Emma Herd

CEO, Investor Group on Climate Change

Emma Herd is CEO of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC), representing members with over $1 trillion in funds under management and the peak body in Australia and New Zealand for investors focused on managing carbon exposure. Previously, she was Executive Director, Emissions & Environment and Head of Sustainability at Westpac Institutional Bank, where she was responsible for leading the bank’s strategic response to climate change and driving commercial solutions for emerging environmental challenges and opportunities.

From 2001 to 2007, Emma worked in Westpac Group Sustainability & Corporate Affairs, and played a key role in developing Westpac’s industry leading sustainability position. Emma was responsible for producing seven of Westpac’s sustainability reports and for developing the Westpac Group Climate Change Strategy in 2006.

Emma coordinated Westpac representation on a number of government and industry forums such as the Australian Business Leaders’ Roundtable on Climate Change (2006), the Australian Business and Climate Group (2007), the New South Wales Carbon Markets Taskforce (2009), The Climate Institute ‘Climate Leaders’ partnership (2010-present), Business for a Clean Economy and the Carbon Action Catalyst Group (2012- present).

Prior to Westpac Emma worked in Parliament in Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.