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Doug Ferguson

Doug Ferguson

NSW Chairman and Head of Asia & International Markets

KPMG Australia

Most people wouldn’t know that during the mid-1990s Doug studied Mandarin Chinese at University in Taiwan before becoming a professional rugby player in Hong Kong. “These unique and fun experiences gave me a perspective beyond Australia. I saw a great future with Asia’s economic growth and got very excited about the opportunities that an Asia career path had to offer."

As head of KPMG’s Asia & International Markets team, Doug has positioned himself as a bridge between Australia and other countries for major investment projects. Doug’s extensive regional knowledge – and conversational Mandarin Chinese – is built on a decade of living and working in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong as a Transactions specialist. His most notable task while there was to assist in the disposal of Lehman Brothers’ distressed assets throughout Asia.

Doug’s other great interest is agribusiness, fuelled by his family’s cattle grazing business in Central West NSW. “I like to spend as much time as possible with my parents and two young children on the farm”.

In March 2019, Doug took up the role of Chairman of KPMG in New South Wales.

Areas of expertise
Asia Cross-border trade compliance Deal Advisory Economic and commercial Financial restructuring International Markets Local and global New markets Transactions
Education and qualifications
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting), 1996, University of Technology, Sydney

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants

  • Member, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Graduate and Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

  • Co-author of 10 KPMG-University of Sydney reports on Chinese investment in Australia under the “Demystifying Chinese Investment” series

  • Scholarship, Taiwan Ministry of Education, to study Mandarin Chinese at the Taiwan National Normal University, 1996-97

Professional involvement
  • Chairman, Asia Society Australia

  • Business Champion, New Colombo Plan

  • Vice President, Australia China Business Council

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Sydney Business School

  • Advisory Council Member, University of Sydney China Studies Centre

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