Dr Deborah Ralston

Digital Finance Advisory Committee Chair / Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC)

Deborah Ralston is Professor of Finance at Monash University. She has held a number of leadership positions in Australian Universities, including Dean of Business at the Universities of Southern Queensland and the Sunshine Coast, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business, Law and Information Systems at the University of Canberra, and most recently as Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS).

Deborah’s research interests include superannuation, innovation, the regulation, strategy and management of financial institutions. She has published widely in these areas including in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Marketing and Intelligence Planning, the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, the Journal of Small Business Management, the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, and the Economic Record.

She is Principal investigator of the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster, a three-year, $9m collaboration between Monash and Griffith Universities, the Universities of Warwick (UK) and Western Australia, and CSIRO. Working with private and public sector stakeholders, the Cluster undertakes research into the impact of superannuation on the Australian economy and the post retirement needs of older Australians.

In June 2015 Deborah was appointed as Chair of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee, DFAC assists the Innovation Hub by channelling senior level advice from the fintech sector to gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities, developments and emerging risks of digital financial innovation.

Deborah has a PhD in finance from Bond University, a Bachelor and Master of Economics from the University of New England, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), the Certified Professional Accountants of Australia (FCPAA), and a Senior Fellow of Finsia (SF Fin).  

She has over 20 years experience as a non-executive director on public and private sector boards and is currently a Director of ASX Listed Mortgage Choice, where she is Chair of the Investment Committee for Mortgage Choice Financial Planning and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is also a member of Scale Angels, a female-led angel investment group which focuses on supporting start-ups with predominantly female founders.