I’m an economist, blogger, speaker and occasional baker.
Currently I am an independent public policy consultant based in Yangon, Myanmar.
From 2014 to 2016 I worked at the Myanmar Centre for Economic and Social Development where I was responsible for leading and authoring economic analysis, research and advice focused on Myanmar’s economic and social development. During my time I led teams to produce research on a range of topics such as Myanmar’s state and region government finance, the state of fiscal decentralization in Myanmar and the participation of Myanmar’s SMEs in in regional trade. I also led the development of Myanmar’s first interactive budget data website.
You can access my CV via my public linkedin profile.
Or my academic profile at my Academia.edu profile.
You can also see a sample of my public speaking here.
In 2007 I completed my Bachelor of Economics at the University of New England, graduating with Honours. The focus of my thesis was on Papua New Guinea’s trade, with reference to how it could be utilized to spur economic development. Results of the research were later published in the Pacific Economic Bulletin.
From 2008 to 2011 I worked as a Policy Analyst in the Federal Treasury of Australia where I conducted analysis and provided advise on a range of issues such as taxation policy, economic stimulus measures, climate change and Australia’s economic engagement in the Pacific.
In 2011 I accepted a role with the Asian Development Bank, where I led research aimed at developing quantitative methods for determining the risks posed by climate change to road infrastructure. In 2012 I then developed a paper based on this research which I subsequently presented in Washington DC.
I then worked as a private consultant where I focused on a range of projects ranging from estimating the revenue potential of public infrastructure, evaluating the efficiency of government programs and designing and evaluating a range of social welfare programs.
In 2013 I accepted a job at the Institute for Economics of Peace where I conducted research on the intersection between peace, business and economic development. Within this role I helped develop estimates of the economic impact of violence on the global economy, conducted economic analysis on the economic and social impact of peace and violence in Mexico and authored a report on the macro-economic characteristics of less-peaceful states.