Short CV of Dr CAROLYN Vernita CURRIE

Ph.D, M. For. Accy.,M.Com(Hons), B.Ec(Hons), B.Com(Merit), FFinsia ASA, ACSA

Carolyn Currie is a member of the Association of Certified Practising Accountants, the Chartered Secretaries Association, and a Fellow of FINSIA, a merger of the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance and the Securities Institute. Her qualifications include:

  • an Honours Degree in Economics from Sydney University,
  • a Bachelor of Commerce (Pass with Merit),
  • a Master of Commerce (Honours) from the University of NSW
  • a Master of Forensic Accounting from the University of Wollongong and
  • a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney; in financial markets regulation, financial systems crises and financial institutions management.

Dr Currie’s experience represents almost four decades in the public and private sector, as a merchant banker, regulator, internal auditor and financial trainer. For the last fifteen years she was a Senior Lecturer in Financial Services at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) as well as Managing Director of her own consulting company and several private investment companies. At UTS she introduced a new banking major at both the postgraduate and undergraduate level, including courses in corporate financial analysis for credit and investment decisions, financial institutions management and financial services and products.

Carolyn Currie has specialised in regulation of financial systems involving corporate financial analysis, public finance (monetary and fiscal policy), accounting and auditing issues, economic growth issues. She uses these skills to advise banks on topical issues such as Basel II, and to counsel governments on the design of financial systems in order to prevent regulatory failure and promote economic growth.

Dr Currie is sought after as a keynote speaker on Operational Risk in Financial Institutions and in this area has produced a number of papers plus a distance learning course with Informa. Recent assignments include a series of course on foreign exchange management and deregulation for officials from PRC institutions including the People’s Bank of China, and the design of a course in Public Finance for the University of Papua New Guinea.

In 2005 Dr Currie conducted a joint research at the Bank Indonesia and continued her teaching assignments at Trisakti University, Jakarta in the MBA programme. She has twice been a guest of the Chinese Government at APEC conferences and was the key speaker at a seminar organised by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce in Jakarta in 2002. These experiences encouraged Dr Currie to develop a new theory of economic reform and financial regulation (Journal of Socio Economics, 2005, 2006) and to obtain research funds to test her hypotheses. She has conducted many assignments for emerging nations and new corporations in the areas mentioned above.

In the corporate arena, Carolyn Currie’s skills involve advice and training in forensic accounting and corporate financial analysis. Positions held include Managing Director of Public Private Sector Partnerships Pty Ltd (current), Director of DC Gardner PLC (1987-1990), Consultant to the NSW Corporate Affairs Commission (1987-1990), and Manager, Chase-NBA Group Ltd (1976-1979).

Dr Carolyn Currie frequently receives invitations from media groups to comment on topical business issues, both live to air and for print.

Broadcasting

  • Invited commentator for the government broadcaster, the ABC, on the Daybreak programme and Country Hour for Radio National 1991 –1992, and on economic programmes for 2BL, Background Briefing, and 2UE, 1991 –2001.
  • Guest appearances on Channel 9 “The Creative Accounting Phenomenon of the Eighties”.
  • Live to air broadcaster for Pacific Knowledge Network, a business education channel, in the year 2000.
  • Assistance with media articles for the SMH, AFR and Business Review Weekly on financial services, 2001-2004.