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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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Takayuki Yasuda
Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corp (Chairman)

Mr Yasuda is Chief Executive of Asset Management & Investor Services Business Unit and Business Head of Asset Management Business of Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corp (“the Trust Bank”).

He joined the Trust Bank in 1987 and has previously held various positions including, General Manager of the Markets and Global Business Planning division, and Executive Officer of both Global Asset Management Business and Trust Asset Planning divisions.

He is also a Non- Executive Director of SWS MU Fund Management Co., Ltd.

Mr Yasuda has a bachelor degree in Laws from The University of Tokyo.

Mark Steinberg
First Sentier Investors CEO

Mr Steinberg is the Chief Executive Officer for First Sentier Investors and is based in Sydney.

Mr Steinberg brings a strong background in acquisitions and wealth management to his role of CEO. Before joining the company in September 2017, Mr Steinberg was Group Chief Financial Officer and Group Chief Operating Officer of Cover-More, an Australian Stock Exchange listed company, where he oversaw several acquisitions before Cover-More was acquired in April 2017.

Prior to this, he held positions at Colonial First State, including Chief Financial Officer. He also worked for Vodafone, where he was CFO of the New Zealand business, Finance Director of the Japanese business and CFO of the Australian business.

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

Yutaka Kawakami
First Sentier Investors Deputy CEO

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.

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.

Susie Rippingall
Non-Executive Director

Susie Rippingall is an experienced Board Director and investment professional based in Hong Kong. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a manager of Asian equity funds and seven years as a non-executive director. 

Ms Rippingall has held a number of Board roles since 2013. Before this, she was Senior Portfolio Manager at First Sentier Investors (Hong Kong) Ltd., Portfolio Manager at First Sentier Investors Management (UK) Ltd. and Portfolio Manager at The Scottish Oriental Smaller Cos. Trust Plc. She has a strong understanding of corporate governance best practice and unique insight into the Asian investment management sector.

Michelle Tredenick
Non-Executive Director

Ms Tredenick has extensive experience in a broad range of industries, including banking, insurance, wealth management, education services, health insurance, superannuation and technology. 

Ms Tredenick has held senior roles at National Australia Bank, MLC and Suncorp, and she currently runs her own corporate advisory business advising boards and CEOs on strategy and technology. She serves on several listed and private company boards, including Insurance Australia Group Limited and Bank of Queensland Limited, Cricket Australia, Urbis Pty Ltd, Ethics Centre and the Senate of the University of Queensland.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Queensland. 

Richard Wastcoat
Non-Executive Director

Mr Wastcoat has over 25 years’ Executive experience in US, Europe and Asia and a track record of leading a large, complex business as well as managing developing businesses in emerging markets. 

In addition, he has over 10 years’ experience as an independent non-executive and board member for International asset management, banking and wealth management, educational services and fin tech companies. His experience includes chairing of International Committee and membership of risk, audit and remuneration committees. 

Mr Wastcoat is an experienced and prominent figure in the UK funds management industry, and joined First Sentier Investors UK group of companies as their first non-executive director in 2011. He previously spent 25 years at Fidelity and worked as Chief Executive of its UK mutual fund business, and subsequently FundsNetwork, from 1999 until his retirement from the company in 2008. He is currently on the Board of Marstone Inc, a digital advice company based in New York. 

Mr Wastcoat holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA.

Sunao Yokokawa
President & CEO, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management

Mr. Yokokawa is responsible for leading Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management, one of the largest investment trust providers for Japanese retail clients, and the investment trust business arm of MUFG. Mr. Yokokawa was Director, Deputy President and Executive Officer of Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corp (MUTBFJ) until March 2021, and responsible for the transaction and purchase of First Sentier Investors by MUTBFJ in 2019.

He joined Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking in 1986 in portfolio management and strategic planning, including corporate planning at the firm’s subsidiary, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management. Mr Yokokawa has a MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University and a bachelor degree in Economics from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.

Suzanne Evans
First Sentier Investors Chief Financial Officer

Ms Evans is responsible for the Finance and Strategy function in her role as Chief Financial Officer, which includes accounting, tax, treasury and corporate strategy. 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, Ms Evans held roles in investor relations, treasury, strategy and mergers and 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.

Suzanne is a member of the Enterprise Leadership Team.

Liz Hastilow (Company Secretary)
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.