2017 Annual Conference

12.00pm - 6.30pm
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Ballroom, RACV Club

12.00pm - 6.30pm
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Doltone House, Hyde Park

The CIMA Society of 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.
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 and we have already seen France elect a new President with this May's inauguration of President Macron. US, Chinese, Russian and North Korean 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 CIMA Society of Australia 2017 Annual Conference.


The keynote speakers at the 2017 conference were University of Virginia's Professor Michael Gallmeyer and Political Economist at Capital Group.

Michael Gallmeyer

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 University of Virginia, 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 

Michael Thawley is a political economist at Capital Group. He has been with Capital Group for 10 years. Earlier in his career at Capital, he was the international advisor serving on a number of American Funds fund boards. Before joining Capital, Michael worked for the Australian government for 33 years including as Australia's ambassador to the United States and most recently as secretary of the Prime Minister's department and head of the Australian public service. He holds a degree with honors in history from the Australian National University.

Continuing Education

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