Leadership

The Institute for Sustainable Finance is led by a team of Canada’s foremost experts and academics in areas of business and sustainable finance. With passion, drive, and determination, the leadership team is committed to helping Canada become an innovator shaper.

Sean Cleary
Sean Cleary, PhD, CFA
Executive Director

sean.cleary@queensu.ca

Sean Cleary, BMO Professor of Finance and Founding Director of the Master of Finance program at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. He holds a PhD. in finance from the University of Toronto, an MBA, an Institute of Corporate Directors designation, and is a CFA charterholder. He has authored 14 finance textbooks and has published more than 30 research articles, with his work having been cited nearly 3,500 times.

Ryan Riordan
Ryan Riordan, PhD
Director of Research

ryan.riordan@queensu.ca

Ryan Riordan is the Associate Professor & Distinguished Professor of Finance at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. Prior to joining Smith, Ryan was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and an Assistant Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial Markets among many others.

Maya Saryyeva
Maya Saryyeva, MA
Associate Director

maya.saryyeva@queensu.ca

Maya Saryyeva joined the Institute for Sustainable Finance (ISF) in December 2018 to support the implementation of the Institute’s core programs and outreach efforts. Prior to joining ISF, Maya worked in the international development sector, leading a number of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded governance and economic development initiatives in Eastern Europe as well as South and Central Asia. Maya is also pursuing a PhD in global development with a focus on sustainable finance. She researches the efficacy of global governance frameworks surrounding green bonds and sustainable initiatives.