Colin Tate AM is an Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist. An investment industry media publisher and conference producer since 1996, Colin has launched and overseen dozens of print and electronic publications throughout his career.
Colin is the founder and chief executive of publishing company Conexus Financial. Established in 2005, Conexus Financial has grown to become Australia’s largest independent financial media and events organisation. Each year the company hosts more than 20 high-profile business forums in Australia and overseas attended by the leaders of the world’s largest pension funds. Conexus Financial produces three online publications, including the global website and strategy newsletter for global institutional investors Top1000Funds.com, Professional Planner for financial planners, accountants and private bankers in Australia and Investment Magazine for Australian superfunds and institutional investors.
Colin is founder and chair of The Conexus Institute, an independent, not-for-profit think-tank he established to be a catalyst for improved retirement outcomes for Australians. The Conexus Institute connects industry, academia, regulators and policymakers and applies a “research-for-impact” model to showcase the benefits reform and change and promote informed decision-making.
Colin served as a board member of Australia’s most high-profile homeless charity, The Wayside Chapel (2005-2012) and, as chair of fundraising, raised millions to help vulnerable and marginalised people sleeping rough on the streets of Sydney, to make a new start in life.
Colin and his husband Matt have been global investors in The Hunger Project since 2005. They are major investors in the Mbale community in Uganda where they have personally underwritten education, microfinance, agriculture and health initiatives to empower 60,000 people in 28 villages with the skills, knowledge and resources they need to break the poverty cycle themselves.
Colin is a financial underwriter for Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom (AJF). He has been a supporter and fundraiser for First Nations Foundation (FNF) and is a contributor to the Ripple of Hope awards, Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights Foundation in New York.
In 2021, Colin was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through charitable initiatives.