Robert Lee, MBus Admin, BSc
ChairmanRobert was appointed to the Maple-Brown Abbott Limited Board in October 2015 and in October 2018 he was appointed Chairman. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. During a 20 year career with Macquarie Group, Robert held senior roles within the equity capital markets, corporate finance and private equity groups. This included four years as managing director of Macquarie Direct Investments where he was responsible for overseeing four investment trusts with over $500 million of invested capital. Robert has served on the boards of numerous companies in Australia, the USA and Asia.
Sophia Rahmani, B Comm, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip App Fin, GAICD
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Sophia joined Maple-Brown Abbott as Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director in October 2019. Sophia has extensive leadership experience across financial services and asset management businesses within Australia and globally. Prior to Maple-Brown Abbott, Sophia was the Chief Operating Officer, Pan Asia, for Janus Henderson Investors based in Singapore, having previously been with Henderson Global Investors as Chief Operating Officer, Australia, from 2013. Prior to this, Sophia spent eight years with the Macquarie Group, principally in its asset management division, with experience across strategy, mergers and acquisitions, product and marketing. During this period she spent time based in Sydney, New York and Philadelphia. Sophia started her career as a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons.
Richard Grundy, B Ec CA
Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer
Richard joined Maple-Brown Abbott in 1994. He was appointed as an executive director and Chief Operating Officer in July 2008. Richard has management responsibility for the operations of the firm and has staff responsibilities for the research team. Richard completed the Senior Executive Program at London Business School in 2016.
Geoff Bazzan, B Bus ( Hons ) CFA
Executive Director & Head of Asia Pacific Equities
Geoff joined Maple-Brown Abbott in 1995. He was appointed as an executive director in July 2008. His responsibilities include equities analysis and portfolio management for Asia Pacific ex-Japan portfolios. He is also responsible for overseeing the international portion of our multi-asset portfolios. Geoff completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2015.