New South Wales

Unpacking the Circular Economy


From: Tuesday April 27, 2021, 12:30 pm

To: Tuesday April 27, 2021, 1:30 pm

In this session with three leading economists working in the field, we will unpack just what is meant by the circular economy, what it looks like in Australia and how it interacts with the broader economy. We will also cover issues such as supply chains and financial market impacts, best practice in Australia and abroad, impacts on productivity, barriers to uptake, the role for government(s), implications for planning and how Donut Economics fits into the equation.

Each of our speakers will cover a different aspect of the Circular Economy and there will be a Q and A session at the end. You should come away from this lunch time seminar with a very clear understanding of how the Circular Economy is playing out in both theory and practice.


Dr Kar Mei Tang is Chief Circular Economist with NSW Circular. She has held senior executive roles in the NSW Government including as Executive Director, Circular Economy in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and Environment Protection Authority, and as Director of Economic Policy in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Prior to joining the NSW public sector she was Head of Policy and Research with the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (now Australian Investment Council). Kar Mei has a PhD in Economics and a Masters in Applied Statistics. She is the Chair of the NSW Women in Economics Network, and a Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee Member.



Marc Tutaan is an Associate Director at Deloitte Access Economics where he is the lead director on the circular economy. Over the last 12 years Marc has advised on environmental and economic policy and regulation relating to interconnected aspects of the circular economy spanning energy, water, waste, resource efficiency, infrastructure and climate change.  Prior to Deloitte, he worked for the NSW Government on the NSW Circular Economy Policy Statement and the  NSW 20-year waste strategy. He holds a Master of Economics and Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.




Joseph Carpuso has been analysing and forecasting economies and financial markets for more than two decades. Joseph is currently Head of International Economics in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Global Economic and Market Research team. Joseph and his team are involved in monitoring and forecasting trends in foreign economies, and drawing implications for central banks’ policy and currencies. Joseph’s team also analyse the economic and financial market impact of ESG issues. Prior to his current role, Joseph was an economist in the Bank’s Australian economic research team. Joseph joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2005 from the economic division of the Prime Minister’s Department. Prior to these roles, Joseph was the forecasting economist at specialist economic modellers, Econtech (now part of KPMG). Joseph started his career in Treasury’s international and macro-economic divisions. Joseph works in the Institutional Banking & Markets division of the Commonwealth Bank. This division is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with major corporate, institutional and government clients and providing a full range of capital raising, transactional and risk management products and services.

Important - please note - catering is not provided - this is a BYO lunch event!


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Macquarie City Campus

Room 2414, Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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