The Women in Economics Network is run by the national Women in Economics Committee (WEC) and the committees of each State and Territory WEN branch. Committees are comprised of female economists from the public sector, private sector, academia and teaching. 

The WEN National Committee is comprised of the Chairs of each WEN State and Territory committee, executive roles (Chair, Deputy, Secretary and Treasurer) and special appointments who bring specialist knowledge to the committee. Committee members are appointed to their roles via a nomination and election process. The WEN National Chair represents WEN on the ESA Central Council.

A list of current and former members of the WEN National Committee is provided below:

WEN National Committee 2021

National Chair

Dr Leonora Risse
(Lecturer in Economics RMIT University; Women and Public Policy Program Fellow, Harvard University)

(Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

National Deputy Chair

Dr Angela Jackson
(Lead Economist, Equity Economics)

National Secretary

Katherine Wagner
(Director, Fiscal Policy Analysis Division, Parliamentary Budget Office)

National Treasurer

Carmela Chivers
(Legislative Adviser)

Chair, Australian Capital Territory

Linda Ward
(Interim CEO, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust) 

Chair, New South Wales

Dr Kar Mei Tang
(Chief Circular Economist, NSW Circular)

Chair, Northern Territory

Dr Maneka Jayasinghe
(Lecturer in Economics, Charles Darwin University)

Chair, Queensland

Professor Christine Williams
(Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland)

Chair, South Australia

Elizabeth Alvaro
(Manager, Deloitte Access Economics)

Chair, Tasmania

Dr Maria Yanotti
(Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Tasmania)

Co-Chair, Victoria

Jessica Young
(Specialist Energy Advisor – Energy Sector Reform
Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning)

Co-Chair, Victoria

Lucy Percival
(Senior Economist, Economic Division, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance) 

Chair, Western Australia

Sally McMahon
(Head of Economic Regulation, Spark Infrastructure; Managing Director, Sally McMahon and Associates)

Research, Resources and Data Manager

Associate Professor Duygu Yengin
(Deputy Head, School of Economics, University of Adelaide)

(Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

Educational Advisor

Leith Thompson
(Economics Teacher, Sydney Grammar School)

Former members of WEN National Committee (2017-2020)

WEN's ongoing activities and contributions to the economics profession have been made possible through the dedicated voluntary efforts of our Committee members over time. Below we recognise the contributions of former members of our WEN National Committee.

Danielle Wood
WEN National Chair (2017-2019)
WEN Victoria Chair (2017)
(Inaugural National Chair; Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

Dr Bethany Cooper
WEN National Treasurer (2017-2019)
WEN Chair, South Australia (2017-2018)
(Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

Dr Tina Rampino
WEN Chair, Queensland (2017-2018)
(Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

Associate Professor Rebecca Cassells
WEN Chair, Australian Capital Territory (2017-2018)
(Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

Analena Gilhome
WEN Chair, Western Australia (2017)
(Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

Pip Freebairn
WEN Chair, New South Wales (2017-2018)
(Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

Dr Mala Ragahavan
WEN Chair, Tasmania (2017-2020)
(Founding member of inaugural WEN National Committee)

Nicki Hutley
WEN Chair, New South Wales (2018-2019)

Cherelle Murphy
WEN Chair, Australian Capital Territory (2019-2020)

Alexandra Lobb
WEN Chair, New South Wales (2019-2020)

Janine Bialecki
WEN Chair, Victoria (2019-2020)


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