Overview – Thursday – January 28

9:00am – 9:05am

WELCOME

9:05am – 9:40am

IN ETHICS WE TRUST

The old adage that it takes a lifetime to build trust and a moment to lose it is never more true than in a world of digital interaction and social media scrutiny. This session draws on academic theory and experiences with the Royal Commission to consider how trust is earned, lost and rebuilt in this interconnected world.

Brett Clark

Chief executive, TAL

Vanessa Pigrum

Chief executive, Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

9:40am – 10:15am

THE DISUNITED STATE OF AMERICA

The 2020 Presidential election campaign sparked riots, ideological animosity and tensions across communities. In this keynote session, scrutiny will be applied to the factors that have caused this bifurcation of consensus, what can be done to find common ground and what the legal tussle over the results means for the wider world.

Stephen Kotkin

John P. Birkelund ‘52 Professor, Princeton University

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

10:15am – 10:50am

THE ROLE OF THE CHAIR: A GLOBAL COMPARISON

Pension funds around the world are dealing with recessions, volatile markets and heightened unemployment. This fireside conversation explores the global challenges with fiduciary investing as a new era begins.

Henry Jones

Chair, CalPERS

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

10:50am – 11:20am

INTERCONNECTED GOVERNANCE IN AN AGE OF DE-GLOBALISATION

Lockdowns to mitigate the incidences of communicable disease are a further source of disruption to the physical connections between regions. This session explores the role of fiduciary capital in offering peace, growth and stability to the international community.

Geraldine Buckingham

APAC Chair, Blackrock

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

11:20am – 12:00pm

MANAGING STAKEHOLDERS, THE EVOLUTION OF THE CEO AND THE PANDEMIC

The challenges of the last 12 months have been unique in recent memory. The abrupt cessation of economic output, the curtailing of free movement and the strain on mental health are all without direct precedent in Australian history. This session explores the challenges and the learnings from the period and how executives have found solutions to motivating teams, engaging stakeholders during a period of health, financial and societal crisis.

Martin Franc

Chief executive, Invesco Australia

Matthew Harrison

Managing director, Franklin Templeton Australia & New Zealand

Damien Mu

Chief executive, AIA Australia & New Zealand

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

12:00pm – 12:30pm

FIRESIDE CONVERSATION WITH DON RUSSELL

An intimate discussion that touches on a lifetime of public service and the rewards, frustrations and reflections on chairing the largest industry superannuation fund in the country.

Don Russell

Chair, AustralianSuper

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

12:30pm – 1:15pm

CHAIRS ONLY WORKING LUNCH ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION

During this session lunch will be delivered to our Chairs for an interactive table discussion using the Remo networking technology.

Chair

Neil Cochrane

Chair, Aware Super

1:15pm

BROADCAST ENDS

Day 2 – Friday – January 29

9:00am – 9:05am

WELCOME

9:05am – 9:45am

THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN DEVELOPING CONSENSUS

As Australia is in its first recession in a generation and faces a multitude of challenges to resolve. This session hears from the Liberal and Labor perspectives on the role of regulation, investments and access to superannuation in getting the nation back to work.

The Hon. Jane Hume MP

Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Parliament of Australia

The Hon. Stephen Jones MP

Shadow Minister for Financial Services, Parliament of Australia

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

9:45am – 10:10am

THE ROLE OF APRA IN 2021

With multiple issues influencing the superannuation industry as the nation mitigates the risks posed by the coronavirus, this keynote address will outline the role of APRA in supporting funds through 2021 and in simplifying processes relating to mergers.

Helen Rowell

Deputy chair, APRA

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

10:10am – 10:45am

CREATING REGULATION FIT FOR PURPOSE

While superannuation is not yet 30 years old, it has seen considerable change in regulatory practice. The risk of this is that it distracts trustees and executives and detracts from the principle aim of their work, building a robust savings system that confers dignity in retirement for all Australians. This session starts with a blank canvas and seeks to build an industry-led response to simplifying regulation in order to build greater public trust in this institution.

Kenneth Williams

Chair, Statewide Super

Chair

Laurence Parker-Brown

Institutional content producer, Conexus Financial

10:45am – 11:10am

FIRESIDE CONVERSATION WITH ROB ADAMS

An intimate discussion that touches on mergers and acquisitions across fund management, the relationship between CEOs and chairs and the future of institutional investing in the decade to come.

Rob Adams

Chief executive, Perpetual

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

11:10am – 11:35am

REFRAMING MARKETS: DYNAMISM AND IMPACT IN A BIFURCATED SOCIETY

Over the last few hundred years the mixed economies of the developed world produced considerable growth for their nations that alleviated poverty. However over the last generation we have seen an increase in inequality, reduced social mobility and concerns around regulatory capture. The pandemic and its lockdowns have both accentuated these trends and acted as a catalyst to review policies that can help offer more equitable outcomes. This session explores the risks and opportunities presented by considering a more sustainable form of capitalism in the decade to come.

David Hunt

Chief executive, PGIM

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

11:35am – 12:10pm

THE FUTURE OF SUPERANNUATION AND RETIREMENT

The retirement income review offers a unique perspective on the facts around the superannuation industry. Whilst there are no recommendations that does not mean that there should not be meaningful change around the structures, operational efficiencies and evolution of technologies inspired by its research. This hypothetical debate explores the implications of the findings and potential avenues for partnerships to pre-empt formal policy to offer Australia a richer and more comprehensive superannuation model that offers dignity in retirement for all.

David Bell

Executive director, Conexus Institute

Jeremy Cooper

Chair, retirement income, Challenger

Amara Haqqani

Director, insights and strategy, Milliman

Brett Jollie

Managing director, Australia, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Chair

Laurence Parker-Brown

Institutional content producer, Conexus Financial

12:10pm – 1:00pm

WORKING LUNCH FOR ALL DELEGATES

Commentary and analysis from our conference delegates culminating in a plenary discussion using the Remo networking technology.

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

1:00pm

BROADCAST ENDS

Day 1 – Thursday – January 28

9:00am – 9:05am

WELCOME

9:05am – 9:40am

IN ETHICS WE TRUST

The old adage that it takes a lifetime to build trust and a moment to lose it is never more true than in a world of digital interaction and social media scrutiny. This session draws on academic theory and experiences with the Royal Commission to consider how trust is earned, lost and rebuilt in this interconnected world.

Brett Clark

Chief executive, TAL

Vanessa Pigrum

Chief executive, Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

9:40am – 10:15am

THE DISUNITED STATE OF AMERICA

The 2020 Presidential election campaign sparked riots, ideological animosity and tensions across communities. In this keynote session, scrutiny will be applied to the factors that have caused this bifurcation of consensus, what can be done to find common ground and what the legal tussle over the results means for the wider world.

Stephen Kotkin

John P. Birkelund ‘52 Professor, Princeton University

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

10:15am – 10:50am

THE ROLE OF THE CHAIR: A GLOBAL COMPARISON

Pension funds around the world are dealing with recessions, volatile markets and heightened unemployment. This fireside conversation explores the global challenges with fiduciary investing as a new era begins.

Henry Jones

Chair, CalPERS

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

10:50am – 11:20am

INTERCONNECTED GOVERNANCE IN AN AGE OF DE-GLOBALISATION

Lockdowns to mitigate the incidences of communicable disease are a further source of disruption to the physical connections between regions. This session explores the role of fiduciary capital in offering peace, growth and stability to the international community.

Geraldine Buckingham

APAC Chair, Blackrock

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

11:20am – 12:00pm

MANAGING STAKEHOLDERS, THE EVOLUTION OF THE CEO AND THE PANDEMIC

The challenges of the last 12 months have been unique in recent memory. The abrupt cessation of economic output, the curtailing of free movement and the strain on mental health are all without direct precedent in Australian history. This session explores the challenges and the learnings from the period and how executives have found solutions to motivating teams, engaging stakeholders during a period of health, financial and societal crisis.

Martin Franc

Chief executive, Invesco Australia

Matthew Harrison

Managing director, Franklin Templeton Australia & New Zealand

Damien Mu

Chief executive, AIA Australia & New Zealand

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

12:00pm – 12:30pm

FIRESIDE CONVERSATION WITH DON RUSSELL

An intimate discussion that touches on a lifetime of public service and the rewards, frustrations and reflections on chairing the largest industry superannuation fund in the country.

Don Russell

Chair, AustralianSuper

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

12:30pm – 1:15pm

CHAIRS ONLY WORKING LUNCH ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION

During this session lunch will be delivered to our Chairs for an interactive table discussion using the Remo networking technology.

Chair

Neil Cochrane

Chair, Aware Super

1:15pm

BROADCAST ENDS

Day 2 – Friday – January 29

9:00am – 9:05am

WELCOME

9:05am – 9:45am

THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN DEVELOPING CONSENSUS

As Australia is in its first recession in a generation and faces a multitude of challenges to resolve. This session hears from the Liberal and Labor perspectives on the role of regulation, investments and access to superannuation in getting the nation back to work.

The Hon. Jane Hume MP

Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Parliament of Australia

The Hon. Stephen Jones MP

Shadow Minister for Financial Services, Parliament of Australia

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

9:45am – 10:10am

THE ROLE OF APRA IN 2021

With multiple issues influencing the superannuation industry as the nation mitigates the risks posed by the coronavirus, this keynote address will outline the role of APRA in supporting funds through 2021 and in simplifying processes relating to mergers.

Helen Rowell

Deputy chair, APRA

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

10:10am – 10:45am

CREATING REGULATION FIT FOR PURPOSE

While superannuation is not yet 30 years old, it has seen considerable change in regulatory practice. The risk of this is that it distracts trustees and executives and detracts from the principle aim of their work, building a robust savings system that confers dignity in retirement for all Australians. This session starts with a blank canvas and seeks to build an industry-led response to simplifying regulation in order to build greater public trust in this institution.

Kenneth Williams

Chair, Statewide Super

Chair

Laurence Parker-Brown

Institutional content producer, Conexus Financial

10:45am – 11:10am

FIRESIDE CONVERSATION WITH ROB ADAMS

An intimate discussion that touches on mergers and acquisitions across fund management, the relationship between CEOs and chairs and the future of institutional investing in the decade to come.

Rob Adams

Chief executive, Perpetual

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

11:10am – 11:35am

REFRAMING MARKETS: DYNAMISM AND IMPACT IN A BIFURCATED SOCIETY

Over the last few hundred years the mixed economies of the developed world produced considerable growth for their nations that alleviated poverty. However over the last generation we have seen an increase in inequality, reduced social mobility and concerns around regulatory capture. The pandemic and its lockdowns have both accentuated these trends and acted as a catalyst to review policies that can help offer more equitable outcomes. This session explores the risks and opportunities presented by considering a more sustainable form of capitalism in the decade to come.

David Hunt

Chief executive, PGIM

Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial

11:35am – 12:10pm

THE FUTURE OF SUPERANNUATION AND RETIREMENT

The retirement income review offers a unique perspective on the facts around the superannuation industry. Whilst there are no recommendations that does not mean that there should not be meaningful change around the structures, operational efficiencies and evolution of technologies inspired by its research. This hypothetical debate explores the implications of the findings and potential avenues for partnerships to pre-empt formal policy to offer Australia a richer and more comprehensive superannuation model that offers dignity in retirement for all.

David Bell

Executive director, Conexus Institute

Jeremy Cooper

Chair, retirement income, Challenger

Amara Haqqani

Director, insights and strategy, Milliman

Brett Jollie

Managing director, Australia, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Chair

Laurence Parker-Brown

Institutional content producer, Conexus Financial

12:10pm – 1:00pm

WORKING LUNCH FOR ALL DELEGATES

Commentary and analysis from our conference delegates culminating in a plenary discussion using the Remo networking technology.

Chair

Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

1:00pm

BROADCAST ENDS