Team

Founders

Andrew Charlton

Director
 

Andrew has senior experience in business, government and international institutions. After commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From 2008-2010, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. He was the prime minister’s representative to conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF). From 2010-2014 he worked for Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, including two years in corporate strategy (M&A and major group projects) and two years in operational roles (divisional Chief Financial Officer and General Manager). His academic research covering international economics, trade and development has been published in leading international journals including the American Economic Review, World Trade Review and World Economy. He is the author of two books, Ozonomics (2007) and Fair Trade for All (2005), co-written with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In 2011 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Andrew was one of the few economists in Australia who foresaw the slowing in China’s economy and the impact on commodity prices. In 2011 he questioned the mainstream consensus view that China could sustain double-digit economic growth rates and that Australia would benefit from a prolonged ‘commodity supercycle’. He publicly warned of the weaknesses in China’s economic model and advised businesses to protect themselves from falling commodity prices. In 2014 his Quarterly Essay (Dragon’s Tail: The Lucky Country After the China Boom) forecasted the subsequent fall in commodity prices, writing that the China “exhibits many of the characteristics of an emerging economy heading into a debt problem: a period of excessive investment; capital allocation sometimes influenced by political rather than commercial criteria; and heavy debt.” The Australian Financial Review wrote “[Charlton] cleverly summarises Australia’s economic history and explains how, for the foreseeable future, our feet are dangling over the edge of a Chinese cliff.”

 

Fraser Thompson

Director

After commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Fraser received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Fraser then worked at the World Bank Group and as a lecturer at Oxford University in the areas of Development Economics, International Trade and Finance, Microeconomics and Industrial Organization.

From 2006-2011, Fraser was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, working with a range of governments and leading corporates in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the United States, and in Indonesia. From 2011-2015, Fraser was a Senior Fellow at McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, where he was based in London and Singapore. Fraser led MGI’s work in the Asia-Pacific and globally on themes such as productivity and growth, resource efficiency, climate change, foreign investment attraction, economic development in resource-rich countries, and obesity.

Fraser has authored numerous articles in leading business and academic publications. His recent publications include “Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia” (2014); “Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies” (2013); “Myanmar’s moment: Unique opportunities, major challenges” (2013); “The archipelago economy: Unleashing Indonesia’s potential” (2012); “Beyond the boom: Australia’s productivity imperative” (2012); and “Resource revolution: Meeting the world’s, energy, materials, food, and water needs” (2011). Fraser is a frequent speaker at conferences on economic issues in Asia and globally. Fraser is also a board member of OnPurpose, a European organisation that aims to grow the next generation of social enterprise leaders.

 

Team

Nicolo’ Andreula

Principal

Nicolo’ is a Principal with AlphaBeta based in Singapore. Prior to joining the firm, he worked with McKinsey & Company for more than four years on a wide range of engagements with governments and leading corporates in Europe, Asia, the United States and the Middle East. Most recently Nicolo’ was a Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. Before McKinsey, Nicolo’ worked for Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking Division (IBD) on Mergers & Acquisitions in London, as well as the United Nations in New York, and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.

Nicolo’ holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Economics from Bocconi University and a MBA from INSEAD. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a co-founder of the TEDx Conference in Bari and a Junior Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Italy.

Kusha Baharlou

Associate

Kusha Baharlou is an economist with experience in economic and public policy analysis and design. He was previously with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet where he developed and provided advice on infrastructure funding, housing affordability, and transport policies.

Kusha holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford with specialisations in Behavioural Economics and Public Economics, and a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.

Tarah Barzanji

Principal

Tarah Barzanji has a strong background in consulting and public policy. She recently graduated from Harvard University with a Masters in public policy and economics, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. Tarah subsequently worked at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to her Masters, she held a number of consulting and policy roles in the US management-consulting firm Monitor Group, Social Ventures Australia and the Australian Government.

Timur Behlul

Economist & Data Scientist

Timur is an economist and data scientist with a strong knowledge of statistics, economic modelling and programming. Timur develops sophisticated forecasting models and analysis tools to analyse complex economic challenges.  Prior to joining AlphaBeta, he worked for the Business and Economics Forecasting Unit at Monash University developing a database of Australian macroeconomic indicators. Timur has a Bachelor of Economics and is completing his PhD in macroeconomics at the University of Melbourne.

Toby Brennan

Principal

Toby Brennan is an experienced strategy consultant. He commenced his career with McKinsey & Company, and has spent 4 years working with a range of governments and leading corporates in Australia, New Zealand and Asia on business strategy and organizational efficiency. Toby has significant experience in South East Asia and speaks Thai and Lao.

Justin Fabo

Senior Economist

Justin has been working for nearly two decades as an economist. He has significant experience as a researcher, forecaster and public commentator. He is passionate about ‘real world’ economics and using data to help clients make better decisions and solve problems. He has a particular interest and expertise in labour market developments and demographics.

Justin developed a deep understanding of the global and Australian economies in his time working across most policy departments of the Reserve Bank of Australia. He spent a short period at the Commonwealth Treasury and was a senior economist at ANZ bank where his clients ranged from SMEs and corporates to global fund managers and investors. Justin holds a Bachelor of Economics with first class honours from the University of Western Australia.

Jannis Hoh

Office Manager

Jannis has over ten years of financial experience working with local private and public listed firms. She has worked in the property development, healthcare, travel and telecommunication industries in Singapore. She is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore as well as a Certified Public Accountant of Australia. Jannis holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce specialising in Accounting from Monash University.

Bin Jiang

Data Scientist

Bin is a statistician and data scientist with a strong knowledge of econometrics and predictive modelling. Bin develops advanced statistical learning models together with existing machine learning algorithms to solve challenging forecasting and business analysis problems in economics. Prior to joining AlphaBeta, he worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University developing macroeconomic forecasting models and focusing on applications to the Australian economy. Bin completed his Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Science and Technology in China and received his Ph.D. in Business Statistics from Monash University.

Shivin Kohli

Business Analyst

Shivin is a Business Analyst with AlphaBeta based in the Singapore office. Prior to joining AlphaBeta, he worked as an Analyst in the Consumer Banking Group of DBS Bank, and as an intern for Dailymotion, CNBC, and at The Coca-Cola Company in Singapore and India. Shivin holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Economics and Public Policy from Singapore Management University, where he served as President of the United Nations Student’s Association. Shivin also co-founded ‘Project Gazaab’, an overseas community service project in a remote North Indian village, focused on social entrepreneurship through patient capital.

Tania Leong

Office Manager

Tania has over ten years of secretarial and managerial experience. She has worked in the legal, health, financial and marketing industries in Sydney and London. She previously worked at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Mountainview Learning. Tania holds a Bachelor degree in Social Science and Masters degree in Legal Studies, both from the University of New South Wales.

Christopher Lim

Business Analyst

Christopher is a Business Analyst with AlphaBeta based in the Singapore office. Prior to joining AlphaBeta, he was previously employed at Deloitte Consulting and Bridgewell Resources where he developed a background in project management, banking operations, and international trade. Christopher graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Konstantin Matthies

Associate

Konstantin joined AlphaBeta as an economist after completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge. His fields of expertise lie in economic theory as well as behavioural and experimental economics. During his studies Konstantin has developed a keen interest for applying economic analysis to fields often considered beyond the realm of economics, such as epidemiology. His work experience spans a range of sectors such as energy markets and the aviation industry, both in Europe and Asia. Konstantin also holds an MPhil from Cambridge and a BSc with First-Class Honours from UCL.

Shahar Merom

Business Analyst

Shahar is a Sydney based analyst for AlphaBeta since February 2017, having previously worked with the mergers and acquisitions team at KPMG in Sydney. Shahar completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney, holding a Bachelor of Science with a psychology major and Bachelor of Commerce with finance and economics (Hons I) majors.

Ian Ong

Business Analyst

Ian is a consultant with a background in investment facilitation and public policy. During his previous employment in the Singapore Business Federation, he worked with various governments to coordinate market entry and market awareness programmes for members of the Singapore business community and the Singapore government. He has interned with various government bodies and has experience implementing government-wide initiatives. Ian received his Bachelors (Hons) of Social Science, in Political Science, from the National University of Singapore.

Jonathan Salgo

Associate

Jonathan has expertise in entrepreneurship and public policy. He has co-founded and operated in a number of social enterprise start-ups; developing skills and an understanding of business operations, financial planning, marketing, and complex problem solving. Previously, he was a director on the board of the Australian Republican Movement, and a consultant working with for public and private sector clients around policy design. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science, from the University of Sydney. Jonathan cares about sport and society; he is a cricket, AFL, and politics tragic. He feels most at home at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Bing Xun Seng

Associate

Bingxun has deep understanding of Asia’s economic and political landscape. Prior to joining AlphaBeta, he worked as an economist at Centennial Asia Advisors and provided macro research which formed the basis of clients’ top-down approach to asset allocation. He also developed a strong background in public policy through consulting assignments with various government entities and multilateral organizations. Bingxun graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Economics from the National University of Singapore and also holds an MSc in Finance and Business Economics (Distinction) from the Alliance Manchester Business School, UK.

Vera Sprothen

Editor

Vera is a business writer and editor with more than two decades of experience in journalism, most recently as a Sydney-based staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal. She has covered European politics for a fast-paced newswires service in Brussels and spent several years as a freelance foreign correspondent covering Australia for leading German newspapers and magazines, including DIE ZEIT and Wirtschaftswoche. A trained feature writer, Vera is passionate about making the complex world of economics more digestible for readers - from describing how credit reforms improve the livelihood of vanilla farmers in Tonga to investigating why growing sea sponges might help jobless Aborigines on Australia’s Palm Island. Vera holds a Masters in Economics and Politics from University of Cologne, Germany, and is a graduate of Holtzbrinck School of Journalism.

Sriram Srikumar

Associate

Sriram has worked for public and private sector clients in policy design and transactional law. As a consultant at the World Bank’s Pacific office, he worked on projects in renewable energy, transport infrastructure and rural development. Sriram also worked on private equity and project finance transactions at the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Sriram studied Economics, Political Science and Law at the University of Sydney. He represented the University at international debating tournaments and was on the editorial board of its student paper.

Cheng Wei Swee

Business Analyst

Cheng Wei is a Business Analyst at AlphaBeta Singapore with expertise in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Through his professional experience ranging from hardware technology start-ups to public service he has had strong exposure to a variety of functional areas such as operations, marketing and public policy. During his studies, Cheng Wei was active in student-led initiatives and organized events of various scales such as international Youth Expedition Projects and national economic competitions. Cheng Wei holds a Bachelor of Social Science with Honours in Economics from the National University of Singapore where he also served as a executive committee member of the NUS Economics Society.

Callum Wood

Associate

Callum Wood is an experienced economist based in Sydney. Callum has advised ASX10 Australian companies and global technology firms on major strategic issues and also advised government clients on economic policy and analysis. Callum was previously with the Reserve Bank of Australia, where he worked on forecasting and risk management associated with the Bank’s foreign reserves portfolio. Callum holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Economics from the University of Melbourne.