New South Wales

Meet your NSW Councillors

The ESA NSW Branch Council for 2022/23 is confirmed as below.

 

Ashley Brosnan, President

Ashley Brosnan is the Director of the Economics & Analysis team at Austrade. Ashley is passionate about international trade policy and competitiveness, inequality, and the impacts of technology. He is a specialist in trade, development, and international economics, and prior to working at Austrade worked with NSW Treasury in their International Markets team. He has also managed development projects in Bhutan, Tuvalu, Palau, and Timor-Leste. He is a co-author of the Trade and Investment Megatrends Report alongside CSIRO.

Ashley was previously an academic at Faculty of Economics and Finance at the Queensland University of Technology and received the Prime Minister's Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Award.

Gigi Foster, VP Academic

Gigi Foster is a Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales, having joined UNSW in 2009 after six years at the University of South Australia. Formally educated at Yale University (BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and the University of Maryland (PhD in Economics), she works in diverse fields including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy. Her research contributions regularly inform public debates and appear in both specialised and cross-disciplinary outlets (e.g., Quantitative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Economic Psychology, Human Relations). Her teaching, featuring strategic innovation and integration with research, was awarded a 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Named 2019 Young Economist of the Year by the Economic Society of Australia, Professor Foster has filled numerous roles of service to the profession and engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community. As one of Australia’s leading economics communicators, her regular media appearances include co-hosting The Economists, a national economics talk-radio program and podcast series now in its fourth season, with Peter Martin AM on ABC Radio National.

Jess Mizrahi, VP Business

Jess Mizrahi  is currently an Associate Director at Deloitte Access Economics, where she provides practical policy advice and thought leadership for industry and government clients. She has guided projects in a range of industries, with deep experience in financial services, the digital economy, telecommunications and media.  She has extensive experience in economic and social policy, strategy and analysis. Jessica was a finalist for Deloitte Young Businesswoman of the Year in 2015, and previously taught economics to over 300 students at the University of New South Wales.

Fiona Watts, Treasurer

Fiona Watts is a Senior Economist at NSW Treasury in the Markets and Regulation Division, where she provides advice on competition and regulatory policy issues. Fiona has worked on a range of issues including skills, the future of work, housing, and early childhood education and care. Prior to joining NSW Treasury, Fiona worked for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in risk and product management and then for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the UK Mission to the WTO, UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Finance from the Australian National University and a Master of Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Thomas Longden, Secretary

Dr Thomas Longden is a senior researcher at Western Sydney University's Urban Transformations Research Centre (UTRC). Thomas holds a PhD in environmental economics from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Thomas’ research on energy, health, and applied econometrics has been published in leading international journals, including Nature Energy, Applied Energy, Health Economics, Climatic Change, Energy & Environmental Science, Energy, and Energy Policy.
He is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council, which advises the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction on matters relating to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building resilience and adapting to climate change. He was a Contributing Author on the AR5 WGIII Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report titled Mitigation of Climate Change. Before joining WSU, Thomas was based at the Australian National University, the University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Milan, Italy.

Evie Fox Koob, NSW WEN Chair

Evie Fox Koob is a Manager at Deloitte Access Economics. She is a social policy economist, passionate about using economics to address important and complex social problems, with a particular interest in gender equity and equity for First Nations people. Her technical background consists of quantitative and qualitative analysis, including evaluation, economic and social impact assessment, business cases, cost benefit analysis and consultations. She is the Chair of the NSW Women in Economics Network, where she runs the Credible Economist blog among other initiatives. Evie is a key contributor to the gender economics community of practice at Deloitte Access Economics.

Tom Harvey, Young Economists Network

Tom Harvey is an economist working in the Macroeconomy division of NSW Treasury. In this role, Tom researches and models the structural and long-term trends in the economy, with his team being responsible for the NSW Intergenerational Report. Tom is interested in distributional analysis, environmental economics, gender economics, public and labour economics and the forces that drive cyclical and structural trends in the macroeconomy. Tom has completed a Master of Economics from the University of Sydney and his passions include reading, soccer and brunch.

James Bishop, Councillor

James Bishop is a Senior Manager in the Economic Analysis Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). He is the co-head of a team that is responsible for the macroeconomic modelling of the Australian economy, and structural analysis. Before this, James was a Research Manager in the RBA’s Research Department in a team that uses microdata to answer macroeconomic policy questions. His research interests focus on policy evaluation and the labour market. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics, First Class Hons and University Medal) from the University of Wollongong, a Masters in Economics (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney.

Erin-Lea Brown, Councillor

Erin-Lea Brown is a Principal Economist at NSW Treasury in the Economic and Revenue Analysis Division, where she provides advice on the structural risks and opportunities facing the New South Wales economy in long‑term. Prior to joining NSW Treasury, Erin worked as an Assistant Director at Commonwealth Treasury. Erin is interested in the themes of wealth distribution, gender and labour markets, financial innovation, and understanding how macroeconomic phenomena reciprocally shape and are shaped by institutions, laws, and government. Erin holds a Master of Political Economy degree from the University of Sydney where she was awarded the Jo Martins Postgraduate Prize in Political Economy.

 

Andrea Chareunsy, Councillor

Andrea Chareunsy is a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University (Sydney), in the Department of Economics. She is an applied microeconomist with a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on the equity of renewable energy transition, natural capital and biodiversity management, and the diffusion and adoption of sustainable technologies. Andrea has extensive experience in economic curriculum development from foundation undergraduate courses to capstone and research postgraduate courses. She also leads the curriculum development and management at postgraduate course level for more than four years and is a recipient of the highly esteemed Macquarie University Vice Chancellor’s 2022 Educational Leaders Award.      

Richard Cox, Councillor

Richard Cox is currently Director Economic Strategy in NSW Treasury. With more than thirty five years experience as a public policy economist, Richard has worked on a wide range of issues including electricity industry reform, climate policy, fiscal strategy, tax policy, regulation and competition policy, housing policy, economic evaluation, industry policy, productivity, and commercial policy. Richard’s strong commitment to staff professional development and knowledge transfer is a major part of his current role. Richard is a longstanding member of the ESA, and would like to help the ESA build better bridges between the academic and the public policy economic community.

Alexander Lindfield, Councillor

Lex Lindfield is an economist at the Commonwealth Treasury in the Macroeconomic Conditions Division. Lex advises on macroeconomic issues facing the country and produces key economic forecasts. Prior to this Lex worked at PwC in the Public Policy and Economics team. He graduated from Macquarie University with degrees in economics and applied finance. Outside of work Lex enjoys running and reading.

Samuel Miller, Councillor

Samuel Miller is the Principal Economist for NSW Farmers, and has held roles for various consultancies and the NSw Government. He has undertaken extensive economic impact, program evaluation and business case development work on behalf of Government and non-Government clients throughout NSW and Australia. His areas of expertise include regional economic development, the economics of water, and natural and built environments. In 2022 Sam began development of the Random Uncertainty Benefit / Cost Simulator (RUBICS) program - an open-source Cost-Benefit Analysis tool to enable replicable and transparent Monte Carlo and distributional analysis. Sam studied Resource Economics at the University of Sydney, and holds a Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (Economics and Geography) from the University of New England (UNE). He has recently completed his Masters of Economics at UNE where he researched the application of Monte Carlo methods to Cost-Benefit Analysis in the context of natural disasters.

Paul Oslington, Councillor

Paul Oslington is Professor of Economics and Theology at Alphacrucis College in Sydney. He was previously Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting appointments at University of Oxford, University of British Columbia, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University. He works on international trade, labour markets and the history and philosophy of economics, and is an international leader in the emerging interdisciplinary field of economics and religion. Publication include books The Theory of International Trade and Unemployment (Elgar), Economics and Religion (Elgar), Adam Smith as Theologian (Routledge), Political Economy as Natural Theology (Routledge), Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics (OUP), an edition of Jacob Viner‘s The Customs Union Issue (OUP) as well as articles in Economic Record, Australian Economic Papers, Australian Economic Review, Economics Letters, World Economy, Review of International EconomicsHistory of Economics Review, Journal of the History of Economic Thought and History of Political Economy.

Robert Smith, Councillor

Robert Smith has been a member of the Economic Society of Australia for over 20 years and on the NSW council for eight. He is the Principal Consulting Economist at East Economics and has a background in management consulting, banking and finance, infrastructure and energy.  Robert’s experience covers economic evaluation, economic policy & regulation, market design, demand management, industry analysis, forecasting and performance improvement. He is passionate about using economics to find creative, efficient, and practical solutions described by clear and compelling narratives.  Robert’s other interests include technology and innovation, mentalism, ocean swimming and freediving.

Kar Mei Tang, Councillor

Dr Kar Mei Tang is the Head of Oceania for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. She previously held senior executive roles in the NSW Government including in the Environment Protection Authority, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, and Department of Premier and Cabinet. She was also formerly Head of Policy and Research with the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (now Australian Investment Council). She began her career as a financial regulator. Kar Mei has a PhD in Economics and holds various advisory and governance positions including on the Gateway Bank’s Sustainability Advisory Board, Deakin University’s Real Estate Advisory Board, Economic Society of NSW Council, and as Deputy Chair (Industry& Policy) of the Women in Economics National Committee.

 

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