VUCA concept on show at risk and performance summit


“Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.” While originally a military term, the “VUCA” concept is increasingly applicable to global financial markets, according to Fund Business, a specialist investment conference producer.

Laurence Jarvis, the chief executive, says this creates a fresh set of challenges for investment risk professionals, portfolio managers and performance attribution specialists alike.

Fund Business is hosting a one-day summit, the Risk and Performance Summit, for senior investment risk and performance practitioners from key asset owners and their fund managers at the Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel on ​June 25.

The morning is focused on investment risk and the afternoon looks at trends and opportunities in performance attribution, providing a 360-degree view of best practice in managing risk and returns.

One of the speakers at the summit, Michael Kollo (pictured) appeared to enjoy himself at last week’s Chant West Awards night, accepting the gong for ‘specialist fund of the year’ on behalf of HESTA. He is the fund’s general manager of quantitative solutions and risk and will be speaking with Olivier d’Assier, head of applied research at Axioma for APAC.

Other speakers include: Mark Aarons, head of investment risk at VFMC; Viktor Svatek, director of investment risk at the Future Fund; Bruce Russell, director of Shoreline Asset & Wealth Consultants; Alistair Rew, global head of investment technology for public markets at AMP Capital; Mark Macarounas, head of performance at Colonial First State GAM; and, Andrew Kovacs, director of analytics for APAC at FactSet.


– G.B.