WiBF Economics Outlook

11th September 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Style of Event: Theatre style
WiBF Member: AUD $90.00 Website Subscriber: AUD $120.00
ANZ Conference Suites, Upper Ground Floor, 833 Collins Street, Docklands, Melbourne


For the first time in Melbourne, join us for our highly regarded annual Women in Banking and Finance Economics Update featuring prominent Australian and international economists. We will cover global outlook and developments, the domestic economy and relevant key issues, as well as a raft of topical themes covering politics, geopolitical risk, and trade.

Pre Work

Participants are encouraged to reflect upon the economic issues in Australia and beyond, and to bring focused questions for discussion with the speakers and other attendees.


The goal of this event is to facilitate knowledge transfer of current economic issues and the evolving economic landscape of 2019.


Catherine Birch is a Senior Economist in the Australian Economics team at ANZ. She provides updates and analysis on the labour market, business and infrastructure investment, and the broader Australian economy. Prior to joining ANZ, Catherine worked as a Senior Policy Adviser/Economist for the Victorian Government, an Environmental Economist for the Namibia Nature Foundation, and an Economic Analyst for BIS Oxford Economics. Catherine holds a Master of International and Development Economics from the Australian National University.
Joanne Masters is the Chief economist for EY’s Oceania region and 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, where she spearheaded research on inflation, the retail sector, and housing. Prior to that, Jo spent over a decade at Macquarie Bank.
Dr Alex Joiner is the Chief Economist at IFM Investors and also sits on its Investment Committee and Global Management Team. He is responsible for the firm’s economic, financial market, policy and geopolitical analysis and forecasting and also represents IFM with domestic and global clients as well as with governments, central banks, financial institutions and corporates. He has two decades of professional experience and prior to joining IFM Investors, Alex was the Chief Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Australian & New Zealand) after being a senior economist at ANZ Bank. He holds a First Class honours degree in Economics and a PhD in Econometrics from Monash University. Alex is a committee member of Australian Business Economists and sits on the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Macroeconomic Risks Advisory Group.
Su-Lin Ong has led the Economics & Fixed Income Strategy team for AU/NZ at RBC since 2010 and her responsibilities expanded in 2015 to also include oversight and supervision of Australian equity research. She is part of the global strategy team with primary responsibility for formulating and presenting RBC’s AU/NZ macroeconomic outlook, cash rate view and bond yield forecasts. Based in RBC’s Sydney office, she works closely with sales and trading across fixed income, currencies, and equities in Australia as well as key hubs in Toronto, NY, London, Tokyo, and HK. Her expanded role will seek to capitalise on strategic opportunities and strengthen relationships across a broader range of clients.