2nd Investment Implementation Summit

Speakers - Thursday March 28, 2019

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

John Adam

Global Director of Portfolio Management and Trading Solutions,


John Adam is a Senior Vice President and Global Director of Portfolio Management and Trading Solutions at FactSet.  Prior to this role, he served as the Global Head of Product Strategy at Portware LLC, A FactSet Company.

Mr. Adam has over 20 years of experience in financial services technology.  Before joining Portware, he held various roles at Liquidnet, including Director of Product Management and Director of Corporate Strategy.  He also held product and sales engineering roles at NEON, Sybase, and Slam Dunk Networks.  Mr. Adam holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Bryan Baker

Senior Dealer,

AMP Capital

Bryan Baker joined AMP Capital in January 2013 and has been a member of the dealing and exposure management team since April 2014.


As a senior member of the team, he has helped to drive the globalisation of the firms trading capability.  The team operates a global multi-asset trading model that allows the firm's portfolios managers continuous access to global risk markets.

Mr Baker joined the team from AMP Capital’s Multi-Asset Group, where he was a member of their investment solutions team.  Prior to that he was at QIC (formerly Queensland Investment Corporation) in Brisbane.


He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Accounting), from the University of Cape Town, is a CFA® charterholder.

Turab Bank

Manager, Investment Implementation & Due Diligence,

REST Industry Super

Turab Bank is the Investment Implementation and Due Diligence Manager at REST Industry Super. His primary responsibilities are to implement decisions made by the REST Investment Committee and work closely with REST’s Investment Managers and Asset Consultants to assist with decisions made at the REST Investment Committee. His areas of expertise at REST include of investment and operational due diligence of Investment Managers, structuring investment vehicles and respective investment guidelines, transitioning assets and building REST’s approach to asset allocation and currency overlay management across REST’s $50 billion portfolio.

Turab is also on the Board of Directors of the Sydney CFA Society and the Chair of the Sydney CFA Society Member Education Committee, which is responsible for organising educational events that keep CFA members updated with the latest market developments and research.

Prior to joining REST in March 2009, Turab was a Risk Analyst at BT Investment Management for four and half years and was responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of BT’s investment risk framework. He has 18 years of financial services experience which span across Institutional Banking, Investment Management and Superannuation, and his educational background consists of a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a post-graduate diploma in Applied Finance with major in Investment Management from FINSIA and is a CFA Charterholder.

Cliff Bayne

Head of Derivatives,

NAB Asset Management

Cliff joined NAB Asset Management in Oct 2012 to create a derivative overlay business focused on risk mitigation, efficient asset allocation and regional tilting.  Cliff’s business has since expanded to include currency overlay and the hedging of retirement products.  Cliff is also a voting member of the NABAM Investment Committee.

Prior to taking on this role Cliff spent over seven years as global head of FX options for NAB, managing a team of eight traders globally.  Cliff began his career in banking almost 30 years ago, initially building derivative pricing models before moving into FX derivative trading with Barclays.

Cliff has over 24 years' global trading experience, trading and managing both vanilla and exotic derivative products across most asset classes.

Wietske Blees


Fund Business

Wietske is a journalist with over fifteen years of experience in financial regulation, risk management, derivatives and technology.
Most recently a regulatory analyst with Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence, Wietske spent six years analysing the impact of financial regulation on market participants across the globe. Prior to this, she was a staff writer at Risk Magazine covering derivatives, risk management and technology across Europe and Asia-Pacific.  She started her career as editor of Unquote”, a European private equity publication.
Wietske holds a master’s degree with distinction in global political economy (specialising in global finance) from the University of Sussex, and obtained a first-class bachelor of arts in international relations with French from Université Grenoble Alpes (formerly Université Pierre Mendès France) and the University of Sussex.

John Burke


Challenger Investment Solutions

John Burke joined Challenger is 2015 to set up Challenger Investment Solutions.  This is a stand-alone business dedicated to providing advice and execution on derivative based solutions.


Previously he was a Director at Deutsche Bank Australia providing derivative solutions to superannuation and insurance clients. Prior to this John worked for AllianceBernstein as a Senior Portfolio Manager covering Asia and Australia/NZ.

John was also a Principal with Mercer Investment Consulting in London for 10 years where he consulted to clients on asset allocation and liability modelling. John is a CFA charterholder and studied at St Andrews University in Scotland where he completed a joint Master’s Degree in Economics and Modern History.

Carole Comerton-Forde

Professor of Finance; Head, School of Banking and Finance,

University of New South Wales

Carole Comerton-Forde is Professor of Finance and Head of School of Banking and Finance at the UNSW Business School.


Her research is in the area of market structure, with a focus on market liquidity and market integrity.  Her current interests include the impact of high frequency trading and dark pools on market quality.  Her research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.


Carole has previously held academic positions at the University of Melbourne, Australian National University and University of Sydney, and visiting positions at New York University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.  She was also Visiting Economist at the New York Stock Exchange.


She has acted as a consultant for a number of stock exchanges and market regulators around the world. She is also an economic consultant for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Stuart Corradini
Associate Portfolio Manager - Liquidity, Fixed Income & Markets,

First State Super

Stuart is an Associate Portfolio Manager in the Liquidity, Fixed Income and Markets team at First State Super.  He is primarily responsible for portfolio exposure management and execution across multiple asset classes and products (listed and OTC), and works across the fund to design and develop hedging and trading approaches for internal strategies including the funds active asset allocation processes, equity portfolios, currency and derivative overlay strategies.


Stuart joined First State Super in January 2014 and in this time has worked on establishing the funds direct investment capabilities, governance frameworks and strategies for derivative overlays, portfolio rebalancing, cash management, and securities/equity finance.  Prior to this, Stuart was the Product Manager for Diversified Strategies at Perpetual Investments where he was dedicated to the development and business management of multi asset and systematic equity portfolios.  Stuart is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide.  He is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Sydney.

John Greenan

Chief Executive Officer,

Alignment Systems

John Greenan is recognised as a thought leader within the electronic trading space, with strong market knowledge, commercial/financial savvy, relationship building skills and an enviable global contact list.  Driving force behind FIX Orchestra, the next version of the FIX Protocol, the world’s leading open-source API for trading. Non-Executive Director and Board Advisor to a number of fintech firms.


He has considerable experience of buy-sides, sell sides, IDBs, execution venues and stock exchanges.  He works with multiple asset classes (fx, fixed income, equities, futures, options, money markets, crypto-currency) building out electronic trading and the necessary workflow and business process changes.

He has specialisations in: digital transformation, portfolio management decision support and analytics, fixed income trading, strategy for trading systems/processes, market microstructure, OMS & EMS, ecosystem integration, FIX, project management, business analysis, real-time systems and vendor relationship management.

John is known for innovation, thought leadership and digital transformation while consistently delivering projects on-time, on-budget and on-scope.

George Kanaan

Managing Director & Head of Distribution,


George Kanaan is a Managing Director of UBS Australia, leading their distribution business which has consistently ranked number one in Sales and Sales Trading for the past 10 years.


George is globally recognised as the creator of a unique blocks business which has printed over $100bn in institutional blocks in Australia in under seven years and held a >55% share in blocks >$10m.  The same blocks process has since been exported by UBS to most major markets around the world.

Prior to joining UBS in 2005, George ran the Sales business for JP Morgan from 2002 to 2005 and previously held a similar role for CSFB between 1999 to 2002.  He started his career at BZW in 1993 where he spent 7 years.

Andrew King

Head of Australia & New Zealand,


Andrew is responsible for driving the growth of Symphony's business in Australia and New Zealand.


He previously led managed services sales (kyc.com and digital) for IHS Markit in Australia and New Zealand, having established the Markit offices in Sydney in late 2007.


Prior to Markit, Andrew spent three years in Pan-European Equities Fund Management with INVESCO in London following the completion of an MBA at City University.



Jason Lapping

Head of International Equity Trading,

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Jason Lapping heads Dimensional’s International trading team, with 12 traders located in London, Singapore and Sydney. His focus is on ensuring the firm's execution strategies and technological infrastructure meet the highest standards.

Originally from South Africa, Jason studied economics at the University of Cape Town before moving to London to start his career in the financial sector. Jason joined Dimensional in 2010 and brings deep knowledge and experience of global markets, including the unique microstructure of those in the Asia Pacific region. This experience was garnered over fourteen years working around the world with Societe Generale in their equities derivatives division, and heading desks in London, Paris, Hong Kong and Australia.

Jason reports to Ryan Wiley, Co-Head of Global Equity Trading.

Jason Lenzo
Global Head of Trading,

Russell Investments Implementation Services LLC 

Jason manages global equity, fixed income and FX trading activity for Russell Investments funds and their clients, as well as execution services and commission management.  Jason’s duties encompass the implementation and execution of trading strategies that best fit clients’ investment objectives.

Prior to taking on this role, Jason was the head of trading for Russell Investments’ implementation services.  Jason managed the day-to-day trading and strategy for all trading activity.  His duties encompassed trade strategy, execution, and post-trade review.  Jason was also responsible for the on-going development of the pre-trade cost and impact models used to achieve client objectives.

Jason joined Russell Investments in 1997 as an assistant trader where he aided the traders in executing client trades and handling the day-to-day operations of the firm.  He was also challenged with automation and refining the daily trading process and was involved in implementing several single stock and portfolio platforms, as well as the supporting infrastructure.

Jason is the Director, Equity, Fixed Income & FX Trading for Russell Investments Implementation Services, LLC. Russell Investments Implementation Services, LLC is an SEC registered investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC.

Justin Lo
Investment Manager - Fixed Income and Currency,


Justin is an investment manager within the fixed income and currency team at Sunsuper.  Justin joined Sunsuper in October 2013 and has over 11 years of industry experience.


Prior to joining the firm, Justin worked at Legal & General Investment Management (London), J.P. Morgan (Sydney) and State Street (Sydney).


Justin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) at Macquarie University, Masters of Financial Analysis at the University of New South Wales, is a CFA Charterholder, Certified FRM and Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst.

Neil Lotter
Chief Executive Officer


Neil has worked in the investment industry for 20 years.  Before moving to Australia in 2004 and establishing Matrix he co-founded Cadis, now known as MarkitEDM, a global investment technology company.


An investment data specialist, he has been responsible for the design and development of the Matrix and Cadis data management platforms and has performed pioneering work in the field of enterprise data management within the investment industry.

Ruppen Margarian

Senior Equities Dealer,

Colonial First State Global Asset Management

Ruppen Margarian is a Senior Equities Dealer for Colonial First State Global Asset Management (‘CFSGAM’). 

In his role, Ruppen trades for the various teams at CFSGAM, covering the Australian, New Zealand and ASEAN markets. He also backs up when required for trading in North Asia.

Prior to joining CFSGAM in June 2012, Ruppen worked for more than 15 years at ING Investment Management in Sydney.  His most recent role at INGIM was as the Head of Trading, Australian Equities.  He was also a member of the INGIM global trading team, which had responsibility for developing the trading function globally.  Additionally, Ruppen was the APAC regional trading coordinator, covering 24 traders across nine markets.  He also had a prior role in the group for four years as a money market dealer.


Prior to joining ING, Ruppen held roles at Permanent Trustees and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC).  Ruppen has completed a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University, and also has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.  He is a Fellow member of FINSIA and is on the board of The Australian Fund Managers Foundation.

Campbell McCulloch

Head of Fund Implementation,

Mercer Super Trust

Campbell McCulloch is a Principal and Head of Fund Implementation at Mercer where he is responsible for leading the implementation of investment decisions for the Mercer Pacific Funds.

McCulloch joined Mercer from the Future Fund Management Agency where he has held the role of Head of Investment Operations for over eleven years.

Prior to the Future Fund, Campbell spent eleven years at Vanguard Investments in a range of portfolio management and operations roles.

Fabien Melero

Execution Services,

Virtu ITG Hong Kong Limited

Fabien runs Virtu ITG’s Agency Execution Services Product for Asia Pacific, encompassing trading algorithms and electronic block crossing.

He joined ITG in 2018 from JP Morgan where he held electronic product, sales and coverage roles across both EMEA and APAC.

He holds an MSc in Finance from the Imperial College London and an MSc in General Engineering from the Ecole Superieure d’Electricite in France.

Nick Morton

Director & Portfolio Manager,

Resonant Asset Management

Nick Morton co-portfolio manager of Resonant Asset Management.  He has over 20 years of experience in financial markets, including seven years at Citigroup as a director and head of Australian quantitative research, and two years at Colonial First State Global Asset Management within their $5bn institutional Australian equities fund. Nick’s particular expertise is quantitative finance, where he is an expert in conceiving, implementing and trading equities and multi-asset models that incorporate the latest techniques including macro-economic, company level and sentiment driven metrics to deliver positive portfolio return outcomes for clients.


Between April 2016-April 2018, Nick was responsible for the overhaul of the CFSGAM core Australian equities portfolio, introducing quantitative rigour and process, driving up return outcomes including 2.2% outperformance of the index in the 12 months running into February 2018, on the $5bn active Australian equities portfolio. Nick has a Masters of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Imperial College, University of London, a Masters of International Business and Finance from the University of Sydney, and is a fluent French speaker.

Andre Roberts CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager,

Invesco Quantitative Strategies

Andre Roberts, based in Melbourne, is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Invesco Quantitative Strategies (IQS) team. He is responsible for managing Australian equity portfolios (Core, 130/30 long/short, and Smaller Companies).

Andre has over 24 years’ experience in Australian equities markets (fundamental, active quant and index), working in quantitative portfolio management, research, investment solutions and systems development.  Prior to joining Invesco in February 2018, Andre was with IFM Investors, BlackRock and County Investment Management.

Andre is a CFA charterholder and board member of the CFA Society of Melbourne, of which he is a past president.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in statistics and a postgraduate diploma in econometrics from Monash University.

Patrick Russel

Director, Portfolio Manager / Analyst,

Northcape Capital

Patrick has over 30 years' investment experience and is portfolio manager and analyst for the Emerging Markets equity strategy.  Patrick is a Director of Northcape, joining in 2008 and is based in our Melbourne office.


Before joining Northcape, Patrick worked at Merrill Lynch for 18 years from 1989 to 2007.  At Merrill Lynch, Patrick was a Managing Director within the Global Emerging Markets research team, and was head of the Asia Pacific Telecom and Media research team, based in Melbourne.  This involved extensive travel and researching of emerging market companies across North and South Asia, Australasia and the sub-continent.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Patrick worked for Kleinwort Benson (London) and as an equity analyst and prior to that for the New Zealand Government (Wellington) Department of Trade and Industry as an Econometrician.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (majoring in Economics) from the University of Canterbury (Lincoln College, NZ), and has completed post graduate studies in Developing Country Economics (University of Victoria, NZ) and Investment Analysis (University of Otago, NZ).

Bruce Russell

Shoreline Asset & Wealth Consultants​

Bruce is a director of Shoreline, a management consulting company specialising in the wealth and investment management industries.  With over 10 years of consulting experience and 20+ years of investment industry experience, Bruce has specialist expertise in the design and implementation of investment manager and superannuation fund operating models.

Prior to consulting, Bruce was employed by HSBC Asset Management (Australia) Limited where he held a variety of roles including head of operations, head of product, and manager of portfolio accounting.

Prior to joining HSBC, Bruce was employed by PKF as an auditor and worked both in Melbourne and London. Bruce is a chartered accountant and holds a bachelor of commerce from La Trobe University in Melbourne. Bruce resides in Melbourne and is married with three daughters.

James Santo
Managing Director,

Tourmaline Partners​

James is Managing Director in Asia for Tourmaline Partners, a leading buy-side trading firm headquartered in Stamford Connecticut.  James joined Tourmaline at the end of 2017 to open the Asian office based in Sydney.

James has over 20 years' sales and trading experience across equities, rates, commodities and derivatives including eight years working in London.  He has held senior sales & trading roles for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank & Merrill Lynch where his focus was trade execution specialising in hedge fund strategies.

James holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University and is a US Registered Representative & Registered Principal with FINRA.

Cameron Shaw
Portfolio Manager, Interest Rate Strategies,

Ardea Investment Management​

Cameron Shaw is a portfolio manager at Ardea Investment Management. He is responsible for relative value interest rate strategies and risk management.

Prior to Ardea, Cameron worked in London  where he held various risk management roles including head of risk and performance at Ashmore Investment Management. Before moving to the UK Cameron was head of investment analytics at Challenger in Sydney.


Cameron received a Quantitative Finance degree from the University of Newcastle.

Sam Willis
Senior Trader & Vice President
Dimensional Fund Advisors

A vice president in Dimensional's Sydney office, Sam Willis is a senior member of the Global Equity Trading team and implements the firm's execution strategy across 12 markets in the Asia Pacific.  In his role, Sam also manages external relationships with broker and technology partners and presents on Dimensional's implementation process to clients and prospects.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Sam has more than 16 years of experience in trading international equities. Before joining Dimensional in 2010, he worked for the execution broker and trading technology provider ITG, spending four years in Europe from 2002 before relocating to Sydney in 2006. Prior to ITG, Sam was an equity sales trader with Hoenig & Co. Ltd in London.

Sam holds a B.A. in Economics from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. 

Eben van Wyk
Portfolio Manager,

First State Super​

Eben is a portfolio manager at First State Super - a $90bn asset owner - where he helps to build and manage active and customised systematic equities portfolios, using data science methods for active stock selection, risk modelling and portfolio optimisation.

He makes use of machine learning models to predict uncertainties within the stock market, as well as models that help predict their superannuation member behaviours.

Previously Eben filled a variety of roles within funds management, trading and research in Sydney and London, including as regional head of quantitative research at CIMB and Royal Bank of Scotland; as quantitative proprietary trader at ABN AMRO Bank; and as a research analyst at Barclays Global Investors.

Charles Wu

Deputy Chief Investment Officer,

State Super

Charles joined State Super in 2015.  In his role as Deputy CIO and GM DC Investments, Charles is responsible for formulating investment strategy to assist members in achieving return objectives on a risk-adjusted basis.

He was previously an investment manager at Media Super and an analyst at Mercer.

Charles holds a Master of Commerce and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering, and is a CFA charter holder.  He also serves as a Vice President and the Director of University Outreach at CFA Society Sydney.

Rayman Yan

Senior Investment Manager,

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

Rayman Yan is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager of the A$45bn Australian Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), which manages the pension assets of Australian Commonwealth government civilian and military employees.  He works closely with the CIO on all strategic issues.


Before joining CSC, Rayman worked as an assistant portfolio manager for an equity fund in SSgA in Australia. Prior to that role, Rayman was a valuation actuary in MLC limited.

Rayman holds a B.Sc. degree in Statistics and a B.Com. degree in Actuarial Studies from Macquarie University. He is a FIAA and also a CFA charterholder.

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