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.

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 Rodney Maddock

Professor Rodney Maddock

Adjunct Professor at Monash University

Rodney Maddock is Adjunct Professor at Monash University and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at Victoria University. 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 andHead of the School of Business at La Trobe University. He has a distinguished academic record with extensive academicpublications 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.

Dr Nga Pham

Dr Nga Pham

Senior Research Officer

Nga joined ACFS as a senior researcher in March 2017. 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.

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

Senior Research Analyst

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.

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
  • Yianni Katiforis, 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