ASI 2021



Please note: all program times listed are in AEST


9:00am - 9:10am
 SpeakerElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business Eva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST
9:10am - 10:00am

Against the backdrop of a year of record returns for super fund members, our panel will examine the outlook for investment returns across a range of asset classes.

SpeakersCarol Austin, Board Director, State Super (SAS Trustee Corporation) David Neal, Chief Executive, IFM Investors Shane Oliver, Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, AMP Capital FacilitatorElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business
10:05am - 10:55am

From the recent tech crackdown through to trade wars and currency fluctuations, this session will provide an overview of the risks and opportunities of investing in China and other parts of Asia.

SpeakersXingdong Chen, Managing Director and Chief China Economist, Head of Global Market Research (China), BNP Paribas (CHN) Dr. Geoff Raby AO, Australian Ambassador to China 2007-2011; Independent Company Director, Chairman, Geoff Raby & Associates (CHN) FacilitatorAllan Behm, Director, International and Security Affairs Program, The Australia Institute
10:55am - 11:10am
11:10am - 12:05pm

With more mergers on the cards, our panel will discuss if scale in investments is all about mergers; organic Vs inorganic growth strategies; and key investment considerations in the merger process including transitioning assets and merging investment teams.

SpeakersRoss Barry, Chief Investment Officer, Spirit Super Prof. Michael Drew, Professor of Finance, Griffith University Kate Farrar, Chief Executive Officer, LGIAsuper FacilitatorMichael McQueen, Chief Investment Officer, Media Super
12:10pm - 12:55pm

Join award-winning journalist Elysse Morgan for a deep-dive conversation with Sonya about her role at one of Australia’s leading funds and her views on all the big issues facing our industry.

SpeakerSonya Sawtell-Rickson, Chief Investment Officer, HESTA FacilitatorElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business
12:55pm - 2:10pm

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2:10pm - 3:10pm

Cash is no longer king and bonds seem to be going nowhere. This session will examine the unique and current challenges all super funds now face when it comes to defensive assets.

SpeakersKim Bowater, Director of Consulting, Frontier Sebastian Mullins, Fund Manager, Multi-Asset, Schroders Biff Ourso, Senior Managing Director, Nuveen Real Assets, Nuveen (US) Leanne Taylor, Head of Asset Allocation and Portfolio Construction, Cbus FacilitatorElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business
3:10pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 4:25pm

Our panel will examine the factors that could see inflation return after many years in oblivion.

SpeakersDr. Peder Beck-Friis, Portfolio Manager, Global Macro, PIMCO (UK) Gilles Moëc, Group Chief Economist, AXA (UK) Karen Ward, Chief Market Strategist, EMEA, J.P. Morgan Asset Management (UK) FacilitatorElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Responsible investing is on the rise, as investors across the world embrace ESG principles in varying ways. Our panel of international speakers reviews what has been happening inside key markets, identifying progress made as well as obstacles faced

SpeakersRichard Lacaille, Global Head of ESG, State Street (UK) Saker Nusseibeh CBE, Chief Executive Officer, International, Federated Hermes (UK) Marian Wilkinson, Freelance Journalist; Author, The Carbon Club FacilitatorMary Delahunty, Head of Impact, HESTA
9:00am - 10:10am

This session will examine how leading pension funds, regulators and governments around the world are responding to net zero carbon emission targets by 2050.


SpeakersJoey Alcock, Principal Consultant, Chair of Responsible Investment Group, Frontier Jade Huang, ESG Portfolio Manager, Head of Quantitative, Calvert Research and Management (US) Jillian Reid, Senior Sustainable Investment Specialist, Mercer Jason Steed, Managing Director, Head of Equity Research and Head of Australian Equity Strategy, Australia, J.P. Morgan FacilitatorEd John, Executive Manager, Governance, Engagement and Policy, ACSI
10:15am - 11:00am
 SpeakerDr Andrew Forrest AO, Chairman and Founder of Fortescue Metals Group, Fortescue Future Industries, Minderoo Foundation, and Tattarang FacilitatorElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business
11:00am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm

From Your Future, Your Super reforms through to changes afoot in the post-retirement space, this session will bring you up to speed with the latest legislative and regulatory developments.

SpeakersJane Eccleston, Senior Executive Leader, Superannuation, ASIC Dr. Katrina Ellis, General Manager, Superannuation, APRA FacilitatorMel Birks, General Manager, Advocacy, AIST

There is widespread support across the super sector for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 but questions remain about how to achieve the goal. This practical ‘how to’ session, will discuss ways to decarbonise equity and infrastructure portfolios.



SpeakersScott Bennett, Head of Quantitative Research and Client Solutions, Australasia, Northern Trust Asset Management Zachary May, Executive Director, Strategy and Policy, IFM Investors Kirsten Temple, Head of Research, JANA FacilitatorMary Delahunty, Head of Impact, HESTA

Three years on from the Parliamentary inquiry into agricultural investing, this session will examine fresh opportunities for super funds.

SpeakersAdrian Goonan, Chief Executive Officer of Warakirri Cropping and Head of Cropping and Diversified Agriculture, Warakirri Asset Management Tom Murphy, Head of Agriculture and Regional Investment, QIC Elizabeth O'Leary, Head of Agriculture and Natural Assets, Macquarie Asset Management FacilitatorGraeme Russell, Former Chief Executive Officer, Media Super and First Super
12:30pm - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 2:25pm

A deep dive into how the role of data science is impacting investing and how to leverage recent developments.

SpeakersBerowne Hlavaty, Senior Quant Analyst, J.P. Morgan Securities Australia Salim Naim, Chief Technology Officer, Advance Analytics & Data Science, Microsoft Dr. Laura Ryan, Head of Research, Ardea Investment Management FacilitatorCharles Wu, Chief Investment Officer, State Super (SAS Trustee Corporation)

An essential update on recent developments in performance testing and how they could impact your fund.

SpeakersAlex Dunnin, Director of Research, Rainmaker Information; Publisher, Financial Standard, Money magazine and SelectingSuper Elisabeth Sinnewe, Senior Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology Whitlam Zhang, Manager, Research and Strategy, Parametric FacilitatorDavid Haynes, Senior Manager, Policy, AIST
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Our expert panel will bring you up to speed with the latest developments behind the crypto/digital asset boom including the impact on financial markets, regulatory moves both here and overseas and what the future could hold.

SpeakersIrfan Ahmad, Vice President, APAC Lead for Digital Product Development and Innovation, State Street (SGP) Jonathan Hatch, Senior Adviser and Lawyer, ASIC Innovation Hub Distinguished Professor Jason Potts, Director, Blockchain Innovation Hub, RMIT University Chloe White, Managing Director, Genesis Block FacilitatorElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business

With demand for renewable energy sources exploding, this session will examine what’s over-priced and what represents good value, as well as emerging opportunities.

SpeakersTim Buckley, Director, Energy Finance Studies Australia/South Asia, IEEFA Gero Farruggio, Head of Australia and Global Renewables, Rystad Energy Angela Ruchin, Senior Consultant, JANA FacilitatorRobyn Petrou, Former Chief Executive Officer, Energy Super

With the release of the government's plans for a Retirement Income Covenant, this session examines the challenges and opportunities for funds developing their retirement income strategies.

SpeakersMelanie Dunn FIAA CERA SSA, Senior Manager, Retirement Solutions, Challenger Dr. David Knox, Senior Partner, Mercer Dr. Geoff Warren, Associate Professor, Australian National University FacilitatorMel Birks, General Manager, Advocacy, AIST
3:30pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Our panel will drill down on some of the challenges and opportunities for funds in aligning their responsible investing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

SpeakersGeorg Kell, Founding Director,UN Global Compact; Co-Chair, DWS ESG Advisory Board; Speaker, Volkswagen Sustainability Council (GER) Claudia Kruse, Managing Director Global Responsible Investment & Governance, APG Asset Management (NLD) Masja Zandbergen, Head of Sustainability Integration, Robeco (NLD) FacilitatorElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business

The recent flurry of merger activity among super funds has raised some challenging questions about investment governance. Trustees and executives are pondering what sort of scale is needed to achieve optimal investment results - and the best way to oversee insourced investment activities.

SpeakersAlistair Barker, Head of Total Portfolio Management, Investments, AustralianSuper Shauna Black, Chair, Media Super Investment Committee Jo Townsend, Chief Executive Officer, Funds SA FacilitatorKen Marshman, Chair, Rest
9:00am - 10:00am

The economic fall-out from COVID-19 has exacerbated the low interest rate environment, putting increasing pressure on some funds to increase their exposure to riskier assets. Our panel will examine ways to maintain a diversified portfolio in this uniquely challenging environment.

SpeakersBen Ereira, Investment Specialist, Insight Investment Robert Mead, Head of Australia, Co-Head of Asia Pacific Portfolio Management, PIMCO FacilitatorGerard Noonan, Director, Media Super

What are the big issues investors should focus on when it comes to currency? How your hedge ratio can impact your investment outcomes & what you can do to make your currency program more impactful, including ESG considerations.

SpeakersJoseph Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer, Mesirow (US) Stuart Simmons CFA, Director, Head of Currency, QIC FacilitatorCatherine Rich, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs
10:00am - 10:20am

A conversation between two finance journalists who have followed the conference program intimately.

SpeakersElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business Gerard Noonan, Director, Media Super
10:20am - 11:10am

The existing Standard Risk Measure (SRM) tells members about short-term risk but says nothing about the risk of not meeting retirement income objectives. This session will examine recent thinking and developments around measuring both short and long-term risk.

SpeakersIan Fryer, General Manager, Chant West Estelle Liu, Manager - Actuarial Practice, Aware Super FacilitatorDavid Haynes, Senior Manager, Policy, AIST

Our panel will discuss a newly developed investment model in affordable housing that aims to overcome some of the traditional barriers to pension fund investing in this asset class and deliver solid returns for members.

SpeakersCarrie Hamilton, Consultant, Housing Action Network Wendy Hayhurst, Chief Executive Officer, Community Housing Industry Association Associate Professor Christian (Andi) Nygaard, Deputy Director, Centre for Urban Transitions, Swinburne University of Technology FacilitatorScott Hastings, Investment Manager – Property, HESTA

This session will unpack the jargon around this evolving investment landscape and provide an overview of key issues including how the digitisation trend is set to increase opportunities in traditional assets such as bonds and real estate and what you need to know about crypto asset safety and serviceability, regulatory developments and more.

SpeakersSinclair Scholfield, Senior Vice President, Head of Platform Solutions, Asia Pacific, State Street Sally Surgeon, Senior Vice President, Head of Client Services and Head of Sydney Office, Northern Trust FacilitatorRobert J. Brown, Chief Executive Officer, ACSA
11:15am - 12:00pm

Sit in with Elysse Morgan as she explores Mark’s views on the investment outlook, internalisation and other key issues facing our industry

SpeakerMark Delaney, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer, AustralianSuper FacilitatorElysse Morgan, ABC's The Business
12:00pm - 12:15pm
 SpeakerEva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST