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Mary Delahunty of HESTA announced as keynote speaker

To speak at AHURI's next one-day conference, Housing: the foundation for mental health

5 December 2019

Mary DelahuntyAHURI is pleased to announce the first keynote speaker for our next one-day conference, Housing: the foundation for mental health, being held in Sydney next February, in partnership with Mind Australia.

Mary Delahunty, the Head of Impact for HESTA, a leading industry superannuation fund working in the health and community services sector will deliver the opening conference address. HESTA recently announced a $20 million investment in an affordable housing project in Melbourne making them one of the first Australian super funds to invest in an affordable development to support key workers.

In announcing the development, HESTA CEO Debby Blakey acknowledged housing affordability as a social challenge and hoped the investment would be the first of many from the sector. “This investment provides a possible blueprint to help grow the supply of more affordable housing that could attract other large investors” said Ms Blakey.

As Head of Impact at HESTA, Mary Delahunty’s role covers corporate responsibility, responsible investing & advocacy. She has held senior roles in financial services organisations for over 15 years and is passionate about progressing responsible investment practices.

Mary is a 2015 Churchill Fellow awarded for the completion of international research on equity for women in pension systems. She is also the Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council for Gender Equality in the State of Victoria. The Council’s role is to advise the Minister for Women on the Safe and Strong equality strategy.

As a super fund focused on the health and community services sector, HESTA’s contribution to the conversation around mental health and housing will be welcome at the February conference.

View all confirmed speakers, and register for the conference here.