About the Authors

Jacquelyn Humphrey is an Associate Professor in finance at the University of Queensland and is the Finance Discipline Convenor (Head of Department). She is one of Australia’s leading experts on sustainable finance, with a sustainable finance publication in a peer-reviewed journal in 2006 making her one of the first Australian researchers in the area. Since that time she has published extensively in sustainable finance, and she also has an active cross-disciplinary research agenda in sustainable business more broadly. She regularly works with industry partners and has led a number of contract research projects for the finance industry and written practitioner-focussed articles on sustainable finance. As a lecturer, Jacquelyn embeds sustainability into the finance and research courses she teaches, and also assists other finance colleagues to do so in their courses. Jacquelyn has extensive supervision experience, with PhD, MPhil and honours students who have written theses on topics related to sustainable finance.

Saphira Rekker is a Senior Lecturer in finance at the University of Queensland and has been a pioneer in the area of Climate Finance and Decarbonisation. She has published in the field-leading high-impact journals Nature Climate Change and Nature Communications, with her most recent work focusing on science-based Paris alignment pathways for companies and investors. Her work is of high practical relevance and she has been working with numerous industry and government organisations on assessing companies’ alignment with the Paris Agreement, including Norges Bank Investment Management, the European Union Sustainable Finance workstream, the Science Based Targets initiative, and the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative’s Taxonomy team. Saphira also co-developed Australia’s first Carbon Literacy short course which has been recognised with multiple awards and is now used by universities across Australia.

Ella Henry is a Māori woman (Ngātikahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Kuri, Te Rārawa), a Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Business Economics & Law, at Auckland University of Technology. Ella has an extensive background in research on Māori business and development, with a focus on Māori leadership, women, careers, entrepreneurship, sustainability and finance, and Kaupapa Māori research, as a unique paradigm for Māori Indigenous research ontology, epistemology, axiology and methodology.

Aaron Gilbert (Tainui-Waikato) is a Professor of Finance at Auckland University of Technology and one of the few Māori finance academics in New Zealand. He researches across a broad range of finance topics including culture and finance, socially responsible investing, and Indigenous finance.  Aaron has published a study, the only such study to our knowledge, on how Māori Asset Holding Institutions have integrated Tikanga and Mātauranga Māori into their investment practices and the limitations traditional (western) practices such as annual report disclosure makes on this integration. This is the first in an agenda exploring how Indigenous values can inform and perhaps better financial investment practices. Aaron has also supervised several students exploring the investment practices of Iwi investment entities. Aaron has also developed a course as part of a new Māori Indigenous Business Minor that will look to upskill Māori entrepreneurs in finance and accounting concepts within Te Ao Māori (a Māori worldview) as much as possible.

Ayesha Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at Auckland University of Technology. Ayesha pioneered the development of New Zealand’s first Social Impact for Finance course, a compulsory component of AUT Business School’s finance major, to explore the various ways in which financial market participants can help to address social problems, including socially responsible investing and financial inclusion. An interdisciplinary researcher, Ayesha’s research agenda spans banking ethics, consumer vulnerability, economic harm (economic and financial abuse), empirical finance, personal finance, and financial econometrics. Ayesha supervises post-graduate research students on a wide range of topics such as Iwi investment frameworks, consumer vulnerability in banking settings, socially responsible investment fund performance, healthy financial relationships, fraud and scams, and the readability of company disclosure. She is regularly asked to speak on these topics and her work has generated media interest within New Zealand and Australia.


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