Rabobank announces new economic strategist role
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Rabobank announces new economic strategist role

Rabobank has announced the appointment of Ben Picton to the newly-created role of Senior Strategist, Global Economics & Markets.

Based in Sydney, the new position will provide strategic macro-economic research and engagement – including interest rates and economic projections – for the specialist global agribusiness bank in Australia and New Zealand.

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand regional manager Peter Knoblanche said it was the first time Rabobank’s Global Economics & Markets research team would have “boots on the ground” in the region, with a locally-based role specifically covering macro economics for Australia and New Zealand.

“We are very excited to add to our already very strong food and agri commodity research capabilities in Australia and New Zealand, with this newly-created macro economic strategist role to work alongside the highly-regarded RaboResearch Food & Agri team,” he said.

Mr Knoblanche said Mr Picton was a “great fit for the role”, having more than seven years of experience with Rabobank’s Global Financial Markets team, where he held a number of positions in derivatives sales and trading, working with the bank’s wholesale agribusiness and farming clients.

Most recently, he was Director, Corporate Risk & Treasury Management.

Mr Picton holds a combined Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Economics from the University of Sydney.


Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 120 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 38 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 8.4 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group is one of Australasia’s leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region’s food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 90 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Rabobank Australia
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