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Charles Kiefel

Charles Kiefel AM

 Distinguished Fellow

Charles (B. Com (UNSW), FAICD, FAICA, FINSIA) is the Chairman of The Principals Funds Management.


Over an 18 -year period, Charles founded and built a successful third-party marketing and distribution business in Australia and New Zealand, affiliating with several money managers and assisted to gather assets of more than A$18 billion, from major superannuation funds, insurance companies and corporate plans.


Charles was Chairman of the Military Superannuation and Benefits Board of Trustees No 1 for 10 years to August 2007. Other experience saw Charles working in London with Lazard Brothers & Co. Limited and in New York with Lazard Freres before returning to Australia as Director, Corporate Finance with Ord Minnett and then Managing Director of Corporate Finance at ANZ Investment Bank.


Between 2004 to 2007 Charles served as a non-executive member of the Pacific Equity Partners Australian and International Advisory Boards and Castle Harlan Australian Mezzanine Partners (CHAMP) Private Equity Fund II Review Board.


Since March 2018 Charles has served as Co-Chairperson of The Australian Advisory Board on Technology and Healthcare Competitiveness ( In November 2021 Charles was appointed by the Federal Government as a Board Member of the Clean Energy Regulator. In April 2022 Charles was appointed as a member of the Board of EC Pohl Asset Management as a non-executive Director.


From September 2018 to 2022 Charles served as the Australian Government representative to the Board of Directors of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC). In 2013 he was appointed as a Distinguished Fellow of the GFCC. In May 2024 The Principals Funds Management became a Corporate Member of the GFCC.


Charles served as a Non-Executive Director of charitable organisation The Menzies Foundation for 28 years 1986 to 2014. Previously he served as an honorary trustee member and National Committee Member of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Trust 1978 - 1979. He has also served as Non - executive Chairman, The Menzies Foundation Audit, Finance and Investment Committee and since 2014 he has remained a Member of The Council.


Charles has a long record of making contributions to the community and has been a generous philanthropist for many decades. In the USA, he is an Honorary Member of The Editor’s Circle of EconVue with its panel of experts on global macroeconomics, geopolitical issues and Asian countries including India.


Charles was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) June 2019 in recognition of his significant service to Australia-United States relations, and to philanthropy. Prior to this, in 2009 he had been awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to the Superannuation and Funds Management industries and as a supporter of charitable and educational institutions.

For a full CV, please read here.

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