The Future of Superfund Investing
Practitioner Plenary Panel
- Friday 09 April 2021 01:45 pm until Friday 09 April 2021 03:15 pm (Add to calendar)
- Professor Balasingham Balachandran
- Presented by:
- 11th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference
- Type of Event:
- Conference; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training
Topic: “The future of superfund investing”
Mr Rob Fowler, CFA Society Melbourne
Rob Fowler CFA is the former Chief Investment Officer of HESTA super fund. Rob retired from HESTA in 2019 and is currently Chair of the Professional Learning Committee of the CFA Society Melbourne, and holds a number of advisory and director roles. Prior to joining HESTA in 2004, Rob held various roles within the investment industry and in chartered accounting.
- Panel Members
Ms Mary Delahunty, Head of Impact, HESTA -- Discussing: Responsible Investments
Mary is the Head of Impact for HESTA and has been with the fund since early 2013. She has held senior roles in financial services organisations for over 15 years and is passionate about progressing responsible investment practices and gender equality. HESTA is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds with $57bn under management and over 850,000 members. Mary is a 2015 Churchill Fellow, awarded for the completion of international research on equity for women in pension systems, a Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council for Gender Equality in the State of Victoria, and sits on the Advisory Board for the McKell Institute. She is also a former Mayor and Councillor of the City of Glen Eira, a Board Member of The Emergency Services Telecommunication Authority and an advisory panel member for the State Government. Previous roles include Chair of Reclink Australia, a National Not for Profit organisation offering sports and recreation opportunities to break the cycle for disadvantaged Australians. Mary holds a Master of Finance (Corporate Advisory) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
- Mark Delaney, CFA, CIO, AustralianSuper -- Discussing How the pandemic has changed the way super funds think about investing
Mark Delaney was appointed Chief Investment Officer and Deputy CEO of AustralianSuper in July 2006 after the ARF and STA merger. Mark has the formidable responsibility of investing currently around $200 billion of member’s retirement savings. He has expanded AustralianSuper’s in-house investment management capabilities combining this with external advisers to continue to deliver top quartile investment returns. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets. He was previously the CEO of STA and prior to that the Head of Investments at STA. Mark has also held senior positions with AXA and Federal Treasury. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Director of IFM Investor Advisory Board. In February 2021, he was appointed as Vice Chair of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute.
- Dr Michael Kollo, Chief Economist, Fæthm; and, Honorary Academic, ANU -- Discussing Artificial Intelligence
Michael gained his PhD in Finance from the London School of Economics (LSE) in the UK, before embarking on a career in quantitative asset management, working at a suite of sophisticated institutional asset managers (Blackrock, Fidelity and Axa) where he led research teams and spoke globally on applying quantitative (data science) techniques in asset management, the limits and applications of machine learning, and the applications of alternative data for different investment problems. Michael moved back to Australia in 2017, joining HESTA ($50bn fund) to set the quantitative finance function. Michael joined Faethm.AI in 2020, a SaaS company focused on defining and measuring the impact of technology on the global workforce, and the automation impact on global industries, firms and societies.
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