12:30pm - 1:00pm

Registration and light lunch

1:00pm - 1:05pm

Welcome

This session will examine the role of central banks around the world, what their policies are, and what their policies should be. Drawing on the expertise of renowned economist and former central banker, Raghuram Rajan, it will explore central bank actions to get inflation under control and the likelihood of them causing a recession, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Raghuram G. Rajan

Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (United States)
speaker
Chair

Fiona Reynolds

Chief executive, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
Investors face a radically different world than the past 40 years. MP3 policies produced massive injections of money and credit into economies, leading to high nominal growth, self-reinforcing inflation, and a tightening of monetary policy which is just beginning. In the face of the strongest inflationary surge in a long time, markets are discounting that one of the smallest tightening cycles on record will be enough to normalise inflation without causing a recession. This is unlikely. The underlying drivers of today’s dynamics means that investments that have proved diversifying over the last 40 years will not be as helpful today, and creates the need to rethink what will provide diversification. This session will explore how asset owners can think about the risks ahead and the challenge of finding assets and strategies that are complementary to a typical portfolio.

Jeff Gardner

Senior portfolio strategist, Bridgewater (United States)
speaker
Chair

Colin Tate

Executive chair, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
2:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon tea

CIOs will share the experiences of the past two years, the risks and opportunities they have been exploring, how they are tackling macro economic risks such as inflation, climate and geopolitics, and how they are positioning for the portfolio of the future.

Scott Chan

Deputy chief investment officer, CalSTRS (United States)
speaker

Kristian Fok

Chief investment officer, Cbus (Australia)
speaker

Bruno Serfaty

Head of dynamic asset allocation, USS (United Kingdom)
speaker

Michael Wissell

Chief investment officer, HOOPP (Canada)
speaker
Chair

Fiona Reynolds

Chief executive, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
A fireside chat with the father of modern finance, and Chicago Booth School of Business legend, Eugene Fama.

Eugene F. Fama

The Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, 2013 Nobel laureate in economic sciences and the “father of modern finance” (United States)
speaker
Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome drinks - London House Hotel

8:30am - 9:00am

Registration and coffee

9:00am - 9:05am

Welcome

The war in Ukraine is having devastating social, political and market impacts. In this session one of the world’s foremost experts on Russia will examine the impact of the war and the expected path from here. Importantly he will use the war in Ukraine to examine the challenges in China including ESG, demography and the middle income trap and what that means for investors.

Stephen Kotkin

The John P Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University (United States)
speaker
Chair

Colin Tate

Executive chair, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
Macro themes impacting the economy including the climate transition, technology innovation and labour flows are all forcing a reshaping of globalisation. This session will examine whether the future of globalisation is tripolar with a more equal weighting to US, Europe and Asia and what that means for asset allocation.

Patrick Zweifel

Chief economist, Pictet Asset Management (Switzerland)
speaker
Chair

Colin Tate

Executive chair, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
10:40am - 11:10am

Morning tea

11:10am - 11:50am
Driven by complexity and uncertainty, the energy sector is in crisis. This session will hear from one of the leading energy sector analysts on the state of the market and what can be expected for the sector.

Edward Morse – digital

Global head of commodities research, Citigroup (United States)
speaker
Chair

Fiona Reynolds

Chief executive, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
The war in Ukraine has highlighted the need to delicately balance energy security with the energy transition. This session will look at how the need to build renewables as quickly as possible can be balanced with energy security, energy resilience and reducing reliance on more volatile parts of the world.

Chris Hulatt

Founder, Octopus (United Kingdom)
speaker

Olivier Rousseau

Executive director, FRR (France)
speaker
Chair

Fiona Reynolds

Chief executive, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
12:35pm - 1:35pm

Lunch

In an environment with very low interest rates and growing inflation, geopolitical and climate risks, investors need to look beyond traditional portfolio construction approaches to prepare for this very uncertain and challenging world. How do long-term investors like GIC build portfolio resilience and increase the prospects of achieving asset returns to meet their performance objectives? Hear from the team that has been driving changes in GIC’s asset allocation considerations and framework.

Ding Li

Senior vice president, total portfolio strategy at GIC (Singapore)
speaker

Grace Qiu

Senior vice president, total portfolio strategy at GIC (Singapore)
speaker
Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
This session will look at credit and distressed markets around the globe, specifically reviewing developments in the Eurozone and drawing implications for investment opportunities and risks. The session will also examine current fault lines, including sectors like oil and gas, as well as discussing when and how to think about investing for the next distressed cycle.

Victor Khosla – digital

Founder, SVPGlobal (United States)
speaker
Chair

Colin Tate

Executive chair, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
Asset owners with allocations to private credit discuss the asset class risks and opportunities.

Jennifer Hartviksen

Managing director, global credit, IMCO (Canada)
speaker

Michael Hitchcock

Executive director, SC Retirement Systems Investment Commission (United States)
speaker

Farouki Majeed

Chief investment officer, Ohio School Employees Retirement System (United States)
speaker
Chair

Colin Tate

Executive chair, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
3:40pm - 4:10pm

Afternoon tea

4:10pm - 4:50pm
The transparency, risk and return profile and benchmarking of private equity investments is one of the hottest issues for investors. One of the world’s leading academics on private equity, Steve Kaplan, will address the audience on private equity.

Steve Kaplan

The Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship (United States)
speaker
Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
Investors will share their experiences of investing in private markets, specifically private equity, in the quest for returns. The session will examine the best vehicles, access and fee compositions.  

Samir Ben Tekaya

Head of investment risk, BCI (Canada)
speaker

Dan Bienvenue

Deputy chief investment officer, CalPERS (United States)
speaker

Andrew Palmer

Chief investment officer, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System (United States)
speaker
Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Delegate free time

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Transfers to conference dinner

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Official conference dinner - Preston Hall, Chicago Cultural Centre

8:30am - 8:35am

Welcome

8:35am - 9:05am
This exclusive interview with the new CIO of the biggest fund in the USA will discuss the portfolio priorities, outlook for allocations and the risks and opportunities being discussed.

Nicole Musicco – digital

Chief investment officer, CalPERS (United States)
speaker
Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
What does it really mean to implement a net zero strategy? As more and more investors make pledges for net zero they are tasked with setting a strategy to achieve these goals. This session looks at the challenges of implementation including the investments and products needed to meet the challenge.

Ariel Babcock

Head of research, Focusing Capital on the Long Term (United States)
speaker

Aaron Bennett

Chief investment officer, Universities Pension Plan (Canada)
speaker

Ben Meng

Chair of APAC, Franklin Templeton (United States)
speaker
Chair

Fiona Reynolds

Chief executive, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
10:00am - 10:30am

Morning tea

This session examines the future of capitalism including the role of crypto and bitcoin, its impact on the global financial system and the implication for investors.

Randall Kroszner

Deputy Dean for Executive Programs, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics and former Governor of the Federal Reserve (United States)
speaker
Chair

Colin Tate

Executive chair, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
This session will examine how investors are looking to technological innovation in investee companies and using AI and technological innovation in their own organisations.

John Donelly

Managing director, Jennison Associates (United States)
speaker

Ali El-Annan

Head of technology, SWIB (United States)
speaker

Brandon Gill New

Director and co-head, multi-strategy investing and digital assets, OPTrust (Canada)
speaker
Chair

Colin Tate

Executive chair, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
11:55am - 12:30pm
What is the strategy – for both organisation and investments – as pension funds grow to be $1 trillion entities?

Geoff Rubin

Chief investment strategist, CPP Investments
speaker
Chair

Amanda White

Director of institutional content, Conexus Financial (Australia)
chair
12:30pm - 1:15pm

Conference close and light lunch