Managing Director, Edgehaven
Bev Durston is an award winning and highly respected investment professional with over 30 years of global financial services experience. Having managed institutional monies for over 20 years she founded a boutique institutional advisory business, Edgehaven, in 2013 which has teams in Australia and the UK. Edgehaven is a specialist, bespoke Alternatives partner providing hand-picked fund recommendations across the broad and constantly evolving landscape of Alternative assets for a select number of high quality clients. Prior to Edgehaven Bev worked across the entire spectrum of asset classes managing traditional and alternative assets as well as being head of risk for multi asset solutions. She has worked and lived in Australia, Singapore and the UK. Prior firms include the Queensland Superannuation Fund, the Australian Government Superannuation Fund, leading Australian industry fund Sunsuper, the Govt of Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund, Fund Manager BT and British Airways Pensions. Bev has a first class Banking and International Finance degree from CASS in London, a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney and professional Trustee qualifications. She also sits as an independent expert on institutional Investment Committees.
Senior Manager Property Strategy and Direct Investments, New South Wales Treasury Corp
Julie Manios is responsible for the oversight and management of the unlisted property portfolios managed by NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp), on behalf of its clients. TCorp manages a $6 billion unlisted property portfolio invested in separate accounts, clubs and comingled funds. She has 20 years’ experience in the property funds management industry, having previously held roles with Lend Lease, GPT, Colonial First State and Challenger. Julie has attained CFA accreditation and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University.
Head of Private Equity, Wipunen Incrementum
Backed by an investment company with more than US$2.0B AUM, Linus is CEO and Head of Private Equity of Wipunen Incrementum, managing the company’s APAC assets through its Singapore office. Linus leads the Investment Committee and currently serves on the board of Work Club Australia, Elumina elearning, RHS Service Holdings & Super Rewards. Spanning a career of 20 years in the private capital and illiquid assets market, Linus has worked for and advised private equity funds, financial institutions and family offices and has been involved in IPOs, acquisitions, restructurings and other special situations in the private capital markets across a wide spectrum of industries. He is passionate about working with management teams to deliver investment outcomes. Linus holds a MSc in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics and is proactively working to champion change and close the gender gap in the Australian superannuation industry.
Dr David Bell
Executive Director, The Conexus Institute
David Bell is the executive director of The Conexus Institute, a recently launched independent research institute focused on improving Australia’s retirement system. David is an active researcher (industry and academic) in the areas of retirement, superannuation, investment management, and governance. David recently completed his PhD at UNSW. David’s industry career experiences include CIO at Mine Super, founder and director of his own consulting firm (St Davids Rd Advisory), and 12 years at CFS GAM (now First Sentier), mainly leading the fund-of-hedge funds investment team. David led the development of MDUF (the Member’s Default Utility Function), was a co-founder of financial newsletter Cuffelinks, and developed and taught the hedge funds elective at Macquarie University’s Applied Finance Centre.