Overview – Monday – May 20

3:30pm – 5:30pm

5:30pm – 5:45pm

REGISTRATION AND ARRIVAL DRINKS

5:45pm – 7:00pm

INTERNATIONAL ASSET OWNER: COAL PENSION

  • How should generating high returns via material illiquid allocations be balanced with managing significant cash flows?
  • What approaches can help integrate sustainability and ESG within an investment program with a sceptical audience?
  • Can a small investment team still be innovative?

Mark Walker

Chief investment officer, British Coal Pension Schemes

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

7:00pm – 9:30pm

WELCOME CANAPES AND NETWORKING DRINKS

Day 2 – Tuesday – May 21

7:30am – 9:00am

ASSET-OWNER BREAKFAST, WOLLEMI PINE ROOM, LILIANFELS

8:30am – 8:45am

TRANSFERS FROM LILIANFELS TO THE HYDRO MAJESTIC

9:00am – 9:15am

INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

9:15am – 10:20am

CENTRAL BANKS, GLOBAL RISKS IN FINANCIAL MARKETS AND DISCONTENT

  • How to understand and invest amid unconventional economics, modern monetary theory, negative real rates and market volatility.
  • Can central banks normalise their balance sheets and recalibrate interest rates, or is the cost of quantitative easing returning greater inequality and social discontent?  
  • What are the greatest unappreciated risks in markets today?

Allison Hill

Director of investments, global multi-asset, QIC

Nigel Wilkin-Smith

Director, portfolio strategy, Future Fund

10:15am – 10:45am

MORNING TEA

10:50am – 11:40am

DEMYSTIFYING THE CHINESE MARKET: A YEAR OF REFORM AND OPPORTUNITY

  • Can China resist the international pressure to reduce its mercantilist system and further open trade?
  • Will advancements in technology and the Belt and Road Initiative be enough to offset the country’s slowing economy and rapid credit creation?
  • Has China’s inclusion in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index improved transparency, governance and robustness of the market?
Chair

Stephen Kotkin

Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University

11:40am – 12:30pm

FEAR AND LOATHING IN EMERGING MARKETS: IS IT WORTH THE RISK?

  • What factors drive emerging market returns?
  • Where does active management work in emerging markets?
  • Can a developed market exposure capture emerging markets?

Mark Burgess

Investment committee; Chair, HESTA Super Fund

Mark Rider

Chief investment officer, ANZ Wealth

Chair

Gerard Parlevliet

Investment committee chair, Prime Super

12:30pm – 1:30pm

LUNCH

1:30pm – 2:20pm

PUBLIC V PRIVATE MARKETS: OPPORTUNITY AND DIFFERENTIATION

  • Do private markets offer a range of diversifying opportunities that are not available in public markets?
  • How to balance return expectations with increased concerns about costs, governance, transparency and illiquidity.
  • How to determine where to invest in the capital stack.

Kristofer Tremaine

Founder; Chief executive, Kimura

Chair

Richard Hedley

Former chief investment officer, State Super (SAS Trustee)

2:20pm – 3:20pm

LIQUID ALTS, CTA AND RISK PREMIA: WHAT WENT WRONG?

  • How to interpret the dispersion of returns across strategies.
  • What's the role of liquid alts and risk premia within asset allocation – and how do you determine the appropriate time horizon?
  • Have crowding and market volatility limited prospects for the sector?

Leigh Gavin

Chief investment officer, LUCRF Super

Steve Shepherd

Head of Asia-Pacific, CFM

Neil Williams

Chief strategist, global multi-asset team, QIC

Chair

Debbie Alliston

Head of multi-asset portfolio management, AMP Capital Investors

3:20pm – 3:45pm

AFTERNOON TEA

3:45pm – 4:35pm

MEMBER OUTCOMES, DISLOCATIONS AND STRATEGIC ASSET ALLOCATION

  • How to balance a fund’s investment philosophy and the risks – investment, allocation, business and career.
  • In a post-Productivity Commission world, how can asset owners provide their expected member outcomes? Will more move to passive strategies?
  • What fund structure will survive the dislocation?

Kristian Fok

Chief investment officer, Cbus Super

Michael Winchester

Head of investment strategy, First State Super

Chair

Sandi Orleow

Investment committee member, Statewide Super

4:45pm – 5:15pm

THE GROWTH AND DEFENSIVE CLASSIFICATION SHOWDOWN

  • How should asset owners assess reward for risk by asset class, both listed and unlisted?
  • How to deal with products crossing over asset classes.
  • Do asset owners need to dispense with classifications and if so, what should they adopt?

David Bell

PhD student and ex-CIO, Mine Super

Thadeus McCrindle

Chief investment officer, Sandhurst Trustees (Bendigo and Adelaide Bank)

Chair

Rob Prugue

Founder, People Reaching Out to People

5:15pm – 5:45pm

SECRET EXTRA-SPECIAL GUEST

5:45pm

CLOSE DAY 2, TRANSFERS FROM THE HYDRO MAJESTIC TO LILIANFELS

6:30pm – 9:30pm

OFFICIAL EVENT DINNER: DARLEYS RESTAURANT

Day 3 – Wednesday – May 22

9:20am – 9:30am

WELCOME

9:30am – 10:45am

MOCK DOOMSDAY PREP: HOW TO DEAL WITH A PR CRISIS

  • Are you equipped to manage a crisis?
  • How to anticipate and avoid potential crisis scenarios and establish internal protocols for handling them.
  • What techniques and strategies can equip staff to address a PR crisis?

Peter Wilkinson

Managing director of Wilkinson Group; Chairman of Wilkinson Butler

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

10:45am – 11:15am

MORNING TEA

11:15am – 12:30pm

THE UNRAVELLING OF CHIMERICA: TENSIONS AND PRESSURE POINTS

  • What is China’s endgame in the increasing use of AI and a social credit system to monitor its citizens?
  • Is co-operation between the two military and cyber-super powers likely?
  • Have we reached peak China economic and geopolitical influence?

Stephen Kotkin

Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

12:30pm – 1:00pm

LUNCH

1:00pm – 1:40pm

INTERNATIONAL ASSET OWNER: COAERS CIO DAVID VEAL

  • What are the inner workings of the internal decision-making processes?
  • What is the process on forming and implementing capital market views?
  • How to go about adding a manager or taking one out of the portfolio?

David Veal

Chief investment officer, City of Austin Employees Retirement System

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

1:40pm – 3:00pm

THE ROYAL COMMISSION, ETHICS, STAKEHOLDERS AND INCENTIVES

  • Do organisations need to move away from the vision statement to the statement of purpose?
  • What impact is the Hayne royal commission having on the industry?
  • How can we build a common voice between the industry and retail funds to address incentives and foster better ethics?

James Cook

Director of investments, U Ethical

Kristen Le Mesurier

Portfolio manager, AMP Capital Investors

Simon Longstaff

Executive director, The Ethics Centre

Scott Tully

Chief investment officer, Colonial First State

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

3:00pm

CONFERENCE CLOSE DAY 3

3:15pm

RETURN TO SYDNEY AIRPORT

Complimentary transfer service

Day 1 – Monday – May 20

3:30pm – 5:30pm

5:30pm – 5:45pm

REGISTRATION AND ARRIVAL DRINKS

5:45pm – 7:00pm

INTERNATIONAL ASSET OWNER: COAL PENSION

  • How should generating high returns via material illiquid allocations be balanced with managing significant cash flows?
  • What approaches can help integrate sustainability and ESG within an investment program with a sceptical audience?
  • Can a small investment team still be innovative?

Mark Walker

Chief investment officer, British Coal Pension Schemes

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

7:00pm – 9:30pm

WELCOME CANAPES AND NETWORKING DRINKS

Day 2 – Tuesday – May 21

7:30am – 9:00am

ASSET-OWNER BREAKFAST, WOLLEMI PINE ROOM, LILIANFELS

8:30am – 8:45am

TRANSFERS FROM LILIANFELS TO THE HYDRO MAJESTIC

9:00am – 9:15am

INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME

9:15am – 10:20am

CENTRAL BANKS, GLOBAL RISKS IN FINANCIAL MARKETS AND DISCONTENT

  • How to understand and invest amid unconventional economics, modern monetary theory, negative real rates and market volatility.
  • Can central banks normalise their balance sheets and recalibrate interest rates, or is the cost of quantitative easing returning greater inequality and social discontent?  
  • What are the greatest unappreciated risks in markets today?

Allison Hill

Director of investments, global multi-asset, QIC

Nigel Wilkin-Smith

Director, portfolio strategy, Future Fund

10:15am – 10:45am

MORNING TEA

10:50am – 11:40am

DEMYSTIFYING THE CHINESE MARKET: A YEAR OF REFORM AND OPPORTUNITY

  • Can China resist the international pressure to reduce its mercantilist system and further open trade?
  • Will advancements in technology and the Belt and Road Initiative be enough to offset the country’s slowing economy and rapid credit creation?
  • Has China’s inclusion in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index improved transparency, governance and robustness of the market?
Chair

Stephen Kotkin

Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University

11:40am – 12:30pm

FEAR AND LOATHING IN EMERGING MARKETS: IS IT WORTH THE RISK?

  • What factors drive emerging market returns?
  • Where does active management work in emerging markets?
  • Can a developed market exposure capture emerging markets?

Mark Burgess

Investment committee; Chair, HESTA Super Fund

Mark Rider

Chief investment officer, ANZ Wealth

Chair

Gerard Parlevliet

Investment committee chair, Prime Super

12:30pm – 1:30pm

LUNCH

1:30pm – 2:20pm

PUBLIC V PRIVATE MARKETS: OPPORTUNITY AND DIFFERENTIATION

  • Do private markets offer a range of diversifying opportunities that are not available in public markets?
  • How to balance return expectations with increased concerns about costs, governance, transparency and illiquidity.
  • How to determine where to invest in the capital stack.

Kristofer Tremaine

Founder; Chief executive, Kimura

Chair

Richard Hedley

Former chief investment officer, State Super (SAS Trustee)

2:20pm – 3:20pm

LIQUID ALTS, CTA AND RISK PREMIA: WHAT WENT WRONG?

  • How to interpret the dispersion of returns across strategies.
  • What's the role of liquid alts and risk premia within asset allocation – and how do you determine the appropriate time horizon?
  • Have crowding and market volatility limited prospects for the sector?

Leigh Gavin

Chief investment officer, LUCRF Super

Steve Shepherd

Head of Asia-Pacific, CFM

Neil Williams

Chief strategist, global multi-asset team, QIC

Chair

Debbie Alliston

Head of multi-asset portfolio management, AMP Capital Investors

3:20pm – 3:45pm

AFTERNOON TEA

3:45pm – 4:35pm

MEMBER OUTCOMES, DISLOCATIONS AND STRATEGIC ASSET ALLOCATION

  • How to balance a fund’s investment philosophy and the risks – investment, allocation, business and career.
  • In a post-Productivity Commission world, how can asset owners provide their expected member outcomes? Will more move to passive strategies?
  • What fund structure will survive the dislocation?

Kristian Fok

Chief investment officer, Cbus Super

Michael Winchester

Head of investment strategy, First State Super

Chair

Sandi Orleow

Investment committee member, Statewide Super

4:45pm – 5:15pm

THE GROWTH AND DEFENSIVE CLASSIFICATION SHOWDOWN

  • How should asset owners assess reward for risk by asset class, both listed and unlisted?
  • How to deal with products crossing over asset classes.
  • Do asset owners need to dispense with classifications and if so, what should they adopt?

David Bell

PhD student and ex-CIO, Mine Super

Thadeus McCrindle

Chief investment officer, Sandhurst Trustees (Bendigo and Adelaide Bank)

Chair

Rob Prugue

Founder, People Reaching Out to People

5:15pm – 5:45pm

SECRET EXTRA-SPECIAL GUEST

5:45pm

CLOSE DAY 2, TRANSFERS FROM THE HYDRO MAJESTIC TO LILIANFELS

6:30pm – 9:30pm

OFFICIAL EVENT DINNER: DARLEYS RESTAURANT

Day 3 – Wednesday – May 22

9:20am – 9:30am

WELCOME

9:30am – 10:45am

MOCK DOOMSDAY PREP: HOW TO DEAL WITH A PR CRISIS

  • Are you equipped to manage a crisis?
  • How to anticipate and avoid potential crisis scenarios and establish internal protocols for handling them.
  • What techniques and strategies can equip staff to address a PR crisis?

Peter Wilkinson

Managing director of Wilkinson Group; Chairman of Wilkinson Butler

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

10:45am – 11:15am

MORNING TEA

11:15am – 12:30pm

THE UNRAVELLING OF CHIMERICA: TENSIONS AND PRESSURE POINTS

  • What is China’s endgame in the increasing use of AI and a social credit system to monitor its citizens?
  • Is co-operation between the two military and cyber-super powers likely?
  • Have we reached peak China economic and geopolitical influence?

Stephen Kotkin

Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

12:30pm – 1:00pm

LUNCH

1:00pm – 1:40pm

INTERNATIONAL ASSET OWNER: COAERS CIO DAVID VEAL

  • What are the inner workings of the internal decision-making processes?
  • What is the process on forming and implementing capital market views?
  • How to go about adding a manager or taking one out of the portfolio?

David Veal

Chief investment officer, City of Austin Employees Retirement System

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

1:40pm – 3:00pm

THE ROYAL COMMISSION, ETHICS, STAKEHOLDERS AND INCENTIVES

  • Do organisations need to move away from the vision statement to the statement of purpose?
  • What impact is the Hayne royal commission having on the industry?
  • How can we build a common voice between the industry and retail funds to address incentives and foster better ethics?

James Cook

Director of investments, U Ethical

Kristen Le Mesurier

Portfolio manager, AMP Capital Investors

Simon Longstaff

Executive director, The Ethics Centre

Scott Tully

Chief investment officer, Colonial First State

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

3:00pm

CONFERENCE CLOSE DAY 3

3:15pm

RETURN TO SYDNEY AIRPORT

Complimentary transfer service