Managing Director, General Counsel & Head of Compliance Australia
Alison Telfer, Managing Director is General Counsel and Head of Compliance for BlackRock Australasia. Alison is also a member of the BlackRock Australian board and executive committee. Alison holds seats on the product development, funds oversight and risk and controls committees. Alison is the executive sponsor for the Australian branch of BlackRock’s Womens’ Initiative and philanthropic committee.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, Ms Telfer held various senior positions over more than 9 years with Challenger Financial Services, initially in the position of senior legal counsel and later as Director, Specialised Product. In this latter role Ms Telfer was responsible for co-investment with the annuity balance sheet across equities, fixed income, infrastructure and real estate. This required institutional capital raising as well as provision of technical legal and strategic advice in the planning and ongoing management of new product. Prior to joining Challenger Financial Services, Ms Telfer held the position of Senior Associate with Blake Dawson Waldron and prior to that, Mallesons Stephen Jaques which she joined as a graduate.
As Group Treasurer for Stockland, David is responsible for managing the financial risk of the Group, in particular funding and liquidity, hedging, capital management, and debt investor relations. He also provides strategic insights and advice in relation to Group opportunities and is a member of the Investment Review Group and Investment Committee.
Prior to Stockland, David was Group Treasurer for AMP Limited, responsible for the Group’s treasury operations (including that of AMP Bank) and Chairman of the AMP Investment Committee. Previous other roles include Group Treasurer for AXA Asia Pacific, and a number of other treasury, finance and accounting roles for Pacific Dunlop Limited, Australian Wheat Board and Westpac.
Chief Investment Officer
Graeme has over 20 years’ experience in investment management with 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.
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 works 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.
Head of Conduct (C&IB)
National Australia Bank
John Feeney is the Head of Conduct (C&IB) at National Australia Bank Limited (NAB). He has been in financial markets for over 30 years in trading and management roles across most asset classes. Prior to joining NAB, Mr. Feeney has worked for Commonwealth Bank in Sydney, Citi in Sydney and London and Macquarie Bank in Sydney. Over this time he has traded and managed interest rate derivate, foreign exchange, traded credit, commodities and funding businesses. Currently, Mr. Feeney is an ISDA Board Member and an AFMA Board member.
Chief Operating Officer
Lounarda has over 30 years of experience in superannuation and financial services. Prior to IFM, Lounarda worked at Sunsuper for 4 years where she was the Chief Investment Operations Officer and a member of Sunsuper’s Enterprise Leadership Team. She was responsible for operations, implementation, risk management and oversight of Sunsuper’s investments.
Prior to Sunsuper, Lounarda spent 16 years consulting to local and global institutions on custody, investment operations, unit pricing, transition management, operational due diligence, governance and risk management matters. She spent 2 years as an independent consultant and 14 years at Mercer Investment Consulting where she was a Global Partner and an active member of Mercer’s regional and global leadership teams. Lounarda established Mercer Sentinel Asia Pacific business, the operational and implementation consulting business of Mercer and was the Asia Pacific Regional Director of Mercer Sentinel. Lounarda also worked at State Street for 12 years in many senior roles including as the Head of State Street Australia’s Operations and Client Service business; and subsequently as a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager. Prior to that, Lounarda worked for several accounting and legal firms.
Lounarda holds a Bachelor of Business with majors in accounting and economics. She is a regular speaker at industry forums and has published a number of research papers.
Head of Multi Asset, Multi Asset Investments
BT Investment Management
Michael joined BTIM in August 2017 and leads the Multi Asset Investments team. Michael has over 20 years’ investment management and consulting experience and joined BTIM from First State Super, where he was Head of Investment Strategy since January 2014. In this role, Michael was responsible for the establishment of an active asset allocation process and led the Fund’s Investment Strategy Team. Prior to this appointment, Michael was Head of Diversified Strategies at Perpetual for over five years, with portfolio management responsibilities for the manager’s range of diversified funds. Michael’s prior experience includes over 10 years in consulting roles at Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) and NSP Buck.
Head of Investment Operations
Peter is responsible for ensuring the investment strategy of AustralianSuper is implemented in an efficient and cost effective manner to obtain the best outcome for members. In this role he works with the Chief Investment Officer on strategy to ensure the appropriate capability, resources and expertise is in place to meet the rapid growth trajectory of the AustralianSuper investment portfolio. He is also responsible for ensuring the governance, risk and operational policies and strategies of the investment portfolio are applied in a robust manner.
Prior to joining AustralianSuper, Peter held a number of senior roles with the National Australia Bank’s Custody business specialising in the development and delivery of investment operations solutions to large institutional investors as an outsourced service provider.
In addition Peter has held numerous roles in funds management organisations managing the finance and investment operations functions.
Chief Risk Officer
Bank of Queensland
Peter Deans was appointed Chief Risk Officer at BOQ in March 2012. Peter has driven fundamental change in the Bank’s risk management frameworks, processes and culture. As part of the Executive team, he has also played a key role in reshaping both the business and risk management strategies at BOQ. Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance Chief Risk Officer of the Year in 2014 and 2015, and again in 2016.
Peter has over 30 years of experience across retail, business and institutional banking. Peter held senior risk management roles with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s commercial and institutional banking businesses between 1999 and 2010. In 2008, following the acquisition of Bankwest by CBA, Peter was appointed CRO of Bankwest.
Head of Market Risk
Westpac Banking Corporation
Robert Colla is the Head of Market Risk at Westpac Banking Corporation. Rob has extensive experience from 39 years in banking, 33 of which have been spent in and around financial markets and treasury. At Westpac, Rob is responsible for the global oversight of traded and non-traded market risk, the delivery of quantitative analytical support for market and market-related counterparty credit risk and development and application of market risk and market risk-related reporting, practise, policy, product and processes.
Director - Trading and Liquidity Strategy Group
Stuart Anderson, Director, is a member of the Transition Management team within BlackRock's Trading and Liquidity Strategies Group.
The Transition Management team is responsible for providing risk managed solutions to institutional investors undergoing portfolio reorganisations in multiple asset classes. In his role, Mr. Anderson oversees the design and implementation of transitions for clients across the Australasian region.
Prior to relocating to Sydney in 2016, Mr. Anderson was based in London where he oversaw the implementation of EMIR as part of BlackRock’s e-Trading and Market Structure team.