Louise O’Halloran – Finance Sector Specialist

Louise was the group executive director of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) and RI Academy for 11 years until November 2012 when she relocated to Leura in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains, just outside of Sydney.

She now consults across a range of disciplines including corporate responsibility, responsible investment, e-learning, story-making, business ethics and futurism.

During her time at RIAA Louise guided the creation of the Responsible Investment Academy, the world’s first web-based e-learning curriculum devoted entirely to responsible investment and funded by the Australian Government Treasury.

Prior to this she worked in senior management roles in the arts. In Sydney she was General Manager of Belvoir Street Theatre, General Manager of the National Playwrights’ Conference and Development Manager at the Art Gallery Society of NSW.

She has also spent many years working outside Australia in Los Angeles (LA Festival), Washington and New York (consulting on corporate support for the arts), Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival, Assembly Rooms) and London (Institute of Contemporary Arts).

She has a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism), an MBA and spent three years writing her Masters of Philosophy focusing on business ethics and responsible investment (discontinued upon commencement at RIAA).

Some of Louise’s extra-curricular commitments include being a Governor of WWF; consulting editor for the Journal for Sustainable Finance and Investment; on the Chairman’s Council of Global Advisors for Inflection Point Capital (established by Innovest founder Matthew Kiernan) and a founding board member of the newly formed Katoomba Theatre Company.