You don’t need to be brave or to take risks in the equity market to be rewarded.
You need fund managers who keep a close eye on the equities market and know how to respond. Quickly.

Active fund managers who are forever vigilant.

Since inception, K2 has brought together a team of investment professionals with a depth of knowledge and experience in local and global equity markets. It’s the knowledge and insight of the K2 team that enables us to deliver such strong returns.

Our people

  • Campbell Neal, Managing Director

    Campbell Neal, Managing Director

    Campbell is a co-founder and Managing Director of K2 Asset Management. In conjunction with this role, Campbell is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Australian and Asian investment strategies.

    Campbell was a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria before moving into financial services in 1986, when he became an Institutional Equities Dealer for Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers. Prior to founding K2, Campbell was an Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia Ltd, where he was Head of Australian Equities Distribution (Melbourne and Asia).

    Years in industry: 35 yrs 
    Years at firm: 22 yrs

  • David Poppenbeek, Chief Investment Officer

    David Poppenbeek, Chief Investment Officer

    David is the joint-CIO for the K2 investment funds. In conjunction with his responsibilities as joint-CIO, David dedicates his time managing an allocation of the Australian and Asian equity strategies.

    David previously held senior roles as Division Director Institutional Equities Sales for Macquarie Bank, Vice President Institutional Equities Sales for Bankers Trust Australia Ltd and a Quantitative Analyst at Daiwa Securities Ltd. David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) from RMIT.

    Years in industry: 30 yrs 
    Years at firm: 17 yrs

  • Bill Laister, Portfolio Manager

    Bill Laister, Portfolio Manager

    Over 30 years experience in the financial services industry as Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Australian Equities, Head of Trading and Resources Analyst. He has worked at several organisations as Senior Portfolio Manager at Contango Asset Management (initial shareholder, 1999), Head of Australasian Equities HSBC AM, Director Contango MicroCap Ltd (ASX listed), and various roles at Wilsons and Co and Morgans Stockbroking in the 1980s.

    Bill has been involved in resources analysis, portfolio construction and management through out his career. He was part of the first listed Australian MicroCap mandate in 2004 which saw FUM grow to be the largest in the local market. He has travelled regularly reviewing greenfield sites, mining operations and industrial growth opportunities. Bill joined K2 as the co-PM for the Annapurna Microcap Fund in September 2020. 

  • George Boubouras, Head of Research

    George Boubouras, Head of Research

    George is the Head of Research and Executive Director at K2. He joined the K2 team in January 2020 and has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

    George is also Director and Chairs the Investment Committee (IC) at Salter Brothers Asset Management (SBAM); IC member of Paua Wealth Management (Auckland) and Chairman of the International Centre for Financial Services (ICFS) at The University of Adelaide and part-time finance lecturer.

    Previous roles include CIO at SBAM, Managing Director (MD) and CIO at Contango Asset Management; Executive Director (ED) and Head of Investment Strategy and Consulting at UBS; CIO and Head of Asset Management at Equity Trustees; Senior Investment Manager at HSBC Global Asset Management; Investment Strategist at Macquarie Group; Economist at Westpac, NSW Treasury and SBC (now UBS); Director Blues Foundation at The Carlton Football Club and Director at Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF).

    Years in industry: 29 yrs 
    Years at firm: 1 yr

  • Marcela Tirado, Corporate Services Manager

    Marcela Tirado, Corporate Services Manager

    Marcela joined K2 Asset Management in March 2021 as Corporate Services Manager. She has previous experience in commercial banks, insurance brokering, financial services, funds management and registered training organizations.

    Marcela has a degree in Finance and International Commerce at Rosario University in Bogota, Colombia, Certificate IV and Diploma in Accounting at Lonsdale Institute and Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Business Administration in Melbourne.

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  • Hollie Wight, Chief Financial Officer

    Hollie Wight, Chief Financial Officer

    Hollie is Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of K2, responsible for all financial accounting and report preparation for both the operating company and the investment funds.

    Hollie was previously an accountant/auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hollie is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from RMIT.

  • Andrew Poppenbeek, Head of IT and System Development

    Andrew Poppenbeek, Head of IT and System Development

    Andrew joined the K2 team in 2010 as the Head of IT and System Development. He has spent his whole career developing equity portfolio software and databases.

    Andrew started his career at Daiwa Securities in 1992 and then moved to GMO Australia in 1995. In 1997 Andrew joined the Commonwealth Bank before commencing at MIR Investment Management in 2006. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma of Economic Studies (Econometrics) from Monash University.

  • DJ Lee, Legal Counsel

    DJ Lee, Legal Counsel

    DJ joined K2 Asset Managment in February 2021 as Legal Counsel with over 10 years experience in financial services, compliance and risk management.

     Having started her career as a business analyst with Macquarie Capital – Financial Products (now Macquarie Funds Group) in 2007, DJ has worked in funds management, trustee and custodian services as well as securitisation at Perpetual and Bank of New York Mellon respectively. Prior to joining K2, DJ was with the Wealth and Capital Markets group at Australian Unity advising the equity and property funds management teams as well as working on the group’s registry transition and operations projects.   

     DJ has a Bachelor of Commerce (International Business): Hons / Law from the University of New South Wales.

  • Lisa Sun, Financial Accountant

    Lisa Sun, Financial Accountant

  • Mark Tandiono, Accountant

    Mark Tandiono, Accountant

  • Freya Yin, Fund Accountant

    Freya Yin, Fund Accountant