ASX celebrates International Women’s Day - 8 March 2019


ASX is proud to support International Women’s Day (IWD) for the 6th year and to continue its tradition of being the first exchange around the world to ‘ring the bell’ for gender equality.

Embracing the 2019 IWD theme #BalanceforBetter, ASX is partnering with 100 Women in Finance to invite senior female leaders in the investment management industry to share their experiences and advice with future leaders.

 Organised by Women in ETFs, UN Global Compact, UN Women, Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, IFC and World Federation of Stock Exchanges, ASX will also host the 5th annual Bell Ringing for Gender Equality, leading an event across more than 60 exchanges worldwide.

ASX promotes gender equality as a priority. In 2019 it was again named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).

  • Contributing to this recognition ASX
  • Sets gender diversity targets. In FY18, we exceeded our target of 40% female representation for all management levels
  • Supports the development of our women leaders through initiatives such as the Chief Executive Women Leaders Development program, which provides individual coaching for participants
  • Requires gender-balanced shortlists when recruiting all roles
  • Includes gender equality targets as part of an executive’s balanced score card and reviews the executive’s achievement against these targets when determining their short-term incentive
  • Embraces flexibility - more than 27% of employees have a permanent or formalised flexibility arrangement, with many more negotiating ad hoc arrangements
  • Has a gender-agnostic parental leave policy that supports primary and secondary carers - in 2018, ASX had a record number of male employees take parental leave
  • Conducts an annual pay equity review to identify any gender disparity, and remedy if required - this process has found ASX pays men and women the same for the same work
  • Supports Male Champions of Change, with our CEO a member.

ASX has also developed OWN: Our Women’s Network, a committed group of ASX employees leading the conversation on gender diversity at ASX. OWN focuses on four priorities:

  1. Community and giving back
  2. Education and embedding
  3. Talent and development
  4. Awareness and communication.

OWN has set the standard for employee-led interest groups and hosted numerous networking and speaker events. These have provided everyone at ASX, men and women alike, development opportunities and empowered thinking about gender inclusivity.


Female leaders in Investment Management

On Friday 8 March 2019, Louise Walker, Co-Chair Sydney Committee, 100 Women in Finance, will lead a discussion with three senior leaders in the investment management industry.

The leaders will share their experiences and advice on enabling better choices for the future. This will include their thoughts on achieving gender parity and driving balance to create a better working world.

100 Women in Finance is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic and educational initiatives, more than 15,000 members are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen member talent.




Emma Quinn
Senior Vice President, Global Co-Head of Equity Trading, Alliance Bernstein

Emma Quinn was appointed Global Co-Head of Equity Trading in 2014. Since joining Alliance Bernstein as a senior trader in 2001, she has served as head of Asia-Pacific Trading, head of Asia-Pacific Fixed Income and Australia Equities Trading, and head of Trading for Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to this, she worked as an equity trader at AMP Henderson Global Investors. Quinn holds a BBus in finance and business law from the University of Technology, Sydney.

She is currently a Director of AllianceBernstein Australia Limited, AllianceBernstein Investment Management Australia Limited, FIX Protocol Limited and FIX Protocol Trading Limited; an advisory board member of Quorum 15; a member of the Markets Advisory Panel for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; and a member of various Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association committees.

Emma was also a member of Asia Trader Forum from 2011 to 2016, and Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Committee of the FIX Trading Community from 2012 to 2016.

Rakhi Kumar
Senior Managing Director and Head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors

Rakhi Kumar is Senior Managing Director and Head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship at State Street Global Advisors.

She leads SSGA's efforts to strengthen integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process, and is responsible for developing the firm's ESG investment philosophy and global business strategy.

Rakhi also oversees all of SSGA's proxy voting and engagement activities, and is responsible for developing SSGA's thought leadership and voting guidelines in this area.

Prior to joining SSGA, Rakhi worked at the Proxy Governance, Inc., Institute of International Finance, Moody's Investors Service and Booz Allen, among other organisations. In 2017, Rakhi was honoured with the Abigail Adams Award by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus and was named on the Ten to Watch list of innovators and influencers in 2018 by wealthmanagement.com and on the Power50: Newsmakers list by the Boston Business Journal for her efforts to enhance gender diversity on company boards.

This year, Rakhi was named one of Boston’s Most 100 Influential People of Color by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Boston Foundation and Get Konnected!, and was recognised by the Financial Times and HERoes Champions of Women in Business 2018. Rakhi earned her MBA ('02) from Yale University and her Bachelors of Commerce ('95) from Bombay University. She has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India since 1997 and serves on the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at the Columbia Law School.

Lianne Buck
Head of Direct Investments at NSW Treasury Corp

Lianne is the Head of Direct Investments and Infrastructure at NSW Treasury Corporation where she is responsible for a portfolio of infrastructure and property investments valued over $12 billion. 

Prior to TCorp, Lianne was the Head of Unlisted Assets at NSW State Super. She was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Macquarie Group’s unlisted infrastructure funds, with responsibility for over $1 billion in capital.

From Macquarie, Lianne worked in Westpac Banking Group’s Specialised Capital Division, followed by a move to Hastings Funds Management where she was an Investment Director in the New York office.

Lianne holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Louise Walker
Co-chair, Sydney Committee, 100 Women in Finance & Head of Institutional Distribution, Brookvine

Louise joined Brookvine in May 2018 and has more than 25 years’ experience in funds management. 

Her experience includes roles as a trader, portfolio manager, fund-of-funds manager, investment specialist, head of product management, and various sales and client service roles.  Louise has focused on alternative investment strategies including a broad range of hedge funds, currency hedging and specialised credit strategies. As Head of Institutional Distribution, Louise is involved in all aspects of the fundraising process, from the search for investment managers and the design of investment products, through to raising funds from institutional investors.

Prior to joining Brookvine, Louise was Head of Sales and Investor Relations for CQS Australia. Before that, she spent more than 20 years at Macquarie Group where she was a Division Director.

Louise holds a BEc from University of Sydney, an MComm from University of NSW and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is a founding member of the Exco of CAIA’s Australian chapter.

Alicia Vidler
Co-chair, Sydney Committee, 100 Women in Finance

Alicia has over 18 years of trading and finance experience across the globe. 

She co-founded a London-based Artificial Intelligence hedge fund working as its CIO for over 5 years.  Previously a Director in Proprietary trading at Merrill Lynch, she also held senior roles at Bank of America and RiskMetrics Group.

Alicia began her career at Deutsche Bank in Sydney and has a BSc in Mathematics and Finance and studied for a PhD in Mathematics at Imperial College London. 

Alicia has a keen interest in applied AI to trading and FinTech more broadly. She is a founding member of 100 Women in Finance Sydney branch, and serves as there Co-Chairperson.


Ring the Bell for Gender Equality

ASX is a proud supporter of International Women’s Day and is pleased to continue our association as the first global exchange around the world to ‘ring the bell’ each year for gender equality.

In 2019, ASX was part of a global collaboration of 75 stock exchanges around the world to ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’. The event is a partnership between Women in ETFs, UN Global Compact, UN Women, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, the IFC, and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges. The aim is to bring attention to the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to raise awareness about the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs).

In 2015, the United Nations Member States put forward the 2030 Agenda which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals are a broader global initiative to address the global challenges we face including poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. Goal 5 is achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

UN Women and UN Global Impact produced the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business which present 7 steps that business and other sectors can take to advance and empower women. Support for the seven Principles has gathered global momentum with thousands of companies and therewith also contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.



More photos from the event



100 Women in Finance
100 Women in Finance is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field. Learn more at https://100women.org/

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative
The SSE initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies, can enhance corporate transparency – and ultimately performance – on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment. The SSE initiative is co-convened by four organisations – UNCTAD, UNEP FI, UNGC and PRI. To learn more about becoming a Partner Stock Exchange or participating as a regulator or investor, visit www.sseinitiative.org  Follow us on Twitter: @sseinitiative.

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)                 
The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks. Learn more at: www.unglobalcompact.org  Follow us on Twitter: @globalcompact.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality (UN Women)
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality. To learn more at: http://www.unwomen.org

Women in ETFs
Women in ETFs is the first women’s group for the ETF industry. Founded in January 2014, WE is a non-profit organization that brings together over 4,500 members, including women and men, in chapters in major financial centers across the United States, Canada, EMEA and Asia Pacific to: 1. CONNECT: Create opportunities for professional advancement of women by expanding connections among women and men in the ETF industry, 2. SUPPORT: Offer guidance for the current and next generation of women in ETFs and 3. INSPIRE: WE achieves this by organizing events at our chapters globally that support our goals of education, networking, philanthropy and idea sharing across the industry and beyond. For more information, visit: www.womeninetfs.com to learn more, join, or sponsor. Follow us on Twitter @WomeninETFs and on LinkedIn.

World Federation of Exchanges
Established in 1961, the WFE is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses. Headquartered in London, it represents over 200 market infrastructure providers. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 45,000 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $82.5 trillion (at end 2017). The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics, and publishes over 350 market data indicators.  Its statistics database stretches back more than 40 years, and provides information and insight into developments on global exchanges. The WFE works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and government organisations around the world to support and promote the development of fair, transparent, stable and efficient markets.