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Stephen Koukoulas

Stephen Koukoulas

Few economists have both the global and local experience of Stephen Koukoulas. His background covers the spectrum of economic insight - from his role as Chief Economist of Citibank, Global Head of research and strategy for TD Securities in London to Senior Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister.

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Testimonials for Stephen Koukoulas

One of Australia's most influential economists.

The Australian Financial Review


I've only heard great things about your presentation at the breakfast – so thank you. Clients and staff all raved about you – how engaging, thought provoking and entertaining you were. You made the content come alive.

Head of communication – Randstad


The feedback from the participants has been fantastic.  You really make a serious subject interesting and engaging!

HR, Wesfarmers Insurance


One of the most articulate economists in Australia

Alan Kohler, Author and ABC TV journalist


Stephen has a way of making economics fun and relevant - 10/10



As I go around and speak to the economists, I can't help but be drawn to Mr Koukoulas, who is well known to those on the other side of the House

Treasurer of Australia, Liberal Party of Australia

Stephen Koukoulas Travels from ACT
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Stephen Koukoulas's Biography

Stephen Koukoulas has a rare and specialised professional experience over more than 25 years as an economist in government, as Global Head of economic and market research and a Chief Economist for two major banks.


Few economists have both the global and local experience of Stephen Koukoulas. His background covers the spectrum of economic insight - from his role as Chief Economist of Citibank, Global Head of research and strategy for TD Securities in London to Senior Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister.


Stephen’s combination of both public and private sector provides an unparalleled insight into the opportunities and risks of today’s markets. As a speaker Stephen has been called upon to discuss the economy with audiences as diverse as the corporate world to school students – an affirmation of his ability to turn complex economic analysis into terms mere mortals can understand.

In these uncertain financial times, Stephen provides tailored economic overviews and analysis with a level of humour and engagement not usually associated with the subject.

Stephen has recently released his latest book Myth-Busting Economics: A No-nonsense Guide to Your Money, Your Business and the Australian Economy. Economics dominates the news, but figuring out what is really important is no easy task. At last, this myth-busting book clears the air and gives you the facts you really need to be ready for the future. Contact us to have Stephen share his economic insight for your next event.


Speaking Topics Include

The Kouk’s Influencers – Economics matters - Understanding where the economy is and where it is going will drive profits, investment decisions and employment opportunities.

This is why the weekly run of economic news is so important. Keeping up to date with these trends, what they mean for interest rates, the Australian dollar and financial markets is the key to staying ahead of the pack. It is also where policy issues are so important. And this is not just interest rates, but what the government does on tax, spending and changes to rules and regulations.

And of course, the critical thing is what to do about this news, how it might impact your business, your clients and your personal finances. 

The Cautious Consumer and the Retail Crunch - Household spending accounts for over half of the economy – it is an important driver of whether times are good or bad. We consumers are able to shop around and with some significant global retailers ramping up their Australian operations, local retailers are under pressure to compete. Even more important, consumers are limiting new spending because wages growth is weak, household debt is high and wealth is being eroded by house price and stock market weakness.

Retail spending is weak – consumers are holding back their spending

Consumers are in trouble with low wages growth, record debt levels, low savings and a sharp loss of wealth as house prices and the stock market falls

How long will the consumer slump last?

What is needed to see a turnaround?

How should retailers react to what are likely to be tough times in 2019?

What of the role of new international entrants to the retail space?

The Housing Market -Housing – what is more important and topical for Australian consumers, investors and policy makers alike. And right now, house prices are falling, eating away at household wealth, risking a period of economic weakness in the year ahead. What’s more, housing construction is on the cusp of a slump, driven by a credit crunch and a free-fall in investor demand. What will drive the housing market over the next few years?

House prices are falling – Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are all experiencing falls

How long will it last and where is the bottom?

What of new housing supply versus new demand?

Do householders have so much debt that future borrowing will be limited?

RBA interest rates – what are the effects if they move up or down?

How are major City Councils and Regional Councils dealing with the housing market?

Is there a crisis?

When should I buy? Owner-occupiers versus investors.

Boosting Financial Security for all Australian Women - Stephen delivered a White Paper to the Government outlining the issues associated with the financial security for women. You can read the document here: Boosting Economic Security for All Women

Stephen has presented his paper to a Parliamentary Committee and will be continue to advise the government on gender inequality and women’s financial security issues.

This very topical and relevant subject matter makes for a perfect additional Keynote Topic for Stephen in 2019.

Stephen covered the following in the White Paper:

The gender Pay Gap

Superannuation Gap

Child Care Access

Workforce Participation

Access to Education

What can be done at a government level to address these issues?

What can your business do to be a leader in this vital issue of equity?

What are other companies doing to detail with economic and financial security for women?