Economics, policy and strategy for the changing world

We solve economic, policy and regulatory problems

We work with governments, businesses and organisations as they navigate a changing economy and new markets

We combine proven strategy consulting methods alongside robust analytics

We combine proven strategy consulting methods alongside robust analytics

Our multi-disciplinary experts and partners bring enduring and pragmatic solutions to clients committed to change

Our Team

Our team of experienced consultants brings a unique blend of expertise that together sits at the intersection of strategy, economics, policy, regulation and econometrics.

Amit Singh

Amit Singh

Managing Partner

Amit is the Managing Partner of Mandala and works at the intersection of economics and data, policy and regulation, and technology. He is a former Managing Director of a major global consulting firm completing economic research and policy projects in over 25 countries and presented in forums internationally including at the ILO and OECD. He has published papers in leading academic journals such as the Australian Economic Review.

He previously served as the global head of economic policy at Uber Technologies Inc. based in San Francisco. He was one of the founding directors of Responsible Technology Australia and Reset Australia, and previously co-founded a consumer aggregator startup. He was recently a panel member for an independent review into Australian government digital services led by David Thodey AO. Earlier in his career he served as a senior economic adviser to multiple Australian prime ministers and leaders.

He began his career as a solicitor and holds honours degrees in commerce and law from the University of Sydney.

Jo Wood

Jo Wood

Chief Operating Partner

Jo's expertise lies in building organisations and managing systems to deliver impactful work. She is the former Chief Operating Officer at the e61 Institute and continues to serve as the Company Secretary of e61. She previously worked as the Operations Manager for Accenture’s Sustainability Services for markets ex-US and Europe, as well as Operations Lead at AlphaBeta Australia.

Qualified in Psychology and Business Administration, she has worked at the intersection of economics, data and policy for the last few years driving key innovative and unique data partnerships as well as helping to establish best-in-class governance and compliance systems.

Dr Adam Triggs

Dr Adam Triggs

Partner

Dr Adam Triggs is a Partner at Mandala, a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and a visiting fellow at the ANU Crawford School as an accomplished economist and policy expert. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Dr Triggs is widely published in leading economics journals, making significant contributions to the field of economics.

Previously, Dr Triggs held positions such as the Director and Head of Canberra Office at AlphaBeta, Director of the Asian Bureau of Economic Research at ANU, Resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and Economic Policy Advisor to the Assistant Treasurer, among others. He has also worked as an economic consultant for a range of organizations including the National Australia Bank, the New Zealand Government, the Bank of Japan, Treasury and the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Dr Triggs' expertise and interests include macroeconomics, finance, competition policy, and international relations. He has also worked extensively on issues related to supply chains, sustainability and the environment, finance, and labour force challenges.

Jason Tabarias

Jason Tabarias

Partner

Jason is a Partner at Mandala, where he specialises in social policy, workforce and industry policy. Jason has led a range of tertiary education and workforce strategy and economics consulting projects including: assessing the equity implications of technology in university teaching; clarifying the barriers to research commercialisation; quantifying the challenges and benefits of enhancing the links between schools, TAFEs and employment in Tasmania; modelling geographical and skills gaps in the Victorian disability workforce; and documenting the current state of Indigenous education and employment in Australia.

Jason has led equity projects in the higher education system, including the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Strategy and establishing the Dilin Duwa Centre for Indigenous Business at the Melbourne Business School. Jason designed the Victorian Government’s Higher Education State Investment Fund to support Victorian universities in the post-COVID recovery. Jason is a former Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a current Research Collaborator at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

Rachel Nunn

Rachel Nunn

Director

Rachel is a Director at Mandala, working with governments and businesses to navigate a changing economy. Rachel is one of the leading voices on international development in Australia. She has worked with government, NGOs and foundations to design and implement development programs throughout Asia and the Pacific, with a focus on women's economic empowerment and health equity.

Rachel was previously Director of Equity Economics, and prior to this worked with EY and The World Bank. Rachel founded Good Will Hunters, a podcast dedicated to international development, in 2018. Having aired over 150 episodes, Rachel continues to commentate on social and development policy on a variety of platforms.

Rachel has a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development.

Tom McMahon

Tom McMahon

Director

Tom is a Director at Mandala and brings over 15 years of experience in economics, data science, policy and strategy to Mandala. Tom’s expertise and interests include technology policy, taxation, labour markets, skills, migration, financial services and superannuation.

Tom has previously held senior roles at the Tech Council of Australia, Industry Super Australia, AlphaBeta Advisors and as an economics adviser with the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, the Hon. Andrew Leigh MP, PM&C and the Department of Immigration.

Dr Erin Watson

Dr Erin Watson

Director

Dr Erin Watson is a Director at Mandala. Erin is an internationally recognised expert at the nexus of public policy, business, and global affairs. With 14 years in the private sector, academia and think tanks, Erin has worked globally from the United Nations to listed (NYSE) big tech on contemporary policy issues facing the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Watson has represented Australia at seven G20s and directed and curated programs across India, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. An influential communicator, Erin is regularly sought by Australian and international television networks and publications to unpack policy developments.

Erin is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute and Chair of the Australia Latam Emerging Leaders Dialogue. In 2023 Erin was appointed Co-chair of the G20 India’s Think20 and in 2022, she was named one of Australia’s Top 100 Innovators for thought leadership. Erin holds a Doctor of Philosophy and graduate qualifications in applied finance.

Lindsay Jones

Lindsay Jones

Senior Advisor

Lindsay Jones is the Senior Advisor at Mandala (see below). He has significant prior global consulting experience across multiple industries in the public and private sectors, principally at McKinsey & Company where he worked in the London, Paris, Silicon Valley, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney offices. He has also worked at AlphaBeta Australia, now part of Accenture Strategy. In addition, Lindsay has substantial experience working in the financial services industry as an investment banker and as a fund manager.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of Technology Sydney and a Master of Philosophy (Distinction) in International Relations from Cambridge University.

At Mandala, the Senior Advisor is a cornerstone role with extensive experience and profound expertise in strategy consulting. The appointment emphasises our commitment to embedding excellence and distinctiveness in staff development, client delivery, and deepening relationships.

As Senior Advisor, Lindsay acts as an ongoing and accessible mentor for all consultants – from graduates to partners – to help foster their and Mandala’s growth while upholding the firm's high quality standards to delight clients, sit at the frontier of thought leadership and create an exceptional staff experience.

Dr Jun Tong

Dr Jun Tong

Principal

Jun Tong previously worked at AlphaBeta Australia (now part of Accenture Strategy) and Quantium Health and Government.

He combines data analytics with economic advice to support clients across policy issues in sustainability, the care sector, and digital technology. He was as an analytics advisor to the Commonwealth on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun was previously a research scientist and holds doctorate and honours degrees in the life sciences from the University of Sydney. He has published papers in leading journals, including in Science.

Emma Wride

Emma Wride

Office Manager

Emma brings twelve years’ experience as an Executive Assistant to senior executives across several industries. Emma leads Mandala's operations across the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra offices.

Emma is looking forward to connecting with Mandala's clients and network of friends to support impactful work on distinctive problems. She is experienced in planning, organizing and problem-solving to complete multiple deadline-driven projects efficiently and on time.

Rajarshi Roy

Rajarshi Roy

Engagement Manager

Rajarshi is an Engagement Manager at Mandala, with a strong passion for digital platforms, data science and public policy. He has significant experience in strategy development, market analysis, economic modelling and policy reform, and has supported global technology companies, Australian businesses and governments (federal, state and local) on these topics. Most recently, Rajarshi has advised various leading tech companies across a range of domains on the potential impact of regulatory reform on consumers and the broader Australian economy.

Prior to joining Mandala, Rajarshi was an Associate at AlphaBeta Advisors Australia and more recently an Engagement Manager in Accenture's economic insights practice. He holds a Bachelor of Law and Economics from the University of New South Wales.

Madeleine McCure

Madeleine McCure

Engagement Manager

Madeleine McCure is an Engagement Manager at Mandala.

Maddy's background and expertise covers sustainability and the energy transition, tech policy, industry development, financial services and corporate strategy.

Maddy has previously held roles at Accenture Economic Insights, AlphaBeta Advisors, Commonwealth Bank, the NSW Treasury and as a senior advisor to the Hon Gladys Berejiklian.

Matthew Connolly

Matthew Connolly

Engagement Manager

Matthew is an experienced manager at Mandala with a passion for strategy, policy, and sustainability. He has significant experience in economic modelling and analysis, corporate strategy, sectoral and regional development, and policy reform. Matthew's clients include global, Australian, and New Zealand businesses and governments.

Most recently, Matthew has advised leading ASX and NZX companies on their growth strategies, including the economic, social, and carbon impacts of their strategies, and how working with communities and policymakers can deliver greater value.

Prior to joining Mandala Partners, Matthew worked at AlphaBeta Advisors and Nous Group. He has a Master of Economics and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Engagement Manager

Sam is an Engagement Manager at Mandala with a keen interest in strategy, economics and policy and their intersection with government, business, technology and sustainability.

He has significant consulting experience in strategy development, market analysis, policy analysis as well as modelling and data analysis. Sam has worked on projects in the public sector, spanning both State and Federal government, as well as the private sector in industries such as technology, health and sustainability.

Prior to joining Mandala, Sam worked at AlphaBeta Advisors Australia, as well as in Accenture Strategy’s economic insights practice. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of New South Wales where he graduated with Distinction.

Sarah Codrington

Sarah Codrington

Engagement Manager

Sarah Codrington is an Engagement Manager at Mandala. Sarah has worked in applying big data to policy problems for organisations from Accenture to the Department of Social Services and healthcare startups. She holds a Master of Studies in social sciences and data analysis from the Australian National University.

Sarah has a decade of experience working across economics, policy and strategy. Her expertise and interests include innovation in social policy, economic growth, technology and automation, and workforce development in emerging sectors. She has also worked in social justice, private health insurance and mental health.

Rebecca Colbrook

Rebecca Colbrook

Engagement Manager

Rebecca previously worked as an Advisor to the Albanese Government in manufacturing and trade policy.

Bec has experience in economics and policy analysis across emerging sectors and markets, and is interested in working with businesses and governments to solve the structural challenges facing the world today.

Bec holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Business (Economics) from the Queensland University of Technology.

James Maccarrone

James Maccarrone

Advisor

James has previously worked as a Senior Policy and Economic Advisor to the Victorian Premier, a Consultant at Boston Consulting Group and an economist in the Australian Government.

He holds a Masters in Economics with Distinction from the University of Oxford, and has published papers on labour economics.

Dr Caitlin Abbott

Dr Caitlin Abbott

Associate

Dr Caitlin Abbott is an Associate at Mandala with expertise in health systems policy and strategy. She previously worked at Quantium Health and Government, advising clients domestically in the NSW and Commonwealth governments, and internationally in the Ethiopian government, on policy responses and developing analytical tools to support decision marking.

She acted as an analytics advisor providing modelling and policy recommendations to the Commonwealth government in the response to COVID-19. She has also worked to build sustainable data systems in data-poor environments, and has conducted reviews and developed tools to support the identification of potential non-compliance within the health sector.

Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Hons) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Virology) from the University of Sydney.

Sergio Suarez

Sergio Suarez

Associate

Sergio is an actuary with expertise in global retirement income systems, holistic portfolio design, and enterprise risk management. His background is in the Superannuation industry, where he played a pivotal role in shaping the investment frameworks of small to mid-sized funds. Sergio's dedication to making a positive impact drives his pursuit of innovative solutions and transformative change in the financial industry.

Sergio's expertise includes analysing market developments, understanding financial markets, and providing insights and recommendations to optimise portfolio efficiency.

Sergio holds a Master of Actuarial Studies from the Australian National University (ANU) and is an Associate of the Institute of Actuaries in Australia. He also holds the global Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA) certification, signifying his specialisation in enterprise risk management

Hayley Winchcombe

Hayley Winchcombe

Associate

Hayley Winchcombe is an Associate at Mandala and a Board Member of the Australia-ASEAN Council. Previously Hayley worked as an economics, policy and business strategy consultant with a focus on tech strategy and policy, the net zero transition, federal and state government strategies, economic and social impact and corporate responsibility.

Hayley is also extensively engaged in the international and social sectors as Co-Founder & Chair of the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership and Treasurer of a large cooperative. As a regional specialist in Southeast Asia, Hayley was the inaugural New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow and has experience with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AustCham ASEAN and has published numerous articles with the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

She received First Class Honours for a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) jointly undertaken at the University of Western Australia and Nanyang Technological University Singapore. She has lived in France, Spain, Singapore and Indonesia.

Josh Sinn

Josh Sinn

Associate

Josh Sinn is an Associate with Mandala with a strong interest in competition, regulation and policy. He was previously part of Accenture’s Economic Insights team where he conducted strategic and economic analysis in the areas of sustainability, industry development and regulatory design. He was also a lecturer of Competition Law at the University of Sydney and a paralegal in mergers investigations at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Joshua received First Class Honours in Law and the University Medal in Economics from the University of Sydney. He has also published in the University of New South Wales Law Journal, Current Issues in Competition Law and the Competition and Consumer Law Journal on competition policy, technology and regulatory institutions.

Edward Smyth

Edward Smyth

Analyst

Edward Smyth is an Analyst at Mandala. He has a deep interest in the use of big data in economics, the effects of AI and automation on the workforce and industry development. He was previously employed at Accenture's Economic Insights practice, where he gained experience in workforce analysis, regulatory economics in financial services and industrial policy.

He also worked in economics at the Department of Employment and was an intern at the Reserve Bank of Australia. He is currently an executive committee member of Greater Canberra, a housing advocacy group that campaigns to improve housing affordability in the ACT.

Edward holds an Honours degree in computational mathematics and a double degree in mathematics and economics from the Australian National University. In addition, he has been published academically in the European Journal of Computational Optimisation on the topic of machine learning and in the Canberra Times on the topic of housing.

Chiquita Shaw

Chiquita Shaw

Analyst

Chiquita Shaw is an Analyst at Mandala. She is passionate about helping organisations leverage technology and sustainability to drive economic development – especially where it involves elements of equity and regulation.

Chiquita was previously part of Accenture’s Economic Insights team where she provided strategic guidance to tech companies on international expansion and conducted economic analyses for organisations in higher education and telecommunications. Prior to that, she was part of Macquarie Group’s strategy team, working on the bank’s net-zero strategy, and in strategic policy at the Department of Education and Training (VIC).

Chiquita holds a degree in economics, in addition to an honours degree in law from Monash University and is a qualified solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria, with a background in commercial, refugee and environmental law.

Rebecca McKeague

Rebecca McKeague

Analyst

Rebecca McKeague is an Analyst at Mandala with experience in using data-driven economics and policy analysis to solve strategic issues for organisations and governments. Rebecca was previously at Accenture Economic Insights, focusing on the technology, energy, and care sectors. This work has included establishing economic value and workforce impacts for emerging industries and supply chains within multiple global regions. She has also advised on policy to support markets and industry development.

Rebecca is deeply interested in using quantitative analysis to explore central questions around what a modern economy, workforce, and policy environment could look like, particularly given rapidly changing technology. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from the University of Sydney.

James Ghusn

James Ghusn

Analyst

James is an Analyst at Mandala.

James has a background in finance and economics, with a passion for leveraging quantitative techniques to answer interesting and important policy questions. He was previously part of Accenture’s Economic Insights practice, where he worked with clients across the tech, telco and higher education sectors, building economic models to answer questions relating to economic value, international trade, labour supply and skills.

James has an avid interest in financial stability, economic development, sustainability and emerging technology, and working with clients on navigating the increasingly complex challenges emerging from global macroeconomic and political trends. A Queenslander at heart, James has a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics from the University of Queensland.

Johanna Lim

Johanna Lim

Analyst

Johanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, with a focus on International Economy and Development. She has had previous experience in research, strategy, and working with non-profit organisations and social enterprises.

Johanna is passionate about exploring the advancement of technology and its implications, as well as effectively using both quantitative and qualitative analyses to inform public policy.

Jack Hong

Jack Hong

Analyst

Jack is an analyst at Mandala with a passion for using data to solve complex problems in economics, policy and strategy. He previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia where he harnessed data and forecasting techniques to analyse Australia’s labour market and managed financial risk in the Bank’s foreign portfolio. He has also worked at the e61 Institute where he analysed data on various ESG issues such as gender diversity in company boards and corporate net-zero commitments.

Jack is deeply interested in the role of technological innovation and workforce skills development in helping organisations and governments tackle slowing productivity growth. He is also passionate about issues on managing the net-zero transition and the shifting geopolitical world.

Flora Que

Flora Que

Analyst

Flora Que is an Analyst with Mandala, having previously worked across state government in a range of strategy, cabinet policy and regulatory roles. She is interested in how education, health and technology can drive economic and social impact in improving the lives of people.

She holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies with First Class Honours in Pathology from the University of Sydney.

Jesse Gray

Jesse Gray

Analyst

Jesse is passionate about improving public policy through data-driven economic analysis. Previously part of Accenture's Economic Insights team, Jesse has worked across areas as varied as social services, technology, industry development and sustainability.

Jesse holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney, with First-Class Honours in Philosophy. He is interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to policy design and evaluation, particularly in how people's lived experiences can be used in combination with data to improve policy and services.

Our Approach

Economics

Economics

Through expert modelling and analysis, we uncover insights that help our clients design, develop and make decisions about policy and commercial solutions.

Policy and regulation

Policy and regulation

We bring structure and evidence to public policy for governments. We are experts in helping new disruptors navigate regulation and unlocking growth opportunities in emerging markets.

Data

Data

We use novel data and robust analysis to build the case for change and help clients make credible, specific and sustainable decisions.

Strategy

Strategy

Through strategy tools, we find innovative solutions that drive growth and success. We design and develop strategies that help our clients drive change in policy, regulation and markets.

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A mandala is an object used in several traditions to create focus. It's a structured pattern put on the formlessness and ambiguity of reality to clarify the mind. And that's what we're doing: creating focus and putting structure on the ambiguity of our client's problems.

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A mandala is an object used in several traditions to create focus. It's a structured pattern put on the formlessness and ambiguity of reality to clarify the mind. And that's what we're doing: creating focus and putting structure on the ambiguity of our client's problems.

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