Tuesday 18 - Wednesday 19 May 2021


13 live sessions
tackling the big issues in super

All sessions available on demand
(including 4 bonus sessions)

Ask questions live
and be part of the conversation

As the superannuation industry explores the challenges and opportunities facing the sector following the turmoil of 2020, our upcoming Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF) will be a critical part of the discussion.

With our live event almost sold out, we're pleased to announce that you can still participate in the conversation by registering for our virtual event, available below. 

We greatly value the engagement that comes from face-to-face interaction, but due to travel restrictions limiting some members from attending in person, we will now also be offering a live virtual option in response to this feedback.

By attending our exclusive live streaming of the CMSF, you will get access to 13 live sessions as well as four bonus sessions, all of which can be accessed on-demand after the event. As the concurrent sessions are not recorded these will not be part of the virtual offering.

Join in the conversation for all live sessions – and access the full virtual program on demand after the event.

registration is now open!








All prices are inclusive of GST.



Note: all times listed are in Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)
8:30am – 9:05am

Including an introduction to our charitable partner, Literacy for Life Foundation


SpeakersProf. Jack Beetson, Executive Director, Literacy for Life Foundation Eva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST
9:05am – 9:20am

As part of his ongoing work to set the planet on a more sustainable trajectory, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has launched a new investment alliance, Terra Carta, which aims to put nature, people, and the planet at the heart of the financial sector.

In a special video message to CMSF, HRH The Prince of Wales will outline his vision for this initiative and how Australian super funds can get involved. 

A follow-up discussion to this briefing will be covered in our Plenary 4 session on sustainable finance.

SpeakerHis Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
9:20am – 10:05am

Drawing on his long and stellar career in the military and his time as Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove will share his insights on leadership and planning and the parallels between military and corporate life.

SpeakerGeneral the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK AC(Mil) CVO MC (Retd), Australian Statesman, Man of the People FacilitatorAli Moore, Journalist and Broadcaster
10:40am – 11:25am

Join Dr Megan Clark AC on an intergalactic journey, as she shares fascinating insights from the Australian Space Agency on innovation in communication, robotics and defence and how funds might leverage these developments.

SpeakerDr Megan Clark AC, Chair of the Advisory Board, Australian Space Agency FacilitatorDee McGrath, Chief Executive Officer, Retirement & Superannuation Solutions, Link Group
11:30am – 12:20pm

Cyber security is the number one issue that keeps execs and directors awake at night.

Now with COVID-19 adding another threat of complexity, this session will explore what you need to know about the latest cyber security threats and how to demonstrate compliance with new regulatory guidelines.

SpeakerMike Barber, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre Dave Cowan, Chief Information Security Officer, Link Group Tim Kropp, Global Chief Information Security Officer, SS&C Technologies (US) (via video link) David Leach, Head of Cybersecurity & Technology Controls, Asia Pacific, J.P. Morgan FacilitatorJan McClelland AM, Chair, Gateway Network Governance Body (GNGB)

How might COVID reshape the geopolitics of the world? Are we on the verge of a new era of protectionism or is the pre-pandemic trend towards greater globalisation set to accelerate?

From the US-China trade war and the Australian fallout to everything Biden, Europe and Brexit related, our panel will discuss where global power rests in 2021 and what this means for the economic and investment outlook.

SpeakersLibby Cantrill, Managing Director & Head of Public Policy, PIMCO (US) (via video link) Phil Ruthven AM, Founder, Ruthven Institute; Founder and Owner, IBISWorld Ashley Townshend, Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Studies Centre (via video link) FacilitatorJohn Livanas, Chief Executive Officer, State Super (SAS Trustee Corporation)
1:20pm – 2:15pm

Against the background of a highly charged political environment and an increasingly competitive marketplace, what is the future of super?

Our panel of thought leaders will provide their views on structural reform, the impact of political ideology on profit to member super, investment trends and challenges, and housing affordability and the relationship to super.

Session proudly supported by:



SpeakersSally McManus, ACTU Secretary Eva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST Denita Wawn, Chief Executive Officer, Master Builders Australia; Employer Director, Cbus Garry Weaven, Retired Chair, IFM Investors FacilitatorAli Moore, Journalist and Broadcaster
3:40pm – 4:35pm

Against the backdrop of increasing geo-political tension and the varied recovery from the pandemic across the Asia Pacific region, this session will examine opportunities and challenges for investors in the region.

SpeakersDr John Edwards, Senior Fellow, Lowy Institute Martin Priestley, Head of Debt, Asia Pacific, Nuveen Real Estate Charles Wu, Chief Investment Officer, State Super (SAS Trustee Corporation) FacilitatorJo Townsend, Chief Executive Officer, Funds SA

The economic impacts of the pandemic have brought many intergenerational issues into even sharper relief.

This session will examine new findings on the driving factors behind rising intergenerational inequality and what can be done to ensure a fairer outcome for younger generations of Australians.

SpeakersSonia Arakkal, Founder, Think Forward Hugh Miller, Principal, Taylor Fry FacilitatorEmma Thornton, Trustee Director, Statewide Super
4:40pm – 5:30pm

With the growing focus among consumers and investors on sustainable finance, what are the opportunities and challenges for super funds?

This session will provide an overview of the policies and politics driving the sustainable finance movement; how Australia stacks up against the rest of the world, and what many locally-based companies are already doing in the absence of a clear policy framework from Canberra.

SpeakersLouise Davidson AM, Chief Executive Officer, ACSI David Jenkins, Global Head of Sustainable Finance - Corporate & Institutional Banking, NAB Matti Leppälä, Chief Executive Officer, PensionsEurope (BEL) (via video link) Martijn Wilder AM, Founding Partner, Pollination FacilitatorAli Moore, Journalist and Broadcaster
9:00am – 10:00am

The impact of COVID on society and our economy has been profound. This session will drill down on the future of work, the economic outlook, investment trends, the global perspective & more.

Presentation of the Leader Development Scholarships, proudly supported by our Major Events Partner:



SpeakersSimon Doyle, Head of Fixed Income and Multi-Asset, Schroders Investment Management Australia Limited Anna Engwerda-Smith, Director, Policy & Research, IFM Investors Matthew Merritt, Head of Multi-Asset Strategy Group, Insight Investment (via video link) Amit Singh, Managing Director, AlphaBeta Australia (part of Accenture) FacilitatorAli Moore, Journalist and Broadcaster
11:30am – 12:20pm

Against the background of the controversial Your Future Your Super reform package and the Federal Budget, this timely session will look at what funds can expect from the regulators and the key reforms on the policy horizon.

SpeakersDana Fleming, Deputy Commissioner of Superannuation and Employer Obligations, ATO Danielle Press, Commissioner, ASIC Helen Rowell, Deputy Chair, APRA FacilitatorLouise du Pre-Alba, Strategic Policy Advocate, AustralianSuper; AIST Board Member

Industry mergers are accelerating and there are plenty of insights to share. Exploring mergers from three different perspectives – a newly merged fund, a key service provider and a consultant to merging entities – our panel will examine the drivers and options for consolidation; implementation challenges and lessons learnt.

SpeakersDaniel Cheever, Head of Institutional Services, Australia and New Zealand, State Street Steve Freeborn, Partner, Deloitte Leeanne Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Spirit Super FacilitatorBrian Peters, Chief Executive Officer, IQ Group
1:20pm – 2:05pm

What happens when individuals are exposed to overlapping forms of discrimination and marginalisation?

Tanya Hosch, the first Indigenous person and second female to be appointed to the AFL executive, will provide her insights into the impact of overlapping forms of discrimination and what we can all do to address this inequity in our organisations and society more broadly to achieve better outcomes for all Australians.

SpeakerTanya Hosch, Executive General Manager Inclusion & Social Policy, AFL FacilitatorAli Moore, Journalist and Broadcaster
2:05pm – 2:55pm

COVID has changed the way we connect, bringing new challenges and opportunities to member engagement. This session will cover the COVID impact on brand super and member engagement; how different age groups, genders and cultures responded; and how funds can cut through to members in this over-connected world.

SpeakersDee Madigan, Executive Creative Director, Campaign Edge Mariam Mohammed, Co-Founder, MoneyGirl Anand Thomas, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, UniSuper FacilitatorAli Moore, Journalist and Broadcaster
3:20pm – 4:05pm

Increasingly, it is investors and companies rather than governments that are doing the heavy lifting in response to climate change. This session will examine recent Australian and international developments in board reporting, proxy voting and corporate accountability.

SpeakersJodie Barns, Senior Analyst, ESG, ACSI Wilma de Groot PhD, Head of Quant Equity Portfolio Management team, Robeco (NLD) (via video link) Bruce Duguid, Director, Head of Stewardship, EOS at Federated Hermes (UK) (via video link) FacilitatorKim Farrant, Head of ESG, Hostplus

The May 11 Federal Budget will reveal the extent the Retirement Income Review has influenced the Federal Government’s policy direction.

Our expert panel will explore this and other issues raised in the Review including the interaction of super with the age pension; the role of housing; improving fairness and addressing inequities.

SpeakersMichael Buckland, Chief Executive Officer, McKell Institute Mike Callaghan AM PSM, Chair, Australian Grants Commission Kara Keys, Trustee Director, Cbus; Chair, Women in Super; AIST Board Member FacilitatorAli Moore, Journalist and Broadcaster
4:10pm – 4:40pm

With an election fast approaching, hear what Labor’s Stephen Jones MP has to say about the federal budget, the Your Future, Your Super legislation and Labor’s vision for our retirement income system.

SpeakerStephen Jones MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services FacilitatorEva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST
4:40pm – 5:10pm


Following on from the May Budget, Senator Hume will outline the government’s priorities for super.

SpeakerSenator the Hon Jane Hume, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services, the Digital Economy and Women's Economic Security (video message) FacilitatorEva Scheerlinck, Chief Executive Officer, AIST
5:10pm – 5:15pm
 SpeakerCatherine Bolger, Trustee Director, State Super (SAS Trustee Corporation); AIST President