A former international economic adviser to the US president, George Bush, is to open the upcoming Fund Executives Association (FEAL) executive forum in Melbourne on March 6.

Philippa Malmgren, who is president of the London-based Canonbury Group advisory business, will address the forum on the US political environment, inflation and the implications of the credit crisis. Malmgren, who is being brought to Australia by Deutsche Asset Management, was adviser to George W Bush during his last presidential election campaign. She subsequently joined the White House as special assistant to the President for economic policy of the National Economic Council. The annual FEAL executive forum, sponsored by third-party marketing group Apostle Asset Management, is being held at the Melbourne Business School, which is FEAL’s partner for specialist fund executive education courses. Only fund chief executives, their executive management team and direct reports are eligible to attend the forum. Other speakers include: . Don Ezra, the director of strategic advice for Russell Investment Group, on ‘Investing to Last a Lifetime’ . Michael Dwyer, chief executive of First State Super, Robin Burns, chief executive of EquipSuper, and Tony Lally, chief executive of Sunsuper, on ‘Unlocking the Value Within Super Funds’, and . Ian Williamson, associate professor, the Melbourne Business School, on ‘Defining Workplace Culture to Drive Competitive Advantage’. Information: www.feal.asn.au.