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The State of Socially Responsible Investing

45 mins
0.75 CPD Hours

NextGen Super Network Investment  COVID-19  Climate change  ESG

Investment teams are increasing their emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to proactively manage inherent risks, such as climate change, within their portfolios.

Removing the jargon and complexity, our panel of industry experts will take a deep dive into what goes into socially responsible investing for superannuation funds and how it factors into the decision-making process across the organisation.

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Liza McDonald, Head of Responsible Investment, First State Super

Liza has over 20 years’ experience in the superannuation sector, and is a specialist and passionate advocate for Responsible Investments.

As Head of Responsible Investments, she has led the development and implementation of the Fund’s Responsible Investment policies, the execution of the Climate Change Adaption Plan and also manages the ESG policy compliance including manager and asset class ESG reviews.

Liza joined First State Super through our merger partner Health Super in December 2006 as an analyst in the Compliance, Legal and Risk Team. Before joining First State Super, Liza held various roles at Mercer Legal where her primary focus was on trustee education and corporate secretarial duties.

Liza is a Director of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), and is a member of the advisory committee with the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) and ESG Research Australia. She is also a member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative Technical Working Group, Better Informed Decisions.

Sandra Silea, Analyst - ESG & Stewardship, Investments, AustralianSuper

Sandra Silea is an Analyst in the ESG and Stewardship team at AustralianSuper, working within the fund’s Investments team to integrate ESG considerations into the investment process. She contributes to the fund’s ESG activities by engaging with listed company boards on ESG matters, actively voting at company meetings and conducting ESG due diligence for unlisted investments. Sandra is a member of the RIAA Human Rights Working Group and previously worked for political campaigns and NGOs focussed on international affairs and diplomacy in the United States.

Ben Symons, Project Management, Deloitte Risk Advisory

Ben is passionate about helping companies understand shifts in stakeholder expectations across Environmental, Social, and Governance. He helps companies understand how ESG performance metrics that have traditionally been invisible to the economy are increasingly connected and critical to the long term sustained earnings businesses. Ben approaches Corporate Sustainability as strategic and pragmatic business. Being good is good for business.

Ben’s experience as a Chartered Accountant includes delivering the following services, primarily across Climate Risk;

  • Setting emissions boundaries and measuring carbon footprints
  • Carbon neutral journeys
  • Climate change strategies
  • Sustainability reporting, and Integrated Reporting principles
  • Water framework’s


Rufimy Khoo, Senior Investment Analyst, Equip Super

Rufimy Khoo is a Senior Investment Analyst at Equipsuper. She is involved in the generation of investment ideas, recommendations and research to support the Fund Strategy particularly from the ESG perspective. She also plays an important role in implementing strategic investment decisions and managing external service provider relationship.

Prior to Equipsuper, Rufimy was working with an infrastructure debt fund manager.

Rufimy is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She is also a qualified lawyer and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Rufimy completed her Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University.

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