Dion HershanEXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN AND HEAD OF AUSTRALIAN EQUITIES
Dion is Executive Chairman and Head of Australian Equities. He is responsible for leading the Australian Equities team, and is a Portfolio Manager focussed on large cap equities.
Prior to transitioning to Yarra Capital Management, Dion was the Head of Australian Equities of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, a position he held since July 2007.
He was previously a Fund Manager at Citadel Investment Group based in New York where he managed a long/short portfolio. He also worked as an Analyst and Fund Manager for Boston-based Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for managing a diversified fund.
Before moving to the US, Dion worked at Boston Consulting Group where he undertook financial and quantitative analysis, project and client account management.
Dion holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York.
Edward EasonMANAGING DIRECTOR
Edward leads Yarra’s day-to-day operations and is responsible for the delivery of the Firm's strategic priorities.
Edward joined Yarra Capital Management in August 2021. He is an accomplished financial services leader, bringing more than 20 years’ financial services industry experience. He was most recently Chief Financial Officer, Enterprise Services, at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) where he had financial accountability for the CBA Group’s digital, technology and operations functions.
Before becoming CBA's CFO of Enterprise Services in 2017, Edward was an Executive General Manager at CBA, where he had overall responsibility for the bank’s global strategy function, working closely alongside the Board, CEO and Executive Leadership team. Before joining CBA in 2012, Edward spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Australian Financial Institutions Group (FIG), one of Australia’s largest and most successful FIG teams.
Edward has a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge.
Michael BerkNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael Berk is a Managing Director at TA Associates, where he co-leads the firm’s North America Services Group and focuses on investments in business and financial services companies.
He is a member of TA’s Core Investment and Portfolio Committees, and he also has responsibility for supporting TA’s Hong Kong office. Michael joined TA in 2004 and has approximately 20 years of experience in the private equity industry.
Michael serves on the Board of Directors of National IPA, Professional Warranty Service Corporation, SpeedCast International, Towne Park and Truck Hero. He also was actively involved in TA’s investments in AboveNet and Keeley Asset Management, and he formerly served on the Boards of Dealer Tire, Microban International and Triumph HealthCare. Prior to joining TA, Michael worked in private equity at JLL Partners and Frontenac Company.
Michael holds an AB degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Studies from Harvard College, a JD degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School.
Masato DegawaNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | SENIOR ADVISER, JAPAN
A former President and Head of Blackrock Japan, Masato is one of the Asia Pacific region’s most experienced investment professionals.
In addition to his former role with BlackRock, Masato has previously held senior positions with Société Générale Asset Management (Japan) and J.P. Morgan Asset Management. He began his career with Morgan Stanley.
As a Senior Adviser based in Tokyo, Masato is responsible for advising on Yarra Capital Management’s approach to distribution and expansion of the firm’s offer to existing and prospective clients in the Asia Pacific region, with a major focus on Japan. He is also a key point of contact for the firm’s fixed income and multi-asset fund client base in Japan.
Masato holds an MA from the University of Oxford and is a Chartered Financial Analyst®.
Michael GordonNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael has had a distinguished career in international investment markets, with a long and successful background working for some of the world’s pre-eminent asset managers.
A past Group Executive of Perpetual Investments, Michael began his career with Rothschild before moving to Schroders where he spent approximately nine years in a number of senior roles, including Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of its Australian business. His international experience includes 10 years with Fidelity International in Sydney, Hong Kong and London, where he became CIO, and two years with BNP Paribas Investment Partners as CIO of its Equities division, based in London. In addition to his role as Non-Executive Director, Michael serves as Chairman of Tyndall AM, an independent investment manager specialising in Australian value equities which is part-owned by the Yarra Capital Management Group.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Technology Sydney.
Mark LazbergerNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mark is one of Australia’s most accomplished investment management executives, with more than 35 years’ experience working with large and successful organisations across Australia, Europe and South-East Asia.
Mark was the Chief Executive Officer at Colonial First State Asset Management (Australia) Limited and First State Investments (now known as First Sentier) from 2008 until 2018. Prior to this, Mark was based in London and served as the President, International at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) with over $2trn in AuM. Mark, when based in Tokyo, was the Chief Executive Officer, President State Street Japan and Regional Managing Director of SSGA’s businesses in Japan, Asia, and Australia.
Mark is the current Chair of CFA Institute’s Board of Governors, a board member of the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia and Fisher Funds Management. He has served on a number of non-profit boards including Sydney Theatre Company and as Co-Chair of the Zero Childhood Cancer fundraising initiative.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a CFA charterholder.
Edward SippelNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ed is a Managing Director at TA Associates, where he is Co-Head of Asia and manages the Hong Kong office which he helped open in 2011. He focuses on minority equity investments, recapitalisations, and management buyouts of growth companies in the Asia Pacific region. Ed has lived and worked in Asia since 1997.
Ed has 20 years of experience in deal sourcing, due diligence, structuring, portfolio management and exits across numerous Asian markets. On behalf of TA Associates, Ed currently serves on the Board of Directors of SpeedCast Limited in Hong Kong (ASX:SDA), Nintex in Australia, YeePay in China, and was formerly on the Board of Directors of Forgame Tech in China, a TA Company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Previously, Ed was a Partner at Quadrangle Capital Partners, a global private equity firm. He opened the Hong Kong office for Quadrangle in 2007 and headed the firm’s Asian operations. Prior to joining Quadrangle, he worked at TVG Capital Partners as Managing Director and Partner, The Asian Infrastructure Fund, and Morgan Stanley based in in New York.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.
Tomoko UedaNON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tomoko is Global Head of Strategic Planning and Management Information at Nikko Asset Management. Based in Tokyo, she is responsible for the Nikko AM Group’s strategic activities, including joint ventures, partnerships and mergers & acquisitions.
Prior to joining Nikko AM in 2013, Tomoko was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch Japan Securities. Before joining Merrill Lynch, she was Head of Equity Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley, where she commenced her career in investment banking in London.
Tomoko previously worked at the United Nations in New York, having served in election monitoring missions in Eritrea and South Africa, and at Mercer Management Consulting in Boston.
Tomoko has an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and an MA and BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Katie HudsonEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF AUSTRALIAN EQUITIES RESEARCH
Katie is a portfolio manager focused on the small and midcap universe and, in addition, serves as the Firm's Head of Australian Equities Research.
Katie has more than 20 years of experience in investment markets, including roles as an equities research analyst and portfolio manager. Prior to transitioning to Yarra Capital Management, Katie was a portfolio manager and managing director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Katie has previously worked at JM Financial Group on individual managed account portfolios and at AR Capital, a long/short fund, where she was involved with investment strategy and portfolio management and as an equities analyst and partner at JBWere.
Earlier in her career, Katie spent seven years at PwC where she was a senior manager primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions advisory and transaction support.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Roy KeenanCO-HEAD OF AUSTRALIAN FIXED INCOME
Roy is a senior leader within the Fixed Income team at Yarra Capital Management, focusing on Australian Fixed Income and Credit.
Roy has over 30 years’ investment experience both in asset management and trading, specialising in credit products since 1995. He has been part of the investment management team for the Yarra Enhanced Income Funds since the Funds’ inception in 2002 and continues to manage these Funds. Roy is also co-portfolio manager to the Yarra Income Plus Fund.
Before transitioning to Yarra Capital Management, Roy was Head of Australian Credit at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1992, where he worked within the firm’s securities division as a price maker/trader in government and corporate bonds, and from 1997 served as Head of the Fixed Income Desk where he specialised in broking and trading high yield products. He joined the Asset Management division in 2008. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Roy worked for four years in the Investment Management Division of the State Insurance Office. In 1988, Roy moved to the Treasury Corporation of Victoria and specialised in liability management of debt products, both domestically and offshore.
Roy holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Swinburne University, Melbourne.
Darren LangerCO-HEAD OF AUSTRALIAN FIXED INCOME
Darren is a senior leader within the Fixed Income team at Yarra Capital Management, focusing on Australian Fixed Income.
He joined Nikko Asset Management in 2008 and transitioned to Yarra Capital Management in April 2021, where he is the Co-Head of Australian Fixed Income.
At Yarra Capital Management, Darren maintains overall responsibility for the flagship Australian Bond strategy and the Insurance & Customised Solutions segment of the Australian fixed income offering. He manages customised and market based benchmark mandates and has experience in managing liability portfolios and regulated asset portfolios.
Darren has 33 years’ investment experience, including 13 years with Perpetual Limited. Prior to Perpetual, Darren spent 7 years in various bank treasury roles.
Darren holds a Master of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Business (Finance and Economics) and is a certified PRM and FRM.
Rob BluzmanisHEAD OF DISTRIBUTION
Rob is responsible for the sales strategy and management of Yarra Capital Management’s Institutional and Intermediary Sales and Client Service team, and is a member of the Senior Management team.
Rob has over 20 years’ experience in asset management sales joining Yarra in April 2021, having previously been Head of Distribution at Nikko AM for the last six years. He has also held senior management roles as a Director at Blackrock Australia.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from Macquarie University, the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from FINSIA. He is a Fellow of FINSIA and holds the CIMA® designation.
Vito is responsible for leading Yarra Capital Management's Strategy, Product Development and Marketing functions.
Vito has over 20 years’ experience in Funds Management specialising in Distribution Product and Marketing (DPM). Prior to joining Yarra Capital Management, he worked at Challenger Financial Group, most recently as Acting Chief Executive of the Groups DPM function. He was previously Head of Retail across both Challenger and Fidante.
Vito holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.
Garvin LouieHEAD OF LEGAL, RISK AND COMPLIANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES
Garvin leads the Firm's Legal, Risk & Compliance and Human Resources functions.
Garvin has 15 years’ experience as a lawyer specialising in the funds and financial services industry. Prior to assuming the role as Yarra Capital Management’s General Counsel in January 2017, he was Senior Legal Counsel working within the Goldman Sachs Legal Department as the dedicated lawyer for the Australian Investment Management Division, covering both the Asset Management and Private Wealth Management businesses since 2010.
At Yarra, Garvin has either led or had senior involvement in a range of critical projects, including the Management Buyout, and transition of operations away from Goldman Sachs and into the Firm's own operating platform. In addition to having overall responsibility for Yarra Capital Management’s Legal, Risk & Compliance and Human Resources functions, Garvin is a Company Secretary to each of the Boards in the Yarra Capital Management Group.
Garvin holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne.
Joel FlemingPORTFOLIO MANAGER, MICROCAPS
Joel is a Portfolio Manager within the Australian Equities team, leading the Firm's Microcaps Strategy.
Joel previously spent seven years at UBS Asset Management, where he was the lead Microcaps Portfolio Manager and was responsible for the analysis of Australian emerging companies. His prior experience includes four years with ING Investment Management and three years at Allianz Global Investors-RCM as a Small Companies Analyst focused on ex-100 industrial companies. Joel began his career with Paterson Ord Minnett, Perth, where he covered emerging WA industrial companies.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA and is a Chartered Financial Analyst®.
Tim TooheyHEAD OF MACRO AND STRATEGY
Tim works closely with the investment team, advising on both the outlook for financial markets and asset allocation. He is also co-Portfolio Manager of the Yarra Income Plus Fund.
Prior to joining Yarra Capital Management, Tim was Chief Economist of Ellerston Capital’s Global Macro team. With more than 25 years’ industry experience, Tim is one of Australia’s most highly regarded economists. He previously spent 15 years as Chief Economist and Head of Macro Strategy Australia and New Zealand at Goldman Sachs, during which time he was named Australia’s number one economist in the Greenwich survey for 13 consecutive years from 2003-2016.
Tim has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne (Honours in Economics) and a Masters of Economics also from The University of Melbourne.
Michael SteeleCO-PORTFOLIO MANAGER, SMALL CAPS
Michael is co-Portfolio Manager of the Firm's Smaller Companies strategy and is responsible for analysing the consumer sector and ex-100 companies within the Australian equities team.
Michael previously spent nine years as an investment manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours) from The University of Melbourne.
Marcus RyanDEPUTY PORTFOLIO MANAGER, BROADCAP EQUITIES
Marcus is Deputy Portfolio Manager of the Yarra Australian Equities Fund and Co-Portfolio Manager for the Yarra Real Assets Securities Fund. He is responsible for research and analysis of real estate, healthcare and building materials securities.
Marcus previously spent 11 years as an investment manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he also covered real estate, insurance and building materials.
Marcus holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University, including abroad programs at Boston College, USA (Carroll School of Management) and the University of Ulm, Germany (Advanced Materials).
Edward WallerDEPUTY PORTFOLIO MANAGER, EX-20 EQUITIES
Ed is Deputy Portfolio Manager of the Yarra Ex-20 Australian Equities Fund, Co-Portfolio Manager for the Yarra Real Assets Securities Fund and is responsible for research and analysis of banks, diversified financials, infrastructure and utilities securities.
Ed previously worked for 10 years as an investment manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Prior to that he was a Research Analyst at Adviser Edge Investment Research where he analysed managed investment scheme projects across a broad range of agricultural industries.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours) from The University of Melbourne.
Charl MaraisSENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
Charl is a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for external manager research and multi-manager strategies on behalf of clients in Australia and New Zealand. He also looks after the ARK model portfolios for Separately Managed Accounts.
He has 21 years of investment industry experience from financial institutions in South Africa and Australia. He spent the first five years of his career as a stockbroker and portfolio manager (advisory and discretionary), followed by two years in risk management as a credit risk analyst. Charl moved to Australia in 2007, starting as a fund research analyst at Morningstar before joining Nikko AM Limited (then Tyndall AM) in May 2008, transitioning to Yarra Capital Management in April 2021.
Charl holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Stellenbosch, is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and a certified Financial Risk Manager.
Leo LeslieSENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
Leo joined Nikko Asset Management in 2012 and transitioned to Yarra Capital Management in April 2021.
At Yarra, Leo is responsible for managing high yield credit and loan investments, including the Nikko AM Australian LBO Loan Fund. He also has responsibility for credit analysis of various domestic and global issuers, focusing particularly on infrastructure-related credits.
Leo brings more than 30 years’ experience, across asset management and wholesale banking, both locally and offshore. He previously spent approximately 18 years with State Bank of NSW in various lending, relationship management, structured finance and workouts roles, both in Sydney and New York. This was followed by 6 years with Paribas Australia and BNP Paribas, including as a director in the Leveraged Finance Europe team, based in London. Prior to joining the business, Leo held senior credit roles with Maple Financial Group and Causeway Asset Management, where he had responsibility for assessing, structuring and managing bespoke private debt transactions for middle market borrowers.
Leo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance and Systems) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark O’NeillSENIOR INVESTMENT MANAGER
Mark focuses primarily on portfolio risk, analysis and the construction of Australian Equity strategies. Mark also shares responsibility for equity trading.
Mark joined Yarra Capital Management from Goldman Sachs Asset Management where he had worked since 1999, initially based in London working in the Risk Management and Analysis team.
He joined the Equity Portfolio Construction team in 2004 focusing on Global & European Equity strategies. Mark transferred to the Australian team in 2011.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) from Southampton Solent University, holds the Investment Management Certificate from the UK Society of Investment Professionals and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst®.
Ben LyonsSENIOR INVESTMENT MANAGER
Ben has over 15 years of experience in the equity markets, and is responsible for research and analysis on the Resources and Energy sectors.
Prior to joining Yarra Capital Management, he was a Portfolio Manager at boutique Australian fund manager ATI Asset Management, where he also conducted research coverage of the Resources and Energy sectors.
Previously Ben spent eight years on the sell-side, with senior analytical roles at Macquarie and Citigroup, formulating and communicating investment strategies for institutional investors in Australian and global metals and mining equities.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Monash University.
Chris RandsSENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
Chris joined Nikko Asset Management in 2011 and transitioned to Yarra Capital Management in April 2021.
He is a Senior Portfolio Manager focussed on portfolio management, including portfolio construction and trading, for multi-sector portfolios including the flagship Australian Bond strategy and the Insurance & Customised Solutions segment of the Australian fixed income offering. Chris also provides macroeconomic research, assisting the fixed income team with strategic direction and in formulating the macroeconomic viewpoints for portfolio positioning of the Australian Bond strategy.
Prior to becoming a portfolio manager, Chris was a credit analyst, as well managing the daily cash flows and all cash investments. He has 8 years’ experience in fixed income markets and previously worked as an associate analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.
Chris holds a Bachler of Commerce (Economics & Finance) and a Master of Applied Finance.
John SorrellSENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER
John joined Nikko Asset Management in 2008 and transitioned to Yarra Capital Management in April 2021.
He is a Senior Portfolio Manager focussed on the Australian credit market, and has 33 years’ experience in the fixed income market including 11 years with Credit Suisse First Boston and six years with Merrill Lynch.
At Nikko Asset Management, John maintained responsibility for the Australian credit process and strategy, as well as managing portfolios for the Credit Solutions segment of the Australian fixed income offering. He also had responsibility for credit analysis for the domestic and global universe of credit including corporate issuers, mortgage- and asset-backed securities and structured products.
John holds a PhD (Pure Maths), Master of Arts (Hons) (Pure Maths), Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Pure Maths).
Phil StranoSENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER, CREDIT
With an extensive career in asset management and institutional banking, Phil is a credit specialist with a deep understanding of the fixed income landscape.
In 10 years managing portfolios and 20 years analysing financial markets/securities, Phil has amassed extensive experience in all major credit segments. These include listed/unlisted, rated/unrated, investment and sub-investment grade, bonds/loans and derivative instruments.
Prior to joining Yarra Capital Management in May 2017, Phil spent 8 years with Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC) in senior roles managing credit portfolios. He previously spent approximately 4 years with Challenger as a Senior Analyst and a Portfolio Manager, following more than 10 years with National Australia Bank where he worked first as an Economist and Analyst before moving into the institutional banking team to cover credit.
Phil holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Latrobe University, a Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA) and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Management.
Tina EveristINVESTMENT MANAGER
Tina provides research and analysis on portfolios and fixed income and macro-economic activity within the Fixed Income team.
She also shares responsibility for trading across a range of fixed income, multi-sector and money market capabilities.
Tina has more than 11 years of experience in asset management, commencing her career in June 2006 at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. She has worked across a number of teams, including product development, client services, fund controllers and product management.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) from RMIT University, Melbourne.
Linda LuoINVESTMENT MANAGER
Linda joined Nikko Asset Management in 2019 and transitioned to Yarra Capital Management in April 2021.
She is responsible for undertaking fundamental credit analysis of existing and new issuers of loans and debt securities.
Prior to joining Nikko Asset Management, Linda was a Senior Associate in the Corporate Finance division of National Australia Bank, covering the telecommunications, internet and media sectors. Linda started her financial services career at the National Australia Bank, having joined the Business Banking Graduate Program in 2015.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Economics (Economics and Finance) from the University of NSW.
Nicholas CurtisINVESTMENT MANAGER
Nicholas is an analyst covering Top 100 consumer stocks within the Australian Equities team.
Previously Nicholas worked for four years for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), most recently as an Associate in the Institutional Business supporting client relationships in Victoria, South Australia, ACT and Tasmania. He was a member of GSAM’s Third Party Distribution team focused on client portfolio construction and business development. Nicholas joined GSAM as part of its Graduate Analyst program, which included a three-year training course run by Goldman Sachs University.
Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) from Monash University.
Olivia DaltonSENIOR INVESTMENT ANALYST
Olivia is an analyst covering Industrial companies within the Australian Equities team.
Olivia joined Yarra Capital Management after spending five years with AustralianSuper, where she was most recently an Equity Analyst covering Infrastructure and Utilities. Olivia previously worked in AustralianSuper’s Unlisted Infrastructure Team following completion of AustralianSuper’s two-year graduate program, during which time she had exposure to its Infrastructure, Property, and Fixed Income teams.
Olivia holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Finance from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Financial Analyst®.
Mathew is an analyst covering ex-100 companies within the Australian Equities team.
Prior to joining full-time, Mathew interned with Yarra Capital Management, gaining experience in the Equities, Fixed Income, Marketing and Distribution, and Legal and Compliance teams.
Mathew holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) from The University of Melbourne
David GilmourPORTFOLIO ANALYST AND ESG SPECIALIST
David is a client portfolio management analyst and is responsible for the Australian Equities team’s client communications. He also plays a pivotal role in the Firm's approach to ESG matters.
David was previously an analyst on the Fundamental Equity Client Portfolio Management team of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. David also worked as a financial journalist for more than two years.
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Journalism from The University of Melbourne.
Luke WyndPORTFOLIO ANALYST
Luke is a Portfolio Analyst and is responsible for assisting with the research and analysis of portfolios and macroeconomic activity within the fixed income team.
Luke joined Yarra Capital Management in January 2020 after completing his studies in 2019. During his studies, he worked in client services within the financial planning industry.
Luke holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Marketing) from The University of Melbourne.
Nick GreenDISTRIBUTION MANAGER - INSTITUTIONAL
Nick is responsible for developing relationships and bringing investment solutions to the Firm's advisory and institutional clients.
Nick previously spent five years with Goldman Sachs Asset Management as a Key Account Manager, responsible for leading the Australian sales team and developing business relationships with key accounts, dealer groups and platforms nationally and advisers within Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Nick has a Master of Applied Finance and Diploma of Financial Planning from Kaplan Professional Education and an Advanced Diploma in Business from the University of Southern Queensland.
Rommel is responsible for servicing the retail market, focusing onNational Dealer Groups, Platforms, Retail Investment Consultants and IFAs.
Rommel has more than 25 years’ industry experience. He previously spent almost 20 years with Challenger, where he helped develop, manage and implement the retail distribution strategy for more than 20 institutional groups and 200 IFA’s for Challenger Life and the Fidante Boutiques. Before joining Challenger in 2000, Rommel held roles with Citi, Associated Planners and National Mutual.
Rommel has a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investments from the Securities Institute.
Lisa WalkerSENIOR INSTITUTIONAL CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
Lisa joined Yarra Capital Management in April 2021, having been with Nikko Asset Management for the last four years.
Lisa has over 20 years’ experience in asset management. She was previously a Client Relationship Manager at Franklin Templeton and Client Relationship Manager at GMO Australia Limited, with a focus on institutional clients, and is a past Senior Asset Management Client Relationship Manager at Barclays Global Investors.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Marketing) from the University of Sydney, and a Master in Applied Finance & Investments from FINSIA.
Kazuya is responsible for supporting Yarra Capital Management’s Japanese clients. He joined Yarra Capital Management in November 2017, and brings more than 30 years’ experience in Japanese markets.
Kazuya was previously at Daiwa Asset Management, where he was a Senior Fund Manager based in Tokyo, responsible for the supervision of fund managers in the Bond Advisory team. He previously managed one of the firm’s largest bond funds.
He previously spent 10 years with Citibank based in Tokyo, where he was a Senior Foreign Exchange Trader.
Kazuya has a Bachelor of Economics from Keio University, Tokyo.
Michiko FisherDISTRIBUTION AND INVESTMENT SPECIALIST, JAPAN
Michiko is responsible for supporting Yarra Capital Management’s Japanese clients.
She transitioned to Yarra Capital Management in April 2021 from Nikko AM, where she had worked since 2015 to lead cross-border initiatives as Product Specialist and had overall responsibility for cross-border investor relationships.
Her past experience includes working as a business development manager across Asia and Europe for Tokio Marine Asset Management, working in private equity placement and advisory for a boutique firm in Hong Kong, and roles with Cambridge Associates and Nomura Asset Management Asia. She also has experience working in the front office at Prebon, Cantor Fitzgerald, ABN AMRO, and Bear Sterns M&A division.
Michiko has a Master of Business Administration (Finance and Accounting) from Nottingham University Business School.
Miyuki KriharaCLIENT SERVICES JAPAN
Miyuki is responsible for supporting Yarra Capital Management’s Japanese clients.
She has more than 10 years of marketing communications experience in retail funds management, most recently working as an Acquisition Marketing Specialist in Tokyo for Legg Mason where she had responsibility for marketing and sales documentation.
Miyuki holds a Graduate Diploma of Marketing from Swinburne University of Technology.