AIST Superannuation Investment Conference

Rising Star Award

Applications for the 2018 award are now open. Complete the nomination form to enter. 

Nomination Form →

Congratulations to Charles Wu from State Super (SAS Trustee Corporation), the 2017 Rising Star.

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L to R: Ian Manton-Hall (Hermes), Charles Wu (winner) and Eva Scheerlinck (AIST)

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What is the Rising Star Award?

The Investment Rising Star Award fosters and encourages young investment professionals to aspire to be the next generation of investment leaders in the superannuation industry. 

This award recognises the demonstration of leadership and innovation through the investment process with the members best interest being at the forefront of decision making. 

The winner of this Award will have the industry following their career as they grow and progress.

What is the prize?

The winner of the Investment Rising Star Award will receive a strategic leadership study tour in the UK. 

The study tour will include visits and workshops within UK pension schemes such as the BT Pension Scheme, investment management firms and industry bodies. The tour will be finalised in consultation with the recipient and participating organisations at the conclusion of the ASI conference.

The prize is to be taken at an agreeable time frame before June 2019 and includes return economy flights, accommodation and study tour program content for 7 days (maximum reimbursement of up to $10,000 AUD payable on receipt verification inclusive of GST).

Nomination Criteria

Answer in 200 words or less (for each point):

  • Provide detail/examples on how the nominee has demonstrated leadership within their team or organisation.
  • Provide detail/examples on how the nominee has demonstrated investment innovation.
  • Provide detail/examples on the nominee's contribution to community awareness of superannuation.
  • Provide detail/examples on why you believe the nominee is a 'rising star' and/or has the potential to be a CIO of the future. 


The Investment Rising Star Award comprises a judging panel of industry experts in the investment field, as well as external experts. Each question is worth 25% resulting in a possible score of 100%.

Rising Star Award Terms and Conditions:

  • The winner must be employed by an AIST registered member fund at the time of nomination
  • The winner must be employed by an AIST registered member fund at the time of undertaking the Study Tour
  • The study tour is to be undertaken at an agreeable time frame between Hermes Investment Management and the prize winner before 30 June 2019
  • The prize is not transferable to another person or another event
  • The prize is not transferable for another time beyond 30 June 2019
  • The prize is not redeemable for cash, credit or product
  • The total prize is for a maximum reimbursement of up to $10,000 AUD payable on receipt verification inclusive of GST and includes:
    • Study tour program content
    • Return economy airfares to and from any Australian Capital City to the UK
    • Maximum 7 nights’ accommodation
  • In the event of war, terrorism, state of emergency, disaster or any other circumstance beyond the control of AIST and Hermes Investment Management, AIST and Hermes Investment Management reserves the right to either cancel or reschedule the study tour, or to change the itinerary, including destinations as they see fit.

What is not included:

  • Travel insurance, passport/visa fees, transfers, extended travel or accommodation outside of the 7 day study tour program, any costs incurred by partners or guests travelling with the prize winner.
  • Any incidental costs outside of the items outlined in the terms and conditions will be at the prize winners expense. For example, but not limited to, meals, incidental charges in the hotel, taxis etc.