2018 Business Leaders' Breakfast

  • Mr Craig Drummond (Panellist)
    Craig Drummond

    Chief Executive Officer
    Medibank Private Limited

    Craig Drummond joined Medibank Private limited in July 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Medibank Private Limited is a leading private health insurer, with 40 years of experience delivering better health to Australians.

    Craig has had over 30 years' experience in the financial sector -- Group Executive Finance and Strategy at NAB from 2013 to 2016; Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Chief Executive Officer and Country Head from 2009 to 2013. Previous to that, he was at Goldman Sachs JBWere (1986 to 2009) in various roles culminating in Chief Executive Officer.

    Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 1981. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton University in 2001. Craig is a senior fellow at the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is a Chartered Accountant. Craig is a director of The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the Geelong Football Club. He is also a Finance Committee Member at Ian Potter Foundation.

  • Mr Fred S Grimwade (Panellist)
    Fred Grimwade

    Principal and Executive Director
    Fawkner Capital

    Fred Grimwade commenced his investment banking career at Goldman Sachs in New York in 1985. In 1987, he was relocated to Sydney to take the role of Vice President at Goldman Sachs’ newly established Australian operations. Fred left this role in 1989 to take the position of Company Secretary and General Manager, Shareholder Relations at WMC Holdings.

    Fred joined Fawkner Capital as a principal and executive director in 2000 and has led Fawkner Capital investment activities since that time. Fawkner Capital’s investment portfolio has been primarily focussed on well managed, high potential private companies. Notable investments have included strategic shareholdings in CPT Global, Provet Holdings, Geotech Holdings and National Financial Solutions.

    He is also a director of AgCap, which manages The Sustainable Agricultural Fund. Fred has an extensive record of providing support in various roles to ‘not for profit’ organisations spanning the arts, education and charitable endeavours. His current Board positions include: FRRR, the The Ian Potter Museum, the Australian Institute of Art History, and is also a member of the Corporate and Philanthropic Committee, The Salvation Arm, Southern Territory. His previous roles include Director of AWB Limited, Troy Resources, Fusions Retail Brands, NewSat Ltd, Melbourne Girls Grammar School and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation. He was also a former Chair of the Finance Committee at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, Joint President of Finsia, President of SIA. He has also served as National President of Securities Institute of Australia.

  • Dr Colette Marais (Panellist)
    Colette Marais

    Senior Data Scientist

    Colette Marais is a Senior Data Scientist in the Big Data team at Telstra. Her primary role is as a translator who takes business needs and turns them into data problems that are addressable using statistical and machine learning approaches. Her focus is to empower decision-making, and to reveal actionable insights using data.

    Previously, Colette held roles in consulting where she was responsible for the end-to-end analytical lifecycle process, and championing the use of data and analytics. In addition, she holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Melbourne. Colette is passionate about how data will change the way we work, live and make decisions.

  • Mr Mark Burgess
    Fred Grimwade

    Advisor and Non-Executive Director

    Mark Burgess has had an extensive global career leading asset managers and owners. He is a senior advisor to the industry and holds several Non-Executive Director positions.

    Mark is Chairman – Investment Committee and Board Member at HESTA, Chairman of Yarra Capital Management, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Jamieson Coote Bonds, Non-Executive Director of Northern Territory Infrastructure Development Fund and Director of OMFIF Foundation in London.

    Mark was previously the managing director of the Future Fund, Australia’s $120+ billion-dollar sovereign wealth fund. Prior to this he was CEO of Treasury Group, an Australian listed investment company with over $16 billion under management. He has also worked overseas extensively including as an Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Credit Suisse Asset Management (EMEA) in London with over $200 billion under management, and a Global CIO for Equities and Multi-Assets. He has also held high-profile Global CIO roles for American Express Asset Management, Colonial First State, Colonial Group and senior Portfolio Manager Bankers Trust.

  • Ms Michelle Di Fabio
    Michelle Di Fabio

    Founder and Managing Director
    Strategic Global Advisory

    Michelle Di Fabio is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategic Global Advisory (SGA). She is an impact advisor, award-winning consultant and mentor, with strong relationships in the pension sector globally. Michelle is recognised for her leadership and contribution to the superannuation industry, as a vehicle driving significant policy and social outcomes. She is a Chartered Accountant and an alumna of the University of Melbourne, University of Manchester and Oxford University, where she was awarded a leadership scholarship to study Impact Investing at the SAID Business School.

    Michelle is passionate about driving social outcomes, diversity, leadership, giving and governance. She has had the honour to present a graduation Occasional Address at the University of Melbourne and is an experienced board member including as former Alumni Deputy Chair for the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne, and as adviser to the World Dodgeball Association. Michelle was a former Head of Strategy at Hostplus, and is currently also a co-founder of dedicated higher education advisory Incus Partner.t.

  • Ms Corinne Proske
    Corinne Proske

    General Manager Retail and Online
    Good Shepherd Microfinance

    Corinne joined Good Shepherd Microfinance in May 2016 leading the development and launch of Speckle a social fintech focused on making high cost lending fairer, as well as the Good Money retail stores. Prior to joining Good Shepherd Microfinance, Corinne worked for NAB for 13 years in business banking and of social responsibility. Here she was responsible for NAB’s $130 million financial inclusion programs that focus on helping low income Australians access financial services.  Whilst at NAB Corinne developed the bank’s impact investment strategy and launched the Growth Grants program with Impact Investment Australia to help development the local market capability.  Corinne is the Chair of The Difference Incubator who help social enterprises become scalable and investment ready. As well as being a Director of the Catholic Development Fund and Community Fund. Having also working in consulting and in Government, Corinne is a CPA with postgraduate studies in environmental management. In 2009 Corinne was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and in 2013 a MoneySmart award for her contribution to financial literacy. Corinne is a Melbourne University Alumni. .

  • Mr Will Richardson
    Will Richardson

    Managing Partner
    Giant Leap Venture

    Will is Head of Venture Capital at Impact Investment Group where he leads the Giant Leap VC team, Australia’s first 100% impact venture capital fund. Will oversees all elements of that business, including managing the investment team, sourcing capital and investment opportunities and working with investees. He has 15 years’ experience in the private equity, property and corporate finance sectors, and has provided investment advice to organisations, families and high-net-worth individuals. Will was previously the Investment Manager and Executive Officer at the CVC Group, after beginning his career at Ernst & Young. He is a director of the Responsible Investment Association of Australia. Will has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Dr Sam Sicilia
    Sam Sicilia

    Chief Investment Officer

    Sam Sicilia was appointed as the inaugural Chief Investment Officer of Hostplus in 2008. Hostplus is the national superannuation fund serving the hospitality, tourism, recreation, sport and related industries. It is one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds with over A$32 billion in assets invested on behalf of over one million members and 150,000 employers. Sam has 25 years’ experience in the finance and investments industry across a number of senior roles, including:

    • Director of Investment Consulting with Russell Investments
    • Senior Manager at Bank of Ireland Asset Management
    • Senior Consultant with Frontier Investment Consulting
    • Senior Asset Consultant with Towers Perrin
    • Director of Investment Manager Research for Towers Perrin in the USA

    Sam holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in applied mathematics and theoretical physics and a PhD in mathematical modelling, both from Monash University and a Master of Applied Finance from The University of Melbourne.

  • Ms Oriana Tessari
    Oriana Tessari

    Vice President, Product and Operations

    Oriana Tessari is a cross-border payments specialist with over a decade of international banking experience. Holding senior leadership roles at ANZ within Payments & Cash Operations and the Cross Border Payments and Clearing business, she focused on strategic planning and transaction banking product delivery. With a Masters of International Business from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne, she is passionate about leveraging her knowledge in the sphere of economic inclusiveness and financial literacy. Following the recent move to fintech, Oriana is currently working to provide efficient, low cost payment services as VP Product & Operations at Airwallex.

  • Dr Peter W Yates AM FTSE
    Peter Yates

    Deputy Chairman
    The Myer Family Investments Ltd

    Peter is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd, a Director of AIA Australia Limited and a Director of Linfox Australia Pty Ltd.  He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Shared Value Project, the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW.  He is a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital. From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004.  Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank.  He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from Melbourne.  He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo. Peter has been a Director of Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, Ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, MOKO.mobi, the Australia-Japan Foundation. In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations and in 2017 was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).