Doug Ferguson

NSW Chairman | Head of Asia & International Markets

KPMG Australia

Doug is the New South Wales Chairman and Head of Asia & International Markets for KPMG. As Chairman, he leads more than 285 partners and approx. 4,500 employees in six office locations across NSW to drive growth and enhance connectivity and culture. He was appointed to this leadership role in March 2019.

Doug commenced his professional career as a graduate with KPMG in Financial Services Audit in the late 1990s before relocating offshore for more than a decade with KPMG in China in the Deals Advisory business. Doug returned in 2012 to lead the Asia & International markets team serving inbound clients from Japan, China, India, South Korea, Indonesia and the Middle East. He continues to lead this Industry team and is a member of the Clients & Markets Executive.

Outside of KPMG, Doug serves on the boards of Reconciliation Australia and as well as the Advisory Councils for Asia Society, the BCA’s International Engagement Committee, UNSW CIBEL Law and he is a Trustee of CEDA. He is the Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society Australia, a Business Champion of the New Colombo Plan and Adjunct Professor for the University of Sydney’s Business School.

With his background studying and working in Asia and with an Asian-Australian family, Doug is a passionate supporter of cultural diversity and inclusion and Australia’s continuing engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

Doug’s other great interest is agribusiness, fuelled by his family’s cattle grazing business in Central West NSW.

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
  • Board member, Reconciliation Australia

  • Board member, (Global Australian expatriate community)

  • Board member, The Banksia Project (Men’s mental health)

  • Business Champion, New Colombo Plan (DFAT)

  • Advisory Council member, Asia Society Australia