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Sustainable Investment & Asset Management Forum

How to sustainably manage assets and operations

Thursday, 24 February 2022

8:45AM - 1:30PM



ICC Sydney, Cockle Bay Room, L3



Sydney First Members Only

The requirements for companies to meet higher ESG standards has led to projects being designed from the onset in a more sustainable way. This sustainable focus has also spread to the financial sector and capital markets with investors now looking to make more ethical and sustainable investment decisions.

At this half-day Forum, Business Sydney's guests heard from two expert panels and two keynote speakers, from a range of industries, on why and how their organisations look to conduct business in a more sustainable manner, what it means in relation to attracting investment and how it connects these businesses with shareholders and end users of their products and services. 

See below for the agenda and our speakers' biographies, also a link to the video recording of the forum and a gallery of highlights.

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09:20 AM   Formalities begin - Official Welcome

09:30 AM   PANEL 1: Investing in Australia's Future (see below)

10:30 AM   Morning tea

10:50 AM   Keynote Speaker: John Lydon, Economic Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commissioner

11:30 AM   PANEL 2: Managing Cleaner, Greener and More Sustainable Business (see below)

12:20 PM   Keynote Speaker: Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney Council

12:50 PM   Networking, standing buffet lunch

01:30 PM   Close



Topic: Business Sydney's Sustainable Investment & Asset Management Forum
Start Time: Feb 24, 2022 9:00 AM
Meeting Recording:
Access Passcode: Sustainability1#



Panel one: Investing in Australia’s Future – Investors Panel

Around the world vast amounts of capital are being invested in environmentally responsible projects. The Australian responsible investment market reached new highs in 2020, increasing to $1,281 billion in 2020 from $983 billion in 2019. Reaching net zero emissions by 2050 is an imperative for the Australian business community and without adequate funding for new clean, green projects, many will not get off the ground.

We discuss reasons why the major players are eager to invest in sustainable projects, what they consider when choosing them and how they aim to help limit climate change by putting their money into projects that stack up financially and sustainably. Join Business Sydney and an expert panel as we take a deep dive into the crucial conversation on directing capital into responsible investments. 

Fiona Reynolds

PwC Australia, ESG Advisory Group

Fiona Reynolds served as the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a United Nations (UN) supported organisation and the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment, for over nine years. She stepped down in December 2021 to return to Australia and join Conexus Financial as CEO in March 2022.

Fiona has 25 years' experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined the PRI from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent seven years as CEO.

Fiona was named one of the 20 most influential people in sustainability globally by Barron’s magazine and has twice been named one of Australia’s one hundred women of influence by the Australian Financial Review.


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Chief Investment Officer, Aware Super

As Chief Investment Officer, Damian is responsible for the investment strategy of both Aware Super (previously First State Super) and Aware Financial Services, the financial planning company purchased by Aware Super in 2016.

Damian brings over 27 years’ experience managing equity portfolios and investment teams. Between 2012-16 Damian was Chief Investment Officer at StatePlus. He previously headed up Private Portfolio Management for the Macquarie Group, where he was promoted to run that business following a successful tenure as Head of Investment within the same division.

Damian has also held senior positions within Norwich Investment Management and JP Morgan Investment Management.

Rory Lonergan

Executive Director | Head of Infrastructure, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Rory Lonergan is an Executive Director in the Investment team at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and leads the infrastructure business. Rory works with a range of third-party fund managers across multiple sectors, including infrastructure, property and early stage investments. Rory has more than 20 years of experience in the funds management sector, having worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Zurich Capital Markets and Challenger Limited, where he was Head of Structuring.  Rory has set up listed and unlisted funds, both in Australia and offshore, across all asset classes, including infrastructure, property, fixed income and renewables. He has also structured the acquisition of assets globally for those funds.  Rory is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Micah Schulz

Head of Office, Lendlease Investment Management

Micah is responsible for leading Lendlease Investment Management’s office platform. With over 16 years of experience across diverse roles in the property industry, Micah joined Lendlease in 2016 and was previously APPF Commercial Fund Manager. In this role, he led a future-focused office strategy centred around next generation, connected and sustainable precincts with strong amenity that can attract and retain the best talent. With this vision, the fund grew to ~$6bn and now includes some of Australia’s most respected workplaces and precincts.

Micah is passionate about the future of office and positioning assets to respond to current and future market forces and customer demands. 



Head of ESG, AMP Capital 

Adam Kirkman is Head of ESG at AMP Capital where since 2010 he is responsible for coordinating the integration of ESG and responsible investment practices covering approximately A$200 billion in AUM.  Adam has over 26 years international experience in risk, governance, environmental and sustainability issues across resources, oil and gas, electricity, transport, government, banking and institutional investment. His career includes prior roles in management consulting and as Program Manager Energy and Climate Change at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva.  In this role he also worked collaboratively with the World Economic Forum, World Bank and International Energy Agency on sustainability programs, research and outreach initiatives.

Adam has degrees in science and environmental law and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (International Directors Course).  He has served as a co-founding Advisory Board member of GRESB Infrastructure and is an active contributor to a number of other investor collaborations and working groups on ESG topics including the Australian Sustainable Finance Institute (ASFI); Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI); Financial Services Council; Australian Financial Markets Association and Investor Group on Climate Change. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: esg performance IN australia, today & tomorrow

John Lydon


Economic Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission

John is the Co-Chair of Australian Climate Leaders’ Coalition, Economic Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission, Industry Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, and former McKinsey Managing Partner Australia & New Zealand.

His purpose is to help business create sustainable, inclusive value for all their stakeholders: shareholders, society and the environment.

Building on 25 years of global experience at McKinsey, John supports, challenges and coaches leaders and organisations across the public, private and social sectors. He participates across sectors to help build systemic solutions to complex challenges, in particular climate change. In 2020, he took a year's sabbatical from McKinsey to explore this area, including serving as an Industry professor at the University of Technology Sydney, collaborating with a range of business and civil society organisations, and continuously learning.

He most enjoys working closely with CEOs, Boards and leaders to help them develop and grow - realising their personal potential and that of the organisations they lead. As managing partner of McKinsey in Australia & NZ from 2013-2019, John also led the innovation and evolution of their consulting work beyond traditional strategy consulting to areas like digital and analytics, capability building, commercial transformation, implementation and restructuring. Through his term leading the practice, McKinsey more than tripled their scale and impact while becoming more diverse, inclusive and externally engaged.

Panel two: Managing Cleaner, Greener and More Sustainable Business – Asset Owner & Manager Panel

Companies around Australia are constantly assessing and trying to improve how sustainable their operations are running, managing their assets more wisely and planning for a lower carbon future.

Business leaders are leading the way in sustainability for many reasons including corporate responsibility, attracting capital investment into their projects and to reaping the rewards of a high-tech low carbon future.

Join us for an important discussion with an expert panel representing a variety of industries, on why and how their organisations conduct business in a more sustainable manner, what it means to these firms in relation to attracting investment and how it connects these businesses with shareholders and end users of their products and services. 

Andrew Cole


Group Head of ESG, Charter Hall

Andrew has 20 years’ experience in both Corporate and Government sustainability strategy and policy.

Andrew is Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s National Sustainability Roundtable, Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia’s Industry Advisory Group and Deputy Chair of the City of Sydney’s Better Buildings Partnership. Andrew joined Charter Hall as Group Head of ESG in 2021, prior to this Andrew was with Lendlease for 14 years and was appointed to his most recent role General Manager Sustainability for Lendlease Funds Management Australia in August 2018.

Andrew has been responsible for the strategic integration of environmental, social and governance factors into the management of development projects and portfolios of real assets. 

Françoise Merit 

Chief Financial Officer, Endeavour Energy 

Françoise Merit is a seasoned CFO and executive with over 20 years’ experience in the engineering, infrastructure and defence sectors encompassing finance, risk management, project performance, commercial and contractual negotiations.

She joined Endeavour Energy as its first female Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2020 and plays a pivotal role in transforming the company’s financial operations, regulatory protocols and culture as it evolves from a traditional ‘poles and wires’ electricity distribution network to a modern grid, connecting over 1.2 million homes and businesses across Sydney’s Greater West, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Illawarra and the South Coast of NSW.

Françoise drives success through emphasising the strategic partnership model, automation, and adoption of new technologies. Françoise is passionate about Sustainability and increasing Diversity & Inclusion and driving the organisational rewards associated with it.

Prior to joining Endeavour Energy, Françoise held executive and senior management roles at Transfield Services Group, Australia Defence Industries, Thales and Aurecon.


Fellow, CPA Australia

Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Masters in Business Administration - ESSCA Business School (France)

Appointed Chair of the French Foreign Trade Advisory Board (Jan 2020)

Richard Kirkman

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Australia & New Zealand

Since joining the Veolia Group in 1994 as an environmental engineer, Richard has held a number of senior commercial, operational and technical positions in Europe and the UK & Ireland. Driving strategic development in Material & Energy Sales, Planning, Construction, Fleet and External Affairs, as well as commissioning key recycling and Energy Recovery Facilities, Richard was key in developing technology and innovation for the regions.

Joining Veolia Australia and New Zealand in 2020 as CEO and Managing Director, Richard is now focused on delivering ecological transformation through Veolia’s ANZ water, waste and energy activities. Richard is a passionate advocate for preserving and replenishing resources and is pivoting the organisation to be a trusted partner for complex infrastructure, whilst influencing policy as an authoritative voice on the challenges surrounding the environmental sector.

Richard believes that delivering a sustainable future is about people, customers and teams working together. Richard is on the Board of NWRIC and is member of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact Collective Action Group.

Michael Silman

Michael Silman 

Executive Director, Macquarie Group

Michael is an Executive Director at Macquarie and has held numerous roles since his commencement in 2003.   His current role is the Project Director of the Metro Martin Place project, a mixed use transport, commercial and retail precinct in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.

Past roles have included Head of Corporate Real Estate and Head of Group Procurement. Michael is a senior real estate and sourcing professional with global expertise in real estate, procurement, offshoring and outsourcing.   

Michael has extensive experience in delivering complex projects all over the world. 

Metro Martin Place will be a diverse, sustainable, connected and truly inclusive place, where people come to work, play, eat, shop, learn, interact and be inspired. It will be a place for everyone and will be completed in time for the opening of the new metro line in 2024.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University (BA) and a Masters in Real Estate from the UNSW (MRE).

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: City of Sydney Council’s increasing focus and investment in sustainable projects & initiatives

Monica Barone


Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney Council

Monica has been the CEO at the City of Sydney since 2006 having overseen the development and implementation of the City's long term vision for Central Sydney - Sustainable Sydney 2030.

She manages approximately 2000 staff, an annual Capital expenditure and Operational expenditure budget of approximately $880 million and $11.6 billion dollars of net assets including the Council's commercial property portfolio.

In 2016 the City of Sydney processed over 5 billion dollars of new development. The City's major projects are the CBD Light Rail (now managed by Transport for NSW) and the $13 billion Green Square Urban Renewal site.



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