Simon O’Connor

CEO, Responsible Investment Association Australasia

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Simon is the CEO of RIAA, the peak industry body for responsible, ethical and impact investors across Australia and New Zealand. RIAA represents 200 members who manage over $5 trillion of assets globally. RIAA works to see more capital flowing into sustainable assets and enterprises, working with members to both increase the uptake and deepen the impact of responsible investment and working with consumers to unlock their ability to direct their savings consistent with their own values.

Simon operates at the intersection of economics, finance and sustainability and has extensive international experience as an economic adviser, investment analyst and environmental consultant, across finance, corporate and not for profit sectors. He is a firm believer that capital can be one of the strongest levers to shift to a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world. 

Simon sits on NAB’s Advisory Council on Corporate Responsibility, is a member of the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, sits on the Principles for Responsible Investment Australia Network Advisory Committee, ESG Research Australia executive committee, and is a board member of the consultancy Economists at Large. 


Laura Maclean