Masterclass: Finance 2.0 - the missing link?

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Event Details

10 July 2019 at 5:30 pm – 10 July 2019 at 7:45 pm
Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Banking and Finance


Fintech, cryptocurrency, blockchains: how are they related and why do they represent new inventions that make them critically important to finance and business generally? This Masterclass exposes the implications of blockchains and distributed ledgers – a new and very innovative technology that will catalyse Finance 2.0 – to expose their value as we ask what makes them unique and disruptive. We explore a number of early use cases and their related touch points in business organisations as well as the implications for the architecture and operations of Financial institutions and Business.


  • 5:30pm - Registration, networking and refreshments
  • 6:30pm - Masterclass with Q&A
  • 7:45pm - Close

RSVP by: Thursday, 4 July 2019

About the Speakers

Dr Kym Brown

Kym Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Banking and Finance and teaches across a number of banking and international finance-related subjects including international banking and finance. She holds a PhD from Monash University.

Kym’s research interests include banking, bank efficiency, Islamic finance, and developing country finance. Current working papers are in the areas of trust and sustainability of cryptocurrencies, future forms of money, ethics in finance education, inequality with reference to Piketty, the use of advertising in Islamic banking, Chinese bank efficiency, and financial development leading to economic growth.

She has published a number of articles related to Islamic finance and bank efficiency in Asia, China or GCC regions in publications such as Pacific Basin Finance Journal, International Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. Many of her papers published in the Pacific Basin Finance Journal have regularly appeared in the most downloaded articles for that journal.

Kym also lectured in postgraduate accounting and finance at the Suzhou campus in China. She gained a 2017 Faculty Grant for Advancing Women and attended a World Bank conference in Washington D.C. about developing country finance. Her research has won some best paper awards at conferences and a paper with a former PhD student, Dr Yen Nguyen, was presented at the prestigious 2017 American Economic Association conference in Orlando.

Monash University video on Youtube: The Age of Cryptocurrency: A Different Lens

Dr John Vaz

John Vaz is a senior lecturer in the Department of Banking and Finance and teaches finance into all masters programs and corporate finance in the MBA program. He holds an MBA and a PhD in Finance. John regularly draws on his many years of experience in chief executive and senior management roles from start-ups to large enterprises in the technology sector across many countries. John’s research interests include the macro-economy impacts on financial markets, financial institutions and investor behaviour.

John has 30 years of experience in general management and finance in the IT and technology sector, having held managing director and executive director roles in Telstra, AWA Plessey and Ericsson. His international experience includes offshore business development, financing, mergers and acquisitions and company turnarounds.

John has been involved in most aspects of very large scale projects including strategy, project management and financing. He has led major communications projects including national network builds, shared services implementation, large scale contact centres and several ERP implementations. He has held functional leadership roles in corporate finance, strategy, financial and management accounting, ERP systems, credit management and customer service operations.

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