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Emeritus Professor Sirimon Treepongkaruna

School of Business, Accounting and Finance

"Seize the moment and practice random acts of kindness."

Professor Treepongkaruna, the elected senior research fellow of the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), is a visiting professor and senior research fellow at Sasin School of Management and has over 20 years experience in academics at various top New Zealand and Australian research universities, including the Australian National University, Monash University and the University of Western Australia.

She has in total 92 peer-reviewed publications, and also presented competitive refereed papers over 40 times at high-quality international and local conferences/seminars. Professor Treepongkaruna has also won various prestigious grants and awards, including two ARC grants and one NRCT grant. Her broad research profile includes (1) applied financial economics and empirical finance, (2) issue in international finance (e.g., term structure of interest rates, inflation, bonds, credit risk and ratings), (3) asset pricing and (4) corporate governance.

Most important experiences at UWA

Flexibility to introduce creative work such as the FX trading game for students and the initial design of the UWA trading room. Excellent support for conducting research, which allowed me to travel and collaborate with colleagues in the U.S., UK, Denmark, Norway and Thailand.

Where did you think you would end up when you began your career?

I started off my career as an FX dealer. Enjoying the fun and fast-paced trading room, I did not imagine that I would end up as a successful academic. I did not set specific professional goals but tended to make the most of the opportunities presented to me.

What are some of your most significant achievements?

Establishing and running FX trading games for large undergraduate classes; Contributing 91 publications over 20 years of being in the academic field; being awarded the ARC grant twice; and the most significant of all is being recognized by the National Research Council of Thailand as a senior research fellow and receiving a plaque from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

What has been the most interesting aspect of your career?

The flexible and independent work environment, with a number of opportunities to collaborate for research with many talented people around the world. Watching students grow to be successful individuals in their chosen careers.

Where to from here?

I took early retirement to move back to Thailand so that I can spend more time with my family, enjoying a slow and healthy life. As I was the elected senior research fellow of the National Research Council of Thailand, I will continue doing research.

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