FRIDAY 10 JUNE LUNCHEON

SIMON MAWHINNEY, Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer

Topic: CHALLENGING CONSENSUS

Date: Friday, June 10

Venue: The Kelvin Club 14-30 Melbourne Place.

Simon joined Allan Gray in 2006 as an analyst.
Before this, he was at Alliance Bernstein,
Macquarie and Deloitte and Touche. Simon
has a Bachelor of Business Science with First
Class Honours (majoring in Finance and
Business Strategy) and a Postgraduate
Diploma in Accounting from the University of
Cape Town. Simon was a Chartered
Accountant and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Friday, May 13 Luncheon

Guest Speaker: The Hon. Matthew Guy
Topic: Supporting business to recover and employ more Victorians

Date: Friday, May 13th, 2022

Time: 12:30 pm for 12:40 pm

Venue: The Kelvin Club 14–30 Melbourne Place
(East-side of Russell Street between Little Collins & Bourke)

RSVP: COB Tuesday at 4:30 pm

Matthew Guy was elected Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party and Leader of the State Opposition in September 2021.
Previous to this, Matthew was the Shadow Minister for Finance and, prior to that, Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition from December 2014 to December 2018.
During the Baillieu and Napthine Governments, Matthew held the position of Minister for Planning and, from early 2014, was given additional responsibility for … Read More

Friday, February 11 Luncheon

Guest Speaker:  Michael Fagan, Chief Transformation Officer for Village Roadshow

Topic:  Kmart – the greatest turnaround in Australian retail history

When Wesfarmers purchased the Coles Group in 2007 for $19.3bn it was the largest transaction in corporate history at that time.  WES of course sought to acquire and turn around Coles, and get two strong performing businesses in Officeworks and Target.  There was also a problem child, Kmart.  Despite nearly $4bn in Revenue, Kmart made almost no profit and WES considered closing it down.  Just 8 years later Kmart was the best performing apparel and general merchandise retailer Australia had ever seen, growing sales to $6bn and profit tenfold to $600m, and a return of capital of 50%.  Hear the … Read More

Friday December 10 Luncheon

Guest Speaker:   Rael Ross

Topic:   At the click of a Butn: Growing and listing a fintech business 

Rael is a co-founder and co-CEO of the Butn Group, which was successfully listed on the ASX in July 2021. Understanding the need for technology to enable financing and digital distribution as companies seek access to finance, Rael co-founded Butn with Walter Rapoport. With over 15 years of experience in financial services, technology, and business, Rael has driven the establishment of the Butn FinTech Solution. Rael has created, developed, and executed technology and digital projects through several businesses. Rael co-founded what is today known as Tsikot.com, one of the leading online automotive platforms and the largest online automotive forum in the Philippines. As … Read More

Friday, November 12 Luncheon

Guest Speaker:    The Hon Tim Wilson MP, Assistant Minister to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction 

Topic:    “Australia Towards 2050” 

 Since being elected in 2016 he has had a high-impact Parliamentary career. He was a key protagonist against ratifying an Extradition Treaty with China, fought strongly in favour of marriage for same-sex couples, improved medical privacy protection under the MyHealth system, and led a nationwide inquiry against Labor’s ‘retiree tax’ that was a key contributor to the Coalition’s 2019 election victory. 

Prior to serving in Parliament, he was Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. In that role he worked with the government to reform laws to prevent terrorism while preserving civil liberties, improving economic opportunities for indigenous Australians, as … Read More

Friday July 9 Luncheon

Guest Speaker:  Robert Pradolin

Topic:  Housing all Australians, rich or poor

For the past 35 years, Robert has lived and breathed residential property development with 18 of these years at Frasers Property Australia (formally Australand). Since leaving Frasers, Robert founded Housing All Australians to represent the voice of the private sector, which believes it is in Australia’s long-term economic interest to house all Australians, rich or poor. Robert also sits on the Board of Summer Housing, Salvation Army Housing, and Melbourne University’s Hallmark Initiative which focuses on affordable housing.  Robert spent close to a decade on the PCA’s Victorian Divisional Council and the HIA Executive Council (Victoria). He is a past member of the PCA Residential Development Council and sat … Read More

Friday May 14 Luncheon

Guest Speaker:  Dr Adir Shiffman, Executive Chairman, Catapult Sports

Topic:  What’s the Deal? Adir Shifman talks about his new AFR column, and how to find bargain deals hidden inside the bubble

Dr Adir Shiffman is an Australian serial startup founder, investor, and Executive Chairman of global athlete analytics leader Catapult Sports (ASX: CAT). He has been rated the World’s 10th Most Innovative Person in Sports Business.

After qualifying in medicine and practising as an MD, Adir made the switch across to startup founder and over the last decade launched, built and sold more than a dozen high-growth tech companies. In the process, Adir became one of the foremost technology experts in Australia.

Adir is currently Executive Chairman of Catapult Sports … Read More

April 16 Luncheon

Guest Speaker:  Alex Joiner, IFM Investors

Topic:  Global and Australian Economic outlook in a post-covid world

Dr Alex Joiner is the Chief Economist at IFM Investors and also sits on its Investment Committee and Global Management Team.

He is responsible for the firm’s economic, financial market, policy, and geopolitical analysis and forecasting and also represents IFM with domestic and global clients as well as with governments, central banks, financial institutions, and corporates.

Alex has two decades of professional experience, and prior to joining IFM Investors, Alex was the Chief Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Australian & New Zealand) after being a senior economist at ANZ Bank.  He holds a First Class honours degree in Economics and a Ph.D. … Read More

Friday 12 March Luncheon

Guest Speaker:  Craig Nossel, Carenomics

Topic:  COVID-19, is it all in our head? How our irrational decision-making is bad for our health?

Craig is CEO and co-founder of Carenomics, a behavioural economics-based consultancy, that was established to develop behaviour change and engagement strategies for businesses across multiple sectors including insurance, healthcare, financial, retail, property, education, and hospitality industries. In addition, Carenomics develops go-to-market programs for large corporates.

Prior to his move to Melbourne at the end of 2019, Craig was Head of Vitality Wellness at Discovery. During his 21-year career at Discovery, he helped develop one of the leading incentive-based wellness programs. The Vitality model has been adopted by some of the leading global insurance companies, and now spans  26 … Read More

Friday 6 March Luncheon

Guest Speaker:  Alex Joiner, IFM Investors

Topic:  Global and Australian Economic outlook in a post-monetary-policy world

Dr. Alex Joiner is the Chief Economist at IFM Investors and also sits on its Investment Committee and Global Management Team.  He is responsible for the firm’s economic, financial market, policy, and geopolitical analysis and forecasting, and also represents IFM with domestic and global clients as well as with governments, central banks, financial institutions, and corporates.  He has two decades of professional experience and prior to joining IFM Investors, Alex was the Chief Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Australia & New Zealand) after being a senior economist at ANZ Bank. He holds a First Class honours degree in Economics and a Ph.D. … Read More