The Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Auster as its new Executive Director.

Ms Auster has been Deputy Director of ACFS since November 2014 and takes over the role of Executive Director from Professor Deborah Ralston who stepped down in July.

Announcing the appointment, ACFS Chairman Jeremy Duffield said “Amy is a highly respected economist with the right experience and skills to lead an expanding ACFS. The combination of her academic publications and first-hand experience with Asian economies provide an important perspective as ACFS initiates research examining the region’s growing financial markets.

“Much of Amy’s work has focused on the impact of Asian growth, along with the evolution of monetary policy in the region, banking and financial services practices, regulatory frameworks and fiscal policy. Since joining ACFS she has successfully launched a three-year research project exploring the extent of, and opportunity for deeper, financial integration in the Asia-Pacific which has generated tremendous interest.”

Reflecting on her appointment Ms Auster said “I have been involved with and admired the work of ACFS for over three years as a member of the Banking Research Reference Group. Over that time, I have observed firsthand what a unique and valuable proposition ACFS brings as a platform for evidenced-based research and dialogue around the most influential segment of the Australian economy.  I am delighted and honoured with the opportunity to lead the Centre into its next phase of growth and impact.”

Before joining ACFS, Ms Auster spent most of the past decade working at ANZ Bank in senior roles during the period of the bank’s major expansion across Asia. She previously worked at the economic consultancy firm ACIL Tasman in Melbourne, as well as Chase Securities and Merrill Lynch in New York. Auster holds an Honours Degree in Arts from Northwestern University in Chicago and a Master of International Affairs (Economics and Finance) from Columbia University in New York, and was an exchange student at the London School of Economics.

Ms Auster has published extensively on the impact of Asia’s economic ascendency; the evolution of banking and finance in the Asia Pacific region; models for private sector participation in infrastructure development; and public sector finance, including tax policy. She is also a member of the ANU Investment Advisory Committee and the Deakin University Public Policy Forum Advisory Committee.

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The Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) facilitates industry-relevant, rigorous research and independent commentary. Drawing on expertise from academia, industry and government, ACFS promotes thought leadership in the financial sector.

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