Chris Cuffe, the philanthropy sector’s best-known recruit from funds management, will speak at the next UNHCR twilight briefing in Sydney next week.

Cuffe, the driving force behind Colonial First State throughout the 1990s, is now an executive director of Social Ventures Australia, a body which works with charities to improve their efficiency and fund-raising activities. Cuffe, who left Colonial in 2002 to head up Challenger Funds Management, retired from the industry in 2005 to concentrate on philanthropy. He has also become a trustee of the UniSuper super fund. At the UNHCR event, on October 23 at Challenger’s Sydney headquarters, Cuffe will talk about the difference between the way the funds management and not-for-profit sectors work and the implications for financial services companies as they consider investing more in ‘corporate and social responsibility’ principles. UNHCR is the United Nations Refugee Agency, the Australian arm of which has garnered considerable support from the funds management industry. Challenger is sponsoring the event. Information: or 0414 658 234.

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