2nd Australasian Commodity Markets Conference
THURSDAY KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Jaime Casassus is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Studies Director at the Instituto de Economía of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He completed his PhD in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and later he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. His main interest are: general equilibrium models for commodities, joint dynamics for related commodities and effect of oil on the stock market. He has published his work at the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Banking & Finance. He is currently the deputy director of the financeUC center that seeks to motivate and produce quality research in finance (www.finance.uc.cl). Currently, Jaime is a Managing Editor for the Quantitative Finance journal and Associate Editor for the Journal of Commodity Markets. He is a member of the Financial Committee that assist the Ministry of Finance of Chile on the investment policy of its sovereign wealth funds.
Martina Linnenluecke is Professor of Environmental Finance at Macquarie University and leads the Center for Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Finance. The Centre has worldwide reach and impact by demonstrating a financial case for action on environmental and social change.
Professor Linnenluecke's research interests focus on the strategic and financial implications of corporate adaptation and resilience to climate change impacts. Her expertise in the field has been demonstrated through a number of prestigious awards, such as the Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference, the leading conference in the field.
She is the author of the book "The Climate Resilient Organization", and has extensive experience in working with government and industry related to organisational climate adaptation strategies, assessments and planning.
Alex has 19 years of global energy, commodities and treasury risk management experience having assisted major global trading and resource houses with risk frameworks. He has worked in executive roles as Partner at Deloitte, Director at EY and Senior Manager at KPMG and is now the Managing Partner of Woollahra Partners; an independent boutique wholesale markets Advisory located in Sydney that advises wholesale clients on call.
Prior to this, Alex worked at the Australian Energy Regulator and was project manager of financial markets for the Energy Reform Implementation Groups review of Australia’s energy market in 2006. In 2004 Alex visited the US under the auspices of the US State Departments Fulbright-Hays International Visitor Leadership Program and met with trading houses, regulators and universities across North America to discuss energy market design.
Alex will deliver a talk on the Treasury functions of established commodity trading and resource houses and their interaction with the Trading, Sales and Marketing function.