Innovest’s Managing Director Asia Pacific, Mr Bill Hartnett, joined the company in 2005 after having gained extensive experience in sustainable investment related research and product development as part of a 15 year career in the finance and investment industry.
From 1994 to 2000 Bill worked at Westpac Banking Corporation in corporate banking, strategy and funds management roles before specialising in the sustainable investment field. In 1999-2000 Bill worked on the product management and communication for the Westpac (now BT) Australian Eco Share Fund – the first ‘best of sector’ SRI fund offered to Australian superannuation funds.
From 2000 to 2003 Bill developed and was the Manager of the Challenger Socially Responsive Investment Fund (SRI Fund). The fund won the inaugural “Ethical Fund of the Year 2001” from Ethical Investor Magazine.
Bill’s qualifications include a Masters of Environmental Management from University of NSW (2004 for which he was awarded the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Prize) and a Bachelor of Economic Degree (with double major in economics and sociology) from Macquarie University (1992).
Bill has gained a high profile in the sustainable investment industry in Australia and Asia and has been invited to present at several conferences and seminars including:
UNEPFI Global Conference - Seoul Korea June 2008
United Nations Environmental Program - Global Roundtable Melbourne October 2007
SRI Korea International Conference, Seoul, June 2007
Triple Bottom Line Investing Asia Conference, Bangkok May 2007
CPA WA 2007 Conference, Perth May 2007
10th Annual Victorian Power Conference, Melbourne May 2007
ACTU Trustees Seminar, Melbourne May 2007
UN Global Business for the Environment Conference, Singapore April 2007
Melbourne Financial Services Symposium, Melbourne March 2007
9th Annual New Zealand National Power Conference, Auckland February 2007
ACCSR Turning Point Conference, Sydney February 2007
CPA NSW 2006 Conference, Sydney October 2006
New Zealand Council for SRI Conference, Auckland October 2006
EBA Business and Climate Change Summit, October 2006
Cleantech Australasia 2006 Conference, Melbourne August 2006
ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards, May 2006
Climate Change and Business Conference, Adelaide February 2006
Cleantech Australasia 2005 Conference, Melbourne November 2005