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Welcome from RIAA
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 450+ 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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Conflict, war and the challenges for ESG
Alexis CheangEstelle ParkerRoss PiperPaul Clements-Hunt

The invasion of Ukraine has raised bare a number of critical ESG issues that many in the sector were not prepared for. There are critical lessons for RI from this conflict and the many other conflicts around the globe that are forcing responsible investors to think afresh on our role in responding to these great global challenges.

  • Alexis Cheang (Partner, Acting Global Business Leader, Sustainable Investment at Mercer Australia)

    Alexis Cheang

    Partner, Acting Global Business Leader, Sustainable Investment at Mercer Australia
  • Estelle Parker (Executive Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Estelle Parker

    Executive Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Ross Piper (CEO of Christian Super)

    Ross Piper

    CEO of Christian Super
  • Paul Clements-Hunt (Chief Executive Officer at The Blended Capital Group)

    Paul Clements-Hunt

    Chief Executive Officer at The Blended Capital Group
Creating green products while avoiding the wash
Rachel AlembakisBrendan BakerRyan KorinkeDr Stuart Palmer

How do you ensure you are not greenwashing? What do you need to do to ensure you are marketing products correctly, and substantiating your responsible investment claims? This session will provide insights on how to avoid greenwashing, how to appropriately market products, and ensure you’re delivering investments that align with expectations of your clients.

  • Rachel Alembakis (Managing Editor at FS Sustainability)

    Rachel Alembakis

    Managing Editor at FS Sustainability
  • Brendan Baker (Vice President, ESG Climate Specialist at MSCI)

    Brendan Baker

    Vice President, ESG Climate Specialist at MSCI
  • Ryan Korinke (Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability at PIMCO)

    Ryan Korinke

    Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainability at PIMCO
  • Dr Stuart Palmer (Head of Ethics Research at Australian Ethical)

    Dr Stuart Palmer

    Head of Ethics Research at Australian Ethical
Morning tea
From divestment to engagement: a fresh look at this age old debate in the era of active ownership 2.0
Susheela Peres da CostaSujaya DesaiKim FarrantTrevor Thomas

The abrupt divestments that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine re-ignited a decades-old debate about “exit versus voice.”
This session applies the elements of Active Ownership 2.0, to identify the circumstances under which each will be effective, and the role of different types of investors in each.

  • Susheela Peres da Costa (Chair at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Susheela Peres da Costa

    Chair at Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Sujaya Desai (Portfolio Manager, Analyst at Stewart Investors)

    Sujaya Desai

    Portfolio Manager, Analyst at Stewart Investors
  • Kim Farrant (General Manager Responsible Investment at HESTA)

    Kim Farrant

    General Manager Responsible Investment at HESTA
  • Trevor Thomas (Managing Director of Ethinvest)

    Trevor Thomas

    Managing Director of Ethinvest
So you've committed, to net zero… what next?
Jens PeersSybil DixonJulia LeskeLiza McDonald

You've taken the first step, now the real work awaits. What is needed to move from words to deeds and rapidly decarbonise your portfolio? This session is an overview of the practical steps investors need to take once they have formalised a commitment to net zero.

  • Jens Peers (CEO and CIO of Mirova US)

    Jens Peers

    CEO and CIO of Mirova US
  • Sybil Dixon (Governance and Sustainability Manager at UniSuper Management)

    Sybil Dixon

    Governance and Sustainability Manager at UniSuper Management
  • Julia Leske (Head of ESG, Australia and New Zealand at ISS Australia Pty Ltd)

    Julia Leske

    Head of ESG, Australia and New Zealand at ISS Australia Pty Ltd
  • Liza McDonald (Head of Responsible Investment at Aware Super)

    Liza McDonald

    Head of Responsible Investment at Aware Super
Lunch
Racial equity: the next diversity frontier?
Brian CahillAdam DavidsIris DavilaAlan Dayeh

What can investors do to promote racial equity in the workplace and through their investment decisions? Which international developments can be leveraged and how applicable are they to the Australian context? Gender diversity has become a mainstream issue for the corporate and finance sectors – with the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, will racial and ethnic diversity be next? And how can your organisation equip itself to embrace this challenge?

  • Brian Cahill (Managing Director – Global Environmental, Social and Governance of Moody's Investors Service Pty Limited)

    Brian Cahill

    Managing Director – Global Environmental, Social and Governance of Moody's Investors Service Pty Limited
  • Adam Davids (Co-Founder and CEO of First Nations Equity Partners)

    Adam Davids

    Co-Founder and CEO of First Nations Equity Partners
  • Iris Davila (Director of BlackRock)

    Iris Davila

    Director of BlackRock
  • Alan Dayeh (Managing Principal at Point Advisory Pty Ltd)

    Alan Dayeh

    Managing Principal at Point Advisory Pty Ltd
Active Ownership 2.0: Responsible investment and First Nations peoples’ rightsRIAA's First Nations Peoples' Rights Working Group
Jamie LoweCath BrokenboroughAlan DayehClaire Heeps

Using real world examples, this session will unpack what is Active Ownership 2.0 as it relates to First Nations peoples' rights, and how business and investors are coming together with First Nations leaders to build systemic change. It will explore how investors can positively influence issues related to First Nations Peoples, including cultural heritage management and Free Prior and Informed Consent, and discuss what comes next.

  • Jamie Lowe (CEO of National Native Title Council)

    Jamie Lowe

    CEO of National Native Title Council
  • Cath Brokenborough (Chair at Dhawura Ngilan Business and Investor Initiative)

    Cath Brokenborough

    Chair at Dhawura Ngilan Business and Investor Initiative
  • Alan Dayeh (Managing Principal at Point Advisory Pty Ltd)

    Alan Dayeh

    Managing Principal at Point Advisory Pty Ltd
  • Claire Heeps (Senior Responsible Investment Adviser at HESTA)

    Claire Heeps

    Senior Responsible Investment Adviser at HESTA
Afternoon tea
Net zero: How some of Australia's most iconic brands are moving beyond just commitments
Fiona WildKylie PorterAndrew ParkerGretta Stephens

What does net zero look like for a company built, in part, by emitting carbon? How does it tackle the challenge? Explore the opportunities and issues that the increased focus on sustainability is bringing to some of Australia's iconic companies, and how companies are engaging with and responding to investors.

  • Fiona Wild (Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change at BHP)

    Fiona Wild

    Vice President, Sustainability and Climate Change at BHP
  • Kylie Porter (Executive DIrector of UN Global Compact Network Australia)

    Kylie Porter

    Executive DIrector of UN Global Compact Network Australia
  • Andrew Parker (Chief Sustainability Officer at QANTAS)

    Andrew Parker

    Chief Sustainability Officer at QANTAS
  • Gretta Stephens (Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability at BlueScope)

    Gretta Stephens

    Chief Executive Climate Change & Sustainability at BlueScope
Think global, act local: The global momentum impacting Australia's markets
Simon O'ConnorJames AlexanderMasaru AraiPatricia FletcherHugo GallagherBryan McGannon

Globally, responsible investment continues to take up ever stronger focus in the world's major finance markets. But how is this playing out differently across those markets, and what are the global developments that will impact us here in Australia. Hear from CEO's of the world's leading sustainable investment organisations, chaired by RIAA CEO and GSIA Chair, Simon O'Connor.

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

    Simon O'Connor

    CEO of Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • James Alexander (Chief Executive at UKSIF: UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association)

    James Alexander

    Chief Executive at UKSIF: UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association
  • Masaru Arai (Chair at Japan Sustainable Investment Forum)

    Masaru Arai

    Chair at Japan Sustainable Investment Forum
  • Patricia Fletcher (Chief Executive Officer at Responsible Investment Association Canada)

    Patricia Fletcher

    Chief Executive Officer at Responsible Investment Association Canada
  • Hugo Gallagher (Senior Policy Adviser at Eurosif)

    Hugo Gallagher

    Senior Policy Adviser at Eurosif
  • Bryan McGannon (Director of Policy and Programs at US SIF)

    Bryan McGannon

    Director of Policy and Programs at US SIF
Conference day 1 WRAP UP
Ross Piper
  • Ross Piper (CEO of Christian Super)

    Ross Piper

    CEO of Christian Super

    Ross Piper is the Chief Executive Officer of Christian Super, a $2 billion superannuation fund with over 30,000 members across Australia. 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 January 2018, he was Chief Operating Officer with World Vision Australia and also served with World Vision International for several years in the Middle East, Eastern Europe 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 Bank for several years, and his early professional experience was gained in Indigenous communities and the mining sector, where he worked in the area of training and community development. For six years he served as a Director and Founding Chair of AgroInvest, a large microfinance bank serving rural families in Serbia and Montenegro, and currently sits on various other boards for organisations focused on social enterprise and technology. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. Ross’ formal qualifications include a BSc (Geophysics), GradDipEd, and MBA (Deakin University).

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Welcome back from RIAA
Estelle Parker
  • 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.

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Investing in Accessibility
Graeme Innes AM

The importance of disability for diversity and an accessible built environment for equality, addressing why disability should form part of any human rights approach by investors.

  • Graeme Innes AM (Lawyer, author, and company director)

    Graeme Innes AM

    Lawyer, author, and company director
Defining the new era of responsible investment
Fiona Reynolds

Keynote - Fiona Reynolds, Conexus Financial

  • Fiona Reynolds (CEO of Conexus Financial)

    Fiona Reynolds

    CEO of Conexus Financial
Morning tea
Putting nature at the heart of financeRIAA's Nature Working Group
Adam KanzerGuy WilliamsRadha KuppalliShara Lohrasb

This session will examine why nature has become one of the top issues for investors and the finance sector. Experts and practitioners will examine the business case, risks, opportunities and systemic considerations of nature and natural capital for investors, as well as the latest developments from the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and the response from Australian stakeholders. This session will bring together leading international and domestic knowledge and expertise about how we can meet the challenge of putting nature at the heart of finance in Australia.

  • Adam Kanzer (Head of Stewardship – Americas at BNP Paribas Asset Management)

    Adam Kanzer

    Head of Stewardship – Americas at BNP Paribas Asset Management
  • Guy Williams (Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Director, Biodiversity and Natural Capital - Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte)

    Guy Williams

    Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Director, Biodiversity and Natural Capital - Sustainability and Climate Change at Deloitte
  • Radha Kuppalli (Managing Director of New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited)

    Radha Kuppalli

    Managing Director of New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited
  • Shara Lohrasb (Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Associate Director at Clean Energy Finance Corporation)

    Shara Lohrasb

    Co-Chair of Nature Working Group & Associate Director at Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Keynote, Stephen Jones MP
  • Stephen Jones MP (Federal Member for Whitlam and Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation)

    Stephen Jones MP

    Federal Member for Whitlam and Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation

    Stephen Jones is the Federal Member for Whitlam and Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation.

    Stephen was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 2010 representing the Southern Illawarra seat of Throsby. He was re-elected at the 2013 election and elected to the re-named seat of Whitlam in the 2016 election.

    Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wollongong and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Macquarie University.

    Prior to entering the Federal Parliament he worked as a community worker for various front line disability services, youth and health services and as a lawyer with the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and as the Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU).

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Lunch
Isn’t net zero enough? The investor role in driving a just transition for workers and communities
Warrick JordanRebecca Mikula-WrightChris NewtonKarrina Nolan

Investors are starting to pay attention to the social consequences of climate change. As the world's economy responds to climate change, what investment approaches can be brought to bear to ensure the transition is a just one that supports an inclusive economy and sustainable development?

  • Warrick Jordan (Coordinator at Hunter Jobs Alliance)

    Warrick Jordan

    Coordinator at Hunter Jobs Alliance
  • Rebecca Mikula-Wright (CEO of IGCC and AIGCC)

    Rebecca Mikula-Wright

    CEO of IGCC and AIGCC
  • Chris Newton (Executive Director, Responsible Investment of IFM Investors Pty Ltd)

    Chris Newton

    Executive Director, Responsible Investment of IFM Investors Pty Ltd
  • Karrina Nolan (Executive Director of Original Power)

    Karrina Nolan

    Executive Director of Original Power
Invest like a girl: How to seize opportunities in women led investments
Kathryn McDonaldJulia BaileyKate HowittCamilla Love

By not investing with a gender lens, investors are missing out on attractive investment opportunities. Gender equality is not just about supporting women. It is about harnessing the power and knowledge of 50% of the population to build innovative solutions to today's problems. Evidence shows that all-women and mixed-gender teams outperform all-male portfolio management teams, and that companies with at least one female founder outperform all-male founder teams. In this session, hear from a panel of experts on how to integrate a gender lens to capitalise on investment opportunities.

  • Kathryn McDonald (Co-Founder of Radiant ESG)

    Kathryn McDonald

    Co-Founder of Radiant ESG
  • Julia Bailey (Head of Advocacy Strategy / Senior Research Analyst at Melior Investment Management)

    Julia Bailey

    Head of Advocacy Strategy / Senior Research Analyst at Melior Investment Management
  • Kate Howitt (Portfolio Manager at Fidelity International)

    Kate Howitt

    Portfolio Manager at Fidelity International
  • Camilla Love (Managing Director, eInvest Australia; Founder of F3 – Future Females in Finance)

    Camilla Love

    Managing Director, eInvest Australia; Founder of F3 – Future Females in Finance
Afternoon tea
Consolidation of reporting standards – is this the silver bullet we’ve been waiting for?
Sue LloydGeorgina CampCarly HammondPatrick Viljoen

We are seeing increased harmonisation of frameworks and standards for managing impact and sustainability reporting - some being legislated and others remaining voluntary. What is the current state of play, the merits of the various offerings and the remaining gaps in the market?

  • Sue Lloyd (Vice-Chair at International Sustainability Standards Board)

    Sue Lloyd

    Vice-Chair at International Sustainability Standards Board
  • Georgina Camp (Managing Director and Founder of Huber Social)

    Georgina Camp

    Managing Director and Founder of Huber Social
  • Carly Hammond (Impact Investment Forum Program Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Carly Hammond

    Impact Investment Forum Program Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia
  • Patrick Viljoen (Senior Manager ESG at CPA Australia)

    Patrick Viljoen

    Senior Manager ESG at CPA Australia
How to become a Responsible Investment Leader?
Edward LeesSimon O'ConnorZsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar
  • Edward Lees (Co-head Environmental Strategies Group & Co-lead Portfolio Manager at BNP Paribas Asset Management)

    Edward Lees

    Co-head Environmental Strategies Group & Co-lead Portfolio Manager at BNP Paribas Asset Management

    Edward is co-head of the Environmental Strategies Group within Fundamental Active Equities and ESG Champion at BNP Paribas Asset Management.
    He is responsible for all activities related to the management and performance of the organisation’s environmental strategies and portfolios, including a specialist team of 6 investment and research professionals.
    In his capacity as Senior Portfolio Manager, Edward is the co-lead portfolio manager for the Energy Transition Fund, Environmental Absolute Return Thematic Fund (EARTH) and the Ecosystems Restoration fund. He joined BNPP AM in 2019.
    Edward began his career in 1994 at Morgan Stanley in New York in investment banking and private equity. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 where he was an MD and founded and co-ran the Goldman Sachs Thematic Investment Group (2005-2009). Edward set up thematic fund Clear River Capital in 2009 and subsequently went to UBS as a MD to start a principal investing business. Since 2012, Edward was the CEO and co-founder of North Shore Partners that became part of Duet Asset Management in 2015 and later co-founded Sustainable Solutions (2017-2019) with a focus on developing environmental solutions strategies across long only as well as log short strategies.
    Edward has over 27 years of investment management experience across thematic investments, capital structure and private markets. He holds a MBA from Wharton and a BA from Amherst College and is based in London.

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  • 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 450+ 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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  • Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar (Research Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia RIAA)

    Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar

    Research Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia RIAA

    Zsuzsa looks after RIAA’s many research products, 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.

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Conference WRAP UP
Susheela Peres da Costa
  • Susheela Peres da Costa (Chair at Responsible Investment Association Australasia)

    Susheela Peres da Costa

    Chair at Responsible Investment Association Australasia

    Susheela Peres da Costa is the chair of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia and is a director of the US-based not-for-profit, The Shareholder Commons.

    She has been advising domestic and international financial institutions on responsible investment since 2006, including almost 16 years in leadership roles with responsible investment boutique Regnan / Governance Advisory Service.

    As Head of Advisory, she supported some of the world’s largest institutions to achieve strategic and commercial objectives, such as an upgrade in stewardship strategy for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment and a global leadership position in sustainable investment for a global full-service bank based in Zurich.

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