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Simon O'Connor
  • 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 330 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.

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"oi oi oi oi ngala pitja kulila tjumaku!"A call to action to responsible investors: what do you know about Aboriginal Australia?
Kado Muir

On 24 May 2020, Rio Tinto destroyed a site that represented 46,000 years of culture and history for the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) peoples of the Pilbara in Western Australia. The blast devastated a place of personal, community, national and international significance. Investors and the broader community responded with outrage. What do we mean by cultural heritage protection? What is Free, Prior and Informed Consent? How do we, as responsible investors, ensure we’re using a rights-based framework when we engage with First Nations Peoples and their expanding Indigenous estate? Join us for this very special opening keynote with traditional owner, Ngalia cultural custodian, Native Title holder and expert anthropologist, linguist and archaeologist, Kado Muir.

  • Kado Muir

    Kado Muir

Is it time to bite the hand that feeds us? How we can use our power as investors and address structural inequality
Anand Giridharadas

Is the responsible investment community complicit in the charade of working to change the world only in ways that don’t jeopardise individuals’ own standing? Anand Giridharadas, author of the New York Times bestseller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, challenges responsible, ethical and impact investors to think about what they stop doing and start doing to help achieve equality and systemic change.

  • Anand Giridharadas (Author)

    Anand Giridharadas

    Author
Morning tea
Where the rubber hits the road: showcasing real world outcomes being delivered by responsible investors
Duncan PatersonJack NelsonMatthew TomincAlison Chan

Responsible investors are increasingly under the spotlight to demonstrate how they are not just avoiding harm, but contributing to addressing challenging social and environmental issues. In this session we showcase some of the positive real world outcomes investors are helping generate.

  • Duncan Paterson (Global Head of ESG Thought Leadership Program at ISS Australia Pty Ltd)

    Duncan Paterson

    Global Head of ESG Thought Leadership Program at ISS Australia Pty Ltd
  • Jack Nelson (Portfolio Manager at Stewart Investors)

    Jack Nelson

    Portfolio Manager at Stewart Investors
  • Matthew Tominc (Chief Investment Officer at Conscious Investment Management Pty Ltd)

    Matthew Tominc

    Chief Investment Officer at Conscious Investment Management Pty Ltd
  • Alison Chan (Director, Sustainable Finance of National Australia Bank)

    Alison Chan

    Director, Sustainable Finance of National Australia Bank
One year on: what the destruction of Juukan Gorge means for responsible investors
Kado MuirLeah ArmstrongAlan DayehMary DelahuntyDanielle Welsh-Rose

As highlighted by the Senate Inquiry, Never Again, the devastation of culture and history at Juukan Gorge occurred within a system of failings. What actions have investors taken in collaboration with First Nations peoples to ensure this does not happen again? How do investors ensure the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in line with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative? Join this panel of experts as we unpack the challenges and opportunities.

  • Kado Muir

    Kado Muir

  • Leah Armstrong (Managing Director of First Australians Capital)

    Leah Armstrong

    Managing Director of First Australians Capital
  • Alan Dayeh (Managing Principal at Point Advisory Pty Ltd)

    Alan Dayeh

    Managing Principal at Point Advisory Pty Ltd
  • Mary Delahunty (Head of Impact at HESTA)

    Mary Delahunty

    Head of Impact at HESTA
  • 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
PE & VC: Impact hiding in plain sight
Damian CottierCassandra WilliamsAlan YUAlexandra Clunies-Ross

How is private equity changing the impact landscape? We will explore some of the investments in private equity and venture capital and how these investments are making their way into super funds and multi-asset funds. What are the managers looking for in early stage venture capital and what does the future hold? Is this the impact that we are all looking for, hiding in plain sight?

  • Damian Cottier (Portfolio Manager Perennial Better Future Trust at Perennial Better Future Strategies)

    Damian Cottier

    Portfolio Manager Perennial Better Future Trust at Perennial Better Future Strategies
  • Cassandra Williams (Certification and Ratings Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Cassandra Williams

    Certification and Ratings Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Alan YU (Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Providence Asset Group)

    Alan YU

    Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Providence Asset Group
  • Alexandra Clunies-Ross (Portfolio Manager at Artesian Invest)

    Alexandra Clunies-Ross

    Portfolio Manager at Artesian Invest
Lunch
A pathway to a sustainable financial systemtracking a decade of action
Jacki JohnsonRachel AlembakisKristian FokDr Graham SindenSimon O'Connor

An update from the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) on the progress to deliver a sustainable financial system in this critical decade of action. How are we tracking, and what can we expect next?

  • Jacki Johnson (Co-Chair at ASFI)

    Jacki Johnson

    Co-Chair at ASFI
  • Rachel Alembakis (Managing Editor at FS Sustainability)

    Rachel Alembakis

    Managing Editor at FS Sustainability
  • Kristian Fok (Chief Investment Officer at United Super Pty Ltd as Trustee for Cbus)

    Kristian Fok

    Chief Investment Officer at United Super Pty Ltd as Trustee for Cbus
  • Dr Graham Sinden (Head of Climate Risk at APRA)

    Dr Graham Sinden

    Head of Climate Risk at APRA
  • Simon O'Connor (CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Simon O'Connor

    CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia
ESG Research Australia Awards
Simon O'ConnorEmma Pringle

Join us for the presentation of the 11th Annual ESG Research Australia Awards. The Awards aim to support the delivery of high quality ESG broker research by recognising leading brokers and research pieces that were completed in the last year. In conjunction with the Awards, RIAA will also be announcing the best non-broker investor-relevant ESG research award.

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

    Simon O'Connor

    CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Emma Pringle (Head of ESG at Maple-Brown Abbott)

    Emma Pringle

    Head of ESG at Maple-Brown Abbott
Afternoon tea
The international policies shaping how Australian investors and advisers operate
Nathan FabianNicolette BoeleRui (Grace) GUANMary LeungJo Saleeba

If the EU's Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation can fuel domestic concern about industry greenwashing, then how shall the US headquartered CFA Institute's draft ESG Disclosure Standards assist with this? What does Freshfields say about where impact fits into the remit of the 21st century fiduciary and what other international developments are shaping how we will need to act in our local market?

  • Nathan Fabian (Chief Responsible Investment Officer at UNPRI)

    Nathan Fabian

    Chief Responsible Investment Officer at UNPRI
  • Nicolette Boele (Executive Manager Policy, Research & Standards at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Nicolette Boele

    Executive Manager Policy, Research & Standards at Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Rui (Grace) GUAN (Deputy General Manager at SynTao Green Finance)

    Rui (Grace) GUAN

    Deputy General Manager at SynTao Green Finance
  • Mary Leung (Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute)

    Mary Leung

    Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute
  • Jo Saleeba (Head of Sustainable Investment, Australia and New Zealand at FTSE Russell)

    Jo Saleeba

    Head of Sustainable Investment, Australia and New Zealand at FTSE Russell
Biodiversity mattersby protecting nature we are protecting our investmentskeynote
Jane Ambachtsheer

Investors are awakening to the critical role nature plays in underpinning the healthy functioning of our economy. How are leading global investors tackling this most complex of problems?

  • Jane Ambachtsheer (Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management)

    Jane Ambachtsheer

    Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management
Biodiversity matterspanel session
Jane AmbachtsheerSarah BarkerCarl ObstZoe Whitton

Over half of the world’s GDP is generated in industries either highly or moderately dependent on nature and its services. Yet nature loss due to human activity is, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), one of the top five global risks over the next ten years. Increasingly, and rapidly, financial institutions will need to respond to nature-related financial risks and opportunities; akin to the precedent set by climate change. This session is a critical conversation within the Australian finance sector on the materiality of relevant nature-related liability risks, as well as opportunities, in our unique context.

  • Jane Ambachtsheer (Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management)

    Jane Ambachtsheer

    Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management
  • Sarah Barker (Partner, Head of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison)

    Sarah Barker

    Partner, Head of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison
  • Carl Obst (Director of Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA))

    Carl Obst

    Director of Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA)
  • Zoe Whitton (Executive Director of Pollination Group)

    Zoe Whitton

    Executive Director of Pollination Group
Conference wrap up
Ross Piper
  • Ross Piper (Deputy Chair at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Ross Piper

    Deputy Chair at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

    Ross Piper is the Chief Executive Officer of Christian Super. He has over 25 years of leadership and management experience in corporate and non-profit contexts. Prior to Ross’ appointment as Christian Super CEO in Jan 2018, he was COO with World Vision Australia and also served with World Vision International for several years in the Middle East and various countries of the former Yugoslavia.

    During his career Ross has held a number of positions in the corporate sector, primarily in investment banking and mining. He was Head of Corporate Risk for Macquarie Group for several years, and his early professional experience was gained in the mining sector, where he worked in the area of Native Title and business development. He has served on several boards, including six years as a Board Member and Chair of AgroInvest Foundation, a large microfinance bank serving rural families in Serbia and Montenegro. He recently served for 2 years on the Advisory Board of the Shared Value Project in Australia.

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