Western Australia

WA YEN, WEN & ECOMS Student Event at UWA


From: Wednesday October 5, 2022, 6:00 pm

To: Wednesday October 5, 2022, 7:30 pm

The WA Young Economists Network (YEN) have teamed up with the WA Women in Economics Network (WA WEN) and the UWA ECOMS Group to organise a special event to highlight & discuss graduate and internship opportunities that are available within leading organisations in the local private and public sectors.

This event which is open to everyone to attend, will be moderator by Apphia Jin and will feature a range of different speakers with diverse professional backgrounds and industry experience including:

  • Claire O’Donohue (Senior Economist, Deloitte Access Economics)
  • Jen Kirk (Director, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation)
  • Brian Hwang (Senior Consultant, Nous Group)
  • Talia Melsom (Senior Economist, WA Department of Treasury)


Date:   Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Time:   6pm - 7:30pm (Drinks and light refreshments will be available immediately following the Panel session)

Cost:    $5 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

Venue:  Stan Perron Lecture Theatre, University of WA, Crawley, WA

For more details about the event and to book tickets for it online, please check out:


Further information about the upcoming October 5th event at UWA can also be found through the WA YEN and WA WEN Facebook pages as well as through the ECOMS Group which can be viewed through the following web links:




Apphia Jin 

Apphia is currently completing her PhD in Economics at the University of Western Australia (UWA) with the topic of her thesis being the relationship between sovereign debt, fiscal policy, and economic growth. 

Prior to commencing her PhD study at UWA, Apphia completed a Bachelor's Degree in Science with double majors in mathematics and statistics, as well as a Master's Degree in Mathematical Science and another Masters's Degree in Economics at the Australian National University (ANU). 

Given her multi-disciplinary background, Apphia's research interests focus on macroeconomics, economic growth and computational economics. In addition to her academic research, Apphia also has experience working in various industries, including financial advisory, quantitative analysis, auditing and economic research.


Brian Hwang - Senior Consultant, Nous Group

At Nous, Brian has worked closely with senior executives and management to support the establishment of strategy and operating models in both the private and public sector.

Prior to joining Nous, Brian was a management consultant at several companies where he worked closely with industry leaders in mining and retirement living, providing strategic advice, delivering digital solutions, and assisting in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) due diligence. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Economics and Accounting from the University of WA and while completing his degree, worked as an Undergraduate Analyst at Deloitte's Assurance and Advisory division.‚Äč

Jen Kirk - Director, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science & Innovation (JTSI)

Jen is the Director of Priority Sector Development, in the Strategic Policy division in JTSI. Before this role, Jen was an Associate Director of Government Relations at Cannings Purple, utilising her experience in economic policy in the Commonwealth Treasury, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Australian Government Department of Finance. Jen therefore has a strong understanding of the economic and policy issues affecting Australia and WA, together with experience in building and implementing strategies to address them.

Jen has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & History) from the University of Notre Dame and is currently completing a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia (UWA). She is also an active Committee Member of the WA Branch of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) where she currently serves as a very effective Communications Coordinator for the group.

Claire O’Donohue – Senior Economist, Deloitte Access Economics

Claire is a Senior Economist working across the Education, and Health and Social Policy practices within Deloitte Access Economics. Her work within the Education practice has involved detailed economic analysis and developing strategies to support the Commonwealth Government. Additionally, she has evaluated education initiatives across several states and territories, including Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory. In the Health and Social Policy practice, her focus is on using quantitative analytical tools to estimate the economic value of investment and policies to inform decision-making.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Economics and a Master of Economics from UWA. During her degree, she completed an internship at the Commonwealth Treasury.

Talia Melsom - Senior Economist, WA Department of Treasury

Talia is a Senior Economist in the Economic and Revenue Forecasting Directorate at the WA Department of Treasury. She analyses economic data and produces forecasts for the State’s economy as part of the State Budget and Mid-Year Review. Talia is also the Communications Coordinator for the Treasury Young Professional Program.  Prior to this, Talia held positions at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and at diplomatic posts, including the Australian Embassy in Rome, Italy.

Talia completed her Masters in International and Development Economics at the Australian National University as a Westpac Future Leaders Scholar. She went on to become a member of the Westpac Scholars National Executive, supporting a network of 500 scholars across Australia. Talia has a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from Curtin University.


Stan Perron Lecture Theatre, University of WA

35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009

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