Lecturers

Lecturers

The MAFC teaching faculty is one of our greatest assets and something that sets us apart from other programs. Each of our faculty has extensive relevant industry experience as well as appropriate academic credentials. They bring real world experiences to the classroom and demonstrate how finance is applied in day-to-day business.

Industry advisors, who are also experienced finance practitioners and experts, support our faculty. These advisors are members of program-specific groups who provide current, relevant, and valuable advice.  

Together our faculty and industry advisory groups ensure that our graduate applied finance programs remain the finance industry’s premier educational programs, meeting the needs of professionals operating in Australasian and global markets. 

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View profiles of our teaching faculty, below.

He has worked in both Australia and Canada for insurance companies, investment management firms, and in software development and consultancy and is now a consultant and company director, working in Australia and Asia.

Frank is a regular presenter at industry seminars and colloquia, and is a past President of the Q-Group Australia. Frank also plays a key role in MAFC’s Executive Education program, designing and delivering in-house, tailored courses to companies and financial institutions across Asia Pacific.

Research interests:

  • Behavioral finance, especially applied to risk management and asset management
  • Enterprise Risk management, including firm culture, corporate governance and strategy
  • Robustness of investment portfolio construction techniques
  • History and philosophy of economics applied to risk management
  • The statistical underpinnings of Applied Finance.

Prior to this David ran his own boutique advisory business, St Davids Rd Advisory, consulting primarily to wholesale investors, asset managers and corporate organisations across a range of different areas including hedge funds, portfolio and risk management, strategy and governance.

David also worked for 12 years at Colonial First State, the last six of which he ran the Hedge Funds business. David has previously worked in risk management, fixed interest portfolio management and corporate finance roles across the banking and funds management industry.

David is one of the founders of and a regulator contributor to Cuffelinks, a free newsletter focused on financial education.

David is a PhD candidate at UNSW where his thesis explores aspects of multi-period portfolio construction.

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Alison joined BHP Billiton in 1998, and worked in Treasury (Melbourne and London) in both a Front Office and Corporate Finance capacity, as well as in Group Reporting (Melbourne and Singapore) and Marketing (The Hague), where she received extensive exposure to commodity price risk management.

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His particular interest is Value Based Management i.e. assisting firms create and deliver shareholder value through strategy development, strategy implementation and governance.  His consulting career includes being a partner with LEK Consulting and Mainsheet Corporate as well as senior experience with Marakon Associates and Andersen Consulting.

Steve was a co-founder of a successful business that offered business valuation services.  The work included Independent Expert Reports, expert witness work on valuation and cost of capital, independent expert advice on cost of capital for infrastructure regulatory pricing, valuation of unlisted infrastructure for funds managers and superannuation funds, tax related valuations and M&A advice. 

He continues this work under his own consulting firm.

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He has managed both passive and active equity and bond portfolios and has experience working in London, Sydney and Melbourne. Currently he consults in the area of portfolio construction and risk management.

His background is in econometrics and statistics and his approach to investment management follows a largely quantitative and evidence based approach. He has a Master of Environmental Studies from Melbourne University, with a focus on the use of ESG measures in Superannuation.

For the last 15 years she has focused on education including financial markets training for investment banks in Sydney, as well as teaching undergraduate and post-graduate courses at Macquarie and elsewhere. Her research interests are in behavioural economics and crowd theory.

Paul became J.P. Morgan's Australian Director of Research in 2001, having relocated from London where he was Senior European Strategist and Head of Research for Robert Fleming.  In 2008 Paul became J.P. Morgan's Australian Equity Strategist and he added coverage of the Telco sector in 2012.  Paul taught Corporate Finance at MAFC between 2007 and 2009 before rejoining the Centre in 2015.

Nick has managed key relationships with some of Willis Towers Watson Australia’s largest clients for over 18 years. He leads several large scale projects providing strategic advice across investment option design; member risk tolerance; assessment of retirement adequacy; dynamic lifecycle strategies; default retirement income strategies and generation of retirement income estimates.

Nick is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and is a member of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA)’s Super System Design Policy Council. He was a member of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia’s Superannuation and Employee Benefits Subcommittee (1999–2005), and Chairman of its Executive Options taskforce (2000–2004).

Tony has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate finance and strategy, including project evaluation, financial strategy, debt management, financial risk management, strategic portfolio analysis and the development and execution of growth strategies. He managed a number of large acquisitions and divestments both in Australia and overseas, and a number of large scale balance sheet restructurings. Tony has also completed consulting assignments for a number of large Australian companies. Tony completed his PhD at Macquarie University in 2015.

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His experience spans corporate advisory, initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged finance and management buy outs.

Haijin's professional skills & strength:

  1. Extensive training in Enterprise valuation, risk assessment, E-commerce & IT audit, derivative & currency trading, corporate lending, tax issues for cross border transactions
  2. Knowledge of financial modeling, MS Office, audit/tax/ accounting/ statistics software
  3. Fluent in English and Chinese (Mandarin & Shanghai Dialect, some Cantonese)

He is also currently a trustee director of leading superannuation fund QSuper, where he sits on both the Product, Services & Advice Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Al is an MAFC Master of Applied Finance alumnus and has previously worked for Macquarie Bank, BT and Schroders. In his current role as Global Head of Multi-Asset for Nikko AM, Al is responsible for the research and portfolio construction of all asset allocation solutions across the Nikko business.

More recently Anne was the Education Director at the Centre for International Finance & Regulation and is currently a member of AFMA's Accreditation Advisory Board. Anne has more than 10 years of experience in delivering graduate education programs to finance professionals.

Anthony is currently Research Director at Redpoint Investment Management and a member of Redpoint’s investment committee.  Prior to Redpoint, Anthony was a co-founder of Continuum Capital Management.  In this role he was jointly responsible for all facets of investment research, systems development and contributed to portfolio management and trading.  Prior to Continuum Anthony spent 10 years with GMO where was a partner and Head of Australian Equity Research at GMO Australia Limited.  

These roles have encompassed all aspects of the investment process including product design, stock selection strategies, portfolio construction, risk management and trading.

Dan was formerly an Associate Director with a large Australian fund manager and has extensive experience in managing portfolios and developing new investment products. He has also consulted to a wide range of enterprises on the use of derivative instruments and the application of investment concepts.

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Lawrence also serves as Head of Corporate Banking Relationship Management of BMO Greater China which is responsible for end-to-end delivery and growth of a development and management, strategy and planning. Lawrence has over 12 years working experience in Banking industry, Prior to joining BMO in 2012, he served as Director of Corporate Banking Department and Deputy Branch Manager in Beijing at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group. Mainly focusing on business development of Northern China area and involved in daily management works as well in Beijing Branch. 

Lawrence started his career with Standard Chartered Bank in 2004 as senior manager in Corporate Banking Department, then promoted to vice director in year 2007. 

Lawrence graduated from Capital University of Economics and Business in 1998 with Major in Economy. In 1999, he went to New Zealand for further study, received his Ph.D. degree in Finance from the University of Auckland in 2004 and Master of Science degree in Finance in 2001. Mr. Fu also received his CFA certification in year 2008.

Prior to that, Luke worked at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in both Institutional Equities and Market Risk Management, with responsibilities including managing all CBA market risk models and overhauling CBA’s model policy. Luke has also previously worked for eight years at the Reserve Bank of Australia, at which he represented RBA at numerous international conferences.

Luke holds a PhD in economics from The Australian National University, with research interests in financial risk management, economic growth, micro and macroeconomic performance, and international finance.

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He was a partner of King & Wood Mallesons (and its predecessor firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques) for over 27 years, and since retiring from the firm in 2014 has taken up a number of roles in academia, the banking and finance sector, charities and not-for-profit organisations. His current roles include being a director of the Australian College of Theology, G&C Mutual Bank, NCNC Funds Limited (and the Archbishop of Sydney’s New Churches for New Communities Committee), Olive Tree Media and Opportunity International Australia.

She is currently an Executive Director, Consumer & Industrial, Corporate Client Coverage Group at ICBC International Capital Limited. She covers consumer and industrial sectors for all investment banking services such as M&A, ECM and DCM.

Formerly, Cecilia worked as Director at ING Bank where she advised both Chinese and international firms on strategy formation, execution, valuation, and negotiation of M&A deals. Her clients included state-owned enterprises, private companies, listed companies, MNCs and private equity firms. Cecilia has also worked at Houlihan Lokey, an independent, advisory-focused, global investment bank, where she specialized on China related cross-border deals.

Before commencing her investment banking career, she worked for Agricultural Bank of China.

Cecilia is  a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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He advises and finances clients from a range of industries including resources, transportation, energy and infrastructure, in relation to a diverse range of banking, capital and financial markets solutions tailored to their needs.

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Paul spent 10 years working in the financial industry in Switzerland, before moving to Australia, where he established the Research and Risk Analysis function for one of the financial regulators, before moving back into the commercial world.

Prior to his career as an investment banker, Edward worked as a management consultant and an accountant at Big Four accounting firms. Edward earned both his Master of Accounting and BBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S. He is a certified member of AICPA.

During his career in consulting, he worked on valuation projects and business strategy for firms from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan. He was an Examiner for several professional institutes in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers.

He held roles including Senior Vice President in the Corporate Treasury division of Citigroup. His industry experience includes responsibility for funding, managing currency and interest rate risks, liquidity management, funds transfer pricing and capital planning.

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He has worked with board and senior level management of large international financial institutions to develop strategies for applying IT to their expanding businesses and with all levels of operational management to deliver business change.

Aaron has over 20 years’ experience as an investment strategist and researcher, across a wide range of asset classes. In his previous roles across CFSGAM, IAG and Macquarie, Aaron has been responsible for the evaluation and strategic development of investment capability; portfolio manager of $5.5bn of Australian Fixed Interest; a diversified fund portfolio manager; tactical asset allocation strategist; and an economist. He was also a member of the advisory committee to the FTSE ASFA Australia Index at the time it established the first after tax returns performance index for the equity market in Australia

Aaron has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 2003, is a Fellow of FINSIA and is a holder of the (US-based) Retirement Management Analyst (RMA) designation. He is currently the chair of the editorial board of JASSA. Aaron was awarded the University Medal for Economics from the Australian National University

In this role he had accountability for the geographic strategy to deliver the full suite of wholesale banking products (debt and related hedging products, foreign exchange, carbon, energy & commodities, transactional banking and trade finance offerings) to the bank’s Queensland corporate and institutional client base.

Subsequently, Christine returned to the US and joined GE Franchise Finance’s sponsor underwriting team and relocated with GE to Sydney to work at GE Capital. She is currently a Director in the Institutional Bank credit team at ANZ.

Chrissy is a graduate of UCLA where she majored in Business Economics and Minored in Accounting.  She has her MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Pepperdine University.

In 1996 he joined J.P. Morgan's innovative structured credit products group and was instrumental in developing the then nascent credit derivative and securitisation businesses. In 1998 he became the head of Credit Derivatives and Structured Credit Sales in North America. As the market developed Andrew took a more and more active role in shaping its course. He became Global Head of Structuring and Distribution in 2001 and drove the creation of the Credit Derivatives Indices iTRAXX and CDX. In addition to structuring and distributing transactions, Andrew became an industry spokesperson and contributed to the early development of the legal and regulatory framework. In 2004 Andrew moved to London where he was instrumental in the establishment of the tradable Tranched Index Market. Andrew diversified his expertize by joining the Bank of Nova Scotia as CEO of Scotia Capital Europe where he ran their capital markets businesses in Europe and Asia and helped navigate the bank through the credit crisis.

Andrew left Scotia in 2009 to move to Australia and create Albatross Capital Advisers where he has been Expert Witness for cases relating to the capital markets, he has advised asset managers on the valuation of complex portfolios of assets and conducted many classes for Financial Institutions, Universities, Financial Bodies and the Financial press in Australia, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. Andrew is also Governor of the Steve Waugh Foundation.

Stephen focusses on major valuation projects including advice on mergers and acquisitions, Independent Expert's Reports, and valuation advisory projects for other commercial purposes.

During his career Stephen has provided clients with corporate finance advice, pre-acquisition due diligence reviews, valuations, structuring advice and feasibility studies in respect of companies operating across a broad range of industries throughout Asia

Stephen has a special interest in the Energy and Resources sector and is particularly interested in the rapidly evolving energy sector, challenges facing the resources sector; and supply and demand pressures in the eastern Australia energy markets.

Stephen is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Business Valuation Australia journal.

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In addition, he has 15 years (part time) experience in lecturing and training for the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).

David's work has generally concentrated on acquisitions and sales of businesses, takeovers, restructurings, debt and equity raisings and advice to governments. As an adviser he has had major involvement in more than 100 substantial transactions and assignments including over 35 takeovers and mergers and more than 30 asset sales. In recent years he has taken on the ownership and rehabilitation of an old family grazing property in the NSW Central West as well as undertaking occasional finance assignments (chiefly litigation-related).

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She now teaches courses in Financial Risk Management in the Master of Applied Finance program. She is responsible for all courses in the Risk Management specialisation and has been teaching in Singapore and Australia for more than 20 years. In that role she has gained a broad knowledge of all aspects of risk (credit, operational, liquidity, market).

Dr Sheedy has enjoyed a long association with PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers' International Association) and co-edited The Professional Risk Managers' Handbook. In previous years her research focussed on quantitative risk modelling. More recently her research focus has shifted to the role of governance and culture in determining outcomes for banks.

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She also recently served on the national committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants' Business Valuations Special Interest Group.

Manda is also experienced at leading corporate transactions including overseeing both private and public company mergers and acquisitions, undertaking due diligence reviews and assisting companies with capital raisings and stock exchange listings.

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He was also the Head of Quantitative Research (Hedge) for MIR Investment Management (2007-2011) and a member of their Investment Process Committee.

Rob is a founding member and currently Vice-President of the Q Group Australia and for many years a member of the Advisory Board of The Research Foundation of the CFA Institute. He joined the Centre following academic appointments at Princeton University and the Australian Graduate School of Management. Prior to that his industry experience included 15 years with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Rob has supervised eight PhD students to completion, two of whom were awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence.

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Peter is also involved with providing retirement adequacy and related services to various entities in partnership with Chris Condon, as well as undertaking industry consulting assignments.

Formerly, he has held roles such as Head of Investment Research at Constellation Capital Management, Head of Structured Investments Group at County and also at Westpac and DBSM - where he was responsible for managing equities, fixed interest and protection mandates. Peter also undertook financial forecasting and balance sheet modelling assignments, for a wide range of insurers and other financial related entities, to determine P&L, capital adequacy, and risk assessment and management.

Peter founded the Q Group Australia and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Panels of two industry journals.

Prior to joining Advent Partners, Symon was a corporate advisor with KPMG in Melbourne where he specialised in advising companies on capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds and restructurings.

James’ previous roles have covered both domestic and offshore capital market roles, as well as domestic derivatives and foreign exchange sales roles.

James is active in various industry forums and associations.

Since leaving TP Chris has studied and taught ethics; his major interests are in business and professional ethics, and the relationship between faith and economics.  He is or has been a member of a number of boards and committees in both the for profit and not for profit sectors.  Chris is an Honorary Fellow at the Applied Finance Centre, and has the following qualifications and professional memberships: BTheol, MA, FIA, FIAA, Hon FASFA.

Chris teaches Ethical Risk in Finance jointly with Gordon Preece, and the ethics component of Professional Practice.

David has acted for many of Australia's leading development and construction companies as well as participating in numerous private and public capital raisings for a wide range of businesses and industries.

In that capacity he has undertaken a variety of roles not solely as an advisor but also as a principal, where he has lead the establishment of consortiums to undertake infrastructure projects in Queensland and Victoria. His experience places him in a unique position to provide practical and pragmatic advice , especially in relation to projects involving diverse stakeholder groups and interaction with all levels of Government and associated agencies and departments.

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Roland was formerly Head of Research Strategy and member of the Investment Committee at CP2, a global investor specialising in listed and unlisted infrastructure and global equities and was a Portfolio Manager for International Equities at Hunter Hall International Ltd.  Roland also led the Corporate Advisory team at Capital Partners Pty Ltd, after joining as an Equity Analyst.  His previous roles encompassed equities research, leadership of asset acquisition teams, and advice on valuations and establishment of costs of capital for pension funds and regulated entities.

Roland's expertise includes a long background in corporate finance, multi-asset strategy, and construction of global investment portfolios.  Prior to joining the investment industry, Roland was in academia with a background in Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, and Corporate Governance.

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Prior to GE, she was Assistant Vice President with JPMorgan in Singapore in Treasury Liquidity and Investment Product Management covering Asia Pacific, and was Chief FX Trader with Bank of America in Beijing, rotated in credit, finance, cash management and trade finance. 

Jane is Certified Treasury Professional from Association for Financial Professionals, and holds FX Trader Certificate from China Foreign Exchange Trading Centre.

Prior to this Maria worked with DT Capital, another private equity firm that provides growth capital to early and expansion stage companies in China.

Maria’s experience covers most aspects of private equity including deal sourcing, evaluation, structuring, execution, post-investment management and exit. In terms of private equity investments, she integrates International best-practice norms with China’s unique business environment.

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