Australian Capital Territory


WEN ACT Mentoring Program-Verity lane


From: Tuesday April 23, 2024, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday April 23, 2024, 7:45 pm

The evening will include a panel discussion with three women economists: Dr Cate Rogers, Cathryn Lee and Kathryn Smith.  Their experience covers both the public and private sector, and includes development economics, climate, macroeconomic and microeconomics.  They are all mentors, and will share their career journeys and experiences. We will also host the first networking reception, providing an opportunity for mentors and mentees to get to know each other. 

Light refreshments will be served. We kindly request both mentors and mentees register your attendance by 16 April 2024. This is a free event.

You do not need to be an ESA ACT Member to register for this event.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Chair, WEN ACT



Cathryn Lee

Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Cathryn is a Partner in the Macroeconomic Policy and Forecasting team of Deloitte Access Economics. Cathryn has 15 years’ experience as a professional economist spanning the public and private sectors, with previous experience working at Treasury and NAB. Cathryn’s expertise is in economic forecasting and analysis, with a detailed understanding of the Australian economy. Cathryn has provided advice to government and private sector clients on a range of macroeconomic issues covering the Australian and global economies. Cathryn specialises in providing forecasts and advice for mergers and acquisitions,  government budget and tax policy, the housing market, and financial markets.

Dr Cate Rogers

Assistant Secretary

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Cate is the Assistant Secretary for Climate Resilience and Finance in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with responsibility for Australia’s approach to climate finance implementation, accounting and the integration of climate in the development program. She has over 20 years experience working in development, economics and foreign policy, spanning Asia and the Pacific and multilateral engagement. Cate recently led the Indo-Pacific and National Security Branch at Australian Treasury, where she led on bilateral loans to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Cate holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, with a research focus on Papua New Guinea. Cate chairs the ACT Women in Economics Network.

Ms Kathryn Smith

General Manager, National Adaption Policy Office (DCCEEW)

Kathryn Smith is a public policy economist specialising in climate and energy economics and has around 15 years’ experience in climate and energy policy and analysis. Kathryn joined DCCEEW following five years at the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) where she co-led a research division providing Parliament and the public with analysis of fiscal policy trends. Prior to the PBO, Kathryn led the modelling and analysis for CSIRO’s second Australian National Outlook. Other roles include consultancy with the London-based Vivid Economics, the Climate Change Authority, and advising the Australian government on the development of its carbon pricing mechanism. Kathryn started her career in Economic Group at the Reserve Bank of Australia. She holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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Edith room, Verity Lane

50 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra ACT 2601

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