A career outside the fold: being an influential economist anywhere.


From: Thursday September 8, 2022, 6:00 pm

To: Thursday September 8, 2022, 8:00 pm

WEN Victoria and Deloitte Access Economics are hosting a panel discussion and Q&A at the upcoming event, A career outside the fold: being an influential economist anywhere.

Many economists build fascinating careers working in multi-disciplinary organisations. Working as one of a few economists can open up great opportunities for rewarding and impactful work, but sometimes it can feel like you’re speaking a different language.

Join us for a discussion about why economists should look beyond Treasuries and the RBA to build a fulfilling career, and what economics can learn from other professions, and how to influentially communicate economic ideas with non-economists.

This will be an in-person event with networking opportunities after the panel discussion with economists from a range organisations.

Please note, your email address will be provided to Deloitte so that they may issue you with a QR code enabling access to the building.

Our Panellists

Angela Jackson

Lead Economist, Impact Economics

Dr Angela Jackson is a health economist who has worked at the highest levels of Government. Starting her career as an economist at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Angela has worked across tax, fiscal and social policy. As the then Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Angela was responsible for providing policy advice across fiscal policy and all areas of social policy, including National Health Reform. Previously Lead Economist at Equity Economics, she authored a number of high profile reports on health, aged care, disability, housing and gender policy.

Anthea Harris

Anthea Harris was appointed the inaugural Chief Executive of the Energy Security Board on 4 March 2022, and commenced in the role on 28 March 2022.

Anthea was formerly the Deputy Secretary of the Energy Group within the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and planning. Prior to this, Anthea was Lead Deputy Secretary of Strategy and Planning Group at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. Anthea was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Change Authority, held senior roles within the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, led the Secretariat for the National Emissions Trading Taskforce and held positions with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Frontier Economics and at the Productivity Commission.

Anna Cronin

Anna Cronin is Victoria's first Commissioner for Better Regulation, appointed by the Victorian Government in 2015. She was given the additional role of Red Tape Commissioner in 2018. Anna has worked in economist, executive and leadership roles in Commonwealth and State governments.

As Commissioner for Better Regulation, Anna is chairing the Expert Panel on Building Reform for the Victorian Government.  She is also leading work on the establishment of Regulators as a Profession in Victoria.

Anna has considerable and practical experience in regulatory issues across many policy areas, at national and state levels.  including in agricultural and mining regulatory and approvals frameworks. She has also held a number of board positions in the government and not for profit sectors. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to rural leadership.

Louise Prossor

Louise is a Manager, with a background in public policy and environmental economics, working in Deloitte Access Economics' Policy Impact Assessment practice. She started her career in the Victorian Public Service Graduate Program, after completing a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Environments. Louise worked for four years in an economics unit at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, assisting the department with economic analysis to support policy development across areas such as climate change, energy, environmental protection, water and waste. In 2021, Louise moved from the public to the private sector, joining Deloitte to manage policy and regulatory impact assessment, applying economic frameworks to identify and estimate behavioural responses to and impacts of these interventions to inform government decisions.

Our facilitator

Lucy Percival

Lucy is a Director at the Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria working on COVID-19’s impact on workers and industry, and worked in the Department of Health on COVID-19 Policy in 2021. Lucy started her career in Queensland working across education, aviation safety and transport before moving to Victoria in 2015 to join Grattan Institute. Lucy is a current WEN-Victoria Committee member and former co-Chair.

Introducing the event

Rebekah Parker

Rebekah is a Senior Economist in Deloitte Access Economics' Melbourne Office, where she leads the Government and Regulation team's impact analysis work. She specialises in public policy, regulatory economics and impact analysis across multiple industries and policy areas including occupational health and safety, construction and agriculture. Rebekah currently helps to drive the Model Your Future with DAE Mentorship Program which pairs female economists at Deloitte with women currently studying economics at university. Rebekah has a double degree in Commerce and Economics from Monash University, and has joined the WEN committee this year.

Please register below to secure your place and any dietaries. There will be finger food on arrival.

This event is open to members of WEN, and both men and women are encouraged to attend.

The Women in Economics Network aims to promote and support the careers of female economists and foster greater gender equality and inclusion within the economics profession in Australia. If you would like to show your support for WEN, we invite you to consider joining or renewing your membership. To check the status of your membership, log in to the ESA portal to ensure your membership is current and tick the WEN box in My Profile.


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