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Being a public sector Chief Economist

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Being a public sector Chief Economist - what we do as women and chief economists?

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We have a great panel discussion with the women who are Chief Economists in government departments. Come hear about their career journeys, their jobs, and life!

Our panel is:

Donna Purdue – Chief Economist, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Bronwyn Croxson – Chief Economist, Ministry of Health

Joanne Leung – Chief Economist, Ministry of Transport

Please feel free to bring your own questions for the panel.

Donna Purdue – Chief Economist, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Donna has been the Chief Economist at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) since 2016. Prior to her role at MBIE Donna has worked at the British High Commission, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Westpac, and Kiwibank (where she was Chief Economist) and at the New Zealand Treasury. In her role, Donna is tasked with leading the thinking on the economic frameworks used to underpin MBIE’s policy analysis, shaping the direction of MBIE’s strategic research programme, and providing monitoring and analysis of key economic trends and their implications for policy advice and regulatory stewardship. In her capacity as Chief Economist, she also plays a lead role in lifting the economic capability of MBIE.

Bronwyn Croxson – Chief Economist, Ministry of Health

Bronwyn Croxson is Chief Economist at the Ministry of Health. She has a MComm from the University of Auckland and a PhD from Cambridge University. She has held academic positions at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol in the UK, where her research focussed on economic history and public economics. She returned to New Zealand to raise her family, and has held positions at the NZ Treasury, Ministry of Justice and now, at the Ministry of Health. In her role as Chief Economist, her key focus is on building capability in economics, and supporting the development of evidence-based policy.

Joanne Leung – Chief Economist, Ministry of Transport

Joanne recently took up the Chief Economist position at the Ministry of Transport, where she has been a principal economist for the past 12 years. Prior to working at the Ministry, she worked at the Land Transport Safety Authority. Over the years, Joanne has completed a large number of cost-benefit analyses and undertaken a number of different research to inform transport policy development and decisions. In 2014 and 2018, she was seconded to the OECD to collaborate with international research communities on transport evaluation related research.

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