As Chief Investment Officer at Aware Super, Damian is committed to investing responsibly to grow member super savings and help them retire with more.
What is your role?
As Chief Investment Officer, I’m fortunate to lead a team of more than 70 highly experienced investment professionals. I have overall responsibility for the team, our investment strategy and investment options, and for ensuring our investments continue to deliver strong long-term returns while helping to improve our communities, economy and environment.
How does your role help Aware Super members?
A key part of my job is to ensure our investment decisions help grow and protect members’ retirement savings. Super is a long-term investment, so our focus is on creating strong long-term returns for our members.
What are you currently investing in?
The team has a consistent pipeline of investment opportunities, which are carefully researched to make sure they fit in our portfolio to help achieve our investment objective. In the last year alone, we’ve invested over $1 billion in renewable energy and low carbon technologies as part of our commitment to addressing climate change and supporting innovation. We’ve made significant commitments to affordable housing for key workers, adding new locations in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth.
More recently, we’ve invested in digital infrastructure, acquiring a 50% stake in Vocus group (telecommunications), and taking equity ownership in Spanish rental housing group, Vivenio.
“A key part of my job is to ensure our investment decisions help grow and protect members’ retirement savings.”
What motivates you?
Being part of the investment team responsible for delivering top performance and helping our members retire with more definitely keeps me motivated every day. I’m proud to lead such a highly skilled and dedicated group of investment professionals.
How we manage your investments
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