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2fold: Investing for impact
2fold: Investing for impact explores the world of investing, philanthropy, mental health, and supporting children and youth at risk, with amazing Australians who are leading the way.
Jan 4, 2024
Mike Baird’s Innings: Cricket, care, and country
Former NSW Premier, Mike Baird AO is a household name and recognised business leader, driven to serving his country and local community. From investment banking to state politics, chairing Cricket Australia and aged care groups, Mike has a real determination to drive change for good in both the private and public sector. In this episode, Mike offers his unique perspective on leadership and discusses post-premiership life, the current state of Australian politics, and why backyard cricket is here to stay. We also discuss his relationship with faith and the intersection of his faith with public service. Mike currently chairs Future Generation Australia (ASX: FGX).
Nov 13, 2023
Take Stock - Nikki Thomas
In this episode, Caroline Gurney, CEO of Future Generation, speaks to Nikki Thomas, Portfolio Manager of Magellan Financial Group’s Global Fund. With more than 20 years’ experience in markets, Nikki is recognised for her work in bringing global equities to Australia and prides herself on investing in the world’s best global stocks. In this episode, Nikki shares insights on the recent US reporting season, her market outlook, and optimism about the US market. Magellan Financial Group is one of Future Generation Global’s (ASX: FGG) pro bono fund managers.
Nov 9, 2023
Getting kids back on track with Bernie Shakeshaft
After seeing the plight of disadvantaged youth in his community, Bernie Shakeshaft decided to take action. Starting in 2006 with a shed and an idea, Bernie founded the BackTrack Youth Works Program, in an effort to turn around the lives of kids struggling to stay in school, stay out of trouble and falling through the cracks. Using the skills he developed growing up and as a jackaroo in the Northern Territory learning from the Aboriginal trackers, Bernie has developed an award-winning program that involves animal-assisted learning, agricultural skills and a residential facility. In this episode, Bernie shares the unique story behind BackTrack, the organisation’s plans to expand across the country and how we can keep at-risk kids alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams. Backtrack is a social impact partner of Future Generation Global (ASX: FGG) and has supported more than 1,000+ kids through the BackTrack program.
Oct 9, 2023
From crisis to care with Jane Rowe
Jane Rowe OAM dedicates her life to helping the children left behind in the wake of substance abuse. Following a privileged British upbringing and personal addiction challenges, Jane worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor in Australia where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects that substance abuse has on families. Inspired to make a positive change and to stop the cycle of addiction, she founded the Mirabel Foundation. 25 years on, Mirabel has become a beacon of support for Victorian and New South Wales communities, providing vital assistance and supporting thousands of vulnerable children and their carers. In this episode, Jane candidly shares her story, Mirabel’s mission and how we can unite to bring about positive change.
Sep 10, 2023
Take Stock - Nick Markiewicz
In the second episode of Take Stock, Caroline Gurney, CEO of Future Generation, speaks to Nick Markiewicz, Portfolio Manager at Lanyon. Nick discusses his investment process and how it has evolved over his career, how Lanyon selects companies to invest in and the investment case for Universal Music Group.
Aug 13, 2023
Take Stock - John Coombe
We are excited to launch our new Future Generation podcast series, Take Stock. In this series, we get a backstage pass into the minds of our leading pro bono fund managers and Future Generation supporters. In the first episode, Caroline Gurney, CEO of Future Generation, speaks to John Coombe, Executive Director of Jana Investment Advisers, and Investment Committee member for both Future Generation Companies. John advises some of Australia’s biggest superannuation funds, and discusses the performance of small-cap companies domestically and globally, the performance of the largest global companies – which have coined the name the ‘magnificent seven’ – as well as both Future Generation Companies.
Jun 12, 2023
Don Spencer on the Power of Music
You might recognise Don Spencer from his three decades on Play School. That’s how most Australians know him. But there’s so much more to Don than bears and chairs. He is, as we discovered, one of those people with “stories to tell”. He’s toured with the Rolling Stones, flirted with Marianne Faithfull, played hockey with the national Kenyan team, learnt guitar from Roger Whittaker, and had Russell Crowe as a son-in-law. But it’s Don’s work behind the scenes that will ultimately ensure his legacy. For more than 20 years, Don’s been providing free music lessons to Australia’s most disadvantaged kids - through the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, which he founded – and Future Generation Australia supports. So far, the organisation has delivered almost 270,000 free music lessons.
May 27, 2023
Chaney raises his Voice
Michael Chaney is one of the country’s most successful business leaders and an advocate for the Voice to Parliament. For the past 3 decades, Michael has dominated corporate Australia. As CEO of Wesfarmers, he grew the company’s value from $1 billion to $10 billion and he’s also chaired some of Australia’s top tier companies – such as National Australia Bank, Woodside Petroleum and, of course, Wesfarmers. More recently, however, Michael has turned his sights to other projects. In this episode, he shares his thoughts on The Voice, the state of politics in Australia, mining, feminism and the environment.
Mar 29, 2023
Breaking the ice with Wim Hof
This special episode features Wim Hof, a Dutch adventurer, extreme athlete and motivational speaker. Wim is known as the Iceman for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures and holds more than 20 Guinness World Records. He has climbed Kilimanjaro wearing only a pair of shorts. He has run a half marathon above the Arctic Circle barefooted and is affectionately called the Godfather of Cold. He is famous for his Wim Hof Method, a combination of frequent cold exposure, breathing techniques, and meditation. According to Wim this method can help people achieve remarkable feats and it can improve your overall wellbeing, both physical and mental.
Feb 13, 2023
Wendy McCarthy on Why Politeness Doesn’t Pay
Wendy McCarthy is one of Australia’s most influential women. For more than 50 years Wendy’s been at the forefront of feminism, corporate and public life in Australia. Her trailblazing advocacy has truly shaped this country. For example, if your dad was at your birth, you can thank Wendy because back in the 1960’s she fought for the rights of fathers to be at their child’s birth. She’s also fought for equal pay for women, affordable childcare, and access to contraception and abortion law reform. In fact, in 1972 she famously risked prosecution by taking out a full page ad announcing she’d had an illegal abortion. But Wendy is not just an incredible change maker. She’s an educator, author, mother, business owner, board member, university chancellor, the Deputy Chair of the ABC and a wonderful mentor to countless other women.
Dec 8, 2022
Blazing a Traill: the convergence of profit and purpose
Michael Traill is an absolute legend in Australia’s not-for-profit circles, but that is not how he started out. Like many other Harvard grads, Michael went into investment banking. He spent 14 years at Macquarie Bank, where he successfully co-founded the bank’s private equity division. But, a career that provides profit above all else didn’t sit comfortably with him. In 2002 at the peak of his career, Michael jumped ship to the not-for-profit sector. His idea was to bring corporate rigour to the charitable world. He was founding CEO of Social Ventures Australia, and he took a revolutionary approach with bridging the gap between privilege and property. These days, Michael Chair’s the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Federal Government social impact investing taskforce among his many other roles. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to the not-for-profit sector.
Oct 9, 2022
Tim Minchin on the Art of Giving
Tim Minchin AO, multi-award-winning musician, actor, writer and comedian speaks to Future Generation CEO, Caroline Gurney about the growing mental health crisis, woke culture, the importance of modelling behaviours for your children, and how and why giving needs to be built into capitalism.
Jun 8, 2022
Taming the Black Dog
Prof. Samuel Harvey is a leading academic psychiatrist with international standing in clinical and population mental health research. Sam initially trained and worked as a GP, before pursuing his passion for mental health and training as a psychiatrist at the internationally renowned Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience in London. He completed his PhD at the University of London in 2011. He is currently the Executive Director and Chief Scientist at Black Dog Institute.
Apr 6, 2022
Still keeping them honest
Natasha Stott Despoja AO is the youngest woman to ever enter Parliament, a former member of the Australian Democrats and currently sits on the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She has also founded not-for-profit organisation Our Watch, written a book and served on a number of charity Boards. Natasha has also been named as one of the top global influencers on gender policy.
Mar 18, 2021
S2 E2 John Coates AC: Conversations with Future Generation
John Coates AC is President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee. John is a leading sports administrator who played a key role in bringing the 2000 Olympic to Sydney and in the establishment of the Australian Olympic Foundation. In 2006 he was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia for his service to the development of sport nationally and internationally. Louise and John discussed the numerous Olympic bids he has worked on, the influential figures such as Nelson Mandela and Xi Jinping he has met throughout his career in the AOC, the lessons and success that the Australian Olympic Foundation has seen since its establishment and more.
Feb 17, 2021
S2 E1 Ross Greenwood: Conversations with Future Generation
Ross Greenwood is Sky News’ Business Editor and the anchor of Weekend Business. His career in the media industry spans print, television and radio, which has allowed him to travel around the world including to London where he was Editor-in-Chief and Co-Creator of the British weekly magazine Shares. His decision to take a gap year in 2020 after enjoying a 40 year-long career has led to the launch of his podcast series The Money Minutes. Louise and Ross delved into what Ross looks for when investing, the changing landscape of the media industry, the invaluable mentorship he received from The Australian columnist Robert Gottliebsen and more.
Feb 10, 2021
S1 E9 David Paradice AO: Conversations with Future Generation
Founder and Managing Director of Paradice Investment Management David Paradice AO has over 35 years' experience in equity investments and is a board member of Future Generation Australia (ASX: FGX), Taronga Foundation, and a member of GO Foundation Investment Committee. David was awarded an Order of Australia in 2017 for his services to the community through philanthropy and investment management. Louise and David delved into David’s career journey, the impact of the coronavirus on society and the equity market, and his personal stories on family, health and sports.
Nov 15, 2020
S1 E8 Mark Nelson: Conversations with Future Generation
Mark is Chairman and co-Founder of Future Generation Global (ASX: FGG) fund manager Caledonia. Mark is an avid supporter of philanthropy, sports and the arts, serving on the Boards of the Caledonia Foundation, the Sydney Swans Foundation, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Art Exhibitions Australia and Kaldor Public Art Projects. Louise and Mark discussed Mark's transition from deep studies in science, culminating in a PhD in neuropharmacology, to a long and successful career in financial services, as well as the implications of the US election for Australia.
Oct 25, 2020
S1 E7 Armina Rosenberg: Conversations with Future Generation
Armina is Global Equities Portfolio Manager at Grok Ventures, a private investment company established by Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes. Louise and Armina discussed Armina's profound career journey, the companies in the portfolio that have been coronavirus-related beneficiaries, Armina's view on technology valuations and the investments she is watching closely.
Sep 7, 2020
S1 E6 Peter Morgan: Conversations with Future Generation
CEO Louise sat down with veteran investor Peter Morgan this week for episode six of Conversations with Future Generation. Peter shared his cautions on the current US market, comparisons of the pandemic to other major market events in his career and insights into his years at 452 Capital and Perpetual.
Aug 31, 2020
S1 E5 Christine Morgan: Conversations with Future Generation
In this month's episode Louise spoke with the CEO of the National Mental Health Commission and National Suicide Prevention Adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Christine Morgan. Louise and Christine spoke about Australia’s mental health system, the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Mental Health, the balance between funding physical and mental health issues plus her practical tips for young people.
Jul 19, 2020
S1 E4 The Hon. Anna Bligh AC: Conversations with Future Generation
In this month's episode CEO Louise Walsh spoke with Hon. Anna Bligh AC, CEO of the Australian Banking Association and former Premier of Queensland from 2007 to 2012. Louise and Anna spoke about Anna’s career journey and highlights, reflections on the GFC as well as Anna’s views on the current National Cabinet and the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.
Jun 11, 2020
S1 E3 The Hon. Joe Hockey: Conversations with Future Generation
In this month’s episode of Conversations with Future Generation, CEO Louise Walsh speaks with the Hon. Joe Hockey, Founding Partner and President of Bondi Partners and previously Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington between 2016 and 2020. Louise and Joe discuss Joe's career highlights, the strength and importance of Australia-US relations in the current political climate, including Joe’s relationship with President Trump and the growing rivalry between China and the US.
May 13, 2020
S1 E2 David Gonski AC: Conversations with Future Generation
David is Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group as well as Chancellor of the University of New South Wales and President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust. David, who I've known for 30 years is also a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation, who are both Future Generation Australia recipient charities and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners.
Apr 14, 2020
S1 E1 Jono Nicholas: Conversations with Future Generation
The biggest issue facing Australia and the world today is Coronavirus. In this episode we invite Jonathan Nicholas, one of the leading experts in mental health in Australia, to talk about COVID and the impact on Australia, including how we live and work. Jono is the Founder and Managing Director of the Wellbeing Outfit, an advisory firm that improves organisational performance by improving the wellbeing and resilience of staff. Jono was previously the CEO of ReachOut Australia, Australia’s leading digital mental health service for young people and their parents. ReachOut is one of Future Generation Global recipient charities. He’s also a Director of Future Generation Global. Jono has a Bachelor of Arts Honours majoring in Psychology and a Masters in Public Health.