Meet the FWX Advisory Board

The Financy Women’s Index™ Advisory Committee consists of a panel of economics experts who are passionate about supporting the financial progress of women and seeing Australia become a leader in economic gender equality. The Committee is personally helping to grow the Women’s Index™ as a credible and reliable data source on the economic progress of Australian women, while also ensuring the overall integrity of each report is maintained and strengthened over time.

Dr Shane Oliver

Shane Oliver is the Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy at AMP Capital. Shane has extensive experience analysing economic and investment cycles and what current positioning means for the return potential for different asset classes such as shares, bonds, property and infrastructure. Shane is the Head of the Investment Strategy and Economics team, which is responsible for the provision of economic and macro investment analysis which is applied across more than $65 billion invested in multi-asset funds. Shane has a PhD in economics which focussed on the validity of the Efficient Market Hypothesis and asset price bubbles. Shane is a regular media commentator on economic and investment market issues and engages regularly with investors at public events and forums.

Joanne Masters

Joanne Masters is Chief economist for EY Oceania region. Jo has been an active part of the economic debate in Australia for the last 15 years. Passionate about driving discussions around the traditional and disruptive forces that shape the economy. Jo is a well-regarded thought leader across economic and policy issues in Australia and the global economy more broadly. Prior to joining EY, Jo was a Senior Economist in the Australian Economics Research team at ANZ. Prior to that, Jo spent over a decade at Macquarie Bank in Economic Research and Foreign Exchange. As a leading female in economics, Jo works to champion women’s equality in the workforce and be a driving voice for better gender outcomes.

Prof Roger Wilkins

Professor Roger Wilkins is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research at the University of Melbourne. Roger is also the Deputy Director (Research) of the HILDA Survey. His research interests include the nature, causes and consequences of labour market outcomes; the distribution and dynamics of individuals’ economic wellbeing; and the incidence and determinants of poverty, social exclusion and welfare dependence. Roger produces the annual HILDA Survey Statistical Report. He has also produced the Australian income component of the World Inequality Database (WID) since 2014. Roger is a member of the ABS Labour Statistics Advisory Group, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Research Panel, and the Department of Social Services ‘Building a New Life in Australia’ Survey Technical Reference Group, and is a Policy Adviser for the Australian Council of Social Service. He is also a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

Danielle Wood

Danielle is the CEO of the Grattan Institute. She has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, generational inequality and reforming political institutions. She is a sought-after media commentator and speaker on policy issues. Danielle previously worked at the ACCC, NERA Economic Consulting and the Productivity Commission. She holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and Masters degrees in Economics and Competition Law, from the University of Melbourne. Danielle is the National President of the Economic Society of Australia and co-founder and former Chair of the Women in Economics Network.

Bruce Hockman

Bruce Hockman is a the former Chief Economist of the Statistical Services Group at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Bruce has an economics degree from Adelaide University and he also did post-graduate studies at Macquarie University. Prior to joining the ABS Bruce worked at the RBA, Deutsche Bank and as CEO of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. He joined the ABS in 2005 as Director of Quarterly Economy Wide Surveys and Prices in Sydney, the team provides around 60% of the data used for the quarterly national accounts. Bruce was appointed as Assistant Statistician of National Accounts Branch, in Canberra, in 2010. Bruce was promoted to First Assistant Statistician in February 2012 and was the Division Head of the Business, Industry and Environment Statistics Division. In July 2015 he transferred to Macroeconomic Statistics Division as the General Manager. He retired from the ABS at the end of 2020.

Simone Cheung

Simone Cheung is a Partner in Deloitte Access Economics and leads the Health Economics and Social Policy team in NSW. She has over ten years of experience working in the intersection of government, private and the not-for-profit sector in improving health and social issues in Australia. Most recently, she completed a Masters in Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics to look at how behavioural science can be used in complex social issues such as gender stereotypes and casual sexism. Simone loves data and the role data plays in informing the policy debate. She previously worked at the Department of Statistics in Tonga and at the Reserve Bank of Australia.