Our Team



Julia Leske
CEO, Managing Director



Julia has a great understanding of company sustainability assessments and reporting frameworks. She has been involved in the collation and construction of sustainability indices and has contributed to a range of thematic reports on corporate ESG challenges. Through working with a broad range of investors to incorporate ESG criteria into their investment processes, and participation in multi‐stakeholder groups and investor collaborations, Julia also has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement. Julia has a Master in Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University, and a combined Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration/European Studies and Sustainable Development from the Universities of Münster (Germany) and Twente (Netherlands).


Konrad Knerr Executive Director, Operations

Konrad completed his studies at the Universität Bielefeld, in Germany and at the Australian National University in Australia. He holds a degree in European Studies (Honours). He worked for the ASX-listed fund manager Australian Ethical Investment Limited from 2000 to 2002 helping to establish Australian Ethical Superannuation Pty Ltd. Subsequent to that he helped establish CAER in 2002 and continues to work for the business overseeing operations and finance. Along with his work in ethical investment, he has a long held interest in biodynamics in agriculture, as well as bodymind health.


Phil SloaneExecutive Director, Research Services

Phil has over 15 years’ experience in the responsible investment industry. He is responsible for coordinating CAER’s research and providing clients with advice and support to make the most of CAER’s products and services. Phil holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.


Duncan Paterson Executive Director

Duncan has worked extensively in the field of responsible investment, both in Australia and in the UK with EIRIS. Duncan enjoys working with a broad range of investors to incorporate environmental, social and governance criteria into their investment processes. In addition to his work with CAER, Duncan served for 10 years on the board of the industry body for responsible investment in Australia, the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) (the last few years as Chair), and for 10 years as a director of the Hong Kong-based Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA).


Erin Levey ESG Data Services Manager

Erin has a background in engineering, having worked on the construction of Australia’s first hydrogenation plant. She has spent nearly 10 years in London working across almost every sector, focusing in later years on the financial services and investment sector as a research analyst at an ESG research house and a data specialist with an AI tech-start-up.


Nithya Iyer ESG Stratey Advisor

Nithya has worked across ESG research, responsible investment analysis, and financial services advocacy. Her previous experience includes managing environmental and social research at the Australian Council for Superannuation Investors, research and analysis at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia and leading advocacy for trustee policy at the Financial Services Council. Nithya holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & International Relations) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting) double-degree from Monash University. She is passionate about the development of sound ESG practices across all forms of investment.

Emily Faithfull
ESG Research Analyst

Justine Muller
ESG Research Analyst

Ruby Jones
ESG Research Assistant