Annual Conference

The IMCA australia annual conference brings together a mix of international and home-grown experts to share their insights, experiences, and provide practical advice. Both events include a networking lunch and post conference drinks to allow you to catch up with friends and industry colleagues. 

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How do we effectively navigate markets in the absence of perfect foresight?



Geopolitical issues are nothing new but CIOs should certainly be concerned that the next shock could trigger significant market volatility. Whilst much has been written about Brexit and Trump, 2017 brings elections in a number of European countries including France and Germany. US and Chinese relations will be watched closely and could be further complicated by a Chinese leadership re-shuffle later this year. Will protectionist or nationalist policies come to fruition? Have investment horizons shifted? How will such developments shape investment markets and what should long-term investors be doing? These topics and their implications were explored at the IMCA australia 2017 Annual Conference.

The keynote speakers at this year's conference were University of Virginia's Professor Michael Gallmeyer and Michael Thawley - Capital Group.


Professor Gallmeyer specialises in studying how market imperfections influence security prices and trade. His current research focuses on heterogeneous beliefs, taxation, trading constraints, and monetary policy. Before joining the McIntire faculty, Professor Gallmeyer was on the faculty at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He has published in leading academic journals such as Journal of Financial Economics; Journal of Monetary Economics; Review of Finance; Mathematical Finance; and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. He has also presented his research at numerous universities and conferences. Professor Gallmeyer serves as an associate editor for Mathematics and Financial Economics.

Michael Thawley is vice-chairman of Capital Group International Inc.  He has been with Capital Group for 10 years. He returned to Capital Group at the end of August 2016, having served for a period in Australia as the secretary of the department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet under Prime Minister Abbot and then briefly Prime Minister Turnbull.  Earlier in his career at Capital, he was vice-chairman of a number of the global mutual fund boards in the American Funds family. Before joining Capital, Michael worked for the Australian government for 33 years including as Australia's ambassador to the United States and international adviser to Prime Minister Howard.  He holds a degree with honours in history from the Australian National University. Michael is based in Los Angeles.


Session 2 of the Conference Programme focused on advice and portfolio construction. 
How are practitioners looking at asset allocation decisions in the face of the current geopolitical landscape?

In this session, our panel of experienced asset consultants and asset allocators shared some insights on how they are determining asset allocation and portfolio tilts in the face of the current investment environment, and which macro events (if any) they have placed most emphasis on.

 IMCA Conference session 2 panel:

 Leigh Gavin    Kim Botwater    Jeff Chin

Leigh Gavin - LUCRF (M)    Kim Bowater - Frontier (M)  Jeff Chee - Willis Towers Watson (M)

Tim Macready    Debbie Saunders    Darren Beesley

Tim Macready - CIMA®, 
Christian Super (S)
  Debbie Saunders - Whitehelm 
Capital (S)
   Darren Beesley- AMP 
Capital (S)


 Andrew Heyden    Felicity Walsh

Chair (M) Andrew Heyden 
CIMA®, Aberdeen Standard 
Chair (S) Felicity Walsh
CIMA®,  Franklin Templeton 


Session 3 of the IMCA Annual Conference: 
Geopolitical risk in public vs private markets: Investment Manager perspectives

There is a lot of noise about geopolitics in markets, but how does it translate into the decisions Investment Managers make within asset classes/sectors? This fireside chat, led by Lukasz de Pourbaix, cut through the noise and explored whether factoring geopolitical risks into an investment process really leads to alpha generation and/or downside risk protection.

IMCA Conference Session 3 guest speakers:

Michael Roberge     Michael Fernandes     Tad Fetter

Michael Roberge, MFS 
      Michael Fernandes, 
      Leapfrog (M/S)
            Tad Fetter, 
             Brandywine (M/S)


Lukasz de Pourbaix

Chair: Lukasz de Pourbaix, CIMA®, Lonsec (M/S)

12.00pm - 6.00pm
Tuesday, 19 September 
Ballroom, RACV Club

12.00pm - 6.00pm
Wednesday, 20 September
Doltone House, Hyde Park

Membership Category



CIMA Certificants






Life Members



Non- Members*



+Prices are GST inclusive

* Includes IMCA Membership 2017/18


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This event will be assessed and accredited by PortfolioConstruction Forum for CE hours which will be recorded in the Forum’s MyCE and which can be used to meet the CE/CPD requirements of 15 regulators, associations, institutes and designations.

For further information please contact the IMCA australia office (02) 9431 8696 or email



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