Simon O’Connor

31 January 2013 — The Responsible Investment Association of Australasia has appointed Simon O’Connor as chief executive to replace outgoing CEO Louise O’Halloran.

Mr O’Connor brings 10 years’ international experience from both the financial services and sustainability sectors, including as director and senior economist for Economists at Large, senior investment analyst at Innovest (now MSCI) and most recently as leading economic advisor for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

RIAA’s Board of Directors chair Pablo Berrutti said Mr O’Connor’s appointment came at a critical point in the evolution of responsible investment.

“We are particularly excited about Simon’s track record in linking civil society and the investment community,” Mr Berrutti said.

“Strengthening these connections, as many sustainability leaders in the corporate sector have done, will be critical to ensuring that the investment industry can meet the needs of beneficiaries in the coming decades.”

Mr O’Connor played a critical role at the ACF in leading the debate on issues important to the development of sustainable financial markets. These issues included the financing of Australia’s low carbon economy, carbon pricing, forestry and resources.