The independent financial sector research house, the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS), has appointed an asset management consultant with global experience to be its Business Development Advisor.

With experience in the US, Oceania and East Asia, as well as across multiple industries, including financial services and Infrastructure, Martin Walsh has been a partner for more than 20 years at EY (Ernst & Young), world-class financial services provider to over 150 countries in Assurance and Advisory Business Services, Tax, Transaction Advisory Services.

“EY is very pleased Martin has accepted this position as part of his continuing work in the Financial Services market and the important role of the ACFS,” Andrew Price, Managing Partner, Financial Services, Oceania Region.

Professor Deborah Ralston, ACFS Executive Director, says: “Martin’s appointment is an exciting development for the Centre. He has an established reputation across the financial services industry, and his wide breadth of experience and global connections will be invaluable for the growth of the ACFS.

“He has combined his advisory skills in the areas of corporate governance, transactions, due diligence and complex financial instruments with an expertise around funds management in the superannuation industry.

“Martin’s international multi-market, multi-industry experience will give ACFS an added perspective, both in terms of better understanding our local markets, as well as the role they play in the global economy, making him a welcome addition to our team,” she says.

Martin says it is a privilege to join an organisation that has quickly established itself as the pre-eminent Australian research centre in the financial sector for facilitating knowledge creation, knowledge transfer and thought leadership.

”Projects such as Funding Australia’s Future, the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index and the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster typify the quality and independence of the research in which the Centre is the driving force”

“I am looking forward to working with Deborah and her dedicated team to help achieve its aims: boost the global credentials of Australia’s finance industry, bridge the gap between research and industry, and support Australia as an international centre for finance practice, research and education.

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