Australian Capital Territory

Women in Economics Network: Secretaries panel


From: Wednesday February 6, 2019, 6:00 pm

To: Wednesday February 6, 2019, 8:00 pm

Women in Economics Network: Secretaries panel  

The Women in Economics Network ACT, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and ANZ invite you to a panel discussion on the topic 'Lessons from the field – the best the public and private sectors can offer to tackle economic challenges in the domestic and international spheres.' 

We would like to inform you of some changes to our panellists at this week's Women in Economics Network event on 6 February 2019 at 6:00pm.

Our revised panel consists of:
Kerri Hartland, Secretary Department of Jobs and Small Business
David Gruen, Deputy Secretary Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Penny Williams, Deputy Secretary Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

We apologise for the changes, but as I am sure you will agree, we have a tremendous evening ahead of us.

Cate Rogers (Assistant Secretary, Development Policy and Education Branch, DFAT) and Cherelle Murphy (Senior Economist, ANZ) will be your hosts for the evening.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 6 February, 2019
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm
Location: Commonwealth Club, 25 Forster Crescent Yarralumla, Canberra
Cost: $0 members $29 non-members 




Kerri Hartland was appointed Secretary at Department of Jobs and Small Business in September 2017 before that she held the position of Deputy Secretary, Business Enabling Services at Department of Finance. Kerri brings extensive experience at senior levels having worked in eight different Commonwealth departments and agencies. This includes as Chief Information Officer of the then Department of Industry, Science and Resources; Deputy Secretary of the Department of Human Services, where she led amongst other things Service Delivery Reform; and Deputy Director-General of ASIO. Kerri started life as a journalist and also spent a year working in the Canadian public service.

Dr David Gruen is the Deputy Secretary, Economic at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Australia’s G20 Sherpa. Before joining the Department in September 2014, he was Executive Director of Macroeconomic Group at the Australian Treasury. He joined the Treasury in January 2003. Before joining the Treasury in 2003, he was Head of Economic Research Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia from May 1998 to December 2002. Before joining the Reserve Bank, he worked as a research scientist in the Research School of Physical Sciences at the Australian National University. With financial support from a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, he was visiting lecturer in the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from August 1991 to June 1993. He holds PhD degrees in physiology from Cambridge University, England and in economics from the Australian National University.


Penny Williams was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary in February 2017. Her responsibilities include: the Australian Passport Office, Contracting and Aid Management; the Corporate Management Group (People, Finance and Security Branches), the Diplomatic Academy, Information Management and Technology, and the Overseas Property Office and Services. Ms Williams chairs the Workplace Relations Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Information and Communications Technology Steering Committee, the Business Continuity Taskforce and the Indigenous Taskforce. Prior to assuming this role in April 2018, Ms Williams was the Deputy Secretary for the International Security, Humanitarian and Consular Group. From 2011 to 2013, Ms Williams was Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls. She was also the Executive Director of the Australian Passport Office. She served as Australia's High Commissioner to Malaysia (2007-10) and undertook earlier postings to Chile and Syria. In Canberra Ms Williams has held senior positions including First Assistant Secretary, Corporate Management Division (2005-07), First Assistant Secretary, Diplomatic Security, Information Management and Services Division (2004-05) among others. Ms Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (Hons) and a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University. She speaks Indonesian and has studied Spanish and Arabic. Ms Williams is the Department’s Women in Leadership Band 3 Advocate. She is married and has four children.

* Drinks and Canapes will be served

The Women in Economics Network was formed in 2017 to promote and support the careers of female economists in Australia. The objectives for the Women in Economics Network are to increase the representation of women at all levels of the profession, promote public contributions by female economists and encourage young women to study economics.

Please note that registration is required and numbers are limited. Both women and men are welcome to attend the event.

Thank you to ANZ for supporting this event.




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The Commonwealth Club

25 Forster Cresent, Yarralumla ACT 2600

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