Hailed as one of the world's top 20 speakers, Industry Moves had the pleasure of speaking with Rachel Botsman in the lead up to her session on 'people power' at this year's DOC16 conference. Botsman reveals what it was like growing up in her hometown in North London and shares her tips and tricks for delivering a seamless, engaging and authentic speech. She tells us about her passion for collaborative consumption, predicts how it could disrupt the superannuation industry and shares some of her favourite pieces of advice.
At least 70% of working age Australians have their money invested in the balanced option of their super fund. To find out which funds have been the top performers for that option over the last five years, Industry Moves used the SuperRatings online Top 10 Returns tool, had a close look at the top five and then did a little more research of our own…
Jeff Bresnahan created The Day of Confrontation (DOC) conference 9-years ago with the intention of challenging the industry to 'think outside the square'. This year, with a line up of thought-provoking speakers, attendees can expect fresh perspectives that "look beyond pure economics to understand the driving forces of change in a global society". DOC16 is to be held in Sydney on Tuesday, October 18, before the Fund of the Year Awards dinner. Industry Moves speaks with Bresnahan about the movers and shakers that he's chosen for this year's line up and ask him a few confronting questions of our own.
Two of Australia’s major super funds have joined the list of 20 employment partners
joining with CareerSeekers, an organisation that connects refugees and asylum seekers with paid internships. Industry Moves finds out from founder and CEO, Michael Combs what inspired him to set up this innovative project, some background on how it all works and we also hear from some of the interns about this "life-changing" experience.
It’s her “exceptional creative abilities” paired with her reliable nature that prompted the team at Cbus to nominate Preethi Parmar as their Unsung Hero. Eager to challenge herself and learn something new every day, Preethi is a support pillar for her colleagues but also not afraid to challenge the way they think. She tells Industry Moves what she enjoys about being an investment communications manager at Cbus, a little about her first "awesome" job and also names an eclectic mix of people she would invite to her dream dinner party.
Naomi Simson is a world class boss, blogger and believer of big ideas. Through blending her mistakes and triumphs, she has created two successful businesses: RedBalloon, designed to “aggregate” the gifting industry and Redii which brings focus to positive workplace recognition. This entrepreneurial mastermind offers Industry Moves a world exclusive into her hidden talent and tells us about who inspires her and why we should all get moving this 'Steptember'.
For Amanda Young, it was Atticus Finch who truly made an impact on her life, inspiring her to become a criminal defence lawyer. After gaining experience in the indigenous litigation space, she had no hesitation in taking on the CEO role of the First Nation Foundation, Australia’s only charity working towards achieving financial literacy for our nations’ first people. She tells Industry Moves her motivation behind the job, what it was like growing up as a jazz musician’s daughter and her very mild superpower.
For Dr Bronwyn King, her superannuation wasn’t something that she used to be that engaged with, that is until she discovered that her money was being invested into the very industry that had caused “hundreds, if not a thousand” of her patients to die; the tobacco industry.
From studying computer science in his native South Korea, to a stint at Georgia State University in the US, Ian Yun's path to Australia was a circuitous one. Drawn by our country's 'unique' super system, he joined Frontier in 2013 as an associate in the firm’s Member Solutions and Quantitative Solutions Groups. Since then he’s become a much-loved member of the Frontier team, revered for his exceptional technical skills. So much so, that his colleagues have nominated this hard-working, ping pong-playing, 'top bloke' as one of the industry's Unsung Heroes.
Nine executives were highlighted for excellence in their field at the Financial Services Council (FSC) Leaders Summit Gala Dinner held in Melbourne last night. Nominees and winners were recognised for their willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in support of specific industry initiatives.
Since joining the team at IOOF in 2015 to provide strategic and legislative support to financial advisers, technical services manager Ling Wang has made quite an impression on her colleagues - firstly for her ability to simplify the complex and secondly for her ability to make people laugh. It's for these reasons and more that IOOF has nominated Ling as one of the industry's Unsung Heroes.
Whitlam Zhang joined Parametric in early 2015 and quickly became a highly-respected and valued member of the firm's Sydney team. In his own words, his job is to "keep the cogs well-oiled within the Parametric machine" and, according to his colleagues, he's nailing it! Couple that with the fact he's a "joy to work with" and its no surprise he's been nominated as one of the industry's Unsung Heroes.
Three of Australia's largest super funds received the highest triple A rating in this year's Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP). In it's fourth year, AODP, an independent global not-for-profit organisation, ranked 500 of the world’s largest superannuation funds and other asset managers on how they are protecting their members from the adverse effects of climate change.
How many appointments and departures were reported this year compared to the last three years? What percentage of those appointments were secured by women? We analyse the last three years' data in Industry Moves' vault of nearly 3,500 moves to find out, and revisit some of the biggest movers who took up, or left, their roles in the first quarter of 2016. Plus we share a tip on how to drill down to the people behind the stats.
The Mother’s Day Classic - an annual walk or run for breast cancer research - will be held this year on May 8. Founded in 1998 by Louise Davidson and the late Mavis Robertson, and initiated through Women in Super, the event has raised over $27 million to date and has funded more than 30 research projects.
With the event now established as Australia's largest fundraiser for breast cancer research, Industry Moves asks Louise how it all began and finds out why this year's aim of raising funds towards a goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030, is especially important to her.
Impact Investing is a growing sector that is gaining interest and funding from both retail and institutional investors. The ideal outcome for investors is to achieve a positive social, cultural or environmental benefit with some measure of financial return. But as the sector grows, how will the social impact of these investments be measured? And can Australia catch up or even become a world leader in making a real impact? Industry Moves asked the opinions of two experts based at opposite sides of the world.
Over 120 investors, accounting for more than $333 billion of Australia’s funds under management, participated in Australia’s inaugural impact investment survey, with the results launched this week by Impact Investing Australia and the University of Melbourne.
AIST has set a target for not-for-profit super funds to have a minimum of 40% of each gender on their boards by 2017. Industry Moves has taken a close look at 40 of the top industry super funds to find out how they're tracking. The results may surprise you.
In our analysis of over 1000 reported moves added to the Industry Moves online database in 2015, we found an 11% increase in reported appointments since 2014 and a 37% increase since 2013. While this may well be due to the increasing popularity of Industry Moves as a reporting tool, one statistic stands up to scrutiny - the percentage of women awarded board appointments in 2015. The gap was nearly closed with 47% new female appointees in 2015, compared to 35% in 2014 and 28% in 2013.
In 2015 we brought you 1,150 moves comprising 635 appointments and 415 departures. We also conducted 127 Q&As that helped to shine a light on the personalities behind some of these moves. So as the year draws to an end we take a look back at some of the year's biggest appointments and departures, highlight a few of our favourite Q&As and share with you some stats that made the Industry Moves team very happy.