of Sustainable Investment for the Pacific, Trista Rose is responsible for FTSE Russell’s Sustainable Investment indices, data and analytics solution across Australia and New Zealand.

Trista is passionate about climate and sustainability and joined FTSE Russell in early 2022 after working as an energy economist for a climate think tank. Amongst her prior experiences, Trista worked for investment banks in London, New York and Sydney and was part of the proprietary trading team at Macquarie Bank. Trista has degrees from the University of Queensland, University of Oxford and is now pursuing a Master’s in Sustainability at University of Sydney.

Michael Salvatico (Head of Asia, Pacific, Middle East & Africa ESG Solutions at S&P Global Inc)

Michael Salvatico

Head of Asia, Pacific, Middle East & Africa ESG Solutions at S&P Global Inc

Michael Salvatico leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) business development in Asia Pacific for Trucost, based in Sydney. He works with investors and companies to consult on industry trends, assess their ESG performance and advise on the integration of tools that help manage ESG exposures and opportunities.

Prior to joining Trucost, Michael was an Executive Director at MSCI Inc. and oversaw the company’s ESG Research in Australia and New Zealand. His career experience involves working in portfolio analytics, quantitative investment analysis and ESG research. Before MSCI Inc., he was part of the highly rated research team at Bank of America - Merrill Lynch where he was head of Emerging Markets quantitative analysis.

Michael was a cofounder in the Climakind initiative to reduce global carbon emissions by promoting a price on carbon and a thought leader in solutions to the rising levels of global carbon emissions.

Michael received a Master of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, and a Bachelor of Commerce with Merit from the University of New South Wales.

Martin Vezer (Associate Director, Thematic Research Team of Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company)

Martin Vezer

Associate Director, Thematic Research Team of Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company

Martin leads Sustainalytics’ thematic research team, focused on publishing reports on a range of ESG topics, from carbon transition risks and renewable energy to the ESG compatibility of companies involved in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Sustainalytics in 2016, Martin was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management at Pennsylvania State University. Martin earned his PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Western Ontario, his MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his BA (hons) from York University.