Emma Herd has been Chief Executive Officer at the Investor Group on Climate Change since August 2015. Emma has worked in climate change, sustainability, public policy and finance for over twenty years.
Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac Banking Corporation where she worked at the vanguard of climate change and finance. She held a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and advocacy, sustainability strategy development and corporate affairs across Westpac Institutional Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation. She started her career working in Parliamentary Committees (Senate and House of Representatives) in Parliament House, Canberra.
Emma is on the Global Steering Committee of Climate Action 100+, the world’s largest investor-led corporate engagement initiative and the Global Steering Committee of The Investor Agenda, a collaboration of seven global investor networks.
In 2020 Emma was appointed the Environment Commissioner at the Greater Sydney Commission. The Greater Sydney Commission is an independent New South Wales Government agency responsible for land use planning across the metropolitan area of Sydney, Australia.
Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Queensland Land Restoration Fund. Emma is a member of the Steering Committee of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and the New Zealand Sustainable Finance Forum. She holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies (Thai) Hons.