The 34th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference (AFBC) is organised by the Institute of Global Finance and the School of Banking and Finance, UNSW Business School. The Conference will be held on 15th–17th December 2021.

The AFBC is the most significant and prestigious finance conference in the Asia-Pacific region. It brings together the world's foremost leaders of thought from the financial community, providing international academics and industry professionals with the opportunity to meet and share their research and interest in finance-related fields. The Conference Committee would like to invite all academics and practitioners to participate.

Registration is now open for the 34th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, please click here to register.

To see the conference program please click here.

The special theme of this year’s conference - in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank - is:

Global Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities 

The issues to be discussed include how to enhance global collective efforts and build capacity to sustain these efforts. Some issues and themes to be considered include: What are the required ingredients, policies and measures; What level of collaboration at firm, country and global levels is required to accelerate the pace and scale of technological breakthroughs; What are some of the challenges and opportunities associated with  ESG; How  can ESG be effectively incorporated into portfolio assets; What are the key elements needed to develop effective policies and measures for climate finance; What role does corporate governance play in contributing to the process of managing challenges associated with climate change. Is there a role for stronger global governance of climate related issues.
As a follow up to the COP26, an international forum on climate change will be held within the conference program to analyse and discuss various issues associated with climate change and climate finance, in light of the outcomes of this summit. 

International Forum on Climate Change (15 December)  

Keynote speakers of the conference include: 

  • Professor William Nordhaus, Yale University  (Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2018)
  • Professor Jim Skea, Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London, IPCC Working Group III Co-Chair and Chair of Scotland’s Just Transition Commission
  • Dr. Bambang Susantono, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
  • Mr John Tomac, Partner at PwC; ESG, sustainability, financial risks of climate change
  • Mr Christopher Whitehead, CEO of FINSIA 

An International Forum on the Future of the Banking Industry-Post-COVID-19 (16 December) 

This International Forum is organised, in collaboration with the Asian Development bank, to explore some of the learning gained about  the banking industry during COVID-19 and some potential research and policy themes/issues that could emerge in Post-COVID-19 in the banking industry.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Allen Berger, University of South Carolina
  • Dr Jonathan Kearns, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Professor Anthony Saunders, New York University

Keynote speakers of the conference include: 

  • Allen Berger, University of South Carolina
  • Jonathan Kearns, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • William Nordhaus, Yale University 
  • Lubos Pastor, University of Chicago
  • Philipp Schnabl, New York University
  • Toni Whited, University of Michigan 

When and where

  • When: Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th December 2021.  The PhD Forum will be held on Tuesday 14th December 2021.
  • Where:  Virtually

PhD Forum

When: Tuesday, 14th December 2021

The 34th AFBC will include a PhD Forum for advanced Finance Doctoral Students who are currently working on their dissertation.

The one-day forum will offer accepted students the unique opportunity to present their dissertation proposals and have their work discussed by distinguished academics from top business schools in the US, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Throughout the seminar, students will receive valuable advice about career development from leading scholars and will discuss recent developments in finance literature with fellow students and faculty members.

Submission and acceptance to the PhD Forum

All papers submitted to the PhD Forum are primarily considered for the AFBC on 15th-17th December. This is done as one submission, where the author can indicate their interest in being considered for the PhD Forum.

Acceptance to the main conference is sent out before PhD Forum offer letters. Therefore, papers accepted for presentation at the PhD Forum are always also accepted for presentation at the main conference.

Submit a paper

Submissions are now closed for this year 


Registration is now open for the 34th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference, please click here to register.

Registration deadline for accepted papers: October 1st 2021

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