Team

Directors

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.

 

Kate Pounder

Director

Kate has a passion for public policy, strategy, technology and innovation. She has worked across the public, private and non-profit sectors, most recently for McKinsey & Company, where she helped establish their digital and public sector practices in Australia. She served a range of public sector clients on topics including economic development and investment strategies, digital transformation, leadership and capability building and implementation of major change programs.

Prior to joining McKinsey, she worked with technology and media companies and clients, including Network Ten in policy, strategy and advocacy roles with a focus on content policy and digital transition and adoption, and NICTA (now Data61), where she helped convene industry / research collaborations that used cutting edge data analytics and optimisation to solve public and private sector challenges.

Kate has also worked for the Australian Industry Group, Australia's largest industry association, where she led research, policy and advocacy work on technology issues. The research programs she led included studies into the relationship between technology and productivity in Australian companies, and business users' needs from broadband.

Kate began her career in Australia's Federal Government, working on major communications and digital economy policy reforms, including media ownership, content and classification policy, sporting rights and the switch to digital television.

Team

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.

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.

Shaun Chau

Principal

Shaun has senior experience in government and the private sector.

Prior to joining AlphaBeta, Shaun worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in their London office advising FTSE 50 clients on corporate strategy and operational transformation. He has also worked as a senior government advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the UK and as an advisor to the Presidents of Rwanda and Liberia as part of the Office of Tony Blair.

Shaun holds a Master of Science (Social Policy) from Oxford University where he was a Commonwealth Scholar, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.

Lovelle D’Souza

Business Analyst

Lovelle is a trained lawyer and economist. She previously worked at global law firm Allens as a competition lawyer with a focus on merger clearances and advisory work. She has also completed work in the Energy, Resources and Infrastructure group, where she advised government and private sector clients on large infrastructure projects and transactions. Lovelle holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sydney.

Mai Lan Hoang

Business Analyst

Mai Lan is a Business Analyst based in the Singapore office. Mai Lan has a variety of consulting and research experience across Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, France and Germany and a range of industries from technology (wearables), healthcare, finance and investment, to the public sector. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours) with Finance Specialisation from the National University of Singapore, where she studied as an ASEAN scholar and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honours Society

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.

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, PwC London 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.

Genevieve Lim

Associate

Genevieve is a consultant with a background in public policy and urban planning. During her previous employment in the public sector, she was involved in the planning, marketing and development of innovation districts in Singapore. She worked on urban policy reforms and strategised new economic growth sectors. Genevieve holds an MPhil in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from Cambridge University, and a BSc in Economics and Geography with First-Class Honours from UCL.

Geoffrey Liu

Graduate Analyst

Geoffrey works in AlphaBeta's Canberra office and has experience in public policy, economics, statistics. He has previously worked for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare as a data analyst, focusing on processing, visualising and interpreting micro-data. Geoffrey also worked at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising the government on economic and social policy issues. Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Science (Mathematics, Statistics) from the Australian National University.

Konstantin Matthies

Engagement Manager

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

Associate

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.

Corin Moffatt

Engagement Manager

Corin has a strong background in public policy. Corin joined AlphaBeta after serving two NSW Premiers and a NSW Minister where she provided senior policy and implementation advice across a range of complex policy areas and on major reform. Her fields of expertise include local government, health, regional development, vocational education and training and justice. She has worked at a senior level in the public sector in Australia and the UK to design and implement major public policy reform. Corin holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.

Ian Ong

Associate

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.

Bing Xun Seng

Engagement Manager

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.

Ambika Sethia

Business Analyst

Ambika is a Sydney based analyst for AlphaBeta. Prior to joining AlphaBeta, Ambika was an economist at CEG Asia Pacific where she worked in the area of regulatory economics. Ambika completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney, holding a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws. During her time at AlphaBeta, Ambika has worked on impact analysis for a large government reform.

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.

Jun Tong

Associate

Jun is an Associate based in Canberra. He was previously with IQVIA, a life sciences consultancy, where he worked with global healthcare firms on their Australian operations. Prior to consulting, Jun worked as a research scientist. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in the natural sciences from the University of Sydney. He has published seven research papers including in the journal Science and has written essays about higher education for Australian newspapers.

Gawesha Weeratunga

Business Analyst

Gawesha is a Business Analyst at AlphaBeta Sydney with expertise in strategy, innovation and public policy. Gawesha has worked across several large government projects where he focused on innovation strategy, workforce modelling and policy recommendations. Gawesha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations from the University of Melbourne and the University of Edinburgh.

Callum Wood

Engagement Manager

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.

Sophia Zhu

Associate

Sophia is an Associate based in Sydney. Prior to joining AlphaBeta, Sophia was a consultant at Deloitte for over 2 years where she worked on strategy and large-scale business & IT transformation projects for clients across a number of industries. Sophia holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Economics from the University of Melbourne, and also represented the University in international case competitions.