Carl Blanchard

Head of direct investments, Accident Compensation Corporation

Blanchard is responsible for covering non-public market activity, including direct property, direct infrastructure, private equity and public-private partnerships at ACC. He previously spent 16 years at First NZ Capital, with responsibility for utilities, government and property coverage, and six years at the New Zealand Treasury. Blanchard is deputy chairman of the New Zealand Takeovers Panel, director of Kiwi Group Holdings and a former trustee of the New Zealand Hockey Foundation. He is a chartered accountant and holds a master of commerce degree from the University of Canterbury.
Nicole Bradford

ESG investment Manager, Cbus Super

Bradford is responsible for integrating environmental, social and governance issues into the investment process. She has more than 20 years of experience in the application of sustainability thinking across investments, within companies and government, and has worked and lived in both Asia and Europe. Her previous role with GE Capital involved the development and integration of environmental and social policies for direct investments across a range of asset classes, including debt, equity, renewable energy infrastructure and real estate across the Asia-Pacific region. Bradford is on the member council of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and is actively involved in a number of Investor Group on Climate Change working groups. She holds a bachelor of science degree (resource and environmental management), a master’s degree in environmental law and a graduate certificate in applied finance.
Padraig Brown

Head of real estate, Pacific markets, Mercer

Brown leads Mercer’s Pacific real estate business and is responsible for investment, consulting and research across global real estate markets. He has more than 18 years of global investment and strategy experience, spanning direct property investment, multi-manager, private equity and infrastructure development. Prior to joining Mercer in 2011, he was global real estate strategist for BlackRock, based in London. In this capacity, he advised investors on global real estate investment, using equity, debt and synthetic exposure. Prior to joining BlackRock, Brown was a member of JLL’s global capital markets group, advising clients on global strategy and cross-border real estate acquisitions. Brown is chair of the Property Council of Australia investor roundtable and a member of the Mercer/IPD advisory committee. He holds a master of science degree from the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Kelly Christodoulou

Manager, investments governance, AustralianSuper

Christodoulou has been in her role at AustralianSuper since 2009. She integrates material ESG across the investment portfolio. Prior to joining AustralianSuper, she worked in the investment banking houses of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. In 2015, she was awarded the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees Fund Executive Scholarship prize. One year earlier, she was awarded the federal government/AICD board scholarship. Christodoulou has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a master’s degree in finance. She is studying for her graduate certificate in social impact at Swinburne University.
Jonathan Crombie

Head of real assets, global multi-asset, QIC

Crombie joined QIC in 2015. His role includes responsibility for property and infrastructure. He has more than 20 years of broad investment experience, having held various roles and worked across a number of markets including Europe, the US and Asia. Most recently, he held the position of senior vice-president with GIC, based in London. Crombie has a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Edinburgh and a master of science in finance degree from Pennsylvania State University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Phillip Cummins

Principal, global private capital, QIC

Cummins has advised on more than US$3.2 billion in capital raisings and 12 completed M&A transactions. Prior to joining QIC in 2006, he was an investment banker focused on middle-market growth companies. From February 2005 to August 2006, he was a business director with Wilson HTM. From 1998 to 2005, Cummins was a healthcare investment banker based in San Francisco, working for BT Alex. Brown, Deutsche Bank and Thomas Weisel Partners. He was primarily focused on venture-backed companies in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors. Prior to that, he worked with Ernst and Young in Australia.
Spiros Deftereos

Head of property, Hostplus

Deftereos contributes towards investment strategy, asset allocation, manager selection and other investment-related decisions, with particular focus on the property asset class. He has been at Hostplus since December 2012 and has 12 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Hostplus, he worked at Lend Lease in a product development role within its investment management division. His previous experience includes an investments role with Macquarie Bank and property advisory roles with NAB and PwC. Deftereos has bachelor of commerce and bachelor of civil engineering (honours) degrees from the University of Melbourne. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Yasser El-Ansary

Chief executive, Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association

El-Ansary commenced his current role in November 2013. He is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organisation’s work representing the private equity and venture capital industry in Australia. El-Ansary’s responsibilities include working closely with members, as well as key stakeholders within the broader financial services sector and the federal government and its regulatory agencies, to ensure the industry continues to make a significant positive contribution to the long-term prosperity of the Australian economy. Prior to joining AVCAL, he was general manager of policy and advocacy for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He has more than 20 years of experience as a business adviser and public policy expert, through his previous roles with PwC, Rio Tinto, Frasers Property Australia and the Department of Treasury in Canberra. El-Ansary is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the Australian National University and a master of taxation law degree from the University of New South Wales. In April 2016, the federal government appointed him to the Medical Research Future Fund advisory board, as a representative of Australia’s private equity and venture capital industry.
Stuart Fiertz

President and director of research, Cheyne Capital

Fiertz is the co-founder of Cheyne Capital. The London-based alternative asset management firm, which was founded in 2000, is active in direct real estate lending, social property impact, corporate credit, convertible bonds, event-driven investments and long/short equities. From 1991 to 2000, Fiertz worked for Morgan Stanley in London, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of customised portfolio strategies, and for credit research in the convertible bond management practice. Prior to this, he was an equity analyst for the Value Line Investment Survey from 1984 to 1986. He was a high-yield credit analyst at Merrill Lynch from 1986 to 1988, and at Lehman Brothers from 1988 to 1990. He is a board member at the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK, a council director of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), chairman of the AIMA alternative credit council and a founder of the Hedge Fund Standards Board. Fiertz was educated at the International School of Geneva and Dartmouth College, where he was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in political science and economics in 1984. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Mark Fischer

Managing director – principal investments, Qualitas

Mark is a co-founder of Qualitas and is responsible for the firm’s equity investments. Mark has been active in real estate private equity and banking for 15 years and has invested in assets and projects with a total value of over $5.0 billion in the past ten years. Prior to Qualitas, Mark was a member of the Babcock & Brown Real Estate Group where his focus was on investments in Australian developments and specialised asset operating platforms in Hong Kong and Singapore. His other experience includes working at ANZ as part of the Property & Construction Finance team including debt raisings for REITs and project financing for residential and office developers.
Will Goodwin

Head of NZ direct investment, New Zealand Super Fund

Goodwin is responsible for designing and managing the NZ Super Fund’s direct and active listed investments in New Zealand and its international agricultural direct investments. The fund’s NZ direct investments span forestry, dairy, housing, retirement, technology and banking. Goodwin joined the NZ Super Fund in 2016, having previously held the position of chief financial officer at Todd Minerals. Prior to this, he held various senior executive roles across The Todd Corporation, in corporate development and private equity.
Grant Harrison

Investment manager, private markets, Cbus Super

Harrison joined Cbus in 2013. His responsibilities involve strategy development and investment for the private markets segment of the Cbus portfolio, including property, infrastructure and private equity opportunities. Harrison has extensive experience across a range of investment disciplines, including private markets strategy and execution, manager research, portfolio management and unlisted valuations. He previously held roles with Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, Wilshire Australia and Funds SA. Harrison has a bachelor of business (property) degree with distinction from the University of South Australia, and a graduate diploma in applied finance and investment from Finsia.
Ralph Jaeger

Managing director, Siguler Guff & Company, LP

Jaeger is the portfolio manager for Siguler Guff & Company, LP’s emerging markets multimanager funds and separate accounts, and a member of the investment committees for the firm’s BRIC Opportunities Funds. He is responsible for portfolio construction, sourcing, analysis and monitoring of the firm’s emerging markets investments, leveraging his extensive experience in international private equity.
Nick Kelly

Senior investment consultant, Willis Towers Watson

Kelly is an investment consultant with more than 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He joined Towers Watson in July 2012. He has worked across both client consulting and manager research during his time at Towers Watson; for the last two years, he has been a key member of the private markets research team in Australia. He splits his time between real estate equity research and illiquid credit. Within illiquid credit, he has global responsibility for real asset debt research. Prior to Towers Watson, Kelly spent seven years with PwC, where he was a senior manager in risk and controls solutions. He holds a bachelor of business (accounting and finance) degree from the University of Technology Sydney and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Kent Robbins

Head of property and private markets, UniSuper

Robbins has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance industry, predominantly in superannuation. He joined UniSuper in November 2009 and is responsible for the fund’s $6.7 billion property portfolio, $7.6 billion infrastructure portfolio and $0.3 billion private equity portfolio. Robbins is a director of Victoria’s AquaSure desalination plant and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He has previously been employed at Telstra Super, Pinnacle Property Consultancy and AMP Capital. He is an associate of the Australian Property Institute and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ray King

Portfolio manager – alternatives, IOOF Holdings

King has worked in the superannuation and investments industry for more than 25 years. In addition to his part-time position at IOOF, he is also managing director of Sovereign Investment Research, a specialist alternatives investment advisory firm that he founded in 2000. In 1990, King joined Towers Perrin, where he was manager, asset consulting. In 1994, he became the first employee of Industry Fund Services. As head of wholesale business at IFS, he was responsible for the development of its asset consulting, funds management and advisory businesses, and was the lead adviser to many large industry superannuation funds. He was also a partner at Mercer, heading its global alternatives boutique in the Asia-Pacific region from 2012 to 2015. King is recognised today as a leading adviser on alternative assets in Australia, having worked with a number of superannuation funds since the mid-1990s to establish some of the largest alternatives investment programs in Australia. He began his career at BHP in 1974 and his previous work experience also includes being chief economist for a major public authority. King became the founding chair of the Australian chapter of the Investment Management Consultants Association in 2000. He is a graduate of Monash University with an honours degree in economics.
Simba Marekera

Head of research, Brightlight Impact Advisory

Marekera joined Brightlight in January 2017. He spent the previous five years managing Christian Super’s alternatives, fixed income and impact investment portfolios. He has extensive experience in researching and carrying out due diligence on an extensive range of impact investment deals across asset classes, including infrastructure, real estate, private equity and credit/private debt, both in developed and developing markets. He has a master of applied finance degree from Western Sydney University and a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Yale University. Marekera is also RG 146 compliant in superannuation.
Scott McNally

Principal, Mercer

McNally is a principal in Mercer private markets. His role encompasses the research of private markets investments and assisting clients with portfolio construction and the selection and monitoring of their private markets investments. Prior to joining Mercer in July 2012, he worked for five years at Sovereign Investment Research as a senior investment consultant, where he was responsible for undertaking research and providing specialist advice to institutional investors across a range of alternative investment sub-asset classes. McNally previously spent five years at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where he was a senior money market dealer in its market operations department, responsible for the implementation of monetary policy, and before that a senior research analyst in its financial markets group, covering equity and bond markets. He also previously worked for six years at Westpac Banking Corporation, in its financial markets group, across fixed interest and foreign exchange. McNally holds a bachelor of economics (honours) degree and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Alek Misev

Portfolio manager, First State Super

Misev commenced with First State Super in January 2015 as portfolio manager, property, and has 15 years of experience in finance and investment management. He is responsible for strategy, implementation and portfolio management, in relation to First State Super’s property portfolio locally and globally. He was previously with Towers Watson in Sydney and London for four years, in the role of senior investment consultant for private markets. In this role, he was responsible for developing and implementing innovative solutions in real estate, infrastructure and private equity for clients in Australia. Prior to his time at Towers Watson, Misev was an integral member of the property team at APG Asset Management in Amsterdam, with co-responsibility for originating, structuring and managing investments in unlisted real estate funds, joint ventures and private operating companies. Earlier in his career, Misev worked for global beer company Heineken N.V., and boutique trading company Vesta Intracon B.V. He is fluent in Dutch, English and Macedonian, and holds two master’s degrees from Western Sydney University (majoring in marketing and applied finance). He also holds a bachelor of commercial economics degree from the University of Amsterdam.
Gavin Mork

Manager, property and alternatives, QBE

Mork joined QBE Insurance Group in 2013 and is part of the QBE group investments team. He is manager of QBE’s growth assets. Prior to joining QBE, he was executive manager, manager research and strategy, at Suncorp Group, where he was responsible for outsourced manager investments. Prior to Suncorp, Mork was a senior investment analyst at NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp), looking after the multi-asset, multi-manager portfolios for the NSW Government. He holds a master’s degree in applied finance, is a certified investment management analyst, and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.
Susan Orr

Senior consultant, infrastructure, JANA

Orr leads the infrastructure research team at JANA. Her work includes providing strategic investment advice regarding the infrastructure asset class, and advising clients on infrastructure investments in both pooled vehicles and direct investments. She is also a client consultant, advising on asset allocation advice and investment manager recommendations. Prior to joining JANA in 2012, she spent more than five years at Macquarie Capital Advisers in the New York and Vancouver offices, specialising in financing and developing infrastructure investments. Orr holds a bachelor of commerce (economics and finance) degree and a bachelor of science (mathematics and statistics) degree from the University of Melbourne.
Miriam Patterson

Head of property and infrastructure investments, Telstra Super

Patterson manages the $2.7 billion real assets portfolio at Telstra Super. She has been with the fund for more than five years and is responsible for a wide range of direct property and infrastructure investments. Before joining Telstra Super, Patterson worked at Hastings Funds Management and was involved with asset management and transactions spanning various infrastructure sub-sectors. She was an alternate director on the Perth Airport board and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Patterson holds a bachelor of commerce (accounting) degree and a bachelor of science (mathematics) degree. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
Mary Power

Co-head, property research, JANA

Power is a senior consultant and head of property research at JANA. She is responsible for JANA’s property asset class exposure, including: leadership and co-ordination of JANA’s property research capabilities; formulation of asset-class strategy for clients, covering global and domestic, listed and unlisted property managers, ongoing monitoring program; in addition to a senior consulting role with clients. She holds a bachelor of business degree (property) with distinction from RMIT University and a graduate diploma in applied finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australia.
Lucy Purcell

Director, Agribusiness Australasia

Purcell is a current Director for the not for profit association Agribusiness Australia and has been an active participant in many state and national events, conferences and round table discussions regarding the direction, brand and potential of Australian agribusiness, food and farming sectors. In 2015 Purcell launched her own company The Agri Business Australasia Sectors that have benefited from her experience include horticulture, finance, technology, farming, fast-moving consumer goods and viticulture.
Simon Redman

Head of product management, Invesco Ltd

Redman joined Invesco Real Estate in 2007 and has extensive experience in real estate fund management, capital markets, fund structuring and marketing. He commenced his career in 1990. Prior to joining IRE, he was a board director of RREEF Limited, where he was head of business development and an investment committee member for its multi-manager business. He also spearheaded the development of RREEF’s Europe and Middle East private client business. Redman also worked for Aberdeen Property Investors, developing new funds and structuring debt. He was on the board of the Regent Residential Partnership. Prior to that, he assisted in developing Grosvenor’s funds management business, by structuring, launching and managing its two largest funds. Redman’s professional experience and educational qualifications include being a chartered surveyor and a lecturer. He also holds a degree in land management and an MBA from the Cass Business School, specialising in corporate finance and international business. He is a member of the European Executive Committee and the European Investment Committee.
Srihari Sharma

Investment director, IFM Investors

Sharma works in IFM Investors’ private equity division, where he is responsible for identifying, executing, managing and realising middle-market direct investment opportunities in Australia and New Zealand. He is also a non-executive director for ISGM Pty Ltd and a board adviser to eCommerce Ventures Pty Ltd. Prior to joining IFM, Sharma was an associate director at UBS Investment Bank, where he completed several M&A and capital raising transactions, totalling more than US$2.5 billion across a variety of industries. Sharma holds a bachelor of commerce/bachelor of laws (first class honours) degree from the University of Sydney.
Lizzie Smith

Investment analyst, Willis Towers Watson

Smith has been working in investment consulting since joining Willis Towers Watson in June 2013. In her role as an investment analyst, she researches opportunities within private markets, with a focus on real estate, infrastructure, agriculture and timber. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in human movement studies from the University of Technology Sydney, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Level III candidate.
Michael Sofer

Senior consultant, Frontier Advisors

Michael Sofer is a Senior Consultant at Frontier Advisors.  As an infrastructure specialist, Michael is responsible for working with clients to design and build infrastructure portfolios.  He advises on direct transactions and manages the group’s global infrastructure research database, RADIAS. In addition, Michael leads the firm’s Quantitative Solutions Group.  His team develops client risk management strategies, analytical tools and data management processes.  They are responsible for the analytical tools on Frontier’s Partners Platform. Michael completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Hons) at Monash University.  He graduated Class Dux for Engineering and received the University Medal for Commerce.  He is a CFA Charterholder.
Neil Stanford

Head of private equity, Hostplus

Stanford joined Hostplus Superannuation Fund in mid-2014. Since that time, Hostplus has grown from $15 billion to $22 billion and the private equity asset class has grown to $1.5 billion. Stanford joined the internal investment team to help lead the fund’s move towards more proactive investments. Prior to joining Hostplus, he was a consultant for six years at JANA, where he had a range of consulting and research responsibilities, with a particular focus on private equity. Prior to that, he was with Russell Investments in a broad private markets role covering private equity, infrastructure and hedge fund strategies. Stanford has also held a number of IT and engineering roles. He has a bachelor of engineering degree and an MBA.
Tim Stringer

Head of property, Frontier Advisors

Stringer joined Frontier in 2014 as a principal consultant and heads the property research and advisory team. His responsibilities include providing real estate consulting advice to clients, and involvement with strategy, investment and manager research. He has 30 years of experience in the commercial property sector, having held senior executive, funds management, portfolio management and advisory roles with Colonial First State Global Asset Management, where he was property chief executive, Summit Capital Advisors, and AMP Capital Investors. Stringer has completed a graduate diploma in property and an associate diploma in valuation at RMIT University. He is an associate of the Australian Property Institute.
Max Swango

Head of client portfolio management, Invesco Ltd

Swango has been with Invesco real estate (IRE) since 1988. He has been in his current role for the last 18 years. He is a member of the steering committees for the Invesco Core Real Estate and Value-Added funds. He is responsible for developing and managing real-estate investment strategies for Invesco’s diverse client base, and for overseeing existing and new client and consultant relationships. He spent his first 10 years with the firm in the acquisitions group, originating direct real-estate investments. Those included acquisition of existing properties, pre-sale commitments on to-be-completed properties, equity investments in development transactions, mortgages, participating mortgages, second participating mortgages and re-capitalisation of existing partnerships. From 1995-99, Swango oversaw the firm’s West Coast investment activity from its San Francisco, California, office. That office is responsible for executing IRE’s investment strategy in the western US for institutional client portfolios. He serves on the editorial advisory board of the Institutional Real Estate Letter and is a member of numerous other retirement system industry associations, including the Pension Real Estate Association, California’s State Association of County Retirement Systems, the California Association of Public Retirement Systems and the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree, with a double major in real estate and finance, from the University of Texas at Austin. Swango has 28 years of real-estate experience.
Colin Tate

Chief executive, Conexus Financial

Colin Tate has been an investment industry media publisher and conference producer since 1996. In his media career, Tate has launched and overseen dozens of print and electronic publications. He is the chief executive and major shareholder of Conexus Financial, which was formed in 2005, and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The company stages more than 20 conferences and events each year – in London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne – and publishes five media brands, including the global website and strategy newsletter for global institutional investors One of the company’s signature events is the bi-annual Fiduciary Investors Symposium. Conexus Financial’s events aim to place the responsibilities of investors in wider societal, and political contexts, as well as promote the long-term stability of markets and sustainable retirement incomes. Tate served for seven years on the board of Australia’s most high profile homeless charity, The Wayside Chapel; and he has underwritten the welfare of 60,000 people in 28 villages throughout Uganda via The Hunger Project.

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Suzanne Tavill

Managing director, StepStone Group

Tavill is based in Sydney. She focuses on Australian and Asian private equity managers and is also part of the infrastructure and real assets group, with specific focus on real asset opportunities. Prior to her time at StepStone, she was head of alternatives at AMP Capital, responsible for the alternative investment platform, including a private equity program, an infrastructure program, a real asset (e.g., agriculture, asset leasing and distressed assets) program and a hedge fund program. All programs were global in nature and incorporated the use of specialist managers, secondaries and co-investments. Prior to that, she spent five years at van Eyk Research in Sydney, the last four as head of research. Before moving to Australia, she was an executive director at Goldman Sachs Investment Management, responsible for its UK small- and mid-cap portfolios. Tavill earned a master of science degree in finance and economics from the London School of Economics, in addition to a bachelor of business degree in economics and finance, with honours, from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Josephine Toral

Senior investment analyst, HESTA

Toral joined HESTA in 2014 in the investment strategy team. Her responsibilities include manager selection and monitoring, co-investment review and mandate relationships of HESTA’s unlisted assets, with a focus on private equity, property and opportunistic growth. She is also responsible for HESTA’s impact investment program. Prior to joining HESTA, Toral was in a similar role at The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, one of the UK’s largest independent grant-making foundations. Before that, she was an investment adviser at Perpetual. Toral has a master of applied finance degree, and bachelor’s degrees in commerce and science from the University of Melbourne.
Matthew Turner

Head of Australian senior debt, Intermediate Capital Group

Turner has 22 years of debt markets experience. He was previously responsible for covering the largest private equity firms in the Australian market, in NAB’s acquisition finance team. In his last year of eligibility, Turner was rated one of the top five debt capital markets bankers in Australia in the 2012 East Coles annual bankers’ survey. Prior to 2007, he spent eight years working in London, including 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 European secondary-loan trading. Before moving to London, he worked in corporate and institutional roles in Australian trading banks. Turner holds a bachelor of economics degree from the University of Sydney.
Troy Ward

Portfolio manager, Ares Management

Ward is a managing director and portfolio manager for Ares Management, where he focuses on investing capital in publicly traded equities. Prior to joining Ares in 2016, Ward was a managing director at KBW and Stifel Financial, where he was also a senior equity analyst with a focus on business development companies. Ward serves on the advisory board for the Department of Finance at Southern Illinois University, in the US. He holds an MBA from Saint Louis University, in Missouri, and a bachelor of science degree in finance from Southern Illinois University.
Damien Webb

Head of income and real assets, First State Super

Webb joined First State Super in January 2014. He has 20 years’ experience, having previously worked at Perpetual Investments and ING Investment Management. He leads the FSS team and investment activities across strategies for infrastructure, agriculture, property and credit income. He is a member of the FSS management investment committee, which is the executive leadership of the investment department, and is the director of a number of assets. Webb has a bachelor of economics degree from Sydney University and is an associate of the Securities Institute of Australia, having completed his graduate diploma in applied finance and investment. He completed his master of applied finance degree with Macquarie University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Justin Webb

Divisional director, Whitehelm Capital

Webb leads the risk group at Whitehelm and is responsible for developing and managing investment risk strategies and developing portfolio plans for institutional investors. His particular fields of focus are liquidity and illiquid asset investment programs. Webb is a chartered accountant and a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association, with extensive experience in infrastructure investment, corporate finance and financial modelling, together with performance analysis, reporting and asset management.
Dania Zinurova

Director, manager research, Willis Towers Watson

Zinurova started her career at Willis Towers Watson’s diversifying strategies team in London, researching real estate, infrastructure and natural resources. She also spent some time in New York, where she helped build out the company’s real-estate business. In January 2013, she was transferred to the Sydney office to take the lead of the private markets team. She took on the responsibilities of her current role in 2016. Zinurova previously worked in Russia, as a currency trader for a private bank. After earning her master’s degree in European business in Berlin and London, she began working in London as a manager researcher in real estate for Russell Investments.
Frithjof van Zyp

Director, bfinance

Van Zyp launched the Australian office of bfinance in March 2016. He has more than 10 years of experience in the investment management industry. He began his career with eVestment, a global provider of institutional investment management data and analytics. He held numerous roles at eVestment, which included opening and managing its offices in Australia and Hong Kong from 2009-14. He holds a master of economics and finance degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.