Financial Risk Day 2017
The Centre for Financial Risk in the Faculty of Business and Economics hosted Macquarie University’s seventh annual Financial Risk Day on 17 March 2017 at the Sydney Swissotel.
Risk Day is an event held each year by Macquarie University's Centre for Financial Risk to showcase work by researchers in this multi-disciplinary centre while enhancing links with industry and regulatory practitioners. Risk Day is a key platform to exchange ideas on emerging research and regulatory issues on important risk-related topics.
This year’s theme - Impact of Technological Innovation on Financial Risk – brought together experts on Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Data Analytics, and the current wave of FinTech to examine the impact of these developments on the finance and insurance sector, economic and social exposure, and potential gains.
This year was also the first time the Centre partnered with the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub to profile cyber security as a cross-cutting theme. This provided opportunities to discuss how industry, government and universities are collaborating to develop resilience of cyber security for business and society.
Sessions themes included:
- Risk management issues related to Fintech and digital currencies
- Innovations and risk modelling in cyber security
- Impacts of the blockchain on financial markets and institutions
- Digital banking services
- Risk fundamentals for successful peer-to-peer lending
Financial Risk Day 2017 brought together representatives of industry, academia and regulatory bodies including:
- David Yermack, cryptocurrency expert - New York University
- Piet De Jong, Professor of Actuarial Studies - Macquarie University
- Fergus Brooks, National Practice Leader, Cyber Risk – AON
- Simon Schwartz, Executive Director - Adexum Capital Peer-to-Peer Lending
- Mike Aitken, CEO, Professor and Chief Scientist - Capital Markets CRC
- Pete Steel, Executive General Manager, Digital - Commonwealth Bank of Australia