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Satyajit Das

Satyajit Das is a former banker. In 2006, Das presciently anticipated the Global Financial Crisis. In 2010, he identified the risk of a sovereign debt crisis and has continued to provide insightful commentary on the evolution of the crisis. He was featured in Charles Ferguson's 2010 Oscar winning documentary Inside Job, the 2012 PBS Frontline series Money, Power & Wall Street and a 2009 BBC TV documentary - Tricks with Risk.

He is a frequent contributor and interviewee, being widely quoted in the financial press in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, South Africa, Australia, NZ and Asia. He is the author of Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives - Revised Edition (2006 and 2010), an insider's account of derivatives trading and the financial products business filled with black humour and satire. His latest book is Extreme Money: the Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk (2011) described by economist Nouriel Roubini as: 'A true insider's devastating analysis of the financial alchemy of the last 30 years and its destructive consequences. With his intimate first-hand knowledge, Das takes a knife to global finance and financiers to reveal its inner workings without fear or favor.'

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Saturday 31 Aug 2013 at 07.00 pm

Big Ideas: Intergenerational War

Satyajit Das argues that our economic growth and prosperity is based on excessive debt, irreversible environmental damage and overuse of non-renewable resources, including oil and water. It is an official policy of 'extend and pretend' where problems and costs are pushed into the future to feed current consumption and lifestyles. But the transfer of wealth from the future cannot go on forever and robs the generations to come - our children. Can we adjust our behaviours? Will we stop eating our own children? Introduced by Michael Webster.

Michael Webster, Satyajit Das

Venue: Deakin Edge, Fed Square
Code: 1107
Price: $30/27

Sunday 01 Sep 2013 at 11.30 am

The Fourth Annual Philanthropy and Ethics Forum: Mind the Gap

Does philanthropy distort government policy and misdirect resources? Or does it enhance participation and opportunity? Mary Crooks (Victorian Women’s Trust), Sayajit Das (finance analyst and writer), Miriam Lyons (Centre for Policy Development) and Terry Moran AC (Institute of Public Administration Australia), examine philanthropy’s risks and rewards. Chaired by Peter Clarke.

Proudly supported by the Australian Communities Foundation

Peter Clarke, Mary Crooks, Sayajit Das, Terry Moran AC, Miriam Lyons

Venue: Deakin Edge, Fed Square
Code: 1112
Price: $21.50/19.50




Melbourne Writers Festival, 25 Aug 2011 - 04 Sept 2011
Level 1, 176 Lt Lonsdale Street, The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne VIC 3000
Box Office: +61 (0)3 9999 1199, T: +61 (0)3 9094 7859, F: +61 (0)3 9650 6467

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