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Yarra Appoints Inaugural Chief Sustainability Officer

October 27, 2022
Yarra Appoints Inaugural Chief Sustainability Officer

Melbourne, 27 October 2022: Yarra Capital Management (Yarra) today announced the appointment of Dr Erin Kuo as the Firm’s Chief Sustainability Officer.

Based in Melbourne, Dr Kuo brings more than 15 years’ experience working within sustainability. She will lead Yarra’s corporate sustainability and work closely with Yarra’s investment teams to support best practise Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) integration into the Firm’s investment processes.

Before joining Yarra, Dr Kuo ran a consulting business, advising fund managers and family offices on ESG matters. She was previously Chief Impact Officer at Impact Investment Group and held senior positions across Impact Investing Australia and Pacific Corporate Group, the world’s largest cleantech private equity investor, where she led projects in the US, India and Australia.

Dr Kuo has previously worked as a university researcher and lecturer on sustainability measurement and social impact, and has led projects on social enterprise and impact investing for the Victorian Government and the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia. Earlier in her career she worked as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, building and leading community development and environmental advocacy for non-profits in the US. Dr Kuo has a BA in Environmental Science from the University of California, a PhD from Monash University, and is a previous Adjunct Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University.

Dion Hershan, Executive Chairman and Head of Australian Equities at Yarra Capital Management, commented:

“We are incredibly excited to be welcoming Erin to Yarra. There has never been greater focus on ESG and sustainability matters in financial markets, and Erin’s deep experience will significantly benefit the investment solutions and expertise we can offer to our clients.”

Dr Erin Kuo, Chief Sustainability Officer, added:

“I’m thrilled to have joined Yarra Capital Management to lead the Firm’s sustainability efforts. I am incredibly passionate about deepening positive impact for people and the planet and am excited to now be working with Yarra’s investment teams to build out our sustainability capabilities and tools.”