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.

Erica Hall (ESG analyst at Morningstar)

Erica Hall

ESG analyst at Morningstar

Erica Hall is an ESG analyst for Morningstar Australasia Pty Ltd. She is responsible for conducting qualitative research on Australian and New Zealand managers and their funds. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2017, Hall started her career as a money market dealer and has since worked in a variety of roles within financial services, including strategy, and product and client-relationship management. Erica holds a Master of Financial Planning, graduate diploma in applied finance and investments, Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Emma Herd (Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability at EY)

Emma Herd

Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability at EY

Emma is a Partner with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability team and is a skilled professional with over 20 years’ experience in climate change, sustainable finance and sustainability practice. Prior to joining EY, Emma was Chief Executive Officer of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) (2015-2021) and Environment Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission (2020-2021). Previously, Emma worked at Westpac for over 15 years across a range of sustainability, environment, sustainable finance, climate change, carbon trading and ESG risk management roles. Emma is a regular media contributor on climate change matters and a respected voice on climate transition implications for business.

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 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.

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.