Speakers FX Week Australia 2019


Tim Baker

Deutsche Bank Australia/NZ

Macro Strategist, and Head of Macro Research

Tim Baker is Head of Australia/NZ Macro Research at Deutsche Bank, and is the G10 FX Strategist in the Asia-Pac region, with primary responsibility for the Australian and NZ currencies. He is also the Australian equity strategist, with responsibility for providing macro and sector views on the equity market. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2007, Tim worked as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia, providing analysis of developments in global macro, wages and inflation, and various industries. Before entering the RBA's graduate program, Tim completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with first-class honours in economics.

Dane Birdseye

Group Treasurer

Cochlear Ltd

Dane has extensive experience in financial risk management and treasury matters, having worked across banking, consulting and now corporate treasury. He has over 20 years’ experience working in financial markets in Perth, Sydney and London for various banks followed by 5 years as a consultant for KPMG in the area of financial risk management. He moved into a corporate role at Dexus Property Group as the Treasury Services Manager in 2015 and commenced as the Group Treasurer at Cochlear in 2016.

Paul Bloxham

Chief Economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities

HSBC Bank Australia

Paul Bloxham is HSBC’s Chief Economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities and is a Managing Director. He is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies. Paul is also a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on global commodity markets and works closely with HSBC’s global equities team. He is also a member of the Australian National University's Shadow Reserve Bank Board and is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. In 2017, Paul’s team won Focus Economics awards for best overall forecaster for each of Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul Bloxham spent 12 years as an economist within the Reserve Bank of Australia's Economic Analysis Department. Paul holds a Master's degree in public financial policy from the London School of Economics.

The Hon Peter Collins AM QC

Deputy Chair

Industry Super

A Barrister and ABC journalist before his election to the NSW Parliament, Peter Collins served for 22 years in senior roles including Minister for Health, Attorney General and Treasurer of NSW during his seven years in the Greiner/Fahey Government, and a further six years as Deputy Leader and Leader of the Opposition, before leaving the Parliament in 2003.

Peter has been a Director of Industry SuperFund HOSTPLUS since 2006. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (FAIST); Chairman of the Sydney Financial Forum; and founder of Barton Deakin Government Relations which he established in 2009. Other appointments have included, Board member of the Workers Compensation Insurance Fund Investment Board of NSW (2005 to 2012); Chair of St. John Ambulance NSW (2007 to 2013); and Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2004 to 2011).

The NSW Government has appointed him Chairman of Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District; and to the Board of the INVICTUS Games 2018.


Danny Fischer

Group Treasurer

QBE Insurance Group Limited

Danny joined QBE Insurance Group Limited (“QBE”) in early 2018 as Group Treasurer. Danny has global responsibility for QBE’s treasury activities, leading a team based in Sydney, New York, London and Asia. Danny’s responsibility includes QBE’s debt and equity capital markets activity, debt investors and rating agency management, capital planning and forecasting, foreign exchange hedging, cash management, divisional treasury (USA, Europe, Asia and Australia) as well as Treasury operations.

Prior to QBE, Danny held senior management roles at National Australia Bank Limited (“NAB”) as General Manager, Global Head of Financial Institutions Group (“FIG”) and also Global Head of Client Solutions & Advisory.

Prior to NAB, Danny was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (“BAML”), where he was Managing Director, Head of the Financial Institutions Group for Australia and Head of the Strategic Capital Group for Asia Pacific.

Andrew Fisher

Head of Asset Allocation


Andrew joined Sunsuper in 2010 and is responsible for managing investment strategy and asset allocation. Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, Australia.

Bill Hartnett

Head of Responsible Investment

Local Government Super

Bill Hartnett has nearly 25 years’ experience in financial services and 20 years in responsible investment & ownership (RI&O) across roles in asset management, research and asset ownership. My current fund, LGS, has been consistently rated #1 fund for RI&O, ESG and carbon management in Australia and globally, with almost 10% of the Funds FUM in low carbon assets across 5 asset classes. Bill has a particularly strong track record of developing and implementing RI&O products and strategies across multiple asset classes which deliver strong returns while demonstrating clear integration of ESG issues.

Warren Hogan

Industry Professor

UTS Business School

Warren Hogan is an economist and financial markets strategist who has worked for major banks and Government for the past 25 years. He is based in Australia having worked for The Australian Government Treasury, Credit Suisse and ANZ Bank where be held the position of Chief Economist from 2010 to 2016.

Warren has extensive international experience having spent much of the past 25 years travelling the world speaking to investors, governments and major corporations about the world economy and global financial markets. His advice is sought by investors, politicians and corporate leaders. As ANZ Chief Economist, Warren was responsible for a team of 50 economists and strategists with a focus on the Asian region and the global markets.

Warren has been recognised as one of Australia’s top business economists in industry surveys and awards. He is a commentator in the media with regular interviews on ABC, Sky, CNBC and Bloomberg as well as major global publications including The Economist magazine and The Financial Times. He is an Industry Professor and the inaugural Executive in Residence at the UTS Business School in Sydney. Warren is married with 2 children.

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.

Christopher Kent

Assistant Governor (Financial Markets)

Reserve Bank of Australia

Christopher Kent is the Assistant Governor (Financial Markets) at the Reserve Bank of Australia, a position he has held since December 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of the Bank's operations in the domestic and global financial markets, including the management of Australia's foreign reserves. He briefs the Reserve Bank Board on developments in financial markets at the monthly Board meetings and participates as the Bank's representative on the BIS Markets Committee and the BIS Committee on Global Financial Stability.

Prior to this, Christopher was the Assistant Governor (Economic) for five years and as such was the chief economic advisor to the Governor and the Board. Christopher has also worked as Head of Payments Policy Department and earlier as Head of Economic Research Department and he spent two years with the International Monetary Fund working on the Italian desk.

Tony Morriss

Head of Economics and rates strategy

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tony Morriss is a Director and Head of AUD/NZD Economics and Rates Strategy. He is responsible for the forecasting and generation of analysis covering the economy and direction of interest rates and represents the bank’s views in the financial media.

He joined BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research in July 2014. He was previously Global Head of Interest Rate Research at ANZ. Prior to that, he was Senior Economist at New South Wales Treasury Corporation; Market Strategist at Bankers Trust Australia and Managing Analyst Asia for Thomson Financial.

He has a Master’s Degree in Government from The College of William & Mary (US) and a BA in Economics & Politics from Exeter University (UK).

Kia Oboudiyat

Vice President FX Sales & Relationship Global Foreign Exchange

Northern Trust Capital Markets

Kia Oboudiyat is a Vice President and responsible for FX Client Servicing and Sales.

Kia is responsible for promoting Northern Trust's FX product to institutional clients within the APAC region. His role includes maintaining existing and developing new FX relationships, targeting growth of both custody and third party flow. Other responsibilities include marketing the Bank's e-commerce strategy and maintaining a consistent customer calling programme. 

Kia joined Northern Trust in Chicago in 2014 and relocated to Sydney in 2016. Kia has over 10 years’ experience across Capital Markets, FX and Investment Operations.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, Kia worked in Sydney, New York and Miami for Macquarie Group, holding various product & business development positions in the institutional brokerage, equity arbitrage and credit trading businesses with a focus on Emerging Markets & FX.

Kia holds a Bachelors degree in Finance together with a Bachelors of Law from Macquarie University.

James Laurenceson

University of Technology Sydney

Deputy Director Australia-China Relations Institute

James Laurenceson is Deputy Director and Professor at the Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

He has previously held academic appointments at the University of Queensland, Shandong University (China) and Shimonoseki City University (Japan).

His research focuses exclusively on the Chinese economy and has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals such as China Economic Review and China Economic Journal. He regularly writes on contemporary developments in the Chinese economy and in Australia-China economic relations for media outlets such as Australian Financial Review and The Australian.

Susheela Peres Da Costa

Head of Advisory


Susheela has been advising domestic and international financial institutions on responsible investment strategy and implementation since 2006, and is currently Head of Advisory at Regnan, a leading ESG research and corporate engagement service provider.

Susheela was instrumental in the development of Regnan’s research, stewardship and advisory programs, and has led or overseen much of this work in her role as Head of Advisory. Most recently, this included an 18-month project in Switzerland to design and initiate a sustainable investment strategy for one of the world’s largest global full service financial institutions.

Kathy Walsh

University of Technology Sydney Business School

Professor of Finance

Kathy Walsh is a Professor of Finance at the University of Technology Sydney.  Her research focuses on the development of China’s financial markets and the impact that will have on Australia.  She has written a number of reports on the internationalisation of the renminbi and its potential as a medium for trade, investments and reserves.   Professor Walsh’s research is highly regarded internationally and she has attracted substantial research grant funding.  She holds a PhD in finance from the AGSM and has prior academic positions at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and UNSW and industry experience in insurance and financial planning. 

Greg Yanco

Executive Director, Markets

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Greg has primary responsibility for ASIC’s Markets group. In this role, he oversees the Market Infrastructure, Market Supervision, Corporations, Financial Reporting and Audit and Insolvency Practitioners teams, and works closely with the Markets Enforcement team. The Markets group is focused on improving the effectiveness of Australia’s capital markets. It also supports efficient capital raising, investment and risk management. Additionally, Greg oversees ASIC’s work to regulate corporations, auditors of disclosing entities, registered company auditors and registered liquidators. Greg has more than 30 years of experience and extensive experience in financial market development, regulation and supervision. Before joining ASIC, he was the CEO of AXE ECN Pty Limited. Previously Greg was the manager of institutional and wholesale markets at the Australian Stock Exchange where he implemented equity market structure changes and managed the operations of the market surveillance and investigations units.