Affiliated Experts

ACFS has a number of Affiliated Experts – university academics or industry experts that provide informal research backing to the Centre. Their profiles are listed below. Affiliated Experts are not employees and do not receive remuneration from ACFS.

Professor Hazel Bateman

Professor Hazel Bateman

Associate Head of School, UNSW

Hazel has research interests in the areas of public and private provision for retirement. Her current research investigates retirement saving, investment and benefit decisions; the structure, governance and performance of pension and superannuation funds; and effective public policy for an ageing society. Prior to joining the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Hazel worked as an economist in the Australian Treasury.

Hazel has been a consultant on retirement income issues to a range of Australian and international organisations including the OECD, the World Bank, the Social Insurance Administration (China), APEC and KIHASA. Hazel is a member of UniSuper’s Consultative Committee and in 2012-13 was a member of the Australian Government’s Superannuation Roundtable.

Hazel is a member of the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index’s Steering Committee and is an honorary advisor on the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster’s Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Professor Christine Brown

Professor Christine Brown

Head, Department of Banking and Finance, Monash University

Christine completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne and, prior to joining Monash University in 2010, held several positions at the University of Melbourne. She has also had visiting research positions at the University of Strathclyde, Queens University in Belfast and Manchester University.

Christine has served on the editorial board of three international journals, including the Global Finance Journal, and has consulted to the Australian Treasury and the Board of Taxation on security design and taxation issues. She has extensive experience in executive education, teaching for over ten years on the joint ANZ/University of Melbourne ‘Understanding Treasury Management’ program.

Christine’s main research interests are in corporate finance, derivative pricing, infrastructure financing including PPPs, and financial institution management. Christine has contributed to the ACFS Financial Regulation Discussion Paper Series and has also received a number of grants from the Centre.

Professor Gordon Clark

Professor Gordon Clark

Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Oxford University

Professor Gordon L Clark DSc (Oxon) FBA is the Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, with cross-appointments in the Saïd Business School and the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University. He also holds a Professorial Fellowship at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is, as well, Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University’s Faculty of Business and Economics and a Visiting Professor at Stanford University.

Previous academic appointments have been at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School (Senior Research Associate), the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School and Monash University. Other honours include being Andrew Mellon Fellow at the US National Academy of Sciences and Visiting Scholar Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst at the University of Marburg.

Professor Clark is a Cluster Project Leader in the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster, is a member of the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index Steering Committee and has delivered a number of presentations at ACFS events.

Alex Erskine

Alex Erskine

Managing Director and Founder, Erskinomics Consulting

Alex Erskine is Managing Director and Founder of Erskinomics Consulting Pty Limited, focused on promoting economic and financial development, both national and international. Mr Erskine can draw on lessons from four decades of economic and financial cycles, reforms and crises, seen in government, in financial markets and as a regulator. Most recently, he served six years as head of research with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), responsible for its economics and consumer market research team. With ASIC he helped lead some rethinking of the approach to securities regulation after the Global Financial Crisis.

He started employment at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney, then worked in progressively more senior roles with the Economist Intelligence Unit Limited in London, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra when the response to the Campbell Inquiry was being framed and implemented, and then Citibank (in Sydney and then Singapore) in the era of financial deregulation, before he launched Erskinomics, undertaking development assistance projects in post-Asian-crisis South East Asia.

Mr Erskine was a Visiting Fellow at the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre from 1999 until 2008, teaching a course on ‘the economics of financial markets’ in Asian and Australian financial centres to aspiring Masters of Applied Finance students. He has a BA in Economics and an MA from the University of Cambridge.

Mr Erskine authored the Stage 2 Funding Australia’s Future Paper Regulating the Australian Financial System.

Professor Terry Hallahan

Professor Terry Hallahan

Director, Teaching & Learning, Victoria University

Professor Terrence Hallahan’s research focus is the analysis of financial markets, in particular the performance of managed funds and the behaviour of investors. Professor Hallahan has 23 years’ experience in finance-related disciplines and has a strong record of innovation in teaching practice and integrating research into teaching. He has extensive experience in teaching and course coordination, at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, and is the recipient of a number of teaching awards. Prior to joining Victoria University, Terrence was head of the finance discipline at RMIT University.

Professor Rodney Maddock

Professor Rodney Maddock

Interim Director of ACFS, Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Vice - Chancellor's Fellow at Victoria University

Professor Rodney Maddock is the Interim Director of ACFS. He is also a Professor at Monash University and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Victoria University. Rod is currently President of the Economic Society of Australia’s Victorian Branch.In the decade to 2012 he was a senior executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Earlier roles included Chief Economist for the Business Council of Australia and Head of the School of Business at La Trobe University. He has a distinguished academic record with extensive academic publications and experience working in a number of countries. His main books include Rational Expectations, The Australian Economy in the Long Run, and Unlocking the Infrastracture. His ongoing research is in the areas of Finance and Australian economic development.

Professor Deborah Ralston

Professor Deborah Ralston

Professor of Finance, Monash University

Deborah Ralston is a Professor of Finance at Monash University and Cluster Leader for the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster. Previous appointments include Pro Vice Chancellor of the Division of Business Law and Information Science at the University of Canberra, and Director of the Centre for Australian Financial Institutions at the University of Southern Queensland. Deborah’s academic background is in economics and financial management and she has taught in the areas of economics, corporate finance, credit risk management, financial statement analysis and financial institutions management.

Her research interests include the impact of financial regulation, the strategy and management of financial institutions, and regional economic development. She has published widely in these areas and is a co-author of the text Financial Institutions Management.

Deborah is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and CPA Australia. She is the inaugural Chair of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee. Deborah was formerly a Director of Heritage Building Society (1992-2003), and is currently a Director of the listed mortgage broking company Mortgage Choice as well as the Self Managed Superannuation Funds Association (SMSFA).

Deborah was the Executive Director of ACFS from 2009 to 2015.

Professor Steve Worthington

Professor Steve Worthington

Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University

Professor Steve Worthington is an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University. He was previously Professor of Marketing at Monash University’s Department of Marketing from 2002 to 2013, prior to which he worked at several universities in the UK and in executive roles at a UK bank and UK supermarket group. At Monash, Steve taught Strategic Marketing in the MBA program and Relationship Marketing and Marketing Financial Services in the Master of Marketing program.

His research interests are focused on the distribution of financial services, particularly through the channel of payment cards. These topics are of interest to both academics and practitioners. His paper Banking Without the Bank in the International Journal of Bank Marketing was ranked 12th highest downloaded article in 2012 (and 2nd most downloaded in 2011) and remains the 4th highest in terms of immediacy. This focused on the opportunities and challenges facing new entrants into the financial services market, particularly from brands such as Tesco Bank and Virgin Money.

Professor Worthington wrote the ACFS Commissioned Paper Regulatory Interventions and their Consequences in the Australian Payment Card System and has presented at a number of ACFS conferences.

Dr Sam Wylie

Dr Sam Wylie

Principal Fellow, Melbourne Business School

Associate Professor Sam Wylie is Principal Fellow at Melbourne Business School. Sam’s research and consulting is focused on the investment management and hedge fund industries, especially performance measurement and incentives. Prior to joining Melbourne Business School, Sam had a varied and international career. Sam obtained his PhD from the London Business School. He also has a Master of Economics degree from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Western Australia.

From 1986-1992 he was an Intelligence Officer with the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. He was an Assistant Professor at the Tuck School of Business from 1997-2004 and his courses at Tuck were regularly rated among the best at a school renowned for teaching excellence. Sam’s work has been published in the University of Chicago’s Journal of Business. He is also regularly sought by media for expert comment on current financial issues.

Dr Wylie authored the Stage 2 Funding Australia’s Future paper Financing the Australian Business Sector and has presented at various ACFS events.