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 500+ 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.

Susan Quinn (Head, Policy and Advocacy at Responsibleinvestment)

Susan Quinn

Head, Policy and Advocacy at Responsibleinvestment

Susan leads RIAA’s efforts to embed responsible investment approaches in law, regulation and standards.

Before joining RIAA, Susan led projects in law reform implementation and complex industry surveillance at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. She was the insurance policy and advocacy lead at Consumer Action Law Centre, and managed the policy team and climate change work at the Victorian Council of Social Service. She also worked in policy and legal education at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, as a Parliamentary adviser and in commercial publishing.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate in Social Sciences. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018.

Shalini Samuel (Head of Certification & Ratings at Responsible Investment Association of Australasia)

Shalini Samuel

Head of Certification & Ratings at Responsible Investment Association of Australasia

With a combined 10 years of experience in ESG investment and certification of financial services entities, Shalini is accountable for the management and delivery of RIAA's Certification Program, Sustainability Ratings and associated projects.

Prior to joining RIAA, Shalini held various roles with organisations including B Lab Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, Minderoo Foundation – Walk Free, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. Her experience also extends to policy guidance for corporate reporting, as she represented institutional investor interests on the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department Working Group on Human Trafficking and Slavery in Supply Chains.