Who we are

Sohn Australia – Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference is Australia’s premier investor event. The conference attracts distinguished global and local investment professionals who share their expertise and exclusive investment ideas in an inspiring, one-day, fast paced format.

100% of monies raised are donated to our medical research partners.
Since its inception in 2016, Sohn Hearts & Minds has raised A$8 million for our beneficiaries.

You can watch our highlight videos from the 2017 conference here and our inaugural 2016 event here. We look forward to our biggest year yet in 2018!

A very big thank you to all of our speakers, partners, supporters, contributors and collaborators, who enable us to present such a prestigious event.

Our vision is to bring together the very best investment, scientific and philanthropic minds globally
to maximise medical research funding.


Our strategic partners

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) was an early supporter of the concept of bringing the finance community together to raise money for Australian medical research. CBA has been our major event partner each year. Through this partnership CommSec developed a bespoke app for the event, giving attendees a unique platform to interact with the ideas presented on the day.


Paul Ramsay Foundation

The Paul Ramsay Foundation’s strategic direction focuses on innovation, systems change, and a commitment to improving health and education outcomes for the entire Australian population, with a particular additional focus on some of our most disadvantaged communities.

Strategic Philanthropy: The Paul Ramsay Foundation the values and legacy of our founder, Paul Ramsay AO. While we recognise our development will be evolutionary, we’re committed to strategic thinking and proactive grant-making.

This year, the Paul Ramsay Foundation will generously dollar match all monies raised by the Conference effectively doubling our impact on the health of our communities.


The Sohn Conference Foundation

Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference was inspired by the Sohn Investment Conference, held annually in New York since 1995. It is the original and now premier investment event, hosted globally across ten cities. By partnering with The Sohn Conference Foundation we are able to build our global network and continue to bring the best investment ideas to Australia.

Why Support Medical Research?

Strong investment in medical research is the only clear and direct avenue to curing many diseases. Sohn Hearts & Minds recognises this and is the largest single fundraising event for medical research in Australia. Key reasons to support medical research:


Development of new medicine

Every person in Australia has benefited from the results of medical research, from the development of new drugs, vaccines, or procedures to prevent or treat diseases and safety testing of products.

Excellent return on investment

Medical research provides an excellent return on investment. Investment in medical research between 1993 and 2005 is estimated to have returned a net benefit of $29.5 billion to Australia. Every dollar invested in medical research returns on average $2.17 in health benefits.2


Australia is a world-leader

Australia produces quality medical research. Australian scientists are responsible for some of the world’s most important and  life-changing medical discoveries. Australia is ranked 8th in the world for producing the top scientific publications per capita (ahead of the U.S. and the U.K) 1

Support a new generation of researchers

To tackle the clinical problems of today, and those yet to come, we must find a way to support medical research and encourage our best and brightest minds follow a career in science.

1. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (2015). OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015. Section 2.6.1 The quantity and quality of scientific production. Geneva OECD. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933273656 (per capita data derived from OECD dataset) 2. Access Economics. Exceptional returns: The value of investing in health R&D in Australia II. Canberra: Australian Society for Medical Research; 2008. Available from: www.asmr.org.au/ExceptII08.pdf


Our medical research institute partners include

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (Victor Chang Institute) has earned its place on the global stage as one of the most respected heart research facilities in the world.  Internationally recognised for the quality of its discoveries, the Victor Chang Institute uses innovative transplantation techniques and conducts complex molecular and genetic analysis. A global centre-of-excellence, it integrates advanced stem cell research, regenerative medicine and bi-engineering using cutting edge technology. Heart disease remains the single biggest killer of all Australians. Victor Chang Institute rapidly translate their discoveries into new diagnostics, preventions and treatments of cardiovascular disease – reducing the incidence, severity and impact of heart disease.


MS Research Australia

MS Research Australia is the largest national organisation dedicated to funding and coordinating multiple sclerosis (MS) research in Australia, as part of the worldwide effort to solve MS. Its goal is to accelerate research: into the cause, better treatments and prevention, with the aim of ultimately finding cures for MS. Because of exemplary research governance principles, only the best and most collaborative MS research is funded. They rely on a small team of dedicated individuals to ensure the overheads are low and more fundraised dollars can be directed straight to the best MS research. Over 23,000 Australians are living with MS. 3 out of 4 are women.



Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) is the largest child health research institute in Australia and one of the top five worldwide. Our team of more than 1900 talented researchers is dedicated to making discoveries to prevent and treat childhood conditions. Many of our researchers are also clinicians at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where the Institute is based. Their research is informed by the problems facing their patients but it also means when a discovery is made, this is quickly transformed into practical treatments for children in the hospital.

MCRI research improves the lives of millions of kids each year. We research health conditions including diabetes, allergies, asthma, premature birth and mental health problems, which are on the rise in our children, and conditions including cancer and genetic disorders that remain unsolved.


The Black Dog Institute

As a medical research institute and not-for-profit the Black Dog Institute aims to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness. Their vision is of a mentally healthier world. In Australia each year, 1 in 5 people experience a mental health problem. The Black Dog Institute are pioneers in the diagnosis, early intervention, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and at the forefront of suicide prevention. They place research at the heart of everything they do, developing evidence-based education programs, clinical treatments and online mental health interventions for the community.


JDRF Australia

JDRF is the leading global organisation funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. 120,000 Australians are living with T1D, with nearly 2,400 new cases diagnosed each year. As well as directly funding the best research, JDRF Australia leverages its expertise to steer the scientific agenda and engage the brightest scientific minds to identify gaps and accelerate progress in the most promising research areas. The mission of JDRF is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.


This year our principal beneficiaries are: