The discussion will focus on the investor-led market in terms of sustainable financing as part of a broader move globally towards impact investment and net zero carbon emissions. With recent moves by BHP, central bankers, prudential authorities and other financial institutions, it’s never been more important to be up to date. Our expert panel will consider the Who, What, Why and When of Sustainable Finance in 2020 and the outlook going forward as the world moves away from investments in fossil fuels and into a less-carbon intensive economy.
Linda manages the Cash, Fixed Interest and Alternative Debt sectors for Cbus Super, a $50 billion Australian based industry super fund. Cbus’ Alternative Debt sector invests in global debt through external managers with Linda responsible for the selection and supervision of these managers. Linda is also driving and implementing the domestic strategy for Cbus which is providing debt directly to Australian corporates, infrastructure and property development projects. An experienced debt and credit portfolio manager, Linda has over 25 years’ experience with a background across Australian banks, retail and institutional fund managers. Prior to joining Cbus, Linda has worked for IFM Investors, AMP Capital, AXA, Commonwealth Bank, Colonial State Bank and State Bank of NSW.
Megan is an experienced business development professional and leader in sustainable development, governance, environmental markets, law and policy. Megan has worked within and independently advised large multinational companies and institutions on their transition to a net zero emissions future. Megan is currently Non-executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute, the Earthwatch Institute (Chair), Sustainability Victoria and the Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute.
Ben is Principal and Managing Director of Kilara Capital, a deal origination and investment management business. Kilara’s vision is to transform food, energy and land-management systems to ensure that they are resilient, regenerative and ecologically responsible. Kilara aims to achieve this vision by creating and pursuing investment opportunities in low/zero carbon infrastructure via its 3 distinct business units (Food & Ag, Private Equity and Energy).
Kilara’s current projects and pipeline include opportunities in irrigated horticulture, aquaculture, protected cropping, renewable energy and carbon farming.
Ben has circa 20 years of experience across corporate advisory, legal advisory, commercial transactions and deal structuring in a variety of industry sectors.
From 2016-2018, Ben was General Counsel at Impact Investment Group (IIG). IIG is Australia’s leading impact funds management business, with AUD 730m in assets under management across renewable infrastructure, commercial property and venture capital. He led the property and renewables transactional deal teams and was jointly responsible for high level commercial strategy and decision making across the Group.
Ben is currently a Non-executive Director of;
• Environment Victoria (a prominent Australian environmental NGO);
• Pacific Biotechnologies (an Australian aquaculture and biotech company that is setting a new standard in sustainable on-shore aquaculture, plant nutrition and wastewater management); and
• Sustainable Australia Fund (Australia’s leading provider of Environmental Upgrade Finance. SAF provides up to 100% of the capital needed by businesses wanting to upgrade their energy infrastructure and unlock efficiencies and environmental outcomes).
Ben is also co-Principal of ‘5 Pillars Capital’ a private family office, which he runs with his wife – Cassy Liberman. 5 Pillars actively supports Kilara Capital and is committed to investing 100% of its capital to investments which generate measurable financial, environmental and social outcomes.
John brings over twenty-five years’ experience working on public and business policy with a focus on climate, sustainability and development issues. John joins CMI following the successful conclusion of two years as Executive Director of the Fijian Government’s COP23 Presidency Secretariat. In that role John managed the Secretariat’s strategic, logistic and policy support functions as Fiji presided over UNFCCC negotiations. John is well known across Australia from his previous decade-long role as CEO of The Climate Institute, overseeing its focus on national policy, institutional investor and international climate diplomacy. He has worked on numerous boards, as well as government and business advisory panels, and has helped lead the formation of numerous alliances of business and community groups in the pursuit of an urgent but inclusive and just transition to the opportunities of decarbonised economies and societies. John is a qualified lawyer and graduate of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors.
Moderated by Katharine Tapley
Katharine leads a team spearheading the bank’s strategy to support transition to a low carbon and more sustainable economy. In addition to setting up ANZ’s own green and sustainability bond programs and overseeing ANZ’s 2020 $15b sustainable finance target, the her team has executed ~AUD 13b of financing over the last 4 years across green, social and sustainability bonds and loans for clients in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Katharine has been instrumental in developing these markets in Australia and New Zealand. Katharine is a 2016 alumnus of The Prince of Wales Business and Sustainability Programme.