Australian Capital Territory


WEN Event: Economic growth and diversity in the Asia-Pacific


From: Thursday June 27, 2019, 7:30 am

To: Thursday June 27, 2019, 8:45 am

WEN Event - Economic growth and diversity in the Asia-Pacific: 

World growth is being driven by Asia, and this looks set to continue, but what are the long-term economic prospects for their small island state neighbours?  

The Treasury is hosting the special Women in Economics breakfast panel event to hear from some of the leading economic policy minds who will discuss the challenges and benefits of economic growth and diversity in the Asia-Pacific – a region that is integral to Australia’s future prosperity.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday 27 June 2019
Time: 7:30am to 8.45am 
Location: The Treasury, 1 Langton Crescent Parkes, ACT
Cost: Whilst the event is free of charge, spaces are limited. You must register to attend.

A light breakfast will be provided

The panel members will be introduced by Cecilia Karmel, Manager, Macroeconomic Conditions Division, Macroeconomic Group and the session will be facilitated by Amelia Henty, Manager, International Policy and Engagement Division, Macroeconomic Group. 

Panel members:


Emma Fan – Regional Director, Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office, Asian Development Bank

Emma has been with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) since 2002. She jointed ADB’s Pacific Department as the Regional Director for ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office (PLCO) in Sydney in June 2016. The office’s key responsibilities are:

  • Acting as the country office for Nauru, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu;
  • Serving as sector division on financial sector and private sector development for ADB’s Pacific Department; and
  • Working as the focal point for ADB’s relationships with Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to being the Regional Director of PLCO, Emma was the Head of ADB’s Results Management Unit.  Her earlier experience in ADB included working as a project team leader at the South Asian and Central Asian regional departments and as an economist at the Economic Research Department.

Before joining ADB, Emma worked at the Finance Department of Australia, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, and Lanzhou University in the People's Republic of China.

Emma has a PhD degree in Economics from the Australian National University, and Master’s and Bachelor's Degrees of Science from Lanzhou University in China.


Christine Barron – Division Head of Consumer and Corporations Division, Treasury

Christine returned to Treasury in December 2018 after a two year appointment as Alternate Executive Director for the Asia Pacific constituency at the Board of the International Monetary Fund.  Christine joined Treasury as a graduate and has wide policy experience across Treasury, predominantly in macroeconomics and tax policy.  She has also overseen Treasury’s involvement in development programs in the Pacific. Christine has led secretariats to the reviews of Competition Policy, Natural Disaster Insurance and the Definition of a Charity and been the Secretary to the Board of Taxation and the Head of Treasury’s Sydney and Melbourne offices.                  

WEN has been formed to promote and support the career development of women in the economics profession in Australia. All employees, regardless of gender, are able to attend Women in Economics events, and you do not need to be a member of the Economic Society of Australia to attend.





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The Treasury

1 Langton Crescent, Parkes ACT 2602

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