The SMSF Association has appointed Professor Deborah Ralston to its board of directors.
Professor Ralston, who was executive director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies from January 2009 to July 2015, will join the SMSF Association board on 1 July 2016.
She has held a number of leadership positions at Australian universities and is also an experienced researcher and published author, a statement by the SMSF Association said.
She has approximately 20 years' experience as a non-executive director on public and private sector boards.
"SMSFs, with about 30 per cent of funds under management in superannuation, represent two areas that interest me enormously – post-retirement solutions and innovation, with the latter aligning with my keen interest in fintech – and I look forward to being part of the future direction of the association," said Professor Ralston.
"There can be no argument [that] SMSFs' use of technology has reduced costs, making them much more viable for people with lower superannuation balances, which is why we see a real change in SMSF demographics with more young people establishing them," she said.
"I am confident this superannuation sector will continue to flourish, and I am keen to contribute, especially in my areas of policy interest."
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