Financial Risk Day

Financial Risk Day

Financial Risk Day 2018

RD risk Day


  • Date/Time: 16 March 2018, 9am -6pm
  • Venue: Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney, Australia

The Centre for Financial Risk in the Faculty of Business and Economics will be hosting its eighth annual conference in March 2018. This one-day conference brings together experts from industry, academia and regulatory bodies to discuss the impact of a low interest rate environment on investment and risk in banking, insurance and superannuation areas.


Investment and Risk in a Low Interest Rate Environment


Professor Stephen Brammer - Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University

Professor Brammer was appointed Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University on 2nd January 2017. Professor Brammer is an industrial economist by training, and holds a Bachelor, Master’s and PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia. He is internationally recognised as a leading scholar in business ethics and corporate social responsibility, specialising in how organisations build and manage mutually rewarding relationships with a range of stakeholders.

Guy Debelle - Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia

Guy Debelle- Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia Guy Debelle commenced as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia on 18 September 2016. He is Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Chair of the Reserve Bank's Risk Management Committee. Dr Debelle  is a former chair of the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee and also chaired the BIS Foreign Exchange Working Group responsible for the development of the Global Code of Conduct for the Foreign Exchange Market.

nigel wilkin smith

Nigel Wilkin-Smith - Director, Portfolio Strategy, Future Fund

Nigel is a Director in the Portfolio Strategy team at the Future Fund.  Portfolio Strategy is responsible for economic and capital market analysis, portfolio design and quantitative analysis, and portfolio construction.  Nigel leads the Portfolio Construction function, ensuring that the approach to total portfolio construction melds top-down considerations with bottom-up insights in a consistent manner that aims to improve overall portfolio outcomes. Nigel joined the Future Fund in 2010 from van Eyk Research where he was Head of Strategic Research.  Prior to this he worked as a research fellow at both the University of Queensland and the Australian National University (ANU).  He holds a PhD in Mathematics from ANU.

Simon Elimelakh - Head of Investment Risk and Portfolio Analysis, NAB Asset Management

Simon Elimelakh joined NAB Asset Management (formerly MLC Investment Management) in February 2012 as Head of Investment Risk. He is a voting member and the alternate chair of the NABAM Investment Committee. Simon has more than 20 years of investment experience in Australia having worked in senior roles for several major domestic and international funds management and consulting firms including Ibbotson Australia (Head of Strategy), BT Investment Management (Head of Quantitative Investment Strategies), Rothschild Asset Management (Head of Quantitative Analysis) and MSCI BARRA (Senior Consultant). Simon has a Masters in Applied Maths from Moscow University for Railway Engineers. Simon is a CFA Charterholder, Fellow of FINSIA and a member of The Q-Group and CQA (Chicago Quantitative Alliance).

Alastair Sloan - Chief Investment Officer of Beluga Capital

Alastair Sloan is the Chief Investment Officer of Beluga Capital, a newly formed family office. Previously, Alastair was employed by Sunsuper, a large superannuation company, as a member of their Investment team. He joined Sunsuper in 2014 as Manager of Tactical Asset Allocation with responsibility of short term Asset Allocation across their portfolios and has 31 years of investment experience. Alastair holds a BA (Honours) in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and a Bachelor of Arts (UWO).

Stephen Kirchner - Program Director, Trade and Investment, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Dr Stephen Kirchner is Program Director, Trade and Investment, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney. He is also a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute in Canada, where he has contributed to research projects comparing public policies in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Previously, he was an economist with the Australian Financial Markets Association, where he worked on public policy issues relating to the efficient and effective functioning of Australian financial markets and Australia’s position as a regional and international financial centre.

Who Should Attend:
  • Banking and finance specialists
  • Risk and compliance managers
  • Actuaries and insurance professionals
  • Fund managers
  • Regulators
  • Policy analysts
  • Academic researchers
  • Consultants

Researchers at The Centre for Financial Risk investigate uncertainty in capital markets. We examine the spectrum of financial risks faced at all levels of the economy. Our research promotes greater stability and good decision-making by businesses, individuals, government and regulators. The nature and management of financial risks is investigated by a team of leading inter-disciplinary research with expertise in financial economics, econometrics and innovative modelling approaches.

Our Research Focus:
  • International and domestic issues
  • Regulation and government policy
  • Banking, finance and asset pricing
  • Insurance and risk analysis
  • Energy and utility markets
  • Climatic change and catastrophic risks
  • Superannuation
  • Complex industry and corporate issues
  • Behavioural economics and financial literacy
  • Early bird registration - $275 (inc GST) until 12 February 2018
  • Normal ticket prices – $330 (inc GST)
  • Group of 4 Ticketing - $990 (inc GST)

This registration includes lunch and refreshments, plus a conference cocktail event.

Register Here

Financial Risk Day 2017

Risk Day banner


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 the main event held each year by Macquarie University's Centre for Financial Risk to showcase work being done by researchers in this multi-disciplinary centre while enhancing links with industry and regulatory practitioners. Risk Day is a 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 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 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

Please see attached Program: 2017 Program

Back to the top of this page