Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar (Manager of Research at RIAA)

Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar

Manager of Research at RIAA

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

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

Dean Hegarty (Executive Manager, Membership & Engagement at RIAA)

Dean Hegarty

Executive Manager, Membership & Engagement at RIAA

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

Erica Kinsella (Senior Vice President, ESG Product Strategist at PIMCO)

Erica Kinsella

Senior Vice President, ESG Product Strategist at PIMCO

Erica Kinsella is a senior vice president and product strategist in the PIMCO Newport Beach office, focusing ESG strategies. Previously, she was an account manager covering financial intermediaries offering retirement investment solutions. She is a member of PIMCO's client management Inclusion & Diversity Council, contributing to the firm's investments in inclusion and diversity internally and externally. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2020, she was a vice president at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York. She has 13 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami.

Simon O'Connor (CEO of RIAA)

Simon O'Connor


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 an advisory member to the Australian Sustainable Finance Institute, working group member of the Toitū Tahua Centre for Sustainable Finance, Chair of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, as well as a member of the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing in New Zealand.