Build it and they will come – or will they? What’s the balance between provision of infrastructure, technologies and ideas and their use”


From: Thursday February 13, 2020, 11:45 am

To: Thursday February 13, 2020, 1:00 pm

The Women in Economics Network (WEN) invite you to a lunch event with special guest speakers:

Eva Skira AM, Chair Macmahon Ltd, Chair of Trustees of St John of God Healthcare and Non-Executive Director of Western Power, WA Parks Foundation, and WACA.

Eva is currently a non-executive Chair of ASX listed entity Macmahon Ltd and of the Trustees of St John of God Healthcare and Non-executive Director (NED) for Western Power, the WA Parks Foundation, and the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA).

Eva’s extensive experience includes former Chair of Water Corporation, Westscheme (the largest industry superannuation fund in WA) and NED for the Forest Products Commission, Metrobus (formerly Transperth), Doric Construction Group, and MDA National Insurance. She was also previously Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University. Prior to concentrating on Board roles, Eva held positions as an economist and finance professional in corporate banking, institutional stockbroking, capital markets and derivatives.

Eva has a 1st Class Honours Degree in Economic History at the University of New South Wales, and an MBA IMD International. She now resides in Perth. Eva was recognised for her achievements receiving an Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2019 Honours Awards and also received in 2017 the AICD WA Director Gold Medal Award.

Nicole Lockwood, Independent Chair, Westport Taskforce and Deputy Chair, Infrastructure WA

Nicole Lockwood is the Independent Chair of the Westport Taskforce, the cross-agency government project team delivering a long-term infrastructure plan to drive the freight future of Perth and surrounding regions for the next 50 years and beyond.

Nicole is also Chair of both the Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia and MNG; Deputy Chair of Infrastructure WA and Leadership WA; and a Board member of the Water Corporation. Nicole completed her nine-year term as a Board member for Infrastructure Australia in late 2019.

With a background in law and regional economic development, Nicole specialises in working with government and the private sector to develop long-term infrastructure plans to secure the future prosperity and liveability of our cities.

Professor Madhu Khanna, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

Madhu Khanna is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on environmental policy analysis and incentives for the adoption of environmentally friendly technologies. Professor Khanna examines the effectiveness of voluntary environmental initiatives by corporations and information disclosure for reducing toxic releases. She also analyses the design and targeting of agro-environmental policies. Her research has been funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, and the Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research.

The discussion will be facilitated by the Chair of WEN WA, Sally McMahon, Head of Economic Regulation and Energy Policy at Spark Infrastructure.

Sally McMahon has 25 years' experience in the energy and utility sector specialising in economic regulation, competition policy and microeconomic reform. She has an Honours degree in Economics from Flinders University in South Australia and is a graduate of the AICD’s Company Directors course. She has held senior and executive roles with economic regulators, government and network businesses in Australia and Canada and advises energy businesses across the energy supply chain on navigating regulation and energy policy to improve performance. Sally is currently Head of Economic Regulation and Energy Policy at Spark Infrastructure, an investment fund with interests in electricity networks in South Australia, Victoria and NSW and renewable generation in NSW.

Sally is the Chair of the WA Branch of the Women in Economics Network, is a member of the Electricity Review Board Panel of Experts in Western Australia and is an alternate director of NSW Electricity Networks Operations (TransGrid).

11.45am – 12.10pm: Lunch provided & networking (The University Club, Banquet Room) Prior to the presentation, light refreshments will be served in the Banquet Room and there will be an opportunity to connect with other women in economics. 

12.00 noon – 12.55 pm : Presentation (The University Club, Seminar Room 4)

The Women in Economics Network (WEN) is linked to the Economic Society of Australia. It 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
  • encourage young women to study economics.

The event will also be open to registrants of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) conference.

We encourage both women and men to attend and support our events. 

We thank the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at UWA, and AARES for their support of WEN and this event.

Book online via the ESA WA Site.


The University Club, Auditorium, University of Western Australia

1, Hackett Drive, , Crawley WA 6009

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