Advisory Board

Advisory Board FX Week Australia 2019

Fulvio Barbuio

Non-Executive Board Director

Finance and Treasury Association

Fulvio Barbuio is a Non-Executive Board Director of the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA) and has held this position since October 2014. He also serves on the Board's Finance, Risk and Audit Committee and is Chair of its Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

In relation to his corporate executive and professional career, most recently Fulvio held the role of Head Corporate Treasury & Risk with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from April 2015 to May 2018 having responsibility for corporate treasury, enterprise risk management and insurance. He has previously held the ABC positions of Head Corporate Treasury & Performance Measurement, Head Finance and Manager Corporate Treasury. Prior to the ABC, Fulvio worked in senior analyst and management positions covering treasury, planning and strategy variously across the mining, energy, information technology and utilities industries.

His career spans over 30 years including over 20 years in treasury roles in the private and public sector dealing with risk, liquidity, funding, investments, treasury governance reporting, enterprise risk management and insurance and has over recent years written a number of articles on treasury  related topics. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) majoring in Accounting and Finance and is a FFTP of the FTA, a FCPA of CPA Australia and a MAICD of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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 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 is a committee member of Australian Business Economists and sits on the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Macroeconomic Risks Advisory Group.

Marc Schneider

Group Head of Investment, Market & Credit Risk


Marc Schneider is responsible for leading the global financial risk management function at QBE overseeing investment, market, credit and liquidity risk globally. He is reporting to the Group Chief Risk Officer and is a member of the global leadership team. He is passionate about risk management to enable business strategy execution within desired risk profile. Marc has over 15 years of global risk management experience in financial services firms, having commenced his Career in Zurich, Switzerland, in the Trade and Export Finance division of Swiss Bank Corporation. He held various positions for UBS Investment Bank (previously UBS Warburg Dillon Read) in New York, London and Zurich. Since moving to Australia, he was instrumental in building the Lloyds Banking Treasury Service business and held various senior risk management positions at Westpac Institutional Bank, mainly in financial markets, financial institutions, and funds management.

Jennifer Smith

Global Treasurer- Billabong


Jennifer Smith is a Chartered Accountant who began her career auditing with PwC. Jennifer has a particular interest in risk management and has spent the past 11 years managing the global Treasury function at Billabong. Jennifer has played an integral role in several re-financings and has managed an array of finance facilities for countries across the world.

As a key member of a small global finance team, Jennifer has also had the advantage of valuable exposure to M&A activity, tax and transfer pricing.

Jennifer’s current focus is on integrating the Treasury functions of two global businesses following the successful takeover of Billabong by Boardriders earlier this year.

Alison Towers

Director, Global Liquid Strategies Trading


Alison joined QIC in 2007 and has more than 16 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.