Senior Industry Professionals
Raphael Arndt was appointed as the Chief Investment Officer of the Future Fund in 2014.
He leads a multi-disciplinary investment team, managing A$160 billion, making investments across all asset classes and geographies.
In particular he focusses on the Fund’s “joined up” investment process, bringing together top down macro views and bottom up sector opportunities to construct the best overall portfolio.
This involves managing investments for Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Future Fund, and four additional funds, including the Medical Research Future Fund, which will be one of the largest medical research funds in the world when fully funded.
Raphael was previously the Fund's Head of Infrastructure and Timberland where he was responsible for establishing both the Timberland and Infrastructure investment programs.
Raphael is also Chairman of the Investment Committee and a Board Member of the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Australia’s largest community foundation.
Raphael started his career as an Engineer working with Ove Arup & Partners in Melbourne and London.
He holds Engineering and Economics degrees and a PhD from the University of Melbourne which focused on risk allocation in Public Private Partnerships.
Steve Byrom is Head of Private Equity at Future Fund, the $105 billion sovereign wealth fund of Australia. Mr. Byrom is responsible for managing $15 billion of capital that has been committed to private equity funds, co-investments and other direct investment opportunities globally.
He has over 20 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.
Mr. Byrom holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) and a Masters of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Auckland.
Alicia Gregory has worked within the PE program for the last 11 years and brings with her significant experience as an investor and leader. Alicia returned to Australia in January this year having spent three years in London as Head of European PE.
Alicia has over 17 years' experience in the financial services sector. This career includes investment research with the ThreeSixty Investment Strategy & Research team and prior to that she worked at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in various research and credit related roles. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology, Sydney, is a CFA charterholder and has completed the General Management Programme at INSEAD.
James Lilico is an Investment Manager in the Private Markets team at Sunsuper, a $34 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 and property asset classes.
The private capital portfolio is a programme of over $2 billion, which consists of primary and secondary fund investments and co-investments across the buyout, venture, distressed, natural resources and real estate areas. James represents Sunsuper on various advisory boards in Australia and overseas.
James has been with Sunsuper for 5 years. Prior to this, he was at RMB Capital Partners and Grant Samuel. James 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 an Investment Manager – Unlisted Assets with HESTA, and is responsible for HESTA’s Infrastructure, Private Equity, and Opportunistic Growth portfolios. Prior to HESTA Will has held similar 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, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Hemal Mirani rejoined HarbourVest's senior management team in Asia in 2015 to focus on investments and investor relations across the Asia Pacific region.
Hemal first joined HarbourVest in 1997 and spent eleven years developing relationships with leading Asian private equity managers and working with our investors and consultants across the region to advance and optimize their private market investment programs. She rejoined HarbourVest after six years with CVC Capital Partners in Hong Kong, where she was head of investor relations in Asia and Chief Administrative Officer.
Hemal received a BA in Commerce from Sydenham College (Bombay) in 1989, an MA in International Studies with a Japanese language concentration from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute, and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School in 1997. The latter two were part of a joint degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. Hemal speaks fluent Japanese.
Jenny Newmarch is a Portfolio Manager for Growth Assets as First State Super which includes the management of public and private equities accessed through both funds, co-investments and selective direct investments. Ms. Newmarch has worked in the investment industry for 13 years, predominantly managing private equity investments on behalf of Australian Superannuation funds. Prior to First State Super, Ms. Newmarch was an Investment Director with Asia pacific private equity advisor, ROC Partners.
Marcus Simpson founded and manages QIC's private equity program of $5.0bn AUM globally in funds, co-investments, directs and direct secondary fund interests. He is at the forefront of a new private equity investment model reflected in a 2015 paper co-authored by Josh Lerner and Hugh MacArthur: The Next Generation Private Equity Investor.
Prior to founding QIC's program in 2005, Marcus was Chief Executive, North America, Altius Associates Ltd, with US$27 billion (as of Q2 2015) under management or advice. He established Altius' US operation in 2000 and participated in the global management, investment strategy and execution, and client acquisition.
From 1996 to 2000 Marcus worked for the Virginia Retirement System ("VRS"), a US public pension plan with assets of US$62 billion. Marcus founded its non-US portfolio and then became Head of Private Equity.
From 1990 to 1995 he worked in the London office of the Bankers Trust Company where he structured a number of buy-out financings and worked on corporate restructurings.
Marcus is Chairman Emeritus of the Institutional Investors Roundtable, an international community of large, long-term institutional investors seeking to collaborate on private market investment.
Cameron Sinclair is a Director in the Private Equity team at Future Fund and helps manage A$22bn of capital that has been committed to private equity funds, co-investments and other direct investment opportunities globally. Prior to joining Future Fund in 2010, Mr. Sinclair worked for Macquarie Capital in Seoul, South Korea, for Macquarie Funds throughout Asia. Prior to that, he was based in Melbourne, Australia, in Macquarie’s Investment Banking Group. Mr. Sinclair holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.
Scott Bookmyer (Sydney) runs the KKR Australia business and is Chief Operating Officer of KKR Asia. He serves on the Asia Private Equity Investment Committee and is a member of the Asia Portfolio Management Committee. Mr. Bookmyer joined KKR Capstone in 2002 supporting operational improvements in KKR’s North American private equity portfolio. In 2010 he moved to Hong Kong, serving as CEO of KKR Capstone Asia until joining KKR Asia in 2014. Mr. Bookmyer’s prior experiences include brand management (Procter & Gamble) and consulting (The Boston Consulting Group). He holds a B.A. with honors from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago.
Daniel Bowden is a Partner and Investment Committee member at Stafford Capital Partners, a global funds management and advisory firm focused on alternative asset classes. Stafford has funds under management of $5bn and invests across private equity, venture, sustainable, infrastructure, credit, timberlands, and agriculture sectors.
Mr. Bowden has been responsible for making private equity commitments totaling over $750m to various private equity managers in Australia and New Zealand. He sits on the Investment Advisory Boards for a range of private equity funds.
Stafford Capital Partners also has an active private equity coinvestment and secondaries program, and has completed over 60 coinvestment and secondaries transactions in the Australian and New Zealand markets.
Prior to joining Stafford Capital Partners, Mr. Bowden spent three years in corporate finance at Goldman Sachs, where he provided M&A advice to a range of corporations and private equity firms.
Marcus Darville commenced his private Equity career in 1992 in the UK with NatWest Ventures (now Bridgepoint). He joined AMP in 1994 as Joint Head of Private Equity where he raised several funds and completed a number of leading buyouts including Tasman Building Products.
Mr. Darville joined Quadrant Private Equity in March 2006 and has been an investment committee member for QPE Funds 1, 2, 3 4, 5 and 6 and led and managed a number of investments in each of those funds. He is a Managing Partner of Quadrant and a director of Quadrant investees Super A-Mart/Barbeques Galore, HomeCare holdings, Experience Australia, QScan and Fitzpatrick Private Wealth.
Dr. Michelle Deaker is a Managing Partner of OneVentures and has been primarily responsible for the foundation of OneVentures firm and capital raisings of OneVentures Funds. The firm now has $320M in funds under management. Dr Deaker serves on the investment committee of OneVentures three main Funds, leads the technology practice within the firm and is responsible for investor relations managing the supervisory boards of OneVentures funds.
Dr. Deaker has over 20 years experience in the development of high growth technology companies in Australia and the US, has served on the boards of large and small listed and unlisted companies and has established financing syndicates with Australian, Asian and US investors. She is a current Director of OneVentures portfolio companies Smart Sparrow, Employment Hero and Incoming Media. She is a former member of the NSW government’s Digital Economy Taskforce and the Advisory Board of Head Over Heels. Dr Deaker is also a former Director of Seven West Media (Seven Network, Pacific, WAN, Yahoo7) and Australia’s ICT Centre of Excellence, NICTA (now Data61).
Dr. Deaker established OneVentures in late 2006, coming into the venture capital industry as a successful IT industry business owner, entrepreneur and subsequently angel investor. The Company she founded in 1999, E Com Industries (www.giftvouchers.com), became the leading prepaid card and electronic voucher provider in Australia, servicing over 100 major retail brands including Coles Myer and Woolworths, managing $700m in Australian retail liability and eventually expanding operations into the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand. E Com was acquired by UK publicly listed company, Retail Decisions, in 2005, in a transaction returning to investors 4.6xcapital and an average IRR of 70%. Notably, E Com industries was one of only a handful of Australian companies that successfully migrated the dotcom boom and crash through to a successful outcome for investors. Prior to E Com Industries, Dr Deaker established IT enterprise business, Networks Beyond 2000.
Dr. Deaker holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours 1st class), Master of Science and a PhD (Applied Science). She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women (CEW).
Jake Haines originally joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2002, and rejoined the firm in 2008 having spent the previous three years in the United States. While based in New York, he was involved in establishing the US private equity group for Babcock & Brown. Prior to 2002, Mr. Haines was a consultant with Bain & Company based in Toronto. He received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
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Jeremy Samuel is the Managing Director of Anacacia Capital, an award winning Australian investment firm focused on the small-medium mid-market growth buyouts.
Anacacia manages >A$250m and invests into established small-medium enterprises that are managing ownership change and growth. The firm’s private equity funds make buyout and control investments into unlisted companies. The firm also manages the synergistic Wattle Fund that can follow up with minority investments into small listed companies.
Mr. Samuel is the former lead director of Anacacia’s investments into Appen, Big River, Home Appliances, Lomb Scientific and Rafferty’s Garden. Mr. Samuel holds an MBA from the Yale University School of Management and Arts/Law degrees from the University of New South Wales.
Tim Sims is a Managing Director and Founder of Pacific Equity Partners (PEP). He was previously Chairman and Managing Partner of Bain & Company's businesses in Australasia and Africa. He was an elected member of Bain's World Wide Executive Committee. Prior to joining Bain, Mr. Sim was a Founding Partner of the LEK Partnership in London and Managing Partner of their Australasia practice.
Mr. Sim has also led or served on a number of National Strategy issues, The Karpin Committee, The Nuclear Research Program and the National Service Export Strategy. He was selected to participate in the Prime Minister's Climate Change Summit and 2020 initiative. He was a Founder of the Australian Charities Fund Work Place Giving Program and has served on the Boards of the Garvan Foundation, Sharelife / Outcomes Australia and Ravenswood School.
He has a BA / MA from Oxford where he was a Mitsui Scholar and an MPA from Harvard where he was a Kennedy Scholar.
Ravi Thakran has been working in various leading positions at the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey Group (LVMH) since 2001. He has been the Group President of LVMH South & Southeast Asia and Oceania from 2007.
LVMH is the world's largest luxury goods company with over USD 50 Billion in revenue and USD 7 Billion in profit. The group owns over 70 world famous brands including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Hublot, DFS, Sephora, Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon and others.
Ravi Thakran is also the founder of L Capital Asia. From its foundation in 2010 the fund has invested USD 3 Billion in 27 companies across Asia Pacific; including leading companies in India like PVR and Fab India.
In 2016, Ravi Thakran led his team for a merger with America's largest consumer focussed Private Equity fund formed through the partnership of Catterton, LVMH and Groupe Arnault.
Ravi Thakran is now the Chairman and Managing Partner of the merged entity called L Catterton, now the world's largest consumer focused Private Equity fund with over USD 15 Billion of assets under management; operating six distinct fund strategies out of seventeen offices located across five continents.
Prior to his time in LVMH, he had held senior management positions at the Swatch Group, Nike and the Tata Group. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Matthew Turner has 22 years of debt markets experience and is the Head of Australia & New Zealand Senior Debt at ICG. He previously was responsible for covering the largest PE firms in the Australian market in NAB’s Acquisition Finance Team. In his last year of eligibility Mr. Turner was rated as one of the top 5 DCM Bankers in Australia in the 2012 East Coles annual bankers survey. Prior to 2007, he spent eight years working in London, five years as a debt specialist within the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. Before that he spent three years at FleetBoston (now part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch) where he concentrated on Leveraged Media and Telecom credits and was responsible for FleetBoston’s European secondary loan trading. Before moving to London, Mr. Turner worked in Corporate and Institutional roles in Australian trading banks. He is regularly quoted in the Financial Press, particularly on the emergence of Private Debt in Australia. Mr. Turner holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.
Peter Wiggs joined Archer Capital in 1997 and has managed the investment programme at Archer Capital since that date. He has led numerous transactions: Tasman Building Products, MCK, Signature Security, Banksia Wines, Hirequip, Tasman 2 and RED Paper Group. He is currently a director of Quick Service Restaurant Holdings (QSRH), Brownes Dairy and Allity Age Care.
Mr. Wiggs is one of the longest-serving executives in the Australian private equity industry, having previously spent three years working as an executive in the private equity team at Rothschild Australia. During that time he was acting CEO of a portfolio company for 18 months, where he effected a major performance turnaround. Prior to his roles at Rothschild, Peter spent five years with Booz Allen & Hamilton, working on a variety of strategic and operational assignments for several large Australian companies in the healthcare, banking, insurance and consumer goods industries.
Mr. Wiggs has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
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.
Stefan Zuschke joined BC Partners in Hamburg in 1993. Previously, Mr. Zuschke spent three years in the German mid-cap buy-out firm, Equimark. Prior to this he worked at Mercedes Benz in Germany and Spain. He has a degree in business administration from the Fachhochschule (Reutlingen/Germany) and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain). He speaks German, English and Spanish. Portfolio Company Involvement: PlusServer (current board member), Aenova (current Chairman of the board), Nille, Synlab, SGB-SMIT, Brenntag, Amadeus, Unitymedia, KTM, Sanitec, Grohe, Techem, Beck and Thierschmidt.