The Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) announced today that Professor Deborah Ralston will step down from her role as Executive Director of the Centre. Professor Ralston has held the position since early 2009.

ACFS chairman Jeremy Duffield says Professor Ralston has made a huge contribution to the Centre’s success.

“She has overseen the continuing development of the Centre, and by initiating projects such as the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster, Funding Australia’s Future, and the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, Professor Ralston has enhanced the Centre’s national profile.

“It’s well recognized that Professor Ralston’s tireless work has given the industry an effective and sustainable research Centre with strong connections to the broad constituencies spanning banking, insurance and funds management. The linkages she has forged between industry, academia and government is probably her strongest legacy.”

Prof Ralston says: “It has been an exciting six years and I have been fortunate to work alongside my close colleague Kevin Davis, our Research Director and the inaugural Director of the Melbourne Centre for Financial Studies.  (It was rebranded the Australian Centre for Financial Studies in 2010.)

“With the strong support of a dedicated team, the Centre has made strenuous efforts to ensure that the independent research we do provides thought leadership right across the financial community. I look forward to continuing my association with the Centre in my capacity as a professor at Monash and in my capacity as leader of the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research, and to support the incoming Executive Director.”

Mr Duffield said Amy Auster, who joined the Centre in November 2014 as Deputy Director will serve as acting director of the Centre until the Board completes its process.

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