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
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 13 of Australia’s leading fund managers and super funds, leading to recruitment of 22 roles.

Meet our mentors

Linda Cunningham
Head of Debt and Alternatives
Linda is responsible for driving and implementing the domestic strategy for Cbus which is providing debt directly to Australian corporates, infrastructure and property development projects.
Chanel Stuart-Findlay
Senior Quantitative Analyst
Chanel works as a senior quantitative analyst in Macquarie’s Australian quantitative team where she collaborates with global colleagues to produce innovative and thought-leading ideas for clients.
Rema Elias
Investment Analyst
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.
Anne Moal
Head of Corporate High Yield
Anne is a Senior High Yield Analyst, in the credit and fixed income team at Perpetual, with a focus on higher yielding income opportunities.
Maryanne Drewe
Head of Proprietary Research
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