Ed Bos­worth

Banking risk expert

Ed Bos­worth

Banking risk expert

In an enlight­en­ing talk, Ed Bos­worth dis­tills his years of big bank­ing exper­i­ence to explain to the audi­ence where their mort­gages come from, why the GFC happened, how Australia’s bank­ing sys­tem is dif­fer­ent to much of the world and most import­antly, how banks are going to pre­vent another GFC. And there are ninjas, The Rolling Stones and The Knack thrown in for good meas­ure.


Ed Bos­worth is the Head of Risk Reward at West­pac, a role that over­sees poli­cy and extern­al report­ing for the bank’s bal­ance sheet struc­ture. This includes respons­ib­il­ity for bank cap­it­al and liquid­ity, top­ics whose role in con­trib­ut­ing to and mit­ig­at­ing the Glob­al Fin­an­cial Crisis has been much debated.

Ed has 15 years exper­i­ence in Aus­trali­an bank­ing and has worked in sev­er­al seni­or risk man­age­ment roles. He co-authored the first pub­lished study of Aus­trali­an bank losses from defaul­ted cus­tom­ers in 1998 and developed a mod­el for meas­ur­ing liquid­ity risk in 2002 that has since been proven wrong in almost every respect. He holds a post­gradu­ate degree in Stat­ist­ics and, des­pite being born and bred in Sydney, con­tin­ues to believe that Can­ber­ra has the best qual­ity of life to be found.

Ed’s not entirely about bank­ing; he’s com­pleted sev­er­al OxFam Trail­walker events in Aus­tralia, New Zeal­and and Hong Kong.