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Anand Giridharadas (Author)

Anand Giridharadas


Anand Giridharadas is the author of the New York Times best seller Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, The True American, and India Calling. He is an editor-at- large for TIME, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, and the author of the newsletter The.Ink. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New Republic. He is a former McKinsey analyst, an Aspen Institute fellow, a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and has spoken on the main stage of TED. He appears regularly on TV and the radio in the United States and globally, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, “Morning Joe,” and “The Daily Show.” He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Priya Parker, and two children.

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

Jane Ambachtsheer

Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management

Jane Ambachtsheer is Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management, where she oversees the firm’s ambitious approach to sustainable investment. This is empowered by the firm’s Sustainability Centre, which undertakes innovative research and policy development, guides BNP AM’s investment stewardship and industry engagement activities, and supports investment teams in accessing, integrating and reporting on ESG factors. On the business side, Jane is responsible for BNPP AM’s Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) approach, ensuring the firm’s day-to-day activities reflect the high standards it expects from companies. Jane is a member of BNPP AM’s Global Investment Committee and Business Management Committees, and reports to the Head of Investments.

Kado Muir

Kado Muir

Kado Muir is Chair of the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance and the National Native Title Council. He is a Ngalia Traditional Owner and a Wati – a Goldfields Aboriginal cultural and community leader, and an anthropologist/archaeologist with many years’ experience working in Aboriginal heritage, language preservation and maintenance, traditional ecological/education and native title research.

Kado is also Chair of the Wakamurru Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC, the PBC for Manta Rirrtinya Native Title Determination and the former founding CEO of the Goldfields Land and Sea Council. He also operates a number of businesses including an Aboriginal art business, a Sandalwood company, and a heritage consultancy business. He is a long-time activist for bi-lingual and two way education, environmental and cultural heritage protection and promoting alternative community based enterprises, especially through his PhD university partnerships for research on Wealth in First Nations.

Zoe Whitton (Executive Director of Pollination Group)

Zoe Whitton

Executive Director of Pollination Group

Zoe Whitton is an Executive Director at Pollination Group, a specialist climate change investment and advisory firm. Zoe assists companies and investors navigating a transition and considering the strategic implications of climate change. Zoe previously led the award-winning APAC ESG Research team at Citi, advising institutional investors globally on climate change and sustainable development. Earlier in her career Zoe covered ESG and climate change at Credit Suisse and at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, worked as an analyst at the Oxford Smith School and the Stockholm Environmental Institute, and served as a youth delegate to the UNFCCC. She serves on the boards of the Investor Group on Climate Change and the Centre for Policy Development. Zoe has won numerous awards for her research on climate finance and risk, and was rated one of the top RI analysts globally in the 2019 Extel survey. In 2020 she was awarded the inaugural Rising Star award by Women in Banking and Finance. She regularly contributes to the wider conversation on sustainable finance by commentating in the Australian and international press, including in the AFR, the SMH, the Age, and the Wall Street Journal, along with publications such as the Quarterly Essay. She holds masters degrees in environmental policy and economics from Oxford University and the University of Queensland.

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

Duncan has specialized in the field of responsible investment for over 20 years, both in Australia and internationally. In addition to his work with ISS ESG (previously CAER), Duncan served for 10 years on the board of the industry body for responsible investment in Australia, the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) (the last few years as Chair), and for 10 years as a director of the Hong Kong-based Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA). Duncan also co-Chaired one of the Technical Working Groups of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI), and served on that organisation’s Co-ordinating Working Group.

Alison Chan (Director, Sustainable Finance of National Australia Bank)

Alison Chan

Director, Sustainable Finance of National Australia Bank

Alison joined NAB in 2019, bringing to NAB’s Sustainable Finance team an extensive background in structuring, risk assessment and execution of innovative transactions in the capital and bank lending markets across multiple jurisdictions. She has worked closely with NAB colleagues in Australia, NZ, UK, USA and Asia to help issuers of sustainable debt align their financing with international best practice. Alison represents the interests of Australasian participants on ICMA’s Green Bond Principles and Social Bond Principles Advisory Council and pursues her keen interest in transition finance as a member of ICMA’s Climate Transition Finance Working Group.

Alison started her career as a banking and finance lawyer with King Wood Mallesons in Sydney and spent 12 years with Clifford Chance in London before bringing her passion for sustainability and ethical practice to banking. Alison has been a senior advisor to Climate Bonds Initiative, a well-respected NGO focussed on mobilising the global bond market for climate change solutions.

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

Susheela 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.

Jack Nelson (Portfolio Manager at Stewart Investors)

Jack Nelson

Portfolio Manager at Stewart Investors

Jack is a Portfolio Manager with the Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors. He joined the team in September 2011 as a graduate.

Jack is lead manager of the Global Emerging Markets Sustainability strategies.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Queen’s College, Oxford.

Matthew Tominc (Chief Investment Officer at Conscious Investment Management Pty Ltd)

Matthew Tominc

Chief Investment Officer at Conscious Investment Management Pty Ltd

Matthew is the founder and Chief Investment Officer at Conscious Investment Management, a real-assets focused impact investment fund manager.

Former head of investments and head of impact investing at Light Warrior Group, a Melbourne based family office.

Previously worked at Goldman Sachs and holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from The University of Melbourne.

Cassandra Williams (Certification and Ratings Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Cassandra Williams

Certification and Ratings Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Cassandra holds over 20 years’ experience in financial services, covering funds management, investments, consumer products, financial education and ratings of financial instruments. She leads the certification and ratings program for Responsible Investment products in Australia and New Zealand. RIAA’s vision is to aid the fund flow of investment capital to responsible investments and Cassandra is leading this charge through the world’s longest running and most recognised RI Certification program.

Cassandra’s experience has been gained through international investment banks, FinTech’s, ratings agencies and consulting services.

B Bus, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, MBA

Alex Ramsey (Chief Operating Officer at Infradebt)

Alex Ramsey

Chief Operating Officer at Infradebt

Alex is the Chief Operating Officer of Infradebt and member of the Infradebt Investment Committee. With over a decade of experience in the sector, Alex has participated in numerous infrastructure transactions in the areas of renewable energy and social infrastructure. Prior to Infradebt, Alex was the Chief Financial Officer of Access Capital Advisers – a firm that was one of the original specialist infrastructure advisory firms in Australia.

Stephen Panizza (Head of Renewables at Federation Asset Management Pty Ltd)

Stephen Panizza

Head of Renewables at Federation Asset Management Pty Ltd

Stephen is a founding partner of Federation. He has over 30 years’ experience in the finance industry in Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Federation, Stephen was the Chief Investment Risk Officer of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (“CEFC”). The CEFC is the world’s largest green investment bank, responsible for investing A$10 billion in clean energy projects on behalf of the Australian Government. The CEFC’s mission is to help lower Australia’s carbon emissions by investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies. In this role, Stephen was a member of the Investment Committee, Chair of the Asset Management Committee and also supported innovative start-up companies through the Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

Farren Williams (Adviser and Partner at Koda Capital)

Farren Williams

Adviser and Partner at Koda Capital

Farren has 19 years’ experience providing tailored financial solutions to wealthy individuals and families, non-profits and charitable foundations. She has a passion for helping clients with their wealth management needs and has extensive experience in investment policy development, governance, bespoke portfolio design, succession planning, superannuation advice, estate planning and integrating philanthropy into wealth planning.

Farren has tailored ethical solutions for clients for over a decade, developing ethical investing policies, designing ethical portfolios, reviewing exposures, providing impact investing advice and running tailored workshops for multi-generational families and NFPs around ethical and impact investing.

In addition to being a Partner at Koda Capital, Farren is the Deputy Chair of the Board of the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria and Chairs the Finance and Audit Committee and is on the Investment Committee of the Aesop Foundation. As a former Investment Committee member of The Myer Foundation, Farren undertook due diligence on impact investments for culminating in the foundation’s first impact investment in 2015.

Farren is a Bard Member of RIAA has been on expert panels for the Generosity Forum, RIAA, Philanthropy Australia and GiveWell.

Farren is a Certified Financial Planner and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Order of Merit). Farren holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science and holds financial planning qualifications (DFP and CFP). She is a member of the the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Financial Planning Association.

Scott Bennett (Head of Quantitative Research and Client Solutions, Australasia at Northern Trust Asset Management)

Scott Bennett

Head of Quantitative Research and Client Solutions, Australasia at Northern Trust Asset Management

Scott Bennett is head of quantitative research and client solutions, Australasia where he is responsible for the development and support of Northern Trust’s quantitative solutions across both Australian and global equity markets. Scott drives thought leadership and works with large institutional clients on customized quantitative solutions.

Scott has more than 18 years of investment experience. Prior to joining Northern Trust Asset Management, Scott led the global quantitative research effort at Russell Investments, where he was responsible for more than $45 billion in assets under management across single factor, multi-factor, factor timing, environmental social and governance (ESG), and portfolio completion strategies. He was previously responsible for managing more than $7 billion in Australian equity portfolios that included after-tax, smart beta and multi-manager strategies.

Scott has been published in several academic journals covering ESG, risk measurement and portfolio construction. In 2010, Scott won the JASSA prize for “best paper” for his work on active share across Australian equity managers.

Alexandra Brown (Founder of Invest with Ethics)

Alexandra Brown

Founder of Invest with Ethics

Alexandra Brown is the founder of Invest with Ethics and provides ethical investment consulting & education to purpose-driven financial advisers, helping them feel supported, confident & aligned to build deeper relationships with their clients and broaden their scope of service.
Specialising in supporting the transition from traditional to ethical adviser, Alexandra has developed the Ethical Advice Accelerator. This comprehensive 8-week program upskills advisers from the foundations of ESG issues to practical skills of fund research and engagement, giving advisers the confidence to align client values and sustainability with financial advice.
Alexandra is Head of Research at Altiorem, the world’s first community-built online sustainable finance library. Alexandra led the development of Altiorem's curation, collection, publication standards and training programs, now overseeing and supporting the community of volunteers.
Alexandra is on the Board and an active member of the Ethical Advisers’ Co-op. Alexandra has contributed substantially to establish the Co-op’s Leaf Ratings, an ethical fund rating system that helps people understand whether their investments and superannuation are in line with their values.

Alan YU (Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Providence Asset Group)

Alan YU

Co-Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Providence Asset Group

Alan has over 16 years of experience in corporate finance, banking and investment management.

Currently, Alan is the Chief Investment Officer of Providence Asset Group and the Chief Executive Office of LAVO. Prior to joining Providence Asset Group, Alan held executive roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Westpac Group, where he held executive positions in the Corporate Banking divisions.

In 2018, Alan co-founded YOZO, an Australian fin-tech small business lending company.

Alan has executed complex transactions across broad industry segments with specialised investment expertise in technology, innovation and renewable energy assets. He has proven experience in assisting companies with their growth strategies through capital raising, trade acquisitions and pre-IPO processes.

Alexandra Clunies-Ross (Portfolio Manager at Artesian Invest)

Alexandra Clunies-Ross

Portfolio Manager at Artesian Invest

Alexandra Clunies-Ross is part of the Investment team at Artesian, the most active early-stage venture capital fund in Australia which now manages +$400m. Alexandra leads Artesian's ClimateTech VC investment activities and is a Portfolio Manager for Artesian's Clean Energy Seed Fund. Alexandra is a startup Board member and a member of the expert panel for the Cleantech Group, which releases an annual list of 50 climate startups to watch. Prior to her work at Artesian, Alexandra was a member of SkyNews’ digital team. Alexandra has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Law from the University of New South Wales.

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

Damian Cottier is Portfolio Manager of Perennial’s Better Future Strategies which are focused on investing in ASX-listed small and mid-cap companies that are making a positive contribution to a better future. Damian joined the Perennial investment team in 2005 and has accumulated considerable experience during this time as a portfolio manager and analyst of companies across the market spectrum, including as a portfolio manager of the Perennial Value Microcap Opportunities Trust. Prior to joining Perennial, Damian worked as a lawyer in Sydney and Hong Kong with Freehills, Gilbert+Tobin and Baker & McKenzie. During this time he worked primarily in the corporate law area, often on matters involving governance issues and mergers and acquisitions.

Jacki Johnson (Co-Chair at ASFI)

Jacki Johnson

Co-Chair at ASFI

Co-Chair ASFI, Advisor to IAG on Climate Change and Sustainability, Co-Chair of the UNEP FI Global Steering Committee
Jacki is an Advisor to the IAG Board on Climate Change and Sustainability and was formerly Group Executive, People, Performance & Reputation at IAG, responsible for the functions of people and culture, corporate and government affairs, safer communities, the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities and the IAG Foundation. She is also an elected member of the UNEP FI Global Steering Committee holding the role of Co-Chair, a member of Chief Executive Women and a member of the Steering Committee for Sydney 100 Resilient Cities. From 2010 to 2016, Jacki was Chief Executive of IAG’s New Zealand business. Former roles include President of the Insurance Council of New Zealand, Chair of the Christchurch Recovery Chief Executives' meeting, and Executive Director IAG New Zealand. In addition, Jacki is a Non-Executive Director of Community First Credit Union and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.

Joshua Edmunds (Manager of Operations and Member Services at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Joshua Edmunds

Manager of Operations and Member Services at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

As RIAA’s Manager of Operations and Member Services, Josh works across all areas of RIAA, back and front office. Josh is often the first point of contact for members and he provides support on many areas of RIAA's work plan, in particular working closely with RIAA’s financial adviser members. Josh holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Laws and a Diploma in Financial Planning.

Rachel Etherington (Sustainable Investment Adviser at Crestone Wealth Management)

Rachel Etherington

Sustainable Investment Adviser at Crestone Wealth Management

Rachel is an adviser at Crestone Wealth Management, focusing on sustainable, impact and ESG investment, which has been the primary focus of her career for the last 13 years. She has worked closely with family offices and investors across Australia, the UK and the USA. Her central and long-held belief - that the financial markets will play a vital role in creating a more sustainable and equitable world - is at the core of everything she does. Rachel is also an active mentor of emerging female leaders and engaged in various philanthropic endeavours. She is an NED of Future Super and an Office Bearer with ACCR.

Mike Josephson (Senior Financial Adviser at Ethinvest)

Mike Josephson

Senior Financial Adviser at Ethinvest

​Mike is a Senior Financial Adviser with Ethinvest. His qualifications include the Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and a BA and MA from Princeton University in the United States.

Mike has been providing investment advice with an ethical overlay since 2003 and is a member of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. His experience providing ethical investment advice to not-for-profit organisations in California convinced him of the value of incorporating ethics into the investment process.

After coming to Australia in 2008 and prior to joining Ethinvest, Mike worked with Ethical Investment Services, as well as ANZ Trustees as a member of the Philanthropy Team, and with AMP as a Financial Planner.

Mike is passionate about social justice, gender equity, the environment, and visual arts. Originally trained as an architect, he has also lived and studied in Japan.

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.

Emma Pringle (Head of ESG at Maple-Brown Abbott)

Emma Pringle

Head of ESG at Maple-Brown Abbott

Emma is Head of ESG with Maple-Brown Abbott, one of Australia’s first boutique investment managers. Prior to joining Maple-Brown Abbott, Emma was Head of Customer Governance and Sustainability at BT where she had responsibility for the organisation’s product governance and sustainability functions across superannuation, investments and insurance. Emma served as co-Chair of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI) technical working group on meeting community expectations, and is involved in a number of collaborative industry initiatives. Emma has particular expertise in sustainable investing, having led the strategy and implementation of companies’ sustainability programs, and is passionate about driving better customer outcomes.

Nathan Fabian (Chief Responsible Investment Officer at UNPRI)

Nathan Fabian

Chief Responsible Investment Officer at UNPRI

Nathan Fabian is the Chair of the European Platform on Sustainable Finance, a public and private sector expert panel to develop sustainable finance policies and tools in Europe, including the EU Taxonomy.

Nathan is also Chief Responsible Investment Officer at the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. The PRI supports over 3000 institutional investors globally to incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance factors into their investment activities. He has been with the PRI for five years.

Nathan served as the Rapporteur for the Taxonomy Group of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He was an Observer on the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and part of the Secretariat for the UK Green Finance Taskforce.

These roles are part of fifteen years of professional experience in sustainable finance in government policy, investment research and ratings on companies, and the development of investment processes and tools.

Prior to the PRI, Nathan was the CEO of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) Australia / New Zealand. Previous roles include Head of ESG Research at Regnan, a provider of ESG research and engagement services; and as a Corporate Governance Policy Advisor in the Australian Parliament.

Prior to this Nathan was a founding Partner of Full Corp Partners, a financial services and IT start-up company advisory firm. He has also worked as a change management consultant for Arthur Andersen and as a market analyst at global communications manufacturing company, Krone.

Nathan holds a M.A. in International Relations from the University of New South Wales, a BBus from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow in ethics and leadership.

Vinnie Wadhera (Executive Director – Institutional & Adviser Business of BetaShares)

Vinnie Wadhera

Executive Director – Institutional & Adviser Business of BetaShares

Vinnie is responsible for BetaShares’ client service and portfolio solutions to institutional investors and financial advisory groups. As Co-Head of Distribution he oversees the Adviser and Institutional Services teams at BetaShares.
Vinnie has extensive experience in the investment management industry working in Sydney, New York and London. He has held senior roles with ING Australia, Allianz Dresdner Asset Management and Third Link Investment Managers. Prior to that he was Head of Research at AMP Financial Services responsible for fund manager selection & review and model portfolio construction.
Vinnie has attained the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

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

Nicolette Boele

Executive Manager Policy, Research & Standards at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Nicolette has 30 years’ experience delivering engagements, collaborations and accountability solutions for and with Australian and international companies, governments, unions, and NGOs. She has deep subject matter experience in energy and climate change. Like Simon she has worked at and been on Council at the Australian Conservation Foundation. She has also held executive roles at The Climate Institute, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Banarra and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority.

Nicolette leads RIAA’s programs of work on standards setting, industry research and certification. She co-leads RIAA’s policy agenda, is a member of both the PRI’s Global Policy Reference Group and the Coordinating Working Group of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. Nicolette is proud to help support RIAA’s Human Rights Working Group – an active, courageous and impactful network of investment practitioners seeking ways to respect human rights and improve the lives of people in Australia, New Zealand and worldwide.

Rachel Alembakis (Managing Editor at FS Sustainability)

Rachel Alembakis

Managing Editor at FS Sustainability

Rachel Alembakis is the Managing Editor of FS Sustainability a Rainmaker title that examines how investors and companies integrate environmental, social and corporate governance issues into their decision-making processes. She has more than a decade's experience covering investment issues for a range of publications in Australia and overseas. She holds an MSc in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science from Boston University.

Rui (Grace) GUAN (Deputy General Manager at SynTao Green Finance)

Rui (Grace) GUAN

Deputy General Manager at SynTao Green Finance

Ms. Guan has nearly 20 years of experience in financial industry, ranging from corporate & investment banking to business management at Deutsche Bank, Zhongde Securities, and PE fund. In recent years, she has devoted herself to the research and practice in sustainable finance and responsible investment, publishing and contributing to featured articles and specialized research reports. Ms. Guan holds an MBA degree, and a PhD degree in Population, Resources and Environmental Economics. She is the tutor of "Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA)" Course and attended the UNEP Finance Initiative’s online course on "Climate Change & the TCFD: Risks & Opportunities for the Banking Industry".

At the moment, Ms. Guan assumes a management role at SynTao Green Finance, which is a leading China-focused ESG service provider, stocking ESG data analytics for policy makers and business leaders to advance their sustainability agenda and make effective decisions. She is also the Secretary General of China Social Investment Forum (China SIF), which was first initiated in 2012. China SIF Annual Conference has become one of the most influential platforms in the region promoting ESG responsible investment.

Mary Leung (Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute)

Mary Leung

Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute

Mary is Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute.
She leads the team that is responsible for building market integrity in APAC by developing and advocating capital markets policy positions that raises investor protection and fosters sustainable industry growth. She also oversees the promotion and development of Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX), a research hub through which we engage with societies, members, governments, regulators, academia
and other industry stakeholders to advance the wider CFA Institute mission.
Mary has over 20 years of experience in the global financial industry, having worked in corporate finance, wealth management advisory and fund management. She joined from Coutts & Co, where she was Director of Business Development and Management for North Asia. Prior to that she was Executive Director at UBS AG, where she led the Corporate Advisory Group in Hong Kong. With experience in both the buy- and sell-sides, Mary has a strong understanding of the drivers and dynamics of different investor groups, including institutional investors, corporates, family offices, asset owners, and high net worth individuals.
Mary graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge with a degree in Engineering. She has been a CFA charterholder since 1997 and speaks English, Putonghua and Cantonese.

Tim Macready (Chief Investment Officer at Brightlight Group)

Tim Macready

Chief Investment Officer at Brightlight Group

Tim has 20 years’ experience in financial services and 15 years’ experience in responsible and impact investing. Tim is the Chief Investment Officer at Brightlight, an advisory and funds management firm focused on supporting asset owners with all aspects of impact investing. Prior to Brightlight, Tim was CIO for Christian Super, where he led the design and implementation of Christian Super’s $1.7bn investment portfolio and building Christian Super’s world-leading Impact Investment capability, which was awarded the GSG (Global Steering Group for Impact Investment) Asset Owner of the Year in 2017.

Tim is involved across a number of impact and responsible investment industry leadership initiatives. He is a prominent figure in the development of the responsible investment and impact investment field in Australia.

Jeff Thomson (Portfolio Manager at Alphinity Investment Management)

Jeff Thomson

Portfolio Manager at Alphinity Investment Management

Industry experience 24 years.

Jeff’s focus is on banks, insurance, property and consumer staple sectors.

Jeff worked as a global fund manager at K2 Asset Management in Melbourne from 2011-2015. Previously he worked at Thames River Capital in London (2003-2010) as a fund manager in the European team, managing absolute and long only equity portfolios, and Coronation Fund Managers in Dublin and London (2000-2003), again on the European equity team as an analyst/fund manager. Jeff began his career in financial services as a general industrial analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities (1996-2000) focusing on the chemical, healthcare and media sectors.

Leah Armstrong (Managing Director of First Australians Capital)

Leah Armstrong

Managing Director of First Australians Capital

Leah, a Torres Strait Islander, is a senior professional with over 25 year’s business and not for profit experience. Leah is the Managing Director of First Australians Capital. In this role Leah is leading First Australians Capital in innovating how Indigenous entrepreneurs access support. This includes an ambitious Indigenous-led and administered perpetual legacy investment fund which will grow a stable pipeline of Indigenous businesses that are investment-ready. In addition, Leah holds a role as Director of Indigenous Engagement and Reconciliation at the University of Newcastle, Australia where she is responsible for advancing reconciliation planning and activity across the University and with engagement with the Indigenous community.

Past senior roles held include Director of Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle, CEO of Reconciliation Australia and co-founder/Managing Director of Yarnteen Ltd— a successful Indigenous enterprise operating several commercial and social ventures.

Leah currently serves on several Boards including Chair of First Australians Capital, CSIRO Indigenous Strategic Indigenous Advisory Group, Ex-officio member of the BCA Indigenous Taskforce , Foundations for Young Australians, and a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy (Australia). She held previous Board positions as a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, Chairperson of Supply Nation, Chairperson of Aboriginal Housing Office NSW and Indigenous Business Australia.

Sarah Barker (Partner, Head of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison)

Sarah Barker

Partner, Head of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison

Sarah Barker leads MinterEllison's international climate risk governance and sustainability team. I help corporations, institutional investors and government agencies manage dynamic environmental, social and governance risks through a commercial lens. I have particular expertise in the climate change related exposures under corporate and securities (rather than 'environmental') laws - including directors' fiduciary duties and financial reporting/disclosure obligations.

Pablo Berrutti (Founder of Altiorem Limited)

Pablo Berrutti

Founder of Altiorem Limited

Pablo Berrutti is the founder of Altiorem, a not-for-profit library and resource centre dedicated to helping people inside and outside finance to advocate for a sustainable financial system. Information on Altiorem can be found at Pablo is also the senior investment specialist for Stewart Investors, Sustainable Funds Group and was previously the head of responsible investment Asia Pacific for First Sentier Investors and head of responsible investment for Perpetual Limited. Pablo is currently a director and former chair of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, and sits on the coordinating working group of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative, and the Advisory committee of UNSW's Australian Human Rights Institute.

Kylie Charlton (Managing Director and Investment Committee Member of Australian Impact Investments)

Kylie Charlton

Managing Director and Investment Committee Member of Australian Impact Investments

Kylie joined Australian Impact Investments in 2014 and has worked in Australia and internationally at the intersection of mainstream capital markets, impact investment and philanthropy for over 15 years. Kylie is a Venture Partner on the Giant Leap Fund, co-founder of Unitus Capital, Chair of the Australian Government supported Emerging Markets Impact Investment Fund, member of BetaShares Responsible Investment Committee, Chair for RIAA’s Impact Investing Forum and awardee of the AFR 100 Women of Influence 2018. Prior to transitioning her career into impact investment, Kylie spent 11 years in commercial and investment banking.

Kylie graduated in Commerce at University of Canberra and has an MBA from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford in England.

Alan Dayeh (Managing Principal at Point Advisory Pty Ltd)

Alan Dayeh

Managing Principal at Point Advisory Pty Ltd

Alan is Managing Principal of Point Advisory’s NSW office based in Sydney. He oversees the firm’s integrated advisory solutions in corporate responsibility and sustainability, including environmental, social and governance risk. With over 25 years of industry and professional services experience, he takes a pragmatic approach to integrating sustainability strategies and risk management into organisations. He works with investors to strengthen their chosen ESG integration and reporting approaches. Alan chairs RIAA’s First Nations Peoples’ Rights Working Group that he helped establish during mid-2020 in the wake of the destruction of shelters at Juukan Gorge and the global Black Lives Matter movement

Mary Delahunty (Head of Impact at HESTA)

Mary Delahunty

Head of Impact at HESTA

Mary is the Head of Impact for HESTA and is passionate about progressing responsible investment practices and gender equality. HESTA is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds with $57bn under management and over 850,000 members.
Mary is a 2015 Churchill Fellow awarded for the completion of international research on equity for women in pension systems.
Mary was the Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council for Gender Equality. The Council advised the Minister for Women on the Safe and Strong equality strategy. Mary also sits on the Advisory Board for the McKell Institute.
Mary is a former Mayor of the City of Glen Eira. Mary is also a Board Member of The Emergency Services Telecommunication Authority, she is a past Chair of Reclink Australia, a National Not for Profit organisation offering sports and recreation opportunities to disadvantaged Australians.
Mary holds a Master of Finance and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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

Kristian is Cbus’ Chief Investment Officer, working closely with the Investment Committee of the Board. Kristian and his team are responsible for designing and setting the investment strategy for the Fund, evaluating the market and investment opportunities that will provide returns to members over the long term, managing investment governance and risk, implementing the strategy and monitoring the portfolio.

Cbus is an AUD$60 billion Australian superannuation fund focused on members from the construction, building and allied industries.

Kristy Graham (Director of Private Finance for Development at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Kristy Graham

Director of Private Finance for Development at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Kristy leads the Australian Government's work on impact investing in the region - building partnerships, programs and policy to increase institutional and private investment to support the SDGs in the Indo-Pacific.

This includes a range of programs and partnerships to build the impact investing market in the region with a focus on gender equality and climate change. Two of these programs are the Emerging Markets Impact Investment Fund, a fund of funds with a strong gender focus that will invest to support small and medium enterprises in the region and the Australian Climate Finance Partnership, that will support investment in climate action across the Indo-Pacific.

Prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kristy worked across the private, public and NGO sectors on innovative finance, international development, climate change, social impact and environmental policy.

Carly Hammond (Impact Investment Forum Program Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

Carly Hammond

Impact Investment Forum Program Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

Carly’s focus is on building business as force for good and harnessing the power of individuals to effect change whether as a consumer, business owner or investor. As Head of Marketing and the Impact Investment Forum Program Manager for the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, she is focused on growing awareness of and deepening participation in responsible, ethical and impact investing. She is also Company Secretary for B Lab Australia & New Zealand, and was previously the Director of Engagement and Communications at Impact Investing Australia where she played a central role putting impact investing on the map and engaging new market participants.

Desiree Lucchese (Ethics and Impact Manager at U Ethical)

Desiree Lucchese

Ethics and Impact Manager at U Ethical

Responsible Investment professional with expertise in environmental systems, climate risk and the integration of ESG data into investment strategies and decision-making. At U Ethical, Désirée leads the evolution of the ethical investment framework and active engagement with investee companies, in collaboration with U Ethical’s investment team, key stakeholders and industry peers. Since 1985, U Ethical have developed a reputation for unwavering commitment to ethics-driven performance while contributing the majority of operating surplus to social justice advocacy and community programs. As a certified B Corporation, U Ethical views clients as partners on important ethical matters and does not shy away from holding companies to account on controversial issues.

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)

Carl is a Director at the Institute for Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting - IDEEA Group. Carl had a long career with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, including time at the OECD, before becoming editor of the United Nation’s System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). He is now a leading player in closing the gap between government and corporate approaches to natural capital accounting.

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.

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

Jo Saleeba has over 25 years of experience in corporate sustainability, responsible investment and ESG.

As Head of Sustainable Investment, Australia and New Zealand, Jo is responsible for FTSE Russell’s Sustainable Investment indexes, data and analytics solutions across the Pacific region. A core part of her role is client engagement on a comprehensive range of products and data to support them in reaching their investment decisions.

Before joining FTSE Russell, Jo led the Responsible Investment team at HESTA, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the fund’s responsible investment program. Jo also worked across the asset class teams incorporating ESG issues into investment processes, and monitoring ESG incorporation activities and outcomes of external managers. Prior to joining HESTA, Jo was Executive Director of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). She was responsible for establishing the IGCC in 2005 and for growing its membership to over 25 investors with more than $500 billion in assets under management. Jo has an Honours Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science.

Dr Graham Sinden (Head of Climate Risk at APRA)

Dr Graham Sinden

Head of Climate Risk at APRA

Dr Graham Sinden is Head of Climate Risk at APRA, where he leads APRA's engagement on climate risk in the finance sector. Graham is a leading expert and practitioner in climate risk assessment and scenario analysis, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, and a guest lecturer on energy and climate policy and economics at the University of Sydney. Prior roles include: Director in EY's Climate Change and Sustainability practice; publicly appointed advisor to the UK Energy Minister; and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Graham holds a PhD and MSc from the University of Oxford, and a BSc from the University of Sydney

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.

Abby Wild (Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks at Monash University)

Abby Wild

Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks at Monash University

Abby Wild is a Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks, part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, where she works on a range of environment and social inclusion projects with government and industry partners. She has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and history from Harvard (USA), obtained an M.Phil. in Criminological Research at Cambridge University (UK) and returned to Cambridge on a Gates Scholarship for her PhD to conduct an ethnographic study of how people in prison engage with rehabilitative programming. Abby has conducted research, communication and monitoring and evaluation work across a range of projects and clients in the US, the UK, Singapore and Australia. Her research uses participatory methods to engage with various stakeholders and combine those insights with theoretical models to develop behaviour change interventions. She is currently engaged in projects related to circular economy practices in manufacturing, facilitating human connection to nature in institutional spaces and in engaging CALD communities in economic recovery.

Saul Wodak (Associate Advisor at Behavioural Insights Team)

Saul Wodak

Associate Advisor at Behavioural Insights Team

Saul is an Associate Advisor with the Behavioural Insights Team. Since joining BIT Saul has worked on projects to increase consumer comprehension of energy advertisements and understand barriers to seeking government accreditation for product stewardship and carbon neutrality certification schemes. Saul is currently working on a project with BEIS (UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) to develop a behaviorally informed strategy to design net-zero policies. Saul joined BIT after completing an MSc in Behaviour Change at University College London (UCL), with a primary research focus on health behaviour change and environmental sustainability. With UCL and Queen Mary University, he conducted research on the relative effects of taxation and labelling on consumer preferences for sustainable food. He previously worked with the SMARTER team at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in London, where he applied behavioural science to reduce energy consumption in corporate office environments and design and implement other pro-environment behaviour change programs.