Western Australia




From: Tuesday August 8, 2023, 6:30 pm

To: Tuesday August 8, 2023, 7:30 pm

The Curtin Economics Society, the WA Young Economists Network (WA YEN) and the WA Women in Economics Network (WA WEN) are proud to present the upcoming free panel event- 'ECONOMICS: WHERE CAN IT TAKE YOU?'

Ever wondered where studying economics could lead you or what opportunities may come from undertaking work or research in the field. If so, please come along to this free panel event which is open to everyone and will feature a line-up of eminent speakers who will share their unique experiences, insights, tips and much more on the various and diverse career paths and vocational opportunities that an interest and pursuit of economics can lead to.

Plus there'll be some free nibbles on offer to all event attendees, an opportunity for audience members to ask the panel questions and a chance to also informally mingle, network and have further discussions (if you want to) after the formal event proceedings conclude.

The event will be moderated by Cassandra Winzar (Chief Economist, Committee for Economic Development Aust- CEDA) and will include the following panel of speakers:

  • Sally McMahon (Australian Energy Market Commissioner)
  • Associate Professor Sherry Bawa (Associate Professor & Discipline Lead- Economics, Curtin University)

Event Speakers

Sally McMahon

Sally has more than 25 years’ experience working across Australia and Canada in the energy sector and has executive experience with government, regulators, corporations and investment funds in regulatory policy and energy transformation across Australia. Her early career included work with Commonwealth agencies and she was the Victorian government’s representative in establishing Australia’s national electricity and gas rules and law for network and retail regulation.

She is currently a Commissioner of the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), and the Independent Chair of the Market Advisory Committee, the Gas Advisory Board and the Pilbara Advisory Committee in Western Australia. She was previously a member of the Expert Panel for the WA Electricity Review Board and the Technical Panel of Experts for the generator performance standards dispute resolution mechanism in the Wholesale Electricity Market in WA. She has also held roles advising the Western Australian government on Stage 2 of the Energy Transformation Strategy and the NSW Government on the regulatory framework for the implementation of the NSW Infrastructure Roadmap. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sally is also a former Chair of the Women In Economics Network in WA.

Associate Professor Sherry Bawa

Sherry is an Associate Professor and is the Discipline Lead, Economics at Curtin University. She has also served as the Director, Learning and Teaching, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance from 2021-2023. Sherry is an Associate Professor and is the Discipline Lead,  Economics. She has also served as the Director, Learning and Teaching, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance from 2021-2023.

Sherry is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a Fellow of Curtin Academy. She is an EQUIS Champion and a member of Sustainability in Business Council and Gender Equity Group at Curtin. Her research interest areas are higher education, STEM and women, labour economics, employability, gender differentials and wealth, gender issues,  and well-being.


Cassandra Winzar

Cassandra is presently the Chief Economist at CEDA and was a senior economist with CEDA for three years prior to being appointed as the Chief Economist in May 2023. Before joining CEDA, she was Principal Economist at the WA Department of Communities (Housing Authority) where she focused on WA economic conditions and housing related research, including running the state government’s Housing Industry Forecasting Group. Cassandra has also held roles as the WA based Economist for the Reserve Bank of Australia, and in Transfer Pricing at EY. Cassandra has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of Western Australia.


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Hollis Lecture Theatre - Building 401, Curtin University Bentley Campus

Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102

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