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Talking housing affordability

60 mins
1 CPD Hours

ASI 2020 Engagement  Investment  Members culture  ESG

Housing affordability continues to be a hot topic with governments, social welfare agencies and investors.

Hear what funds are doing in this space and the opportunities that exist in turning low-cost housing into a competitive asset class or otherwise support the sector.

Published Date: 16 September 2020

Speakers

Linda Cunningham, Head of Debt and Alternatives, Cbus Super

Linda is Head of Debt and Alternatives at Cbus, a $54B industry super fund and is responsible for overseeing the credit, fixed interest, cash and absolute return strategies. In this role Linda oversees external investment managers as well as managing the Fund’s Australian direct debt strategy, which invests across corporates, infrastructure and property debt. An experienced debt and credit portfolio manager, Linda has over 25 years’ experience with a background across Australian banks, retail and institutional fund managers. Recently, Linda lead a successful piece of work that will see Cbus make debt funding available in conjunction with the National Housing Finance Investment Corporation (NHFIC) for the redevelopment of a number of social housing properties in NSW.


Josephine Toral, Senior Investments Analyst - Unlisted Assets, HESTA

Josephine joined HESTA in 2014 within the unlisted assets team working across private equity, real estate and infrastructure. Since joining HESTA, Josephine has championed impact investment by developing HESTA’s impact investment strategy and successfully mobilising capital in investments that generate a social/environmental impact as well as market based financial returns. One main impact area is investment in social and an affordable housing. For her work, she was awarded the Michael O-Sullivan ESG Rising Star Award. 

Josephine is an Advisory member of the RIAA Impact Investment Forum and a working group member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. Prior to joining HESTA, Josephine worked at The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations and impact investors, and prior was an investment advisor at Perpetual.

Josephine has a Masters of Applied Finance and earned a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne.


Damien Webb, Head of Income and Real Assets, Aware Super

Damien joined First State Super in January 2014 as the Head of Income & Real Assets. This coverage includes fixed income, credit, infrastructure and property. Previous to First State Super, Damien worked for 11 years at Perpetual Investments and 7 years at ING Optimix. Damien joined Perpetual in January 2003 and was ultimately the Head of Multi Manager for Perpetual’s multi-manager fund.

As Head of the Multi Manager funds, he was responsible for the investment process, manager research and selection. Prior to joining Perpetual, Damien held a number of positions at ING Investment Management. Since January 2000, he was a Portfolio Manager for Optimix Investment Management, ING’s multi-manager group, where he was responsible for manager research and blending and contributing to the tactical asset allocation strategy.

Damien received a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University and is an Associate of the Securities Institute of Australia having completed his Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. In 2006, Damien completed his Masters in Applied Finance with Macquarie University. Damien is married and has two young boys that keep him very busy.


Facilitator

Erin Sales, Senior Manager, Advocacy, AIST

Erin Sales is Senior Manager, Advocacy at AIST. In this role she manages policy advocacy and government engagement in order to improve policy settings for the members of profit-to-member super funds. Prior to this she was Head of Industry Partnerships at Cbus, managing relationships between Cbus and key industry stakeholder organisations.

Erin previously worked at Industry Super Australia, managing policy issues as Advisor, Strategic Policy and before that in a range of roles, including Communications Manager and Campaign Manager – managing the highly successful Industry SuperFunds Joint Marketing Campaign. She was one of 20 to secure a position in the inaugural Industry Superannuation Cadetship program in 2004.


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