Highlights 2017

‘From CEO pay to tennis prize money: Is it (just) about skill?’

 2nd Annual Financial Institutions, Regulation and Corporate Governance Conference

 January 28-30 2017


Featured Speakers

PROFESSOR FRANCESCA CORNELLI is Professor of Finance and Director of Private Equity at London Business School. Her research interests include corporate governance, private equity, privatisation, bankruptcy, initial public offerings and innovation policy.

She has held positions, or taught, at Wharton, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, The London School of Economics, the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the New Economic School in Moscow.

She is an editor of The Review of Financial Studies and Private Equity Findings and a board member of AFFECT, the American Finance Association’s newly established Academic Female Finance Committee.


fiona walkerFIONA TRAFFORD-WALKER is Director of Consulting at Frontier. At Frontier, Fiona is directly responsible for providing investment advisory services to various clients, chairing the internal Investment Committee and overseeing the investment consulting deliverables of the firm.  Fiona is also responsible for the firm’s Governance Advice, Risk, Decisions and Strategy Advisory Service.

In 2013, Fiona was named as the inaugural “Woman of the Year” in the Money Management/Super Review Women in Financial Services Awards, as well as one of the top 10 global Asset Consultants by the US-based financial journal aiCIO in each of the last four years.  She was also announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2016 in the Board/management category. 

Fiona is a Non-Executive Director of the Link Group (an ASX top 200 listed company) as well as Chair of its Risk and Audit Committee.  She is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Economics with first class Honours from James Cook University of North Queensland and was awarded a University Medal on completion of her Honours year.  She completed her Master of Finance at RMIT in 1995.

PROFESSOR BETSEY STEVENSON is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. In 2013, she was appointed to President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Stevenson has published widely in leading economics journals about the impact of public policies on the labor market, with a focus on women and families.

She is a columnist for Bloomberg View, and a sometime commentator for Public Radio’s Marketplace program, and her thoughts on the economy are frequently covered in both print and television media.


Round Table Session

A key highlight of FIRCG 2017 is the Round Table Session, where leading regulators and law, finance and industry experts analyse the challenges the finance industry faces:

VERA CHAPLIN is a Managing Director and Lead Analytical Manager for Financial Services Ratings at S&P Global Ratings in
Asia-Pacific (ex Japan). Based in Melbourne, she leads an integrated analytical team that covers financial institutions and insurance companies in the region. Vera is also the Head of Ratings Operations for Australia, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day Ratings operations in Australia.

Before assuming these roles in 2016, Vera led S&P Global Ratings’ structured finance practice in Asia-Pacific. She joined the company in 1997 and has extensive experience assigning ratings to structured finance securities across all asset classes and various markets. In all her previous responsibilities she has played leading roles in criteria development, research and investor outreach.

Vera is also a regular speaker at industry forums and investor seminars around the globe. Vera’s previous experience includes corporate treasury and economic consulting.

She holds a Master of Commerce degree from The University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.


PROFESSOR IFTEKHAR HASAN is the E. Gerald Corrigan Chair in International Business and Finance at Gabelli School of Business and co-director of the Center for Research in Contemporary Finance. Professor Hasan serves as the scientific advisor at the Central Bank of Finland. He is the managing editor of the Journal of Financial Stability. 

Professor Hasan's research interests are in the areas of financial institutions, corporate finance, capital markets and emerging economies. Professor Hasan has more than 325 publications in print, including 16 books and edited volumes, and more than 225 peer-reviewed articles in finance, economics, accounting, and management journals such as JFE, JFQA, JoB, JME, RoF, JFI, JMCB, JCF, FM.

Professor Hasan has presented his research at more than 550 professional meetings and institutions worldwide and has been a consultant or a visiting scholar for numerous international organizations, including the World Bank, the IMF, the United Nations, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency of the U.S. Treasury, the Banque de France, Development Bank of Japan, and the Italian Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Professor Hasan has been serving as a research fellow at the Financial Institution Center at the Wharton School and a visiting fellow at the Finance Department of the NYU Stern School of Business. He is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an honorary PhD from the Romanian-American University in Bucharest.


MARIANNE BROADBENT is Managing Partner, South East Asia at NGS Global. Based in Australia, she has particular expertise
in working with organisations to shape and develop strategic executive and team capabilities. Dr. Broadbent works in both the commercial and government sectors and has deep experience with technology, professional services and education-related businesses and executives. She is Founding Partner of ARBITER Leadership Technologies™.

Dr. Broadbent was most recently Senior Partner at EWK International in South East Asia, a business which recently integrated with NGS Global. She previously served as global Senior Vice President for New Product Development at Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advice organisation.

Prior to joining Gartner, Dr. Broadbent was Associate Dean and held the Professorial Chair of Management (Information Systems) at Melbourne Business School. She has also served as a visiting researcher at Boston University’s School of Management, and completed ground-breaking research work on governance with faculty at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Dr. Broadbent is co-author of two Harvard Business School Press best sellers, including The New CIO Leader: Setting the agenda and delivering results. She has an extensive publication record, ranging from regular columns about leadership and management, commentaries in The Financial Times (UK) and the Australian Financial Review, through to major ‘A’ list academic journals.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from University of Sydney, Dip T.Lib from UTS, a Master of Arts from Macquarie University, an A.Mus.A. (AMEB) and a PhD from Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne.    

Information Session

RUI DAI, a Senior research director at WRDS, will host a special session to update the research community about the new advances in data and tools at WRDS, which are integrated and developed to help researchers in particular in, but not limited to, Financial Institutions, Regulation and Governance fields.

The session would cover a few new databases that have been recently integrated into WRDS, including Thomson Reuters (Worldscope, Global Ownership, and SDC platinum), Ravenpack (Global Structured News), 2IQ (Global Insider), Factset Revere (Supply-chain, and Geographic Revenue), ISS Voting Analytics, and Infogroup (Private Company).

This session would also introduce the WRDS Analytics Platform, which aims to improving research efficiency and enhancing data calculation accuracy. Examples of research tools include WRDS Financial Ratios suite, WRDS Event Study suite, the WRDS TAQ Intraday Liquidity suite, etc.