Assistant Governor (Financial Markets) Christopher Kent

Photograph of Christopher Kent

Christopher Kent is the Assistant Governor (Financial Markets) at the Reserve Bank of Australia, a position he has held since December 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of the Bank's operations in the domestic and global financial markets, including the management of Australia's foreign reserves. He briefs the Reserve Bank Board on developments in financial markets at the monthly Board meetings and participates as the Bank's representative on the BIS Markets Committee and the BIS Committee on Global Financial Stability. Christopher chairs the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee.

Prior to this, Christopher was the Assistant Governor (Economic) for five years and as such was the chief economic advisor to the Governor and the Board. Christopher has also worked as Head of Payments Policy Department and earlier as Head of Economic Research Department and he spent two years with the International Monetary Fund working on the Italian desk.

Christopher holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the Australian National University. He has authored numerous papers on the Australian economy and macroeconomic policy and edited a number of the Bank's annual Conference Volumes.

Education Australian National University (BEc Hons, 1991)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD 1997)
1988–98 Reserve Bank of Australia; positions in Economic Research and Economic Analysis Departments
1998–2001 Senior Economist, Financial Stability Department
2001–03 International Monetary Fund
2003–04 Deputy Head of Economic Analysis Department
2004–10 Head of Economic Research Department
2010–12 Head of Payments Policy Department
2012-16 Assistant Governor (Economic)