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Money talks: divesting from fossil fuels

How can you ensure that your money is not supporting industries that accelerate climate change, but instead is part of the climate solution? Data, and public pressure, is shifting the conversation on investment in fossil fuels.

This dynamic panel brings together industry, activists and researchers to explore how we might achieve actions around investing and divesting to build a clean and prosperous future. 

Get expert insight into the driving factors of risk, ethics, and universities as a model case study for change. Our panel discuss what you can do now with your money, and within your means, to support the future we need.

Alison Eslake from Fossil Free Sydney provides an opening statement.

The panel

A former Melbourne Uni environment officer, Rachel started an internship with Market Forces in 2016. This quickly led to a campaigning position, with a particular focus on working with and empowering shareholders. If you own shares in banks, insurance companies or mining companies, get in touch with Rachel. 

Tanya is a lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting. Tanya completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Tanya's research is deeply interdisciplinary, her interests concerned with the ways in which engineering, actuarial science and climate science integrate into work practices, business strategy and accounting.

Alastair is an applied micro-economist with research interests in Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, and International Trade. Alastair has two streams of current research, both motivated by the challenge of effectively reducing carbon emissions associated with our energy use. The first stream is on improving our understanding of how and why consumers decide to conserve energy in response to information, price changes, and other incentives. The second stream considers how imports of goods substitute between methods of transportation, in particular how mode choice can be incorporated into trade models, and the importance of substitution between air and ocean freight to proposed regulations on carbon emissions from international transportation.

Phil has been Director of Finance and Business Services since June 2012, leading a team of 160 with responsibility for financial strategy and operations, planning, procurement, research services and legal.  He sits on a number of national bodies including the Employers’ Pensions Forum, the USS Joint Negotiating Committee and the Audit Committee of the Leadership Foundation.  Prior to joining UCL, Phil was CFO at City University, FD at the University of Westminster and is a former Chair of the British Universities Finance Directors Group (2006-10). His earlier career included 5 years as FD of an NHS Trust and spells at BP and Prudential.  Phil is a graduate of Warwick University and has a Masters from London School of Economics.

As a partner in MinterEllison’s Corporate & Capital Markets Group with a finance and projects background, Keith has valuable experience across the financial capital spectrum, acting for sponsors and funders in many industry sectors, including real estate, infrastructure and technology.

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