Speakers List - FX Week Australia


Afternoon Keynote Address: Matthew Boge

Deputy Head – International Department

Reserve Bank of Australia

Matthew Boge is the secretary of the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee. Mr. Boge is also deputy head of the Reserve Bank of Australia's International Department and is responsible for overseeing the bank's operations in foreign exchange markets and the investment of Australia's official reserve assets.

Peter Candy

Group Treasurer


Peter is the group treasurer for GrainCorp Limited. GrainCorp is a leading international food ingredients and agribusiness with an integrated business model across three main grain activities: supply chain, origination and processing. In his role as group treasurer, Peter oversees the financial risk management for GrainCorp, incorporating the treasury areas of funding, liquidity, foreign exchange, trading risk reporting and credit.

In his time with GrainCorp, Peter has built a robust treasury function to support the company's growth with the international expansion of the marketing business, together with the acquisition of the malt and oils businesses.

Peter has over 25 years of treasury and financial management experience at companies such as Dairy Farmers, Twynam, Mars and Angliss.

Mark Ferguson

Senior Portfolio Manager, Currency


Mark started at AustralianSuper in May 2014, where he oversees the management of the fund's currency exposure from both a risk management and an active perspective. Prior to this, he held various currency and asset allocation roles within fund managers, a super fund and more recently, investment management within an insurance company. His previous experience in currency includes the design and management of QIC's internal active currency program, heading up QIC's passive currency team, management of an active hedging program at Perpetual Investments and the restructuring of a passive currency program at Qantas Super.

Andrew Fisher

Manager, Asset Allocation


Andrew joined Sunsuper in 2010 and is responsible for managing investment strategy and asset allocation. His recent experience has included roles with the Guardians of NZ Superannuation as an investment strategist and with Milliman as a consultant. Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, Australia.

Bill Goodbody, Jr.

Senior Strategic Advisor

AE Capital

Bill Goodbody, Jr. is a senior strategic advisor to the board and member of the executive team. Bill is responsible for identifying and advising on the pursuit of new strategic opportunities. He has over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry and joined AE Capital in November 2017.

Prior to joining AE Capital, Bill was senior vice president and head of foreign exchange at Bats Global Markets, Inc. in New York. Bill joined Bats in March 2015 as part of its acquisition of the Hotspot FX business from KCG Holdings, a business that Bill led since 2008.

Before Hotspot, Bill spent more than 15 years in senior leadership roles within the equities businesses of KCG Holdings, Knight Capital Group and Jefferies & Company.

Bill is a founding member and was secretary of the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA), an organization which represents the interests of FX industry participants. Bill has also previously served as a director on the boards of NSX Holdings, Inc., and the National Stock Exchange, Inc., an electronic stock exchange in the United States.

Bill has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University.

Alex Joiner

Chief Economist

IFM Investors

Dr. Alex Joiner is the Chief Economist at IFM Investors and also sits on its investment committee. He is responsible for the firm's economic, financial market, policy and geopolitical analysis and forecasting that underpin its investment and portfolio management processes. He represents IFM with domestic and global clients as well as with governments, central banks, financial institutions and corporates. He has over 15 years of professional experience and prior to joining IFM Investors, Alex was the Chief Economist (Australian & New Zealand) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a senior economist at ANZ Bank and an economist at the Victorian Department of Treasury. He holds a first-class honours degree in economics and a PhD in econometrics from Monash University. Alex also sits on the Australian Business Economists committee and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Macroeconomic Risks Advisory Group.

Kingsley Jones

Chief Investment Officer

Jevons Global

Dr. Kingsley Jones is Founding Partner/CIO for Jevons Global, a global investment firm. He has been: Portfolio Manager for the Macquarie Global Thematic Fund; Global Head of Quantitative Trading Research and a member of the Australian Value team at AllianceBernstein LP; Head of Quantitative Research at CFSB in Sydney; and a Quantitative Analyst at County Investment Management. Kingsley holds a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Bristol (1990), and a BSc (hons) from ANU (1984), a CFA and is affiliate member of the MTA. He is a commentator on CNBC and developed the cost-basis theory of market sentiment.

John Lucey

Chief Investment Officer


As CIO at Avant Mutual Group, John has primary responsibility for managing Avant's investment portfolios. Leading the investment team in delivering an investment strategy, including portfolio construction, manager selection and asset allocation activities.

Prior to joining Avant, John spent over 10 years working for ING Investment Management and later ANZ Wealth, responsible for managing teams that provided asset allocation and currency management active overlay expertise, portfolio execution, dealing across products and services within Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

John has been in the investment industry since 1999 and his previous experience includes working with Bank of Ireland Asset Management (Dublin), where he led teams and held various positions in portfolio management and execution with specialist responsibility for active currency management.

John holds a Masters of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University, Sydney, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Finance from University College Cork (Ireland) and is a fully qualified ACMA accountant.

Ravi Pandit

Executive Director FX Products

CME Group

Ravi Pandit serves as executive director, foreign exchange and interest rate products, Asia-Pacific, for CME Group, based in Singapore. He is responsible for expanding CME Group's existing FX and interest rate business and developing new opportunities across the region.

Ravi joined CME Group in August 2015 and has 25 years of experience in the financial markets. Prior to joining CME Group, Pandit was a consultant to Singapore Exchange, where he provided strategic advice and project management for its launch of listed FX futures. Before that, Pandit worked for 12 years in Dresdner Bank and subsequently Commerzbank post-merger, where he headed up the local markets trading team, and helped build up its Asian presence in interest rate and FX derivatives trading. Ravi also worked in various trading roles at Barclays Bank, across Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, and in operations and technology at Citibank, across Hong Kong and Mumbai.

Ravi holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

Matthew Peter

Chief Economist


Matthew is the chief economist for QIC, one of Australia's largest institutional funds managers, where he oversees global economic forecasting and research. Matthew previously worked with fund manager TGM, where he headed the economic and financial-market forecasting team.

Prior to joining TGM, Matthew was a senior research fellow at Monash University, where he led the development of a regional model of the Australian economy. This model is widely used by federal and state government agencies and by most large consultancy firms.

Matthew and his team are among Australia's top forecasters as ranked by Bloomberg. Matthew is a CEDA Trustee, an American Chamber of Commerce Governor and is a frequent commentator at industry forums and in the press.

He has 20 years of economic modelling experience in both industry and academia, and holds a PhD in economics from Monash University.

Brian Redican

Chief Economist


Brian Redican is the chief economist at NSW TCorp, a position he assumed in 2014. At TCorp, Brian provides advice and research on economic and financial market developments for the NSW government and its entities as they influence the outlook for debt issuance, debt management and investments.

Before that, Brian worked at Macquarie Bank for 14 years, where he headed up Australian and NZ economic research. Before joining Macquarie, Brian worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia for five years and was responsible for compiling the RBA's economic activity forecasts. Brian obtained an M.A. (Hons) in International Macroeconomics from Queen's University, Canada and B.Econ. (Hons) (Economics and Asian Studies) from the University of New South Wales.

Stuart Simmons

Senior Portfolio Manager - Global Liquid Strategies


Stuart has over 15 years' experience in FX markets and, as senior portfolio manager in QIC's global liquid strategies team, is responsible for currency management. Stuart's deep skills and experience complements the GLS' investment process seeking excess returns in asset markets, along with design and implementation of tailored overlay investment strategies.

Before joining QIC in April 2015, Stuart was managing director at Principal Global Investors (London) where his role encompassed FX portfolio management, trading, portfolio construction and risk management functions. More recently, Stuart was a director in FX sales at ANZ (London).

Kurt Smith

Treasury and Insurance Manager

Western Power

As the treasury and insurance manager at Western Power, Kurt changed the treasury and insurance business from a transactional cost centre to a centre of strategic value-add. He develops and implements financial risk management, capital management and financeability strategies to support the board's corporate strategy, improve financial performance and increase long-term enterprise value. He leads and manages a team of five treasury and six insurance professionals.

Prior to Western Power, Kurt held executive positions in financial markets for approximately 20 years. He was the head of derivative trading at the Bank of Western Australia, a director in two international fintech start-ups developing and commercialising option pricing and risk management technology, and the investment strategist at GESB fund management.

Kurt has published research on exotic FX options (international financial engineering journal and international patent) and has presented research at banking and treasury conferences in the USA, Europe and Australia.

He was awarded a Ph.D (Finance) from UWA and a Master of Philosophy (Finance) with Distinction from the University of Cambridge. He is a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional and is WA State Chair of the Finance and Treasury Association. He is also the Treasurer for the Special Olympics Australia (Perth).

Alison Towers

Director - Global Liquid Markets Trading


Alison joined QIC in 2007 and has more than 15 years' financial markets experience. Overseeing trading across all of QIC's global liquid market asset classes, her key roles include leading QIC's global liquid markets trading team to achieve ‘best execution' and ensure all trading activity is accurate and compliant.

QIC's global liquid markets trading team is recognised for their deep understanding of global liquid markets and how to effectively implement a very broad range of financial instruments across interest rates, credit, inflation, FX, cash, liquid alternatives, equities and commodities.

Alison has held a number of roles across QIC, including portfolio management roles for both FX and asset rebalancing overlays. Before joining QIC, Alison worked at Suncorp in a range of roles including trading, portfolio management and risk management.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in mathematics from the Queensland University of Technology and a post graduate diploma in applied finance and investments from FINSIA.

James Webb

Managing Director - FX Services

BNY Mellon

Based in London, Mr. Webb is responsible for the development and growth of the currency administration business globally, focused primarily on the share class hedging and passive currency overlay mandates. He joined in November 2013 from State Street Bank Europe, where he held a similar position within the currency management business. Mr. Webb has over 20 years of industry experience and has held a variety of roles in international finance, including global markets, asset servicing, asset management and encompassing, business analysis and risk, product development, operations management, and sales and relationship management.

Mr. Webb is an active contributor to industry publications and a regular presenter and panel participant, discussing currency hedging solutions and FX practices at industry seminars and conferences.

Besa Deda

Chief Economist

St. George Bank

Bio coming soon