Kirsten MacDonald is the Master of Financial Planning Program Director and a Lecturer in Griffith Business School’s Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics. Starting from a banking background, Kirsten went on to gain undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in accounting and finance and is a CPA and Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA). Kirsten has been in academia since 1998 and joined Griffith University in 2010. She contributes to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with a current focus on risk management and contemporary issues in financial planning. Kirsten’s contributions to teaching and learning have been recognised in 2011 as a member of a team awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for outstanding contributions to student learning and in 2013, 2014 and 2016 at the Griffith Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Kirsten is a member of the Griffith Centre for Personal Finance and Superannuation (GCPFS) publishing on the topics of superannuation and retirement outcomes. Kirsten also conducts research in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy in business with a focus on work integrated learning and technology in higher education.