Stephen Koukoulas

Travels from: ACT

One of the most articulate and influential economists in Australia.

Categories: Economists

Full Presenter Profile & Bio

With a background in economics, Stephen Koukoulas holds great insight into both national and international markets. His background includes roles as Chief Economist of Citibank, government advisor at the Federal Treasury, head of global research in London at TD and Senior Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister 

With extensive experience in both public and private sectors, Stephen holds an unparalleled views and insights into the opportunities and risks of today’s economy. 

As a speaker, Stephen discusses the economy with diverse audiences, turning complex jargon into simplified and easy to understand terms for anyone.  With uncertainty in the future, Stephen is able to tailor his content to provide an overview and analysis for any audience, combining humor and facts for an interesting and engaging presentation. 

In 2020 our nation is in the midst of a global pandemic which will have a major economic impact, Stephen breaks down the effect both globally and nationally on our economy and our future.

In 2018, he released a White Paper on the topic of economic security for women, drawing attention to the future of finance for all women. ​

As the global pandemic continues, Stephen Koukoulas​ can tailor his presentation to discuss the effects of the coronavirus on the economy. Stephen can present his keynote speech by virtual broadcast to your organisation through videoconferencing, live streaming and Zoom events. 


Speaker Topics

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?
Stephen Koukoulas – the go-to economist and policy analyst
Stephen is at the forefront of the analysis of the fallout. He is one of the most sought-after media specialists, appearing many times a day on TV, radio and in print. You may have seen him on 7.30, The Project, Sky TV or heard him on the radio or quoted on-line. Stephen is in many ways a thought leader helping governments, business and individuals grapple with the economic fallout from the crisis. A changing feast Things are changing quickly, and Stephen is on top of those changes. Will the economy be in a deep recession? Will it be a short sharp “V” downturn with a fully fledged recovery before year end? Monitoring China is vital for judging when this crisis may end. Stephen has his finger on the pulse and is feeding that new information into his analysis of where the Australian economy will go.
The Cautioius 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 economic fallout from the Coronavirus Economics delivered on-line
Stephen Koukoulas has established an on-line keynote seminar package on the economic fallout from the Coronavirus. He would like to speak to you, your staff, your clients about what is happening and what is ahead. It is clear the economy is in trouble. The fallout is widespread. Many businesses are in trouble, workers are having their hours and wages cut or, worse, losing their jobs. The dislocation to the way the economy functioned is without precedent. Policy changes are coming thick and fast. Near zero interest rates, printing money, cash handouts, rent and mortgage payment ‘holidays’ are in the mix. Their aim is to limit the fallout so that when this crisis ends, it will be all hands on deck for the recovery and return to normal business.
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.
Webinar and a virtual seminar
Stephen is available for on-line seminars for you, your staff, your clients or members. The beauty of Stephen’s presentations is that they can be organised at short notice. They can be tailored to your specific needs. They can be 25 to 30 minutes after which Stephen will stay on-line and answer every question that comes through, however long that takes. People from around Australia – or the world for that matter – can log in and listen, ask questions and hear from an expert on just where the economic fallout is in these troubling times. No audience is too big or too small. Just dial in and listen to the latest issues in the economy, financial markets and the policy makers.
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