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Arun Abey


BEc, BA (Hons) ANU, FFins Chairman and Co-Founder, Walsh Bay Partners Chairman and Co-Founder, ipac securities Director, The Smith Family, Chairman Finance & Audit C’tee Chairman ANU Advisory Board, College of Business and Economics

Arun Abey has had over 30 years experience as a financial adviser and wealth manager for individuals and institutions. As Chairman of Walsh Bay Partners he helps families, starting with his own, develop family strategy plans and to design and implement multi-generational wealth management strategies. He has also worked in academia, and has been an entrepreneur and a strategy adviser to some of the world’s largest firms. He is involved in a number of philanthropic and cultural activities and is the author of various international best sellers. What connects these diverse activities together is Arun’s passion for ideas that help people thrive: to enjoy happier, more meaningful and financially secure lives. Arun’s latest book, How Much is Enough?, draws on the latest behavioral research to explore the relationship between money and happiness. It has been published in various countries and languages and described by UCLA’s Professor Shlomo Benartzi as a book “that will change your life balance, not just your bank balance.” The ANU’s College of Business and Economics inducted Arun into its Hall of Fame in 2013 for meeting its criteria of “exemplary professional achievement and distinguished contribution to community.” For more, visit www.arunabey.com.

Bernie Bolger


B.Sc. (Pharm.) (Hons.) MPS; Dip. FS (Financial Planning); Master Counseling and Applied Psychotherapy (MCAP); Grad Dip. Family Dispute Resolution; Principal, Bernie Bolger Psychotherapy; Managing Director, Safire Consulting; Director, Collaborative Mediation Practice

Bernie Bolger works with families to help strengthen relationships and increase family well-being. Key to this is helping families develop the skills to have meaningful, and sometimes hard, conversations productively. She creates research-based strategies and rituals customized for each family, to embed behaviors that enhance well-being and foster family unity, while respecting the diversity and autonomy of each individual. Bernie has a Masters Degree in Counseling and Applied Psychotherapy, a Graduate Diploma in Mediation and Family Dispute Resolution and a Diploma in Financial Planning. She began her career as a community pharmacist, during which time she discovered her passion for counseling people. The success of her pharmacy business led to her being a multiple finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award. She is frequently asked to speak on radio, television and at major conferences on family well-being, relationships and money. For more, visit www.berniebolger.com.au.

Jay Kumar, Ph.D., M.A.

jayAs a renowned thought leader and public speaker, Dr. Jay Kumar expertly counsels organizations and businesses on harnessing the art and science of happiness for both short- and long-term success. Clients across the globe—from lean start-ups to large corporations—have benefited from his highly effective, easy-to-learn and scientifically proven insights and techniques. In addition to consulting businesses and individuals, Jay stays at the forefront of brain research as a respected university professor. He holds a Ph.D. in cognitive science and religious studies and an M.A. in international political economy and a concentration in international business from Columbia University. He has also pursued advanced graduate studies at Georgetown University and UCLA.

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