Business and Economics Board

The Business and Economics Board is an industry board providing curriculum guidance, expanding relationships with business, government, industry and the not-for-profit sectors, and actively fund raising.

Role of the Board

The Business and Economics Board will normally meet three times a year with the Faculty and its role is to:

  • Provide advice and support the development of world-class programs in both the undergraduate program and the graduate school
  • Assist in the development of links between the Faculty and the wider business, government and community sectors for students, research and other purposes and facilitate advocacy on behalf of the Faculty
  • Assist in the positioning of the Faculty within the University
  • Provide stewardship of The Melbourne Foundation for Business and Economics

Board Members

Peter W Yates

Dr Peter Yates AM

Chairman, Business and Economics Board

Peter Yates AM FTSE FAICD BCom (Melb), Master of Science (MGT) (Stanford), Doctorate of the University (Murdoch) is Deputy Chair of AIA Australia Limited and Chair of Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited, a Director of Linfox Australia Pty Ltd and Mutual Trust Pty Ltd. He is Chairman  of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Shared Value Project and the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW.

From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. Until 2001, he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. He holds  a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from University of Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo.

Until 30 June 2019, Peter was Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd. He has been a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Asialink, Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, Ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania  Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, and the Australia-Japan Foundation.

In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations and in 2017 was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering  (ATSE). He has also recently been awarded the Australian Academy of Science Medal for 2019.

Anthony Burgess

Tony Burgess

Chairman, The Melbourne Foundation for Business and Economics

Chairman of Flagstaff Partners Pty Ltd, an independent corporate finance advisory firm. Mr Burgess has over 30 years of experience in corporate finance in Melbourne, London and New York and was previously Global Co‐Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Deutsche Bank AG, based in London.

Mr Burgess holds an MBA (with Distinction) from Harvard Business School (1985) and a Bachelor of Commerce (with First Class Honours) from the University of Melbourne (1981). He is a member of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is a Director of the listed investment company, Diversified United Investment Limited, and is Vice Chair of St Vincent’s Institute Foundation.

Paul Kofman

Professor Paul Kofman

Paul Kofman was born in the Netherlands and completed a masters degree in Economics at Erasmus University, Rotterdam in 1987, and a PhD in Economics in 1991 at the same institution.

He commenced his career as a lecturer in Finance at Erasmus University in 1991, before migrating to Australia in 1994 where he has held a number of senior University roles including as Deputy Dean (Faculty) from 2010 until 2012.

He was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics and Sidney Myer Chair of Commerce from 1 May 2012. Professor Kofman's main research interest is in quantitative finance, but he has also published papers in leading journals in international trade, econometrics, and actuarial statistics.

He has undertaken consultancy work for the European Options Exchange, the New York Board of Trade, the Central European University, a number of Dutch investment banks, the Dutch Centre for Actuarial Statistics, the RACV, and the AOFM.

Ian Harper

Professor Ian Harper AO

Professor Ian Harper was appointed Dean of Melbourne Business School in March 2018. As an economist best known for his work in public policy, Professor Harper has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms.

In August 2008, Professor Harper left academic life following a 25-year career, including 16 years in various roles at Melbourne Business School. In recognition of his service to the University of Melbourne, Professor Harper was elected Emeritus Professor on his departure.

He was appointed to the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia in July 2016. Professor Harper served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and was a panelist on the Independent Review of State Finances in Victoria. He was a Partner of Deloitte Access Economics and chaired the
Australian Government's Competition Policy Review.

Ross Barker

Ross E Barker

BSc (Hons), MBA (Melb), F Fin.

Mr Barker is a Non-Executive Director of Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited, AMCIL Limited and Mirrabooka Investments Limited. He was the Managing Director of these companies and Djerriwarrh Investments Limited from February 2001 to December 2017. Prior to this he was a Partner and Managing Director of J B Were & Son.(1996 - 2001). He is also Chairman of Melbourne Business School Ltd and a member of the William Buckland Foundation Board.

Caron Beaton-Wells

Caron Beaton-Wells was appointed the Dean, Internal of the Melbourne Business School in 2020. She is also a Professorial Fellow of the Melbourne Law School and a lay member of the Australian Competition Tribunal. In her role as Dean, Internal Caron leads the School’s Executive Leadership Team across the functions of teaching and learning in all degree and executive education programs, research, marketing, alumni engagement, people and culture and corporate services.

Caron was previously a Professor in Competition Law at the Melbourne Law School (2002-2020), where she held the positions as Associate Dean (Melbourne Law Masters) and Associate Dean (Undergraduate). She was also founding Director of the Competition Law & Economics Network and Global Competition and Consumer Law Program, the Law School’s first wholly online program.

John Brumby

The Hon John Brumby AO

John Brumby has deep and varied experience at the most senior levels in Government, business and the not for profit sector.

In Government, John was Treasurer of Victoria for seven years and then Premier from 2007 to 2010. He also served as a backbencher in the Federal Parliament from 1983-90, as the Federal Member for Bendigo in the Hawke Government.

Since retiring from Parliament in 2010, Mr Brumby has undertaken a number of roles in the business, University and not for profit sector. He is the Chair of MTAA Super Fund, Citywide Service Solutions, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and BioCurate. He is also Chair of the Fred Hollows Foundation and was appointed Chancellor of La Trobe University in March 2019.

Mr Brumby was National President of the Australia China Business Council from 2014-19 and prior to that Chair of the COAG Reform Council from 2012-14. He has conducted numerous high level policy reviews for Government at both State and Federal level, including the 2013 GST Review.

In 2014 Mr Brumby released his book titled “The Long Haul, Lessons from Public Life” and in 2018 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for his leadership in medical biotechnology and regional development.

He is a graduate from Melbourne University (B Com) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp

Sally Capp was elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne in May 2018 and was the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor.

Sally was also the first woman to hold the post of Agent-General for Victoria in the UK, Europe and Israel. She has also served as the CEO for the Committee for Melbourne and COO of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Sally began her career as a Solicitor, after completing Law (Hons) and Commerce degrees at the University of Melbourne.

Sally has held senior roles at both KPMG and ANZ, and she took the small business she co- founded to the ASX. Most recently she was Victorian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia.

A passionate Magpies supporter, in 2004 Sally made history as the first female board member of Collingwood FC. She is involved in a number of charities, currently sitting on the board of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation and the Melbourne University Faculty of Business and Economics.

Sally is also Honorary Patron of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance, Member of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors, Patron of the Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices, Patron of the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation and Victorian Honorary Vice President of the Australia-Britain Society (Victoria) Inc.

Gloria Goh

Gloria Goh

Gloria is a retired Partner of Ernst & Young, Malaysia. Gloria is a former Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the ASEAN Federation of Accountants. She was a Past President of the Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA) – Malaysia Chapter.

Gloria has been an active participant in University of Melbourne alumni activities in Malaysia. She is the current President of the University of Melbourne Alumni Association, Malaysia.

She is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), a fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, and is on the Board of the Malaysia Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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David Harris

David Harris is a Professor of Econometrics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. He teaches econometrics and quantitative methods at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a coauthor of the Cambridge University Press textbook on Econometric Modelling with Time Series.

David's research in econometric theory and time series analysis has appeared in leading scholarly journals including the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and Econometric Theory. He is also involved with inter-disciplinary research projects into hearing loss and treatment and its cognitive effects.

Paul Jensen

Professor Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen was appointed as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics on 1 October 2016. Professor Jensen is responsible for the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours). He leads curriculum, program development, student support, knowledge transfer and collaboration with other faculties. He is responsible for Faculty academic staff matters.

Paul's current research interests are innovation, science policy, and technology markets. Much of his research has a strong public policy focus, and has been published in leading international journals such as RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, National Tax Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Law & Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Economics Letters, Health Economics, and Industrial and Corporate Change. In addition, he has undertaken commissioned research for IBM, the OECD, the European Commission, Asialink and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

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Annette Kimmitt

Annette Kimmitt AM

Annette is the global CEO and Managing Partner at MinterEllison, an international law firm headquartered in Australia and regarded as one of Asia Pacific's premier firms.

With 35 years professional and commercial experience, Annette's executive career has included a range of senior roles with Ernst & Young and, prior to EY, the International Accounting Standards Board. She has extensive local and international experience in designing and implementing large, complex transformations, and a strong track record in unlocking organisational potential.

Annette joined EY as a Partner in 2005, with her role evolving significantly over her 13-year tenure with the firm. She held senior roles in Asia Pacific and globally, leading various practice groups and functions around the world to manage cultural change and strategic direction.

Annette is on the board of the Melbourne Business School, chairing the audit and risk committee. She previously sat on the board of Airservices Australia, and as Chair of Airservices' audit and risk committee oversaw a complete transformation of the organisations approach to risk management.

Chris Leptos

Chris Leptos AO

Chris Leptos has been a Senior Partner with KPMG, and Managing Partner Government at Ernst & Young where he had national responsibility for leading the public sector practice. His other Board roles include Chairman of the National Heart Foundation, Chairman of the Summer Foundation, Non-Executive Director of IDP Education Ltd, and Senior Adviser to Flagstaff Partners. He is also a member of the Advisory Council of Asialink and a Governor of The Smith Family.

Chris has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and Fellow of CPA Australia.

In 2000 Chris was designated a Member of the Order of Australia for services to business and the community, and in 2022 he was designated an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Rupert Myer AO

Rupert Myer is the Deputy Chairman of Myer Holdings Ltd, is a Director of AMCIL Ltd, Director of the Creative Partnerships Australia Board, and the Chairman of Nuco Pty Ltd.

Mr Myer serves as Chairman of the Australia Council. In addition, he serves as a member of the Felton Bequests Committee and as a board member of Jawun – Indigenous Corporate Partnerships, The Myer Foundation and The Australian International Cultural Foundation.

James Riardy

Dr James Riady

James Riady is CEO of the Lippo Group of Companies, which is involved in banking, securities, hotels, property and property development, health care, multimedia, business publications and communications. Dr Riady is the founder and Chairman of the Pelita Harapan Educational Foundation, which operates two universities and 20 K–12 schools. Dr Riady is the Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian General Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin Indonesia), Foundation Member of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland and also a Member of the International Business Council.

He was Ambassador at Large and Special Envoy of the President from 1988–2000 and a member of the Peoples' Consultative Assembly (MPR) from 1988–2000, both in the Republic of Indonesia. Dr Riady was awarded the Australian Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship in 2008 by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne, and has received a Doctor Honoris Causa from both Ouachita Baptist University and La Trobe University.

Naomi Simson

After completing her undergraduate degree, Naomi worked for a number of corporations in different marketing roles, including IBM, Apple, KPMG and Ansett Airlines. She started her first business, a marketing consulting firm, in 1996. In 2001 Naomi founded RedBalloon which was a pioneer in the online e-commerce space. Naomi co-founded The Big Red Group in 2017 which incorporates RedBalloon Australia & NZ,, Adrenaline, and Marketics AI (Albert). It now serves an experience a minute and is considered the third largest experience marketplace in the world.

Naomi is the author of two best-sellers: Live What You Love, and Ready to Soar, and is a judge on Shark Tank Australia. She has close to 3 million people reading her content on the business platform LinkedIn. Naomi became a Governor of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in 2013 and also serves on a number of industry advisory boards.

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Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart

Chair of the Business and Economics Alumni Council

EBC founder, Kate Stewart is a seasoned entrepreneur and purpose-driven business strategist with a passion for supporting fast moving companies and enterprising founders, particularly in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

With a number of her own successful businesses under her belt—including Bright Young Things and En Pointe Events, she’s worked with a league of loyal clients including The Australian Ballet, Mirvac and The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.

Kate’s name is a byword in the events and hospitality game, and for almost two decades she’s been bringing her inspirational style, hospitality nous and pragmatic approach to customer experience and business growth.

Currently working with start-up, AmazingCo as head of experience design, she’s a B.Com, graduate of the AICD and director at FareShare, Australia’s largest food rescue charity kitchen. Kate is sought out for her practical savvy, futurist thinking and real-world operational experience, as well as her commitment to business as a force for good.

Scott Tanner

Mr Tanner is an experienced Chief Executive, Chairman and Company Director. In his corporate career, he was most recently Chief Digital Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Westpac’s Consumer Bank division. Prior to this, Mr Tanner was Chief Executive of Bank of Melbourne for six years and a Director at Bain & Company for 15 years.

Mr Tanner is the Chairman of listed company GrowthOps (ASX: TGO), Chairman of Committee for Melbourne, and Director of the Melbourne Business School. Previously he was a Trustee of Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust and a Director of Tennis Australia. Mr Tanner is Managing Director of SMT Advisory Services, a Corporate Advisory business, which he founded in 2018. In this capacity he advises a number of companies and is Chairman of the advisory boards of non-bank lender PropertyShares, parking solutions company UbiPark, and Asia Pacific Capital Limited. Mr Tanner has an MBA from Melbourne Business School and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ben Walsh

Ben Walsh

Ben is the Managing Director & Market Leader for Mercer in the Pacific across the firm's domains of Health, Wealth and Career. Ben is also the Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies in Australia, representing Guy Carpenter, Marsh, Mercer and Oliver Wyman.

Prior to this, Ben held numerous senior leadership roles over a career spanning more than 20 years with the Group, including Mercer's Financial Services business in Australia and New Zealand, Market Development in Asia Pacific and Health & Benefits in Australia, New Zealand and India. He has worked for the Group in four countries and across seven business lines/functional areas.

Ben is a Director of five Mercer Boards in Australia and New Zealand, including the Trustee of the AU$20 billion in funds under management Mercer Super Trust. He Chairs two of Mercer's Boards and sits on the Board Risk Management committee. Ben was appointed to the Faculty of Business & Economics Advisory Board with The University of Melbourne in October 2015.

Previously, Ben was a Non-Executive Director of the Affiliation of Superannuation Providers from 2012 when Mercer joined the affiliation as a founding member until April 2015.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Business Administration (Melbourne Business School). He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

Frank Zipfinger

Frank Zipfinger


Mr Frank Zipfinger is Chairman of Buchan, Architects, Chairman of Vecor Limited and the Deputy Chairman of Melbourne Business School Ltd.

Mr Zipfinger is also a member of the Council of Macquarie University and chairman of its Audit & Risk Committee, a member and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of the St Joseph's College Indigenous Fund and of the board of the St Joseph's College Foundation, President of the Ski Lodges Organisation of Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega Inc, Chairman of the Teter Mek Foundation, Chairman of ONELAND Programs Ltd and a board member of the Northcare Foundation at Royal North Shore Hospital. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Zipfinger was formerly the Chairman of Aspen Group (ASX code APZ), a director of MH Premium Farms and a director of Galileo Japan Trust (ASX code GJT), Chairman of the Investor Representative Committees of the AMP Capital Shopping Centre Fund and the AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund and a former director of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and of the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Mr Zipfinger has over 40 years of experience in the property industry. He was formerly a Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) where he specialised in real estate. Frank was the Chairman of Mallesons Stephen Jaques from February 2005 until June 2010 and Chairman of Mallesons in the Community. Frank also completed over five years in various roles as a Managing Partner with the firm. He has been a Consultant to the firm since 2010.