In the spirit of reconciliation Sohn Hearts & Minds acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.


The Sohn Hearts & Minds Conference is an annual one-day event which brings the investment community together for philanthropic purpose.

The conference is a rare opportunity for industry heavyweights, global thought leaders, fund managers, CIOs/CEOs and investors to be in one room, to network and access exclusive insights, whilst raising money for Australian medical research.

With deliberately disruptive programming, Hearts & Minds is an investment conference like no other. Taking inspiration from the highly regarded Sohn Conference Foundation which was established in New York in 1995. Sohn events are held annually in 10 cities around the globe, Hearts & Minds is proud to be the exclusive Australian affiliate.

our strategic partners

Commonwealth Private

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has partnered with the conference since its inception in 2016 and has been integral to our success. Through this partnership CommSec developed a bespoke event app, giving attendees a unique platform to engage with the ideas presented on the day, the CEO has appeared on stage and in 2020, Commonwealth Private is presenting the Virtual Conference.

Paul Ramsay Foundation

In 2018 the Paul Ramsay Foundation joined as a major partner, committing to dollar match all monies raised by the conference. This generous contribution doubles the impact we are able to make on the health of our communities. Learn more about the philanthropic objectives and innovations of the Paul Ramsay Foundation here.

The Sohn Conference Foundation

Partnership with the Sohn Investment Conference is intrinsic to Hearts & Minds. Held annually in New York since 1995, it is the original premier investment event, which is now hosted globally in ten cities. We are proud to be the exclusive Australian affiliate of this hugely impactful organisation.

Why 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.

Australia is a world-leader

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). **

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.*

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 to follow a career in science.

*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 (per capita data derived from OECD dataset) ** Access Economics. Exceptional returns: The value of investing in health R&D in Australia II. Canberra: Australian Society for Medical Research; 2008. Available from:

medical research institute partners HAVE INCLUDED

Shake It Up
Brain Cancer Collective
Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Victor Change
Black Dog Institute
MND Research Centre Macquarie University
MS Research Australia


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