Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world - ONLINE ONLY


From: Friday March 26, 2021, 12:00 pm

To: Friday March 26, 2021, 1:00 pm

This year's UN Women's theme for International Women's Day is "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.”

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted both the centrality of the contributions by women, for example at the front line as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers. It has also highlighted the disproportionate burdens that women carry. Women leaders and women’s organizations have also demonstrated their skills, knowledge and networks to effectively lead in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

Join our panellists to hear about their perspectives on leadership in crises, emerging challenges and issues for women leaders and how women can shape the post COVID economic and social environment.

Meet our Panellists

Liz Livingstone, CEO, Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) - Liz has been the Chief Executive Officer of NSW’s main economic regulator, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART), since July 2019.

Liz has deep policy expertise and broad experience in senior executive roles across government including over five years at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet where she led teams to broker natural resources policy. She was also a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Industry with responsibility for Crown land and regional water at a time when NSW needed to restore confidence in its management of water resources. This included establishing a new Natural Resources Access Regulator.

Liz has also worked as an economics and policy consultant with PwC, helped to establish NSW’s Natural Resources Commission and had another stint at IPART early in her career. Liz started off in the Australian Government as a graduate at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Anna Brakey, Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) - Anna was appointed a Commissioner of the ACCC in December 2020. Anna chairs the ACCC’s Infrastructure Committee, Communications Committee, Electricity Markets Inquiry Board and East Coast Gas Market Board, and is a member of the ACCC’s Competition Exemptions Committee and Agriculture Board.

Anna Brakey has extensive experience in regulatory economics and public policy with over 25 years of experience working with regulators, government and within the private sector. She has had broad exposure to a wide range of infrastructure industries, including energy, water and transport. Additionally, she has worked on economic reform to social policy.

Anna holds a Bachelor of Economics from Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from Securities Institute of Australia. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary Ann O'Loughlin - Mary Ann is a consultant in public policy, drawing on a significant career in public policy and administration, working for both the Commonwealth and NSW governments and in the private sector. Mary Ann has expertise in complex social policy and Commonwealth-State government financial arrangements.
Mary Ann is currently a senior adviser to the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and recently to the Royal Commission on Aged Care. Previously, she was Deputy Secretary in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Before joining the NSW Government, Mary Ann was Executive Director of the COAG Reform Council; a Director of Allen Consulting Group; and way back was a senior executive in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Senior Adviser (Social Policy) to Prime Minister Paul Keating.

Mary Ann received a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration and is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

Moderator: Chirine Dada, Associate Director, Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) - Chirine is an economist and public policy strategist, with over 10 years’ experience in the NSW public sector. She has led the end-to-end delivery of complex and sensitive economic reforms across a range of policy portfolios in the NSW Government, including the introduction of a contestable market in the vocational education sector; economic assessments of innovative debt and equity products for businesses seeking capital raising in future job creation industries; and setting efficient water prices for customers in regional New South Wales during a period of drought.

Chirine is a natural advocate, a mentor to junior professionals and an aspiring future leader. A former fellow of Senate and a graduate of the University of Sydney, Chirine holds a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences and a Master of Public Policy. In her spare time, she enjoys a game of chess with her husband, storytelling with her daughter and discovering new food spots around Sydney.

Registration and Joining this Webinar

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