Nobel Laureate to headline international finance conference

Stanford University's world-renowned Nobel Laureate Professor Myron Scholes has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the upcoming Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, ifa can reveal.

Now in its 28th year, the Australasian Finance and Banking Conference connects business leaders, world-class academics and senior practitioners to debate key issues, share research and discuss disruption in the global financial system – and what this means for Australian markets.

An initiative of the Institute of Global Finance and School of Banking & Finance at the UNSW Business School, the 28th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference will be held 16-18 December 2015 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

Sterling Publishing, publisher of ifa, has joined other leading institutions including the Reserve Bank of Australia, ASX, BlackRock and PwC to support the event.

The conference will include an International Business Forum on global and regional financial stability, culminating in the launch of the World Bank report, Doing Business 2016.

The forum will take place on Tuesday 16 December from 10.30am to 1pm, with keynote speakers including Dr Augusto Lopez-Claros, director of the World Bank's Global Indicators Group – who will launch the Doing Business 2016 report – and Dr Guy Debelle, assistant governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

The conference will also include insights from a number of other key thought leaders, including the US Federal Reserve's Dr Stijn Claessens.

Fariborz Moshirian, professor of finance and director of the Institute of Global Finance at the UNSW Business School, said the conference brings together the world's foremost leaders of thought in the financial community and is the most significant finance and banking event in the Asia-Pacific region.

"As well as a keynote from the Nobel Laureate, the launch of the World Bank report will be a major highlight of the event," he said.

"It will reveal pertinent insights into global and domestic markets that will be of immense value to the Australian business community."

According to Dr Moshirian, the conference is relevant to executives across Australia's professional and financial services sectors seeking top-line insights into the strength of the financial system plus opportunities within the Australian context.

Dr Moshirian said Dr Lopez-Claros will discuss the global interdependent forces that are influencing the direction of the global economy post-global financial crisis (GFC).

Dr Guy Debelle will also detail aspects of global and regional financial stability and risk management while Professor Myron Scholes will explore issues related to time diversification and the challenges that financial markets are facing as the global economy becomes more interdependent, he said.

"In addition to these insights, it's the ideal opportunity to connect with peers from across our local business community as well as engage some of the best academics from home as well as abroad," he added.

Alex Whitlock, group publisher of Sterling Publishing, said the conference offered a unique blend of academic research matched with practical insights and applications that will appeal to executives working within Australia's financial institutions and professional services firms.

"We're excited about partnering with the Institute of Global Finance at the UNSW Business School in the event and see great relevance to our readership of professionals," he said.

"The event will deliver valuable and complex insights into how business is navigating the post-GFC world, with current examples backed by relevant academic research that the business community can leverage to make more informed decisions within their organisations," Mr Whitlock said.

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