2019 RMIT Q Group Finance Symposium

Presented by the RMIT School of Economics, Finance and Marketing and Q Group, the 2019 RMIT Q Group Finance Symposium brings together RMIT’s leading finance academics and industry leaders. Join us to explore, unpack and discuss high-impact research around topical and highly debated issues in the finance discipline.

The 2019 RMIT Q Group Finance Symposium is a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academic and industry research which will help identify areas to shape the future of the financial services industry.

Over the course of a full day, RMIT academics will lead a lively discussion alongside high-profile industry guests.

Topics covered include the importance of financial literacy, funds management, investment and recent finance trends in the Australian market.

Places are limited, don't miss your opportunity to get involved in the conversation.


8.30am - Registration
Tea and coffee

9.00am - Welcome

9.15-10.30am - Panel Discussion: Financial Wellbeing through Lifecycle
Moderator: Dr Oscar Tian, NAB/MLC Wealth
Professor Deborah Ralston, Monash University
Michelle Dowdell, Commonwealth Treasury
Professor Roslyn Russell, RMIT University

10.30-11.00am - Morning Tea

11.00-12.30pm - Session 1: Funds Management and Governance
Moderator: Assoc Professor Banita Bissoondoyal-Bheenick, RMIT University

Raewyn Williams, Parametric Australia 
Light it up: how research can challenge opaque areas of institutional investing 

Professor On Kit Tam, RMIT University 
Style drift in mutual funds: implications for performance and governance 

Dr Daisy Chou, RMIT University 
How succession-induced gaps in CEO characteristics affect firm performance 

12.40-2.00pm - Lunch

2.00-3.30pm - Session 2: Investment
Moderator: Assoc Professor May Hu, RMIT University

Dr My Nguyen, RMIT University 
Analysis of economic channels of stock liquidity changes: the impact of policy uncertainty 

Mike Aked, Research Affiliates 
The equity market is my free lunch 

Dr Angel Zhong, RMIT University 
Monday blues and TGIF effects in international stock markets 

3.30-4.00pm - Afternoon tea

4.00-5.00pm - Session 3: Trends in Finance
Moderator: Andrew Gruskin, Omega Global Investors

Professor Imad Moosa, RMIT University 
What is finance and how is it related to economics 

Roger McIntosh, Industry Professional 
Practical challenges of incorporating ESG in the investment process 

5.00-6.00pm - Networking and drinks


The School is host to a number of top researchers and specialist research groups within and across the fields of Economics, Finance and Marketing.

Research focus areas include: behavioural business, consumer culture, corporate finance and governance, empirical microeconomics and social marketing.

The speakers are a blend of academics from the school as well as high-profile industry speakers from a variety of backgrounds.

Andrew Gruskin

Andrew is the Investment Director at Omega Global Investors, and has over 20 years experience in financial markets

Assoc Professor Banita Bissoondoyal-Bheenick

Banita Bissoondoyal-Bheenick joined RMIT University as an Associate Professor in Finance in February 2019 and is currently the Deputy Head of School, Finance

Dr Angel Zhong

Dr Zhong is a senior lecturer in finance in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, joining RMIT in 2018 after receiving her PhD in finance at Monash University

Dr Daisy Chou

Dr Daisy Hsin-I Chou is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

Dr May Hu

Associate Professor May Hu is an Associate Professor of Finance in the school of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University

Dr My Nguyen

Dr My Nguyen is a Lecturer in Finance at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia

Dr Oscar Tian

Dr Oscar Tian is a Senior Consultant for retirement products pricing and quantitative analysis at NAB/MLC Wealth

Michelle Dowdell

Michelle Dowdell is the  Head of the  Melbourne Office of the Commonwealth Treasury and a Principal Adviser in Retirement Income Policy Division

Mike Aked

Mike Aked, CFA Partner, Director of Research for Australia

Professor Deborah Ralston

Professor Deborah Ralston is a researcher and thought leader in financial services, with interests in digital disruption, superannuation, and financial regulation

Professor Imad Moosa

Professor Imad Moosa is a Professor of Finance at RMIT University

Professor On Kit Tam

Professor On Kit Tam is Professor of Finance at RMIT University and Vice President of the Australia China Business Council Victoria

Professor Roslyn Russell

Professor Roslyn Russell is a Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University

Raewyn Williams

Raewyn is responsible for setting the Australian research agenda for Parametric, a global specialist implementation manager

Roger McIntosh

Roger is a portfolio manager and investment risk manager with experience across multiple asset classes and strategy types


Campaigns Coordinator
Patricia Vo

Associate Professor in Finance
Banita Bissoondoyal-Bheenick

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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