New South Wales

Women in Economics Network (WEN)

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Welcome to the NSW Branch Women in Economics Network (WEN). The branch’s WEN is part of a national Women in Economics Network (WEN) that is linked to the Economic Society of Australia that has been formed to promote and support the careers of female economists in Australia.

The objectives for the Women in Economics Network are to:

  • professionally connect and support the career development of women in economics
  • increase the representation of women at all levels of the economics profession
  • promote public contributions by female economists.

Membership is open to all branch members. You can join by modifying your preferences in your member profile or by emailing

Men are welcome (and encouraged) to become members of WEN and attend most WEN events. However, some of the activities of the WEN such as the Women in Economics Retreat, mentoring program and media register are targeted specifically at women.

The WEN has a number of activities planned for the next few years. These include:

  • Regular events – seminars on economic issues featuring female speakers as well as professional development and networking events
  • An annual women in economics retreat for junior and mid-career women
  • A mentoring program – where junior women are matched with senior women in their sector
  • media and public speaking register – designed to provide media outlets and conference organisers with a list of qualified women when they are looking for economists
  • Advocating for women in economics – using our website, newsletter, social media and special sessions at the Australian Conference of Economists to promote the careers and research of female economists
  • A pipeline program – initiatives to promote economics as a career to female students at school and universities. 

WEN NSW Committee

  • Pip Freebairn (Chair), Associate Director, Australian Bankers Association
  • Xuan Deng (Secretary), Principal Analyst, NSW Treasury
  • Belinda Allen, Senior Analyst, Colonial First State Global Asset Management
  • Sarah Close, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Priscilla Fisher, Researcher and Student, UNE
  • Leila Fourie, CEO, Australian Payments Network
  • Nicki Hutley, Director and Chief Economist, Urbis
  • Jessica Irvine, Economics Correspondent, Fairfax Media
  • Jennifer Liao, Student, University of Sydney
  • Dr Alexandra Lobb, Senior Consultant, Acil Allen
  • Kaixin Owyong, (ESA NSW Branch Committee Representative, Coordinator & Treasurer), Economist. RBA
  • Stephanie Parsons, Economist, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Taleen Shamilan, Managing Director, Advisory Street
  • Leith Thompson, Economics Coordinator, Burwood Girls High
  • Ann Whitfield, Partner, HoustonKemp


Click here to visit the WEN National Website.

For more information about WEN in NSW contact Pip Freebairn

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