UCF’s Director of Responsible Investing, Matthew Illian, sat down with Fiona Reynolds, a global leader in the world of responsible investing and former CEO of the Principle for Responsible Investing (PRI), launched by the United Nations in 2006 to develop responsible investing practices and standards. You can read Fiona’s full bio below.

In this interview, you’ll learn how Fiona’s catholic upbringing led her towards a career focused on responsible investing and some unlikely heroes who inspire her to continue in this work. You will also hear why Fiona believes that governments, NGOs, churches and the private sector must all work together to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Finally, you’ll hear about Fiona’s favorite places in the world and why she is focused on the intersection of finance and peace.

Click on the question boxes to view snippets of the video interview.

Who motivated you to pursue a career in responsible investing?

Why did you start your presentation at the PRI In Person conference with some sobering statistics?

How can churches and their investment decisions impact the globe?

Are sustainable and responsible investing efforts having a positive impact?

What are the barriers to get more capital flowing from the developed to the developing world?

Finance for Peace. What does finance have to do with peace?

Quick questions with Fiona Reynolds and conclusion.

About Fiona Reynolds

Fiona Reynolds is an independent director and advisory board member working across the business and investor sectors on ESG and sustainability issues. Fiona served as the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) for just under a decade, stepping down at the beginning of 2022.

She is on the Advisory Boards of Affirmative Investment Management, and ROC Partners. She chairs the ESG Advisory Board for Qualitas and is on the think tanks Climate Catalyst, and the UBS Sustainability and Impact Forum, as well the Advisory Committee for the NSW Commissioner for Anti-Slavery and the Australian Human Rights Institute.

Fiona has 28 years’ experience in the financial services, superannuation 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.