TelstraSuper’s Jean-Luc Ambrosi, Willis Towers Watson’s Andrew Boal and Madison Financial Group’s Cheyenne Walker form our hot topics panel this week, in response to questions arising from Deloitte's recent research around how organisations can best prepare for the future and embrace the ever-evolving digital era.
The 2017 Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report revealed that the top three areas of focus for Australian companies needs to be creating a great employee experience, designing the organisation of the future and redesigning learning programs to suit the ‘digital age’. We spoke with Juliet Bourke, Partner in the Deloitte Human Capital Practice, Australia, about how organisations can ‘future proof’ themselves, why traditional organisational hierarchies will soon be a thing of the past and both the positives and negatives of digital disruption.
If you listen carefully at 7am on a Monday morning, you will hear the collective groan of thousands of people from across the city as they shuffle out of bed, into their shoes and onto the next available train.
Packed together like a tin of sardines on the morning commute, everyone is feeling groggy, under-caffeinated and in a state of shock about how quickly the weekend flew by.
The Newpin Social Benefit Bond was Australia's first attempt at following in the footsteps of other countries in an effort to tackle some of the most entrenched and ongoing social issues in our country. Launched in 2013, the early success of the NSW based project has lead governments across the country to rethink how they fund, test and deliver social services with a boost from private investors.
Here at Industry Moves we're fastening our party hats and popping champagne, because this week we're celebrating our 3rd Birthday! Since launching in 2014, we have reported on 4,564 moves, from 2,880 people across 622 organisations - that's a whole lot of phone calls! We've also conducted over 360 interviews, discovering the many quirks, talents and pearls of wisdom that those in the industry have to offer.
With a lack of infrastructure projects available for investment in Australia, the major not for profit super funds and their global fund manager, IFM Investors, have worked hard to secure large infrastructure projects oversees. With more than $A26.5 billion in global investments, IFM have targeted the North American region for investment in five major infrastructure projects over the last decade.
It’s a big decision to leave the safety of a large institution to start up your own boutique business and over the last three years Industry Moves has seen quite a few put their money where their passion lies. We caught up with three entrepreneurs in the finance industry who took that leap of faith to see how things were panning out.
In our customary fashion, Industry Moves is kicking off the year with an analysis of the activity in reported moves for 2017. In what has been a watershed moment for our reporting capabilities, we also now have five full years of comparative moves data, which we have summarised for you below.
While our government may be lagging behind in the clean energy revolution, Australia holds the second highest rate of divestment from fossil fuel per capita in the world; coming second only to the U.S, according to a recent report distributed by global philanthropic corporation, Arabella Advisors.
The analysis of over 1200 reported moves added to the Industry Moves online database in 2016 shows a healthy flow of appointments, including many for newly-created positions. Those looking for improvement in the gender diversity issue on Australia's boards will be disappointed, however, as the three year comparison analysis shows that the percentage of women appointed to new board positions in 2016 dipped well below that of 2015.
The year 2016 will certainly go down in history as a year of political and social change. However, the impact that those changes have had on the Australian Finance Industry is not yet clear. The good news is that during 2016 Industry Moves reported on 1,229 moves and 746 of those were appointments, many of which were for newly-created roles.
SuperFriend is the only mental health foundation with a specific focus on lessening the impacts of mental health related illnesses and suicide in the superannuation and group insurer industry. The foundation partners with organisations to provide employers, employees and members with bespoke frameworks that effectively support positive mental health initiatives in the work place.
The Banking and Finance Oath (The BFO) has been a hot topic since Ian Narev, CEO of CBA, was questioned by labor MP Matt Keogh, during a recent senate enquiry, about why he hadn’t signed the Oath, to which Narev responded: "The sole reason that I haven’t agreed to date is not that I don’t agree with the content...my view is that the day I took the job, I signed up for that. So I took a personal decision that it’s not something that I would do."
Nearly 2,000 delegates, from 17 countries around the world, gathered yesterday on the balmy Gold Coast for the 2016 Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) conference, the world’s largest pension expo.
Day one kicked off at the Gold Coast convention centre, amid election uncertainty and speculation. With keynotes including former Prime Minister, John Howard, and founder and chair of Geopolitical Futures, George Friedman, Industry Moves gathered a snapshot of some of the most interesting words and thought-provoking ideas regarding the global financial services landscape, which is, as of today, looking quite different.
Christian Super's senior member services consultant, Matthias Ehizua, is always willing to go above and beyond to help his team and keep them updated with the latest industry changes. According to his colleagues, he has an answer for almost everything and brightens up the room with his "wide grin and cheerful nature." Nominated as one of the industry's Unsung Heroes, Matthias tells Industry Moves what sparked his interest in financial services, offers some sound life advice and shares a story about an inspiring woman who he would very much like to meet.
It's that time of year again - it's a little hairy, a little sneezy, a little thing we like to call Movember. Last year we were blown away by some of the stellar staches that we saw, with a certain mo, sported by Franklin Templeton's head of marketing, Joe Marassa, catching our eye and taking the prize for best mo of 2015.
It was a day of confronting thoughts, big ideas and tiny packets of tic-tacs with 225 movers and shakers from the finance industry gathering together in the heart of Sydney for the SuperRatings & Lonsec DOC16 conference. Industry Moves heard from speakers and delegates alike and is delighted to bring you a roundup of the most impactful ideas of the day.
Communications guru, Ranya Alkadamani has had a varied career, from advising Kevin Rudd during his time as Foreign Minister, to working alongside one of Australia’s leading philanthropists, Andrew Forrest. She tells Industry Moves about her latest work for the upcoming Impact Investment Summit and says that the five headlining speakers "jumped at the chance" to be a part of the event.
Fintech startup trio, Alexey Feigin, James Jansson and Jordan Rastrick saw a problem with the longevity of financing the online publishing industry and created micropayment system Tapview to "help facilitate the production of quality content online."
CEO, James Jansson, spoke with Industry Moves about how the team develop and sustain their ideas, how he predicts fintech will continue to disrupt the industry and how they got their idea in front of leading Fintech hub, Stone & Chalk.