Accounting for Sustainability and Responsible Investing Preliminary Agenda

Thank you for your continued interest in being a speaker at our virtual 2021 conference - Accounting for Sustainability and Responsible Investing. We look forward to discussing the following topics at the 2021 CARE Conference.  

This conference is the first of two conferences on the topic Accounting for Sustainability and Responsible Investing. The second, which will be held at the University of Notre Dame in 2022, will focus on selected academic research papers that are based on discussions from this conference. 

The conference will bring together accountants, finance-professionals, law-professionals, law-makers, standard-setters, economists, investors and scientists as well as academics from the sciences, accounting, finance, law and economics.  As with all CARE conferences, the main goal will be to set a research agenda for many emerging scholars, which will address key issues related to accounting for sustainability and responsible investing.  We anticipate your participation will bring much attention to these critical issues. 

Please note: Session Moderators are denoted in bold


Key Thoughts From Climate Scientists 

Dr. Karl Braganza Manager of Climate Monitoring; Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Chris Easton  Research Scientist, Research School of Chemistry; Australian National University
Graham Farquhar, AO    Leading Australian Climate Scientist; Australian National University
Dr. Geoff Garrett, AO Former Queensland Chief Scientist

Setting the stage: Why, should, and how can accounting and finance faculty become involved?

Gerben De Zwart   Managing Director, Quantitative Strategies; APG, The Netherlands
Patricia Espinosa Executive Secretary; United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Christina Fiueres Founder, Global Optimism Group; Author of The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate
Robert Knechel Frederick E Fisher Eminent Scholar; Director, International Accounting and Auditing Center; Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
Mindy Lubber President and CEO; Ceres
George Serafeim Charles M Williams Professor of Business Administration; Chair, Impact-Weighted Accounts Project; Harvard Business School

Thoughts and ideas from accounting academics

Richard Barker Professor of Accounting; Associate Dean of Faculty; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Hans Christensen Professor of Accounting and David G Booth Faculty Fellow, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business 
Paul Griffin Distinguished Professor of Management; Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis
Jeffrey Hales Chair, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board; Charles T Zlatkovich Centennial Professor; McCombs School of Business, University of Texas Austin
Gord Richardson KPMG Professor of Accounting; Rotman School of Accounting, University of Toronto
Naomi Soderstrom Deputy Head of Department, Professor of Managerial Accounting, University of Melbourne
Sandra Vera Munoz Chair, Department of Accountancy, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
Alan Willis Chartered Professional Accountants, Canada 
Robert Eccles Founding Chairman, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASN); Visiting Professor of Management Practice; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Ioannis Ioannou Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; London Business School
Amy Jaffe Energy Consultant; Research Professor; Managing Director of the Climate Policy Lab; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Shiva Rajgopal Roy Bernard Kester and T.W. Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing; Columbia Business School
Stefan Reichelstein The William R Timken Professor of Accounting, Emeritus; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment; Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research;
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; Stanford Graduate School of Business
Roberto Rigobon Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management; Professor, Applied Economics; Sloan School of Management, MIT
Herve Stolowy Professor of Accounting; HEC Paris
Steven Taylor Member, Australian Accounting Standards Board; Distinguished Professor of Accounting; University of Technology Sydney 
Ann Vanstraelen Professor of Accounting and Assurance Services; Maastricht University
Aaron Yoon Assistant Professor of Accounting and Information Management; Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Thoughts and ideas from finance academics

Martijn Cremers Martin J Gillen Dean; Bernard J Hank Professor of Finance; Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
Andrew Karolyi Harold Bierman, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management; Deputy Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs; SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University
Martina Linnenlueke   Professor of Environmental Finance; Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance; Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University
David Ng Professor; Founding Co-Director, Initiative on Responsible Finance; Area Coordinator for Finance; Charles H Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University
Tom Smith Head of Department of Applied Finance; Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance; Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University
Speaker forthcoming - identifying
information on China A stocks

Thoughts and ideas from accounting practitioners and standard setters

Jessica Fries Executive Chairman; A4S
Doug Johnston Climate Change and Sustainability Services Partner; EY UK Financial Accounting Advisory Services
Ian Mackintosh Chair; Corporate Reporting Dialogue
Kris Peach Former Chair; Australian Accounting Standards Board
Veronica Poole Global IFRS Leader; UK National Head of Accounting and Corporate Reporting; Deloitte UK
Nick Ridehalgh  Director, Lead Better Business Reporting; CFO Advisory; KPMG Australia
Mary Shapiro Vice Chair for Global Public Policy and Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman, Bloomberg LP; The Center for Audit Quality
Marc Siegel Board Member, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB); Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services; EY
Helen Slinger Executive Director; A4S
Richard Spencer Head of Sustainability; Director of Thought Leadership; Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW)
Dr. Alan Teixeira Global Director if IFRS Research; Deloitte UK
Mary Tokar Board Member; International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)

Thoughts and ideas from finance / investment practitioners

Dr. Don Hamson Managing Director; Plato Investment Management
Simon O'Connor CEO; Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Lukasz Pomorski Managing Director, Global Stock Selection; Member, ESG Working Group; AQR Capital Management, LLC
Andrew Porter Immediate Past Chair, Group of 100; CFO, Australian Foundation Investment Company
Dan Romito AVP, Business Development and Product Strategy; NASDAQ
Steve Sargent President and CEO; GE Capital Australia
Dr. Gavin Smith Head of Equity Research; Quantitative Management  Associates
Steven Taylor Member, Australian Accounting Standards Board; Distinguished Professor of Accounting; University of Technology Sydney
Deborah Winshel Managing Director; Global Head of Social Impact; BlackRock

Sustainability assurance and AccountAbility

Sunny Misser CEO; AccountAbility
Forthcoming Panel to be Announced

Implementation Issues

Natalie Ambrosio-Preudhomme         Director, Communications; Four Twenty Seven
Paul Druckman Chairman, Supervisory Board; World Benchmarking Alliance
Jeremy Deaton Associate Director, Editorial; Nexus Media News
Roseline Klein Sustainability Manager; Watercare Services Ltd.
Dr. Michael Molitor Professorial Visiting Fellow, Climate Change Research Center; University of New South Wales
Andrew Watson Director; IP Value Added
Jing Zhang Managing Director, Global Head of Quantitative Research; Head of San Francisco Office; Moody's Analytics

Youth Engagement

Delaney Reynolds Founder & CEO, The Sink or Swim Project; Marine Science Studies Major; Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Alex Baumann Student Energy Board Core Leader, Sustainable Business Strategies Researcher, Green ND Representative, Department of Sustainability Volunteer, University of Notre Dame; Staff, Assurance Services; EY
Erin Bellissimo Managing Director, The Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing; Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame
Jonathan George President, Net Impact; CFO, MBA Association; Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame


Agenda subject to change. Please contact Lorie Marsh ( for additional information or questions. In the meantime, we hope you and yours remain healthy.