Our story

Future IM/Pact is an Australian industry initiative with the vision of attracting more diverse talent into front-office investment teams. It was established in 2018 by Yolanda Beattie, the then Diversity and Inclusion Practice Leader at Mercer, following the company’s Women in Investment Management Report which confirmed most investors were white, male and private school educated creating the much-needed catalyst for the industry to work together to build a pipeline of diverse investment talent.

Established with eight founding partners we started out running events to educate students about impacting the world as an investor and how to start their investing careers, with an initial focus on attracting women.

We now offer several programs, events and bespoke initiatives that allow students and those in the first years of their career to gain access to industry mentoring, internships and graduate programs, and entry level roles.Thirteen partners contribute time, talent and funding to bring this extraordinary initiative to life.

Meet the Future IM/Pact team

Yolanda Beattie
Founder
Laila Hage-Ali
Program Director
Melanie Miller
Business Manager

Future IM/Pact has worked with 876 students, from 5 universities, to learn from 34 mentors across 16 of Australia’s leading fund managers and super funds, leading to recruitment of 22 roles.

Meet our mentors

Elizabeth Kumaru
Head of Private Corporate Assets
Australian Retirement Trust
Elizabeth is a member of the senior leadership team as Head of Private Corporate Assets for Australian Retirement Trust, coming from her role as Head of Funds Management for QSuper Group. Elizabeth has more than 25 years’ experience in investment management and financial markets
Alison van Lint
Head of Research, Responsible Investments
Cbus
Allison started life as an Immunologist with post-doctoral studies at the Harvard Medical School. She spent time in the world of public health research, in the areas of Intensive Care Medicine and Paediatric Clinical Trials, before joining the Internal Global Equities team at Cbus in 2017.
Matthew Wilson
Middle Office Operations Officer
Cbus
With over 20 years’ experience within Investment Operations, Matthew has spent the last decade focusing on internalising middle office operations functions within investment managers or industry funds.
Joanna John
Investment Analyst, Asset Allocation
Cbus
The Asset Allocation team is key in determining the fund’s Investment Strategy. Our research and decisions involve a mix of economic, financial, quantitative, and risk-based analysis. I took an interest in Asset Allocation because I enjoyed the combination of using qualitative and quantitative analysis
Rema Elias
Investment Analyst
Perpetual
Rema is an Investment Analyst in the Multi Asset team for Perpetual Investments. In this role, she assists with the portfolio management of smart beta portfolios and the implementation of tactical asset allocation positions.
Maryanne Drewe
Head of Proprietary Research
Perpetual
Maryanne is the Head of Proprietary Research and an Analyst, covering mainly large and small-cap companies in the industrials, consumer staples, and consumer discretionary sectors.

Our partners

Our industry partners are vital to our success. These organisations are leaders in their field and understand the importance of investing the time and funds to develop a diverse talent pool. They know the future of the investment management industry depends on attracting the best and brightest, and by working together we can change the face of the industry faster. 

Learn more about our partners and how your organisation can get involved