Staff

Professor Deep Kapur

Professor Deep Kapur

Director

Deep Kapur is a Professor of Practice at Monash Business School and Director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies. Before assuming these positions in November 2017, he worked in the investment industry for 28 years in institutional portfolio management, principal investing, research, advisory and business administration. He has held Managing Director positions with Salomon Smith Barney, Citigroup Global Markets, Daiwa Capital Markets and with the event-driven hedge fund group Symphony Financial Partners.

Deep Kapur’s institutional investment experience spans both systematic and discretionary strategies across all major asset classes. He has practised activist investing, managed asset allocation portfolios for institutional clients and run large teams in investment banks developing systematic alpha strategies, risk management tools, and portfolio trading applications. Early in his career, he advised large institutions on investment strategy and asset-liability management. More recently his research and principal investing interests have expanded to venture capital, illiquid credit, alternative finance and impact investing.

During his tenure in the research department of Salomon Brothers and successor companies, he and his team received top ranks in the Institutional Investor surveys multiple times. He has intellectual roots in behavioural finance, having earned a PhD degree in Economics in 1989 from the Australian National University for a thesis that argued against the efficient markets hypothesis. At various times during his career, he has commercialized insights from academic research.

Dr Nga Pham, CFA.

Dr Nga Pham, CFA.

Research Fellow

Nga joined ACFS as a senior researcher in March 2018. Prior to that, Nga has over 15 years of experience in financial education, research and advisory services in various areas of finance such as corporate governance, investment and portfolio management, corporate finance and international finance.

Nga was a lecturer in Finance at Hanoi University. During her time there, Nga had been through various managerial roles including the Head of Finance Department, Vice Dean and Dean of the Business Faculty. She was also the Executive Director of the Joint program between La Trobe University and Hanoi University in Vietnam. Nga has also taught in the MBA and Master of International Business programs at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Nga also worked as an equity analyst for Vietnam Asset Management and Bien Viet Securities (now Woori CBV Securities). She had leadership placement with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Melbourne in 2011. From 2015 to 2018, Nga worked as a corporate governance consultant of the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group, in awareness raising, regulatory advisory, and capacity building in corporate governance for listed companies in Vietnam.

Nga earned her Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Finance) from the University of Melbourne, under the AusAID program, MBA and Ph.D. degree from La Trobe University, Australia under the Australian Leadership Award.
Nga is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder since 2011 and also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the CFA Community in Vietnam in 2017.

Dr. Yolanda Wang

Dr. Yolanda Wang

Research Fellow

Yolanda Yulong Wang completed her PhD in Finance at the University of Melbourne and joined ACFS as a research fellow in February 2019. She earned her master’s degree in financial mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Wuhan University, China. Her main research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, investment and portfolio management. Her paper has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics. Prior to her PhD studies, Yolanda has worked in the international finance department in Societe Generale in China.

Dr. Bei Cui

Dr. Bei Cui

Research Fellow

Bei Cui joined ACFS as a research fellow in May 2019. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration with First Class Honours at the University of Macau, a Master of Finance with Distinction from the University of Warwick and a Doctoral of Philosophy in Finance from the University of Hong Kong.

Her primary interest areas include the role of informational intermediaries on capital markets, Chinese and foreign capital market, market microstructure, insider trading and cryptoassets. Her papers have been presented in many international conferences including Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting, Multinational Finance Society (MFS) Conference, Financial Research Network (FIRN) Market Microstructure Meeting, and Spanish Finance Association (AEFIN) Annual Meeting. Her research paper has been awarded as Financial Management Association (FMA) Asia/Pacific Conference Best Paper.

Before pursuing her Doctor degree, she has worked as an analyst at International Department of Bank of Communications, China and a financial consultant at Convoy, Hong Kong.

Ioanna Zografou

Ioanna Zografou

Executive Assistant

Ioanna is the Executive Assistant to the Interim Director. Ioanna joined ACFS in April 2016 and provides daily administration assistance. She worked for the last ten years in the engineering and consultancy industry as well as at financial institutions in the areas of banking, administration, project coordination and human resources.
Ioanna holds a Bachelor of Tourist and Hotel Administration from the University of Crete, Greece and a Master of Public Relations and Management from the University of Athens.

Alumnus/Alumna, 2005 – present

  • Amy Auster, Executive Director
  • Senyuan Cao, Research Assistant
  • Jessica Chen, Research Intern (QTEM Program)
  • Andrew Crawford, Research Officer
  • Jacob Curtis, Research Assistant
  • Dr Richard Dillon, Business Manager
  • Angela Duke, Executive Assistant
  • Martin Foo, Research Officer
  • David Harrod, Research Assistant
  • Cressa Jap, Research Intern
  • Martin Jenkinson, Research Officer
  • Yianni Katiforis, Research Officer
  • Anthony Kong, Marketing Intern
  • Frieda Kukulka, Senior Manager, Marketing and Events
  • Eliana Maddock, Senior Research Analyst
  • David Michell, Business Development Manager
  • Ronnie Meoung, Intern and Research Assistant
  • Emilia Naranjo, Marketing Intern
  • Professor Deborah Ralston, Executive Director
  • Eric Tan, Research Officer
  • Joyce Teo, Executive Assistant
  • Martin Walsh, Business Development Advisor
  • William Yin, Research Officer