Globally renowned banking and finance authorities, including the RBA’s Guy Debelle and Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of the World Bank Global Indicators Group, plus many other Australian and international monetary experts and senior government executives, will debate key issues, share research and discuss disruption in the global financial system at the Australasian Finance and Banking Conference.

Now in its 28th year, the conference connects business leaders, world-class academics and senior practitioners.

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

The UNSW Business School’s Professor Fariborz Moshirian, the Director of the Institute of Global Finance, said in past years the conference had been successful in bringing together the world’s foremost thought leaders from the financial community. “The Australasian Finance and Banking Conference is the most prestigious finance conference in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The high-level conference will discuss the main challenges affecting the banking and finance industries in the Asia Pacific region, and what this means for Australian markets. Up to 300 delegates from 30 countries are expected to participate in the conference.

Guy Debelle will address the International Business Forum on Aspects of Global Risk Management Strategies on Wednesday 16th December.

A highlight of the conference is the launch of the launch of the World Bank report, Doing Business 2016.

The Doing Business project is a tool that decision-makers can use to reduce regulation, enhance competitiveness and increase global interdependence. It provides context for analysing the current global financial and economic issues facing nations.

A Women’s Forum will be held at the Australasian Finance and Banking Conference to promote the cause of gender equality in the finance industry and the international economy.

This event will also include the launch of the report, Women, Business and the Law: Getting to Equal by the World Bank on Thursday 17th December. This is a widely used publication that has influenced policymakers and business leaders throughout the world. It provides insights into socio-economic factors associated with gender inequality, underpinned by unique data.

“The conference will examine the latest developments on risk around the world relating to the banking system, among many other subjects,” said Professor Moshirian, the conference convener. “It will put the spotlight on Sydney as a major financial centre in the region and explore the way Australia, as a regional hub, could assist the Asia Pacific to develop a more sophisticated regional financial system.”

“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.” 

When: Wednesday 16 December – Friday 18 December 2015

​​Location: The Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Australia

More details available here​​

This forum will include the following eminent speakers:

• Dr. Stjin Claessens, US Federal Reserve

• Professor Tarun Chordia, Emory University

• Dr. Augusto López-Claros, World Bank

• Professor Christian T. Lundblad, University of North Carolina

• Professor Roni Michaely, Cornell University

Dr. Stijn Claessens, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will discuss Recent Developments in Global Banking on Thursday 17th December at 2pm.

Media are invited to attend, but must confirm their attendance in advance.

For further details call Professor Fariborz Moshirian on 02 9385 5859 or email

Media contact: Julian Lorkin: 02 9385 9887 | 0405 805 365 |