Scyne Advisory partner Amy Auster joins board of ASRC

01 April 2024 3 min. read
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The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is one of Australia’s most prominent human rights organisations. Amy Auster has joined the board, alongside a wealth of existing advisory expertise.

Scyne Advisory partner Amy Auster has been appointed to the board of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), further adding to the support and advocacy organisation’s considerable consulting expertise.

An infrastructure and project financing expert, Auster joins PwC energy transition partner Katelyn Bonato on the six-person ASRC board, alongside KPMG partner and chair Mike Sum and Global IT Factory CEO John Pham.

Scyne Advisory partner Amy Auster joins board of ASRC

Established in 2001 just prior to the Tampa Affair and its enduring impact on Australian political history, the ASRC is one of the country’s most prominent human rights organisations, with more than 1,000 staff and volunteers assisting refugees through a range of community, healthcare, education & employment, and legal & justice programs. Almost 3,000 people were being provided with ongoing case support at the end of the last financial year.

The ASRC board in turn provides the independent non-profit organisation with governance and sustainability oversight, including through strategic, financial accounting, and monitoring functions. Joining the board as its most recent appointee is Amy Auster, who brings more than three decades worth of public sector, banking & finance, and consulting experience to the role – including a twelve-month stint as chief economist at PwC.

Auster originally joined the Big Four firm as a partner in 2021 after spending time as chief advisor to Commonwealth Treasury and deputy secretary of the Victorian finance department, before which she spent the best part of a decade at ANZ bank, including as head of international economics. Earlier she held senior roles at JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch, but her resume alone belies a long-held passion for human rights development.

In an interview with the AFR upon her PwC appointment, it was revealed that Auster’s early career experience as a post-Cold War reporter in Prague following journalism studies at Northwestern University had demonstrated the central role economics played in the issues impacting marginalised communities around the world. In addition to gaining experience on Wall Street, Auster also spent time as an analyst in South America and Asia.

Most recently, she crossed with approximately 1,300 PwC colleagues to Scyne Advisory upon the public sector consulting breakaway’s official launch toward the end of last year, where as a partner she supports clients in developing and implementing policy initiatives and reforms with a focus on public finance, goods (energy, water & waste) and housing. Notably, the ASRC last year provided ~67,000 nights of shelter for those at imminent risk of homelessness.

Auster joins an ASRC board already stacked with advisory expertise, including that of long-time member and chair Mike Sum, KPMG’s national lead partner for M&A strategy & integration who also spent time as a partner at PwC.

Current PwC partner and former Deloitte director Katelyn Bonato is another member, alongside John Pham, a one-time Fujitsu senior manager who presently serves as CEO of edtech consultancy Global IT Factory.