I am a macro/financial/development economist studying how countries can better manage their natural resource wealth. My research addresses policy-relevant questions on fiscal, monetary, exchange-rate and sovereign wealth fund policy using both theory and empirics.
I am the World Bank’s Country Economist for Kiribati and Nauru. I also hold external research associate positions in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney; the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre) at the University of Oxford; and the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at ANU. I was previously an Assistant Professor of Economics (tenure-track) at the University of Sydney, and the principal investigator of an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant at the University of Oxford, where I held positions in the Department of Economics and Pembroke College. I have taught macroeconomics at Queens’ College in the University of Cambridge and lectured on the MSc in Economics for Development at the University of Oxford.
I have advised the World Bank on natural resource policy in Iraq, Libya and Uganda and have also worked with the IMF, the Bank of England, the International Growth Centre, the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. In the private sector I have worked with Taylor Fry Actuaries, Westpac Bank, McKinsey and Co, and Rokos Capital Management.
I completed a D.Phil (Ph.D) in Economics (Oxford) in 2014 as a John Monash Scholar, and was awarded the David Walton award for the top candidate in macroeconomics or finance. I also completed an M.Phil in Economics (Oxford) as a Commonwealth Scholar, and a B.Com in Actuarial Studies and Finance (UNSW) as a Co-Op Scholar, graduating with a High Distinction average, the University Medal and the Investec Prize for the top all-round student.