Specialist in Asia Pacific, Japan, China, India and South East Asia and Global Emerging Market equities.

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Specialists in equity portfolios in Asia Pacific, emerging markets, global and sustainable investment strategies

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Management Team

Management Team

We are a global specialist investment manager operating across the globe. Our executive management team lead through a demonstration of expertise, client focus and operational excellence.

Management Team

Mark Steinberg
Chief Executive Officer

Mark is the company’s Chief Executive Officer and is based in Sydney. 

Mark brings a strong background in acquisitions and wealth management to his role of CEO. He re-joined the company in October 2017 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in September 2018. He had previously been the Chief Financial Officer of CFSGAM from January 2008 – December 2012.

Prior to re-joining the business, Mr Steinberg was Group Chief Financial Officer and Group Chief Operating Officer of Cover-More Group Limited, an Australian Securities Exchange listed company, where he oversaw several acquisitions before Cover-More was acquired in April 2017.

Prior to his time at Cover-More, Mr Steinberg was the Chief Financial Officer at Colonial First State and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Advice business. He also previously worked for Macquarie Bank, where he was a Divisional Director, and Vodafone, where he was Chief Financial Officer of the Australian and New Zealand businesses and Finance Director of the Japanese business.

Mr Steinberg is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA.

Bachar Beaini
Managing Director, Americas

Bachar Beaini, is a Managing Director, Americas for FSI and is based in New York. Bachar is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Bachar is primarily responsible for Institutional client and consultant relationships in the US and Canada. As MD, Americas he is responsible for managing the business in the Americas and further expanding our market presence across the region. 

Bachar has worked with the company since 2007 in a variety of roles including Sales, Strategy & Projects and Investments.  His experience prior to joining includes Investment Development (M&A) and Structured Credit.

Bachar earned a BA (with Honors) from Monash University.

Perry Clausen
Global Chief Investment Officer

Perry is First Sentier Investors’ Global Chief Investment Officer, representing all of its investment capabilities. He has held this role since May 2020, and is member of the Executive Committee and the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Perry joined the business in March 2007 and in April 2009 became Global Co-Head of Unlisted Infrastructure.  In September 2012, Perry became the sole Global Head of Unlisted Infrastructure and was responsible for leading the growth and diversification of the Unlisted Infrastructure Investments business globally until May 2020.

Perry has more than 30 years’ infrastructure and financial experience, and prior to First Sentier Investors, he was Director of Infrastructure Investments for Super Investment Management Pty Limited, a wholly-owned funds management company of the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST). He also spent nine years at the National Australia Bank where he was a director in the Project and Structured Finance Group.

Perry was previously a Director of National Australia Bank Superannuation Pty Ltd (the trustee of the National Australia Bank Group Superannuation Fund, 1995–2000), Brisbane Airport Corporation (2008 to 2014, 2015–16), and a Director of several of the company's entities.

Perry is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA Canada).

Perry has a MTax (University of Melbourne) and B Com (University of Calgary).

Suzanne Evans
Chief Financial Officer

Suzanne Evans is responsible for the global Finance and Strategy function in her role as Chief Financial Officer, which includes Accounting, Tax, Treasury and Corporate Strategy.  Suzanne is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team.

She has more than 25 years of experience across all aspects of capital markets including banking, life insurance, financial services and property. 

Prior to joining the company, Suzanne held roles in investor relations, Treasury, strategy and mergers & acquisitions for a number of publicly-listed entities.

She holds a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a Non-Executive Director of Domestic Violence NSW Service Management, a not-for-profit providing services to women and children escaping family violence.

Liz Hastilow
Chief Legal and Risk Officer and Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand

Liz Hastilow joined the firm in 2017 as Global Chief Legal and Risk Officer with responsibility for the legal, governance, risk management and compliance functions globally. In May 2020 Liz’s role expanded to include Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand.

Liz is a member of the FSI Executive Committee and the Enterprise Leadership Team. She is also a director on a number of the FSI subsidiary boards.

Before joining the firm, Liz was a Co-Practice Area Leader and Partner at global law firm K&L Gates. In that role Liz advised and co-led a global team of investment management partners and lawyers. Before joining K&L Gates, Liz spent 18 years at Henry Davis York, 14 as a partner and funds management / financial services group leader.

BEc, LLB, LLM (University of Sydney), FGIA, and MAICD. 

Yutaka Kawakami
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr Kawakami supports the development and implementation of the business strategy, align interests and seek opportunities and synergies between Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking and our company, in addition to assisting with the governance framework to be integrated into Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking. Yutaka is member of the Executive Committee and the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Since he joined Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking in 1990, he has gained more than 25 years’ experience in the field of asset management. He has held various positions including strategist, global asset management sales, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, directorships with strategic alliance partners, such as joint venture with Baillie Gifford and Shenwan Hongyuan Securities.

He was also an equity portfolio manager and analyst in London for eight years.

Mr Kawakami has a degree in Economics from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.

Martin Lau
Managing Partner, FSSA Investment Managers

Martin Lau is a Managing Partner, FSSA Investment Managers (FSSA) and is based in Hong Kong. FSSA Investment Managers is part of the Group. Martin is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Martin has more than 20 years of investment experience and has been with the team for almost 16 years, starting with the firm as Director, Greater China Equities in 2002. Martin is the lead portfolio manager for a number of funds covering Greater China and the Asia Pacific region. He is also responsible for supervising and directly managing FSSA Investment Managers' team of research analysts and portfolio managers.

Before joining the firm Martin was a fund manager at Invesco Asia, where he was the country specialist for Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

BA (Cambridge University), MSE (Cambridge University) and CFA charterholder.

Grigor Milne
Managing Partner, Stewart Investors

Grigor Milne is Managing Partner of Stewart Investors. Grigor was appointed as a Managing Partner in October 2018. He has been a member of the Stewart Investors’ Board since June 2017. Grigor is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Grigor joined Stewart Investors in January 2015. He has broad experience as a lawyer in both private practice and industry, including in a family office investment business.

Previously, Grigor was a partner in the Corporate Group of Dundas & Wilson and CMS Cameron McKenna, and before that a director of Murray Capital, a Scottish-based investment business.

Grigor is a practising solicitor with an honours degree in law from Edinburgh University.

Harry Moore
Global Head of Distribution

Harry Moore was appointed Global Head of Distribution of First Sentier Investors in May 2020 to provide global oversight of sales and distribution leadership.

Harry is a member of the Executive Committee and the Enterprise Leadership Team. Prior to this role, he was Managing Director, Australia, New Zealand & Japan with responsibility for business development and client service in these markets.

Before joining the firm in June 2010, Harry spent six years at Russell Investments as a consultant in the Institutions and Governments team, providing strategic investment advice and implementation to domestic and pan-Asian clients. Harry has also worked as a client advisor and analyst at UBS Wealth Management Australia and Johnson Taylor Potter.

BA Hons (University of Melbourne).

Rob Scott
Chief Operating Officer

Rob joined the business in June 2019 and is responsible for global Operations, IT and Data. Rob is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Rob brings over 25 years’ experience in global business operations and IT with a track record of delivering successful business transformations.

Prior to joining the company, Rob was Head of Global Operations at Nikko Asset Management in Tokyo, and has also held roles at Deutsche Asset Management, BNP Paribas Securities Services, and ABN AMRO Asset Management across the Asia region.

He has a MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management, a Diploma of Financial Markets from Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA), and an ACI Diploma from Financial Markets Association UK (FMA).

Rob is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Stapleton
Managing Partner, FSSA Investment Managers and Managing Director, Asia

Michael Stapleton is a Managing Partner, FSSA Investment Managers (FSSA) and Managing Director, Asia and is based in Hong Kong. FSSA Investment Managers is part of the Group. Michael is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. He joined the FSSA Investment Managers team in July 2015 after being part of the company's global business for more than 19 years. Michael is responsible for the business management of the FSSA Investment Managers team.

After joining the company in October 1998, Michael worked in the institutional business in Australia before moving to the UK to become Head of Institutional Business Development. He subsequently moved to Hong Kong in June 2009 and has been based in Asia since then.

He is also Managing Director, Asia Pacific, overseeing business development and the day-to-day functional operations in the region.

Before joining the firm, Michael commenced his career at JP Morgan Investments in Australia as a member of the Institutional Business Team.

B Eco (Monash University) and CFA charterholder.

Amanda Tibbett
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Amanda Tibbett is the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, based in Sydney. In her role, Amanda is responsible for the marketing, communication, digital and brand function globally. Amanda is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Amanda is also responsible for the global re-brand of CFSGAM/First State Investments to First Sentier Investors.

Before joining the firm in May 2019, Amanda was the Director of Marketing and Digital, Asia Pacific for Fidelity International. In this role, she had responsibility for all elements of the multi-channel marketing and digital program across Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Korea and the Middle East, as well being a member of the Global Brand Committee.

Prior to this, Amanda was the General Manager of Marketing and Direct at Perpetual Investments, where she was responsible for the marketing program for the institutional , adviser, platform, and direct investor market.

Previously Amanda had held senior marketing and communication roles for ASGARD and Westpac. Amanda has a BA in Mass Communication (Macquarie University).

Chris Turpin
Global Director of Corporate Development and Managing Director, EMEA

In May 2020, Chris was appointed Global Director of Corporate Development to drive the creation of new opportunities for the organisation. Chris also leads FSI’s Product Management and Development and Responsible Investment functions globally. 

In his role as Managing Director in EMEA, Chris is responsible for FSI’s business activities in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. He is a member of the Executive Committee and the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Before joining the firm in 2003, Chris was Director of Product at Northern Trust Asset Management. Prior to this he trained and worked in the Asset Management Group at PwC in London. Chris sits on the Advisory Council for the UK Investment Association and the International Trade & Industry Committee at TheCityUK. He is also a Director of the UK Financial Services Skills Commission.

Chris holds an MA (Hons) from The University of Edinburgh, is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals (ASIP).

Lindall West
Chief Human Resources Officer

Lindall West is the global Chief Human Resources Officer and is based in Sydney.  Lindall is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team. 

In her role, Lindall is responsible for the Human Resources function globally, including development and execution of recruitment, retention, talent management and reward strategies. 

Before joining the firm in January 2011, Lindall was Head of Human Resources Asia, Westpac Banking Corporation based in Singapore. In this capacity she had responsibility for all elements of human resources across Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India and Indonesia.

Lindall also held a senior Organisational Development role for Westpac Institutional Bank where she was responsible for leading work on Diversity, Talent, Leadership Development and Talent Acquisition.

Before this she held the role of Head of Human Resources for BT Investment Management where she led the people integration of three funds management businesses. In 2000, Lindall took on the role of Head of Human Resources and Training for Rothschild Australia Asset Management.

Lindall was formerly Vice-Chairperson of Financial Institutions Remuneration Group, a Committee Member of Women in Finance and Vice President, YWCA NSW.

B Comm (Accounting and Industrial Relations) (University of Wollongong).