Nicholas Minogue retired from Macquarie Group in 2009 after a banking career spanning 32 years. Nick was Head of Risk Management at Macquarie for 10 years and a member of the Executive Committee for nine years. Nick worked in trade finance and corporate banking in London and Hong Kong before joining Macquarie.
Nick is also a Deputy Chairman of EFIC, Director of Social Enterprise Finance Australia, President of the Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival and a member of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Economic Advisory Committee.
Jack is the co-founder of Morphic Asset Management in 2012. He was previously Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Sydney based global equity manager Hunter Hall with responsibility for risk management and portfolio construction.
As a stock picker Jack has invested in a variety of markets and sectors, but developed in-depth knowledge of markets in Asia-Pacific region as well as global finance and resources sectors.
He played a key role in building Hunter Hall from just $13m under management when he joined to a peak of just under $3 billion. In ten years as a Portfolio Manager with Hunter Hall, generated substantial out-performance.
Prior to joining Hunter Hall, Jack had careers in corporate finance and as an international financial journalist.
Jack holds an MA from Oxford University. He completed the three year, part time Owner/President Management Course at Harvard Business School in 2009.
Chad co-founded Morphic Asset Management in 2012. He was previously a Portfolio Manager and Head of Currency and Macroeconomics at Hunter Hall for five years.
Prior to this, Chad was an Investment analyst at BT Financial Group including a secondment to Putnam Investments in Boston. He began his career as an Economist at Australian Federal Treasury.
As a stock picker Chad is also a generalist but has strong regional knowledge of Europe and the Americas.
Chad holds a B.Comm and a B.Econ (Hons) from the University of Queensland and has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) program and been awarded the CFA Charter.
George Gabriel brings 20 years of financial markets experience in investment banking, private equity, principal investments and equities research.
For the first 10 years of his career, he worked in investment banks Credit Suisse First Boston and Deutsche Bank, firstly in equities research and then investment banking. He was also a Director of Private Equity at ANZ Banking Group.
In the most recent 10 years of his career, he has specialised in equities research of Australian listed companies. His clients include most of Australia's institutional funds managers. He has worked in equities research at BBY, Evans & Partners (where he was a Partner) and is currently at Wilson HTM.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws from UNSW (with Merit), Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (Fellow of FINSIA). George has passed all 3 levels of the CFA exam, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Gerard Minack has been analysing, forecasting and advising on financial markets since 1987. He is now the managing director of Minack Advisors, a boutique providing investment advice to global institutional investors.
Gerard retired from Morgan Stanley in May 2013. He had been the global cross-asset strategist, and before that Morgan Stanley’s global developed market equity strategist. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2008 as the Australian head of economics and strategy. Earlier in his career Gerard worked at ABN AMRO and BZW – both investment banks – and Syntec Economic Services, an independent research provider.
Chief Executive Officer, Ascalon Capital Managers
Ascalon Capital Managers forms strategic partnerships with hedge fund and absolute return long only investment management companies. Chuak joined the firm in 2011 to help establish Ascalon's Asian business, and was appointed Chief Executive of the broader group in late 2012. Based in Hong Kong, Chuak is responsible for growing the overall business and managing the executive team located in Sydney and Hong Kong. Chuak is an executive director of Ascalon Capital Managers and Ascalon Capital Managers Asia and is on the board of several Ascalon partner firms.
Chuak started his career at a Chartered Accounting firm and joined Bankers Trust Australia in 1988, where he worked in a several roles in the funds management business and established their Singapore investment management company. He joined ING Investment Management in 1998, where he led sales and marketing in Asia and subsequently served as Chief Risk Officer, Asia Pacific. In 2007 he co-founded a multi-billion dollar hedge fund in Hong Kong and was COO until 2011. Chuak has 28 years experience in the investment management business, including 18 years in the Asian region.
Alternate Non-Executive Director (Chuak Chan)
Harvey Carter is the Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Westpac. Transactions advised on include the $18Bn merger with St.George Bank in 2008, the IPO of BT Investment Management and the acquisition of 49% of Hastings Funds Management in 2005 for $86m.
Prior to joining Westpac, Harvey had five years M&A experience working for Morgan Stanley in the Australian Investment Banking team (Melbourne) and the US Financial Institutions Group (New York), and in Private Equity (Catalyst in Sydney).
Katarina Royds joined Ascalon Capital Managers in Hong Kong in 2013, and is a member of Ascalon’s management team, responsible for managing Ascalon’s distribution team and working with investee firms on distribution, marketing and product development.
Katarina started her career in investment research in 1996 in the UK, spending 11 years working for a family office, a top-decile global Fund of Funds, and an Italian Private Bank where she sourced and conducted due diligence on European and U.S. hedge funds. She switched into marketing in 2007, going on to help launch a Hong Kong based hedge fund in 2009, becoming an equity partner and member of the Operating Committee.