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Professor James Laurenceson is an economist and Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at University of Technology Sydney. His commentary and analysis of China’s economy and Australia-China relations is regularly found in Australian Financial Review, The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, amongst many others. Professor Laurenceson’s academic work has been published in leading scholarly journals including China Economic Review and China Economic Journal.
Serge has recently been appointed Head of Private Equity at Cbus. He previously spent nine years as portfolio manager at MLC Private Equity, and prior to that was a founding member of National Australia Bank’s global fund management arm nabInvest. He has also worked at management consulting outfit McKinsey and Company, and before that led a research team at Alcatel-Lucent.
Katie joined the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation (Guardians) in February 2016. Katie is a Senior Investment Strategist in the RI team for the NZ Superannuation Fund. She is involved primarily in leading their engagement programme, working with external managers and driving positive investment across the Fund. She also provides support and expertise for the Fund’s Climate Change Investment Strategy. Currently Katie is leading a global collaborative engagement that is calling for the social media companies to strengthen controls to prevent the livestreaming and dissemination of objectionable content such as that of the Christchurch terror attacks. Katie is currently serving on the External Reporting Board’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel (XRAP) and is an observer on the NZ National Advisory Board for Impact Investing.
Graeme has over 20 years’ experience in investment management, most recently as Former CIO at AIA Australia, a global leader in life insurance.
He has extensive experience in portfolio management and asset consulting, with expertise across macroeconomic analysis, strategic asset allocation, investment policy, risk management and implementation of multi asset class portfolios.
2009 – 2016: AIA Australia – Chief Investment Officer.
2007 – 2009: Russell Investments – Senior Consultant – asset allocation across fixed income, equities, private equity, infrastructure, hedge funds
2003 – 2007: Mercer Investment Consulting – Consultant – Australian equities focus
2000 – 2003: Alliance Capital Management – Quantitative Analyst – fixed income focus
1996 – 2000: BHP – Investment Analyst
1990 – 1996: BHP Steel – Process Engineer
1989 – 1989: Fletcher Titanium Products – Process Engineer
Graeme leads the investment team to provide a comprehensive and integrated investment offering across all major asset classes, including cash, fixed income, Australian and international equities, alternatives and property.
Graeme will work closely with the investment advisory team and their clients to develop and implement appropriate long term investment strategies to help them achieve their investment objectives.
Steve is a Founding Partner of Potentum Partners. Formed in 2019 by senior members of Future Fund’s private equity team, Potentum Partners offers a new way for institutional investors to access and build world-class private equity programs.
Prior to Potentum Partners, Steve spent 11 years as Head of Private Equity and Investment Committee member at Future Fund, Australia’s sovereign wealth fund. He led the team that created Future Fund’s private equity strategy, building a A$27.5bn investment program that returned over 17% p.a. (hedged, in Australian Dollars) over 10 years. As an Investment Committee member, he was involved in the whole of portfolio strategic and tactical decision making.
Steve has over 30 years of private equity and corporate finance experience across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His previous experience includes establishing a private equity program at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Co-Head of ANZ Private Equity, financial sponsors with SG Hambros in London and corporate finance at Ernst & Young in London and Auckland.
Steve is a graduate of the University of Auckland and holds a Masters of Commerce in Finance.
Amit Chand is an Associate Portfolio Manager of Growth Assets at Aware Super (fka First State Super). His responsibilities include evaluating fund, co-investment and direct investment opportunities and monitoring investment performance across Private Equity and Venture Capital strategies. Amit has 15 years of experience. Amit previously worked at mid-market buyout private equity firm Crescent Capital Partners, where he was a member of the investment team. Prior to Crescent, he worked at McKinsey & Company serving a range of clients (including Private Equity) across Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Amit holds an MPA (International Finance) from Columbia University. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from the University of Auckland.
Jon is a Risk Partner responsible for the oversight of the firm’s investment analysis and portfolio management. Jon is based in the firm’s London office.
Jon started as Coller Capital’s first investment analyst and has held numerous roles within the investment team, working on transactions in all of the Coller funds. Prior to joining Coller Capital in 1996, Jon began his career with Arthur Andersen before moving on to working in the tax departments of Dowell Schlumberger and McDermott Engineering.
Jon has a BSc (Hons) in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School, and is a Chartered Management Accountant.
Ben focuses on the development of institutional client and consultant relationships and works with other members of the investor relations team to serve the needs of Adams Street Partners’ clients.
Prior to joining the firm, Ben worked at Capital Dynamics as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Asia, overseeing the firm’s business development efforts in Asia and North America.
Before Capital Dynamics, Ben served as Managing Director at Aircom International, focused on improving regional business performance. He also held senior business development positions at Convergys Corporation, Alliance Digital, Inc., and the JM Network.
University of Colorado, BBA
Investment/operational experience: 21 years
Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese
Michael joined MFI in 2018 as Portfolio Manager – Private Investments. In this role, Michael is focused on unlisted equity and property investments, including but not limited to direct investments, co-investments and fund participations in both asset classes. Michael’s mandate includes all parts of the capital structure.
James Lilico is a Portfolio Manager in the Private Markets team at Sunsuper, an $83 billion profit-for-members superannuation fund. His role encompasses portfolio construction, investment research, selection and execution and ongoing review and reporting across the private capital asset class.
The private capital portfolio is a programme of over $5 billion, which consists of primary and secondary fund investments and co-investments across the buyout, venture/growth and distressed/special situations areas. Mr. Lilico represents Sunsuper on various advisory boards in Australia and overseas.
Mr. Lilico has been with Sunsuper for over 10 years. Prior to this, he was at RMB Capital Partners and Grant Samuel. Mr. Lilico has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Science in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Florida.
Will MacAulay is General Manager, Unlisted Assets with HESTA, and is responsible for managing HESTA’s private asset investment portfolios including Infrastructure, Property, Private Equity, and Insurance Linked Securities. Prior to HESTA Will has held roles with Wilshire Private Markets and MLC Private Equity.
Will holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jenny Newmarch is the Senior Portfolio Manager for Private Equity at Aware Super, the second largest profit for-member Superannuation Fund in Australia with AUD $130 billion in funds under management. Aware Super’s private equity portfolio is over AUD 6 billion as at 30 September 2020 and is invested globally in a concentrated portfolio of funds and co-investments in strategies ranging from venture capital to buyouts. Jenny has over 12 years experience in private equity as an asset allocator and adviser and has over 20 years experience in the investment field having started her career as an investment consultant and actuary in the UK.
Jenny is a graduate of Imperial College London, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Actuaries and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Crystal joined QIC in April 2007 having the opportunity to be involved in the program build from the ground up post the inception of the program in late 2005. Crystal now leads the Brisbane based team focused on Asia Pacific opportunity which is predominantly focused on China and Australia across both fund and co‐investment. Crystal is a member of the GPC Leadership Team and Investment Committee. Crystal has worked across the global portfolio from European buyouts to Venture and Growth prior to the set up of our international offices. Crystal established our secondary market coverage and process and led a number of acquisitions and divestments. Crystal led our early research in emerging markets and has been led the development of the investment strategy and portfolio in China which today is about one third of our exposure. Crystal sits on a number of fund Advisory Boards and as an Observer or Board member of investee companies.
Before joining QIC in April 2007, Crystal worked closely with private companies and M&A as a Senior Analyst at Ernst & Young in the Transaction Advisory Services division and prior to that in the Corporate Tax division from 2003 to 2004 and as a consultant at McKewin & Associates from 2000 to 2003.
Crystal is a Board member of the Australian Investment Council and is passionate about driving greater Diversity & Inclusion in the Private Equity industry.
Yar‐Ping leads the Primary Investment Team’s practice in Asia and actively participates in all investment decisions. She also manages relationships with several of Adams Street's GPs in the region. Prior to joining Adams Street, Yar‐Ping was a Senior Vice President of GIC Special Investments (GICSI), which is the private equity arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. She spent more than a decade at GIC and worked in their New York, Redwood City, and Singapore offices. Yar‐Ping was the Head of Asia/Emerging Markets based out of Singapore, leading GIC Private Equity’s investments in leveraged buyout funds, growth capital funds, and co‐investments.
Yar‐Ping is a member of the Adams Street Partners Primary Investment Committee. She has co‐authored the following whitepapers, “An Inside Look at the Private Market in Asia” and “Asia Private Equity: Identifying Opportunities in Disrupted Markets.”
University of Melbourne, Bcom, with honors
University of California at Berkeley, Walter Haas School of Business, MBA
Investment/operational experience: 24 years
Languages: Cantonese, English, Hokkien, Malay, Mandarin Chinese
Neil Stanford is the Head of Private Equity at the $19 billion Hostplus superannuation fund. He joined joined Hostplus in mid-2014 and leads its investment initiative across Private Equity and Venture Capital. The Fund has expanded its internal Investment Strategy team over the last few years, as it endeavours to become a more engaged investor.
Prior to joining Hostplus, Neil was a Consultant at JANA Investment Advisors for 6 years where he had a range of consulting and research responsibilities, with a particular focus on Private Equity. Prior to that, Neil was with Russell Investments in a broad Private Markets role covering Private Equity, Infrastructure and Hedge Fund strategies. In addition, Neil has held a number of IT and Engineering roles for 10 years. Neil holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA.
Ms. Tavill is the global head of responsible investment, leading all ESG and impact initiatives across all businesses and investment strategies at StepStone Group, a global private markets investment firm focused on providing customized investment solutions and advisory and data services to some of the most sophisticated investors in the world. With more than US$333 billion of private markets allocations, including over US$80 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2020, StepStone covers the spectrum of opportunities in private markets across the globe. Ms. Tavill is also a member of the private equity team.
Prior to StepStone, Ms. Tavill was responsible for AMP Capital’s global alternative investment platform that included private equity, infrastructure and real assets. Before that she spent five years at Van Eyk Research in Sydney, the last four as head of research. Before moving to Australia, she was an executive director at Goldman Sachs Investment Management, responsible for their UK small-and mid-cap portfolios.
Ms. Tavill received a MSc in finance and economics from the London School of Economics, in addition to a BBS with honors in economics and honors in finance from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Kathryn Young is Head of Investments for Cambooya Pty Ltd, which is one of Australia’s longest-running family offices. In that role she guides investment selection and portfolio construction across a wide range of assets, both listed and unlisted. She has more than 15 years of investment experience in Australia and the United States. She spent much of that time in manager research for Morningstar, ending her tenure there as Director of Manager Research Ratings, Aus/NZ. She completed her MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.
David Bluff is a Managing Director and leads Carlyle’s buyout business in Australia and New Zealand.
Since joining Carlyle in 2008, Mr. Bluff has been actively involved with Carlyle’s investments in iNova Pharmaceuticals, Accolade Wines, Healthscope, Qube Logistics and Coates Hire.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Bluff worked with SABMiller plc, where he was responsible for acquisitions in Europe and the Americas, and J.P. Morgan's M&A teams in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Bluff graduated from The University of Queensland and was awarded the University Medal.
Jeff is the CFO of InCloudCounsel. Prior to InCloudCounsel, Jeff was a Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital in San Francisco. Earlier, Jeff worked in technology investment banking at J.P. Morgan and product management at Salesforce.com. Jeff holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and undergraduate degrees in business and psychology from the University of Colorado. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys skiing, mountain biking, live music, photography, and spending time with his wife and two boys.
Mark Chiba is Group Chairman and Partner of The Longreach Group. The Longreach Group is an established independent private equity firm with offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo. The Firm focuses on Japan and related Greater China control buyouts in the mature industrial and technology, consumer, business services and financial services sectors. The Firm manages three Funds which have accumulated approximately US$2.1 billion of committed limited partner and co-investment capital.
Mark co-founded The Longreach Group in late 2003. Mark's lead responsibilities at Longreach include firm management, senior relationship driven investment sourcing and execution, and building the firm's global capital base and networks.
Before co-founding Longreach, Mark served as Chief Executive Officer and President of UBS Securities Japan, Member of the Global Investment Banking Management Committee and Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Investment Banking Management Committee, Head of Japan Investment Banking and as a member of the UBS Global Investment Bank Board. Previous to these roles, Mark headed the UBS Asia-Pacific Financial Institutions Group.
Mark is an Australian citizen, resident in Hong Kong. He holds First Class Honours degrees in Economics (University of Melbourne) and Law (University of Sydney). Mark is a Rhodes Scholar with a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations (with Distinction) from Oxford University.
Marcus joined Quadrant Private Equity in March 2006. Marcus has nearly 30 years of private equity experience starting in the UK with NatWest Ventures (now Bridgepoint). He joined AMP in 1994 as Joint Head of Private Equity where he completed several major buyouts including Tasman Building Products. Marcus has been a member of the Quadrant Investment Committee for every fund from QPE I to QPE VII and heads Quadrant’s Growth Fund. He is a Director of Quadrant investees Journey Beyond, Enrich Health Group ..plus the other five.
Mr. Ganley is a managing principal and member of the Investment Committee for CarVal Investors, responsible for leading the firm’s investment strategy and management, as well as distressed corporate credit investments in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, he leads risk and portfolio management across CarVal’s credit funds and investments globally. Prior to joining CarVal in 2009, Mr. Ganley was a managing director for the Special Situations Group at Goldman Sachs in Europe where he focused primarily on corporate credit investments including distressed credit, high-yield credit, event-driven investing and liquidations. Mr. Ganley received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and his B.S. in finance and accountancy from Villanova University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
CarVal Investors is an established global alternative investment fund manager focused on distressed and credit-intensive assets and market inefficiencies. Since 1987, our experienced team has navigated through ever-changing credit market cycles, opportunistically investing $128 billion in 5,525 transactions across 82 countries. Today, CarVal Investors has approximately $10 billion in assets under management in in corporate securities, loan portfolios, structured credit and hard assets.
Ken Licence joined Principle in 2009 and was appointed to the role of Managing Director in December 2010. Mr. Licence has over 25 years’ financial services experience across a range of investment strategies including property, private equity and infrastructure. He has held senior management positions with Lend Lease, Deutsche Asset Management, and CP2, assisting major domestic and international institutional clients.
Mr. Licence has been a Board Member of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (NSW) and holds a Bachelor\ of Commerce from Griffith University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland.
David Lyon is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and Co-Head of the Private Credit business for NB Private Equity. He is a member of the Private Debt and Credit Opportunities Investment Committees. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2014, he was the Director of Research at Ellis Lake Capital, a $500 million event-driven credit hedge fund based in New York. Before Ellis Lake, David was one of three professionals responsible for the day-to-day management of the Credit Opportunities Group, a multibillion-dollar portfolio of credit and equity investments at D. E. Shaw. There, he was also responsible for the private equity efforts in the Credit Opportunities Group and sat on several public and private company boards. Before that, David was a Managing Director at The Cypress Group, a $3.5 billion private equity fund, where he was a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to Cypress, he was one of five original professionals at Och-Ziff Capital Management and worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Goldman Sachs. He earned a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Natasha Morris is Director, Responsible Investing at Adamantem Capital.
Natasha has over fifteen years of experience across the social and private sectors in both Australia and the UK. Prior to joining Adamantem Capital, Natasha spent nearly 10 years in the social sector, working across impact investing, operations, strategy and venture philanthropy (at Social Ventures Australia and The Centre for Evidence and Implementation). Prior to that Natasha worked in infrastructure funds management, including deal execution and asset management (at Hastings Funds Management) and project finance (at King & Wood Mallesons in Australia and Norton Rose in the UK).
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from the University of New South Wales.
Niki is a co-founder of Blackbird, a venture capital firm with the mission to be a partner to the greatest business stories born from Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Blackbird Ventures, he founded Startmate, an accelerator that helps nerds with ideas become great CEOs and build global startups. Earlier, he co-founded two software companies.
Blackbird partners with founders at the very beginning and surrounds them with a community of other founders who have built successful technology companies before. The firm was founded in 2012 and currently manages $1.3 billion dollars.
David Willis is a Transaction Services Partner and National Head of Private Equity at KPMG.
Mr. Willis joined KPMG in January 2006 (after 11 years with Deloitte in Australia and the United Kingdom) and was admitted to partnership in 2007. David has worked in Transaction Services for 15 years, focussing exclusively on Private Equity since 2001.