Besa Deda is the Chief Economist of the Westpac Business Bank and the Chief Economist of BT, St. George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA, which are other businesses within the Westpac Group. Besa has been Chief Economist within the Group since 2009 and is responsible for helping to formulate views and forecasts on the outlook for the economy, interest rates and currencies. One of the Bank’s key economic spokesperson, she gives regular presentations and often appears in the media reporting on economic conditions. Prior to this role, Besa worked in specialised roles covering fixed income, foreign exchange, macroeconomics and equities for the Commonwealth Bank. Besa is the Secretary and Deputy Chair for the Australian Business Economists’ Association, has written a regular property column for The Australian newspaper and has lectured for Kaplan.