Chief Economist, Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities
Paul Bloxham is HSBC’s Chief Economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities and is a Managing Director.
He is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies and a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on global commodity markets.
Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers.
In 2021, Paul's team won the Consensus Economics award for best forecaster for the Australian economy, having Focus Economics awards for both Australia and New Zealand in 2017. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University.
Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul spent 12 years as an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Paul holds a Master's degree in public financial policy from the London School of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce in economics with honours from Curtin University.
MSCI Real Assets
Head of Real Assets Research, Pacific
Ben is Head of Real Assets Research for the Pacific region at MSCI and is responsible for producing thought leadership for the benefit of MSCI’s clients, covering both the major property sectors and newly emerging ones.
Ben has over 15 years of experience in Australia, and the UK across investment analysis, research, strategy, and product development in the property sector. In addition, he has expertise in property sector performance metrics, macroeconomic and financial market data interpretation, and product development.
Ben began his career at IPD in London (now MSCI), where he worked predominantly in research. Upon transferring to the Sydney office, Ben took on the role of Client Consultant for the Asia Pacific region. Ben then moved to CBRE, where he was Head of Capital Markets, Office & BTR within CBRE Research for over five years, before moving to RCA to be Head of Analytics for the Pacific region, which MSCI subsequently acquired in September 2021.
Principal Consultant, Property Leader
Jennifer Johnstone-Kaiser leads Frontier’s real estate research program providing consulting and research for clients, both domestically and globally. Jennifer has significant global experience across the US, Australia and Asia.
Previously, Jennifer was the Country Head and Director of Business Development with Savills Investment Management and Mercer’s Head of Real Estate ‐ Asia Pacific.
Jennifer is a Senior Fellow of Finsia. She holds a Master of Finance and Bachelor of Business, Property (Distinction).
Aware Real Estate
Chief Executive Officer
Michelle McNally is the Chief Executive Officer of Aware Real Estate. Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry, leading teams, delivering results and building and managing quality relationships with a large range of stakeholders including executives, investors, customers and service partners. Leading with authenticity and a partnership approach, ensures Michelle’s success in building teams and creating a dynamic culture.
Michelle offers a highly developed strategic approach to the management of $1.7B of AUM for Aware Real Estate, the property investment platform responsible for the strategic performance and management of Aware Super’s directly owned Australian property portfolio. With broad experience across investment and funds management, property and portfolio management, valuations, leasing and occupier management, Michelle brings an extensive depth of knowledge to the CEO role.
Prior to becoming CEO of Aware Real Estate, Michelle held the role of General Manager Property at Australia Post, with the overall management of one of Australia’s largest and most geographically disbursed property portfolios, with more than 1.8 million sqm of logistics, retail and office assets. Michelle has also applied her leadership skills as General Manager, Commercial Services at ISPT, leading investment strategy and implementation across the ISPT $8b office portfolio of 30 assets within Australia’s key markets. Michelle is a Director at Women’s Property Initiative, a community housing provider of long-term housing for women and children at risk of homelessness. She is a passionate advocate for women in the property industry, having served on various industry peak body committees and through her work with Ten Women Melbourne.
Zoe Ferrari is a fully licensed Real Estate Agent who commenced her career in Sydney in 2002 and spent 6 years working in CBRE’s Sydney head office before relocating to Canberra in 2010 where she has worked both in the agency market and in delivering major fit out projects.
Zoe is currently working as Regional Investment Manager for ISPT overseeing a Billion Dollar portfolio. Zoe has a strong background in office leasing having focused on the project marketing of major Sydney assets for various institutional funds and private clients.
Zoe also spent many years in Sydney working in the Strata subdivision sales market successfully selling down a number of major projects for clients such as Dexus, Kyko Group and Abacus.
Since moving to Canberra Zoe has worked in both agency and property management. Asset positioning and lease structure is at the forefront of each project Zoe works on and she understands the importance of communication with her clients and tenants.
Director, Business Performance & Technology
Melissa and her team partner with QIC Real Estate’s Funds Management, Strategy, and Investment Management teams across a broad performance remit.
The specific functions within the team include: Digital & Technology Strategy, Asset Technology Services, Business Transformation and Support, Business Systems Success, Connected Planning and Data Management.
Melissa holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of International Business, International Management. She is also a Certified Turnaround Professional, a Certified Prosci Change Management Practitioner, and Graduate of the Company Directors Course.
Group Head of Capital
Rob is responsible for raising capital for MaxCap’s existing funds and mandates and working closely with the Investment team to raise capital for new products across both debt and equity investments.
Rob has been involved in the real estate and funds management industry in Australia for more than 30 years. He joins from AMP Capital where he was Chief Investment Officer for its Real Estate division. Prior to AMP, Rob was at Lendlease for over 21 years and for the last 6 years acted as the Group Chief Investment Officer.
At Lendlease he was responsible for managing capital relationships, equity raising, and reducing product and investor risk to Lendlease Group and its joint venture partners. Rob had been a director of the Lendlease Real Estate Investment Trustee Board for over 10 years. Before Lendlease he worked for Mirvac for more than a decade as a Director of Investments.
Indigenous Business Australia
Head of Impact & Investor Relations
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is a Commonwealth agency that works with First Nations Australians to create wealth, employment and other opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. IBA makes strategic commercial investments alongside Indigenous organisations, provides finance, advice and support to Indigenous entrepreneurs for business development and assists Indigenous families into home ownership.
Jana has been with the Investment & Asset Management program at IBA for 9 years, overseeing an investment portfolio of over $480 million that seeks to create social outcomes alongside financial returns. She is a chairperson and director of various subsidiary companies in the tourism and retail sectors, and is passionate about finding ways to make positive impacts through commercial activities.
Prior to IBA, Jana was a Senior Consultant in KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability team, providing strategic advice to corporates and government regarding the identification, management, and reporting of their key social and environmental risks and opportunities. She has also held roles in equity research roles at Citi and Morgan Stanley.
Principal, Australasia Climate & Sustainability Services Leader
Joan has spent her career providing sustainability advice as a consultant to government and industry, with a focus on decarbonisation, resilience and circular economy for cities. She leads Climate and Sustainability for Arup across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Examples of Joan’s work include advising policymakers on the role of infrastructure in resilient communities, helping organisations transition towards a circular economy, and identifying barriers and drivers for net-zero emissions precincts in Australia. She is also a member of the Committee of Management for Working Heritage.
Joan is a Chartered Environmentalist. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development from Cambridge, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Environmental Engineering.
Rhonda has been working in environmental management since 2000. This has involved environmental consultancy including environmental management systems and compliance, due diligence assessments, contaminated land management and hazardous materials assessment. Rhonda has also worked as an in-house Environment Manager in a facility management and an asset management organisation, as well as within the development and mining sectors.
Rhonda specialises in helping organisations embed ESG principles in their day-to-day operations, including energy efficiency programs, decarbonisation pathways, electrification programs and climate adaptation plans.
Centuria Capital Limited
Fund Manager - Agriculture
Kelvin is Centuria’s Agricultural Fund Manager, responsible for sourcing and overseeing three unlisted funds with thirteen properties ranging from fruit, nut and citrus orchards, to vineyards and glasshouses, across Australia’s eastern seaboard. Having grown up on a multi generation family sheep farm in Southland New Zealand, Kelvin has been involved in Agriculture his entire life providing him with a broad and sound knowledge borne from practical experience.
Before joining Centuria, Kelvin worked at Macquarie Group for 14 years where he managed their unlisted agriculture funds that owned and operated large scale horticulture, viticulture and forestry assets. Responsible for the operations, performance and strategy of these assets, his core capabilities extend to acquisitions and divestment, budgeting, the development and implementation of capex programmes, insurance placements and claims along with work health and safety monitoring, reporting and resolution.
Adam has worked in property since 2001 when he transitioned from being the CEO of a state sporting body into a strategic role within a fledgling private property business.
Since that move into property, Adam has been involved in the creation of two property funds management businesses which includes Forza Capital, a business he co-founded with Ashley Wain back in 2010.
Forza Capital was designed as the business they themselves would invest with - total independence, a strong focus on value creation and performance, and disciplined governance.
Within Forza Capital, Adam’s core skills encompass capital sourcing, investment structuring, investment management and client relations and Adam also has a strong interest in governance and sustainability. Adam is the former Vice President of the Property Funds Association of Australia (PFA) and was a founding member of its Sustainability Committee.
Outside of Forza Capital, Adam is involved in a number of pro-bono pursuits including mentoring elite athletes on career transition and being a founding Committee member of Gruppetto – a charitable body that helps raise money for disadvantaged children to participate in sport and the arts.
Head of Development
With three decades of varied experience in commercial real estate, Matt brings a unique perspective and extensive expertise to his role as Head of Development.
Matt drives all activities within the development arm of QE, assuming operational responsibility for all development projects to deliver exceptional outcomes and returns. Matt is responsible for the end-to-end development activities from pre-acquisition through to practical completion. Managing the entire development Ecosystem at QE, he ensures successful delivery of the construction phase of projects according to feasibility and due diligence processes.
Before joining QE in a consultant role, Matt held numerous senior executive roles, giving him a deep knowledge of commercial and residential development. He spent over a decade as co-founder and Advisory Board member of Equiem, a tenant experience technology platform rolled out across 60 million square feet of prime global commercial real estate. As Executive Director of Grollo Group Matt led an investment and development portfolio exceeding $1 billion, and as Head of Property Finance at Merricks Capital he oversaw a $1.6 billion senior loan portfolio in land, development, and construction.
Matt maintains a respected presence in the property industry, running his own private consulting company Invest Lease and being an Advisory Board Member for Merricks Capital. Backed by qualifications from the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, and Harvard Business School.
State Chief Executive, ACT
Paul has been the State Chief Executive, ACT and part of the Senior Leadership Team member of the Australian business for the past 15 years and in the last 5 years led the National Government Services account.
Paul is taking on a new role in 2023 as Head of Colliers National Development Pipeline business focusing on opportunities for clients.
Paul is an adviser to multiple Government agencies, ACT Government and various NSW Councils as well as Religious Organisations, and is a Board Member of The Canberra Raiders NRL club.
Paul has been intimately involved in the property sector for over 34 years consulting on more than 600 major real estate development projects. He advises many institutions, governments and private developers on offices, residential, subdivisions and infrastructure assets.
Paul’s reputation is renowned for this detailed knowledge on Canberra and the Commonwealth Government, and has unmatched experience in the divestment and acquisition of major office and institutional grade assets.
Some recent examples include, Geoscience Australia, Symonston, 220 London Circuit, City, Louisa Lawson, Greenway, 18 Canberra Avenue, Forrest, 33 Allara Street, City and 6 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle.
Paul’s detailed experience in office pre-commitments is highlighted by the delivery of in excess of 400,000sqm of new office buildings.