The path to gender diversity in economics


From: Wednesday August 23, 2017, 12:00 pm

To: Wednesday August 23, 2017, 2:00 pm



The NSW Branch of the Women in Economics Network together with sponsor PwC are pleased to present a lunchtime panel discussion on the path to diversity in economics. The panel will discuss issues relating to the progress to date and future progress to improve gender diversity in economics. The panel will feature perspectives from both economics professionals (including a recent university graduate, and experienced economists with both public and private sector experience) and from Lisa Annese CEO of the Diversity Council Australia (DCA) around best practice and other sectors that we can learn from. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the floor.

  • Cost: This event is free of charge for ESA members. More information about becoming a member of ESA please follow this link 
  • Lunch is included but places are limited so RSVP is essential.
Date Wednesday August 23, 2017   
Time From 12:00 pm for a 12.30pm start until 2.00pm
Venue PwC, Level 17, One International Towers, Watermans Quay, Barangaroo, NSW 2000
Sponsors With thanks to the sponsors of this event - PwC


About the Panellists

Lisa Annese - Chief Executive Officer, Diversity Council Australia Ltd

Lisa Annese was appointed CEO of DCA in June 2014 where she heads a team to lead public debate, conduct proactive research and develop innovative resources for organisations in the area of diversity. She first joined DCA in 2009 and left for a short stint in 2011 as the first dedicated Diversity Manager at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, who later won the Lawyers Weekly Firm Diversity Award. Prior to joining DCA, she worked at the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency where she developed the first ever census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’, ‘Business Achievement Awards’, and ‘Employer of Choice for Women’ citation. Lisa was awarded a Medal for Significant Contribution to the Australian Public Service and co-authored “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace”.  In her capacity as CEO of DCA, she is a regular contributor to publications and regularly presents and speaks publicly in all areas of diversity.

Taleen Shamlian – Founder and Managing Director, Advisory Street

Taleen is the Founder and Managing Director of Advisory Street, a public affairs and economics consulting firm specialising in banking, payments and fintech services. Taleen has nearly 20 years of experience providing high quality advice to senior executives in the government, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently, Taleen was the Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Visa’s Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific operations. Taleen was also a Senior Government Affairs advisor at the Commonwealth Bank during the Global Financial Crisis. Taleen started her graduate career as an economist with Australia’s Department of Treasury and was a Senior Manager at a leading Australian public policy consulting firm. Taleen is currently a Board member of the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANCA) and represents her community at various forums, including at the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Taleen is an Associate at the Payments Consulting Network and a Mentor for Stone & Chalk’s resident start up community.

Jeremy Thorpe – Economics & Policy Partner, PwC

Jeremy Thorpe is a Partner in PwC’s national Economics & Policy consulting team. With more than two decades of experience, Jeremy’s specialties lie in the areas of economic cost-benefit analysis, economics of copyright, government program reviews, government business cases, evaluation of regulatory change and disability, health and education sectors. Jeremy also serves of the RichmondPRA board, an organisation that works in local communities to help people on their mental health recovery journey. Previously, Jeremy has been Board Chairman of the not-for-profit, Viscopy, for six years. For a decade he was also Director of a leading Australian-owned consulting firm. Prior to this, Jeremy was economist with Australia’s Department of Treasury and the Productivity Commission.

Kaixin Owyong – Graduate Economist, Reserve Bank of Australia

Kaixin Owyong is a graduate economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and treasurer of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) NSW. She has a keen interest in using economics to generate evidence based policy. Prior to joining the RBA, Kaixin worked as an economics tutor at the University of Melbourne. Kaixin holds a Bachelor of Commerce with first class Honours in Economics and a Diploma of Global Issues from the University of Melbourne.


Register Now via the NSW Branch


PwC, Level 17, One International Towers

Watermans Quay , Barangaroo NSW 2000

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