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Besa Deda
Besa Deda

Chief Economist of Westpac’s Business Bank

Besa is the Chief Economist of Westpac’s Business Bank. She is also the Chief
Economist of St.George Bank, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and BT, which are other
businesses within the Westpac Group.

Besa has been with the Group as a Chief Economist since 2009 and is a key
spokesperson on the economy and financial markets. She manages a team of
economists, regularly presents to clients and appears in the media.

Besa is also the Chair of the Australian Business Economists, an organisation
committed to fostering economic debate on economic issues and policy matters.
She is also a member of ANU’s Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis RBA
Shadow Board.

Besa was appointed the Chief Economist of St.George Bank in 2008, a role which
saw her become the first female Chief Economist of a bank in Australia.

Prior to this, she had specialised roles in fixed income, currency strategy,
macroeconomics and equities at the Commonwealth Bank.

Besa has also worked for the Colonial Group. She has previously lectured for the
Kaplan Business School and written a regular property column for the Weekend
Australian.