Cassandra Williams

Sustainable Finance Lead

Cassandra (Cass) draws on over two decades experience in the financial services sector, encompassing global funds management, institutional and retail investments, banking, financial education, and financial product ratings.

As the leader of the Sustainable Finance team at Climateworks Centre, Cass is responsible for channeling investment capital towards sustainable finance actions across Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific region. She and her team specialise in both public and private climate transition finance, employing a systems-led approach to conceptualise, design and execute impactful and innovative programs within these markets. This spans all facets of sustainable finance, including investments, superannuation, banking, insurance, market indices and policy.

Previously Cass served as Head of Certification and Ratings at the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. Her program achieved global recognition as the premier standard for evaluating responsible investment products and mitigating greenwashing.

Throughout her career, Cass has worked with several key institutions including global investment banks, fund managers, fintech firms, ratings agencies, and consulting services. 

She is currently a member of the education committee for 100 Women in Finance, serving as the subject matter expert on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) matters.

Cass’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Business in Accounting with CQ University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment with FINSIA, and a Masters of Business Administration with Queensland University of Technology.