Steven Skala

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Steven Skala
Born (1955-10-06) 6 October 1955 (age 61)
Brisbane, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Occupation Investment banker
Employer Deutsche Bank

Steven Michael Skala AO (born 6 October 1955 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian investment banker, company director, and philanthropist.


Skala is the Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand of Deutsche Bank and is a former Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Board after joining in 6 October 2005.[1] He is also a director of the classical liberal think tank, the Centre for Independent Studies. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Chairman of start-up innovation group BlueChilli [2] and is a Director of Wilson Group [3] and is Deputy Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation. He is a former Chairman of Film Australia and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, and a former Director of The Australian Ballet.

Skala was for twenty years a partner at the Melbourne law firm of Arnold Bloch Leibler where he was Head of its Corporate and Commercial practice.

On 26 January 2010 Skala was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the visual and performing arts through roles supporting wider community access, to business and commerce, and to the community through the promotion of educational opportunities for young Australians.[4]


As a student at Wadham College, Oxford, Skala played two first-class cricket matches for the university, and also appeared in two List A cricket matches for the Combined Universities side which at that time included players from Oxford and Cambridge Universities only.[5] He was a right-handed lower-order batsman and wicketkeeper.


  1. ^ Markson, Sharri (3 July 2014). "John Howard loyalists join ABC panel". The Australian. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Powel, Rose (26 January 2015). "Deutsche Bank vice chair Steven Skala joins startup wave with BlueChilli". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Steven Skala AO". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Player Profile: Steven Skala". CricketArchive. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 

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