Staff

Professor Edward Buckingham

Professor Edward Buckingham

Interim Director

Edward graduated with a BSc in Materials Science and a BA (Hons) in Indonesian Literature from Monash University.

After graduating from Monash, Edward continued with postgraduate China studies at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Center. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD. His PhD, from SOAS, the University of London, focused on governance, entrepreneurship and business strategy in Indonesia.

Edward’s areas of expertise are strategy and international business. His industry interests include financial services, agribusiness, manufacturing, education and natural resources.

Prior to joining Monash Business School Edward spent two years Nottingham University’s Business School in Ningbo, China. His professional background includes both corporate and academic roles. Edward has been Director of INSEAD’s Executive MBA programs (France, Singapore the UAE and Beijing); a Manager for Schlumberger Business Consulting Group (UK, France, Gabon, Pakistan and Russia); and Associate Consultant, Boston Consulting Group (China). After his MBA he was Directeur Général of Airsec SAS (now part of Clariant) a French company that pioneered desiccant packaging for the pharmaceutical industry.

Professor Kevin Davis

Professor Kevin Davis

Research Director

Kevin Davis is a Professor of Finance at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. His primary research interests are in the areas of financial institutions and markets, financial engineering and corporate finance. He is the co-author/editor of sixteen books in the areas of finance, banking, monetary economics and macroeconomics and numerous journal articles and chapters in books.

Kevin is on the Board (and was previously Chairperson) of the Melbourne University Credit Union, the Board of SIRCA, and is Co-chair of the Australia-New Zealand Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee. He has undertaken an extensive range of consulting assignments for financial institutions, businesses and government, including preparing a report for the federal government on financial system guarantees. Kevin is a part-time member of the Australian Competition Tribunal; a Senior Fellow of Finsia; a Fellow of the FTA and of the AMI Institute; and a member of the Economics Society of Australia, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, American Economic Association, American Finance Association, Financial Management Association of Australia, and Asian Finance Association. In 2014, he served as a panel member of the David Murray-led Financial System Inquiry.

Professor Deep Kapur

Professor Deep Kapur

Professor of Practice (Adjunct)

Deep Kapur is an Indian-Australian private investor based in Singapore. His primary interests are in alternative investments, including hedge funds, venture capital and private credit. Deep entered the investment business in 1990 after earning a PhD degree in Economics at the Australian National University. Before developing his current portfolio of activities, Deep worked for over twenty years in the institutional investment business in a variety of senior roles in research, portfolio management and business administration. His experience includes Managing Director positions in the capital markets units of Salomon/Citi and Daiwa and the event-driven hedge fund business of Symphony Financial Partners.

Professor Justin O'Brien

Professor Justin O'Brien

Professor of Financial Regulation

Justin O’Brien was appointed Professor of Financial Regulation at Monash Business School in December 2016. A globally recognised specialist in the dynamics of regulatory reform, he was the recipient of a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in 2011-2014 measuring and evaluating regulatory performance in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Professor O’Brien joins Monash from the United Arab Emirates, where he held a Chair in Financial Regulation and Ethics. He previously served as Director of the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation at UNSW in Sydney. He has held visiting fellowships at Harvard, Oxford and UC Berkeley. A former investigative journalist with the BBC, he has written extensively on regulatory theory and practice, including a trilogy on scandal on Wall Street and a biography of James Landis, one of the key architects of the disclosure paradigm set in place in the United States in the aftermath of the Great Crash.

Frieda Kukulka

Frieda Kukulka

Senior Manager, Marketing and Events

Frieda joined ACFS in October 2009. With over 38 years’ experience across the financial services industry in the areas of banking, operational administration, marketing, communications, event management, sponsorship/industry engagement, and project and membership management, Frieda brings extensive industry knowledge and organisational management skills to the Centre.

Frieda previously held positions with ANZ Banking Group Limited, AIBF/Finsia, Australian Bullion Company and MDS Financial Group Limited.

John Fowler

John Fowler

Research Fellow

John has been a Research Fellow at ACFS since its inception in June 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and Manchester Business School. Having had a long career in corporate finance, culminating in roles as Chief Finance Officer of Carlton & United Breweries and subsequently Fosters Asia, John has since worked as a management consultant and financial researcher.

John is the lead researcher for the ACFS Australian Equities Database project.

Eliana Maddock

Eliana Maddock

Research Officer

Prior to joining ACFS, Eliana held research positions with Monash University and the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission (VCEC). She has produced research reports on a range of economic and public policy issues including energy, competition, education and inequality.

Eliana holds a Double Degree in Science and Arts from the University of Melbourne and has completed postgraduate studies in Economics at Harvard University.

Yianni Katiforis

Yianni Katiforis

Research Officer

Yianni became a Research Officer at ACFS in March 2016. Prior to this, he worked as a Client Support Officer at several financial institutions in Melbourne, and as a private tutor for over five years.

Yianni has a Bachelor of Biomedicine from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Science with a major in Applied Mathematics.

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.

Amy Auster

Amy Auster

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

Amy is a thought leader and strategic advisor with deep expertise in the financial sector across the Asia-Pacific region. Amy has previously worked as an international economist, strategist and senior executive for ANZ Banking Group in Melbourne as well as for Chase Securities, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan investment banks in New York. Her research interests include Asia’s economic ascendancy, banking and financial markets, investment management, and pension finance.

Amy is a member of the Sydney for RMB Committee, the Australia China Business Council, the APEC Finance and Economic Working Group and the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. She holds an Honours Degree in Arts from Northwestern University in Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance from Columbia University in New York and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Amy is the immediate past Executive Director of ACFS and is the Deputy Secretary (Economic) at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.

Alumnus/Alumna, 2005 – present

  • 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
  • David Harrod, Research Assistant
  • Cressa Jap, Research Intern
  • Martin Jenkinson, Research Officer
  • Anthony Kong, Marketing Intern
  • 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