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Our People

Our people work to ensure we are deeply connected with experts in science, technology, industry, government and civil society, including within regional and remote Australia.  Our core team includes former Ministers of Government, business leaders, community representatives and open-minded systems thinkers. All share a commitment to creating powerful blueprints  for meaningful reform which are informed by the reality of the natural world, community needs and political realities.  


People

Harry Guinness - Co-Founder & CEO
Harry Guinness
Co-Founder & CEO
Harry is a public and foreign policy professional with broad experience across private and non-profit sectors. His passion for strong and vibrant liberal democracy, and evidence-based policy led to his co-founding Blueprint Institute. Harry was adviser to Australia's Foreign Minister and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, the Hon Julie Bishop, on key portfolio areas including international development, Africa, South Asia, and climate change. He has worked in public health and education campaigns in Kenya, Brazil and Australia. Harry holds Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Politics from the Australian National University and an MPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford. His research and opinion pieces have featured in The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Mandarin, ABC Online, and The New Daily.
Steven Hamilton - Chief Economist
Steven Hamilton
Chief Economist
Steven Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Economics at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Steven authored a major small business support policy proposal in the US for the Brookings Institution, and has provided extensive commentary in the US and Australia on wage and small business supports during the COVID-19 crisis. Steven has published opinion pieces in the Washington Post, the Australian Financial Review, and The Age, among others, and has provided economic commentary to the New York Times, the LA Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Slate, The Hill, the Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian, among others. Steven is a former economist at the Australian Treasury, where he worked on the federal budget and the Garnaut Climate Change Review Update. Steven holds a PhD and MA in economics from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Queensland.
Daniel D'Hotman - Director of Research & Operations
Daniel D'Hotman
Director of Research & Operations
Daniel is a Rhodes Scholar currently completing his PhD on the political and ethical implications of using AI in mental health at the University of Oxford. With a strong interest in business and innovation, Daniel was awarded one of two undergraduate scholarships in the Asia-Pacific by the Boston Consulting Group, undertaking health systems and private equity projects in Sweden. Daniel has published a variety of academic papers, with one of these articles selected amongst the ‘Best in Philosophy’ collection for 2019 by Oxford University Press. His work in the media has been featured in The Spectator, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, Herald Sun, Brisbane Times, The Critic, and The Conversation.
Emma Beal - Researcher
Emma Beal
Researcher
Emma recently graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours). Emma maintains her role with the University’s School of Economics teaching introductory statistics, microeconomics, and financial institutions. Studying as a Vice-Chancellor’s scholar, Emma was awarded academic prizes for being the highest-achieving female student in her cohort. Throughout her studies, she completed an exchange with Harvard University and undertook her honours project investigating the commercial viability of large-scale battery energy arbitrage within the Australian market. With experience in private equity and consulting, Emma has previously worked for the Queensland Investment Company’s Global Infrastructure team and within Deloitte’s Energy Financial Advisory team. In 2018, Emma was awarded one of six international Women in Business Scholarships by Zonta Club for demonstrating outstanding potential within the field.
Josh Steinert - Researcher
Josh Steinert
Researcher
Josh recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). There he specialised in Political Theory and Ethics, with a particular focus on the limits of traditional social contract theory. He is currently studying an MSc in Resource Economics at the Bartlett School, part of University College London. His current focus is upon risk management in natural resource projects. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The Conversation and The Mandarin, among others.
Tom Barrett - Researcher
Tom Barrett
Researcher
Tom is currently undertaking his Honours in Politics at the University of Sydney, having recently completed his Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in Political Economy and Government & International Relations. He has studied Populism, Authoritarianism and International Relations at the Freie Universitat Berlin and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB) overseas, and has previous experience working with community social justice organisations.
Luke Heeney - Researcher
Luke Heeney
Researcher
Luke has recently graduated from the Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) at the University of Queensland, where he is also completing a Bachelor of Science. Luke has previously worked at Grattan Institute in both their Energy and Health Programs, where he has modelled wind farm developments and published on aged care reform. He has also worked as an intern economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia and as an undergraduate analyst at Queensland Investment Corporation. During university Luke has studied internationally at Fudan University, Shanghai, and through his honours research developed a new method to optimise and compare the value of developments in Renewable Energy Zones. Luke is passionate about fostering student leadership and improving cultures in student residences, and serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Australian University Colleges, where he also writes and presents on student leadership topics. 
Aurora Hawcroft - Summer Research Scholar
Aurora Hawcroft
Summer Research Scholar
Aurora is one of the first students to graduate from the Dual Degree between the Paris Institute of Political Studies (SciencesPo) and the University of Sydney. She finished cum laude from her Bachelor of Arts at SciencesPo Reims campus and achieved Dean’s list, Academic Merit, and Political Economy faculty awards throughout her Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney. With a passion for innovation policy and management, she recently worked as a Research Intern at the United States Studies Centre’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship program and simultaneously founded her own music marketing business. She will pursue postgraduate studies overseas in the field of innovation in the latter half of this year.
Katelyn Lamont - Summer Research Scholar
Katelyn Lamont
Summer Research Scholar
Katelyn has recently graduated from the Bachelor of Laws (Hons I)/ Bachelor of Economics at the University of Queensland. Katelyn most recently worked as a tutor at the University of Queensland School of Economic, teaching microeconomic theory and microeconomic policy. Katelyn has also worked as a research assistant at the TC Beirne School of Law in maritime and shipping law. Previously, Katelyn worked at law firm King & Wood Mallesons in Intellectual Property and Technology, and at consulting engineering firm Hatch in the legal team. Katelyn has also undertaken internships at law firms Allens Linklaters, and Corrs Chambers Westgarth in energy and resources, and projects. During her degree, Katelyn studied international financial regulation at the London School of Economics, and completed a research paper on Australian financial services regulation through her studies at the University of Queensland.
Matthew Elias - Summer Research Scholar
Matthew Elias
Summer Research Scholar
Matthew is an Honours student in Econometrics at the University of Sydney writing his thesis on Stochastic Dominance testing in the Partially Identified setting. Previously he completed a Bachelor of Economics with majors in Economics and Econometrics, and a minor in Pure Mathematics. He has previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Energy Regulator.

Board Members

Ian Hancock - Co-Founder & Board Chair
Ian Hancock
Co-Founder & Board Chair
Ian is Managing Director at PremierState and PremierNational, a leading public policy and corporate affairs consulting firm that advises across a range of industries on how to achieve outcomes with State and Federal Governments. Ian is also a Founder and Director of Clean Energy Strategies, a renewable energy consultancy that specialises in procuring renewable energy for large energy users. Ian studied a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Business (Economics) at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Lachlan Crombie - Co-Founder & Board Director
Lachlan Crombie
Co-Founder & Board Director
Lachlan has a strong background in law and government. Lachlan worked in the NSW Government in a variety of roles, in both Houses of Parliament. Lachlan was responsible for significant legislative reforms while working for Nationals member and now Deputy President, the Hon Trevor Khan MLC. He also worked for the State Attorney General, and was in charge of criminal law policy. He is now the Director of Political Engagement at PremierState and PremierNational. Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Business (Sports Management) from Australia’s leading Sports Management School at Deakin University, Melbourne.  
Hon Lisa France - Board Director
Hon Lisa France
Board Director
Lisa has worked at the highest level of State Government and the energy sector. She is currently Global Head of Corporate Affairs at Energy Developments. Previously, as an LNP member for the seat of Pumicestone, QLD she was appointed Assistant Minister for Natural Resources and Mines 2012-2014, and Assistant Minister for Finance Administration and Regulatory Reform 2014-2015. Immediately after her parliamentary career Lisa worked in as Australian Energy Regional Director for Hatch, a global energy, metals and mining company.
Hon Jenny Gardiner - Board Director
Hon Jenny Gardiner
Board Director
Jenny Gardiner is a life-long campaigner for rural and regional communities.  As a Nationals member of the NSW Legislative Council (1991-2015), Jenny was Deputy President of the Legislative Council (2011-15) and The Nationals Deputy Leader in the Legislative Council (2000-15).  Jenny chaired/served on a multitude of parliamentary inquiries, eg, rural health, regional and metropolitan transport, planning, regional development, privileges, electoral law.  A former General Secretary of the NSW Nationals (the first woman to hold such office in any NSW party), Jenny actively works to see more women in politics.
Elizabeth Bold - Board Director
Elizabeth Bold
Board Director
Elizabeth is the Manager of Media and Communications at Lion, one of Australasia’s largest beverage companies. Her areas of expertise span media, corporate communications, reputation management and government relations. Elizabeth has over five years of experience in politics, having previously worked as an adviser to the Hon Troy Grant and the Hon Malcolm Turnbull. She has a Bachelor of Arts (US Studies and Government) from the University of Sydney.

Strategic Council

The Hon Robert Hill AC
The Hon Robert Hill AC
Robert Hill was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006, representing South Australia. Robert was Leader of the Government in the Senate from March 1996 until his resignation in January 2006. He has held a variety of portfolios, including as Minister for the Environment 1996 – 1998 and Minister for the Environment and Heritage 1998 – 2002. In June 2012 Robert was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Parliament.
The Hon Christopher Pyne
The Hon Christopher Pyne
Christopher Pyne was a minister in the Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison Governments. First elected to the Australian Parliament in 1993, he served as the 54th Australian Defence Minister and has held various other portfolios including Ageing, Education, as well as Industry Innovation and Science. In 2016 Christopher assisted in developing the Defence White Paper and implementing the Integrated Investment Program.
Michael Priddis
Michael Priddis
Michael Priddis is the CEO of Faethm.ai, a fast growing Australian start-up that enables companies and governments to navigate and prosper from emerging technologies including AI, robotics, advanced materials and IoT. He is an expert surrounding the future of work and a Member of World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council. Michael previously worked as a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group.
The Hon Leslie Williams
The Hon Leslie Williams
Leslie Williams is a nurse and a mother who became involved in politics after her campaign to build a primary school in Lake Cathie fell on deaf ears with her local MPs. In 2011 she was elected as The Nationals’ Member for Port Macquarie. Leslie has served in a variety of portfolios including as Minister for Early Childhood Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Assistant Minister for Education. She now serves as the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Professor Richard Holden
Professor Richard Holden
Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School and was an Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2013-2017. Prior to that he was on the faculty at the University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Richard completed an undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Sydney, for which he was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal. He holds a PhD from Harvard University.
Anna Skarbek
Anna Skarbek
Anna Skarbek is the CEO of ClimateWorks Australia. A former banker and green policy adviser, Anna has led ClimateWorks since its creation in 2009, analysing emissions reduction opportunities and partnering with business and government to unblock barriers to a low carbon economy.
Gisele Kapterian
Gisele Kapterian
Gisele is Director of Public Sector Strategy in the Asia Pacific region at Salesforce. She has extensive experience providing strategic advice to governments and corporations on a range of legal, business, political and public policy issues. A lawyer by training with international experience including Geneva and London, Gisele most recently served as political adviser to three Australian Federal Cabinet Ministers, including as Chief of Staff in the super-portfolio of Industry, Innovation and Employment. Gisele has a Masters of International Law from Cambridge University and was admitted as a lawyer of the NSW Supreme Court in 2007.
The Hon Michael Photios
The Hon Michael Photios
Michael Photios is a former politician who was Minister for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Justice from 1993 to 1995 in the New South Wales Government.
Adam Spencer
Adam Spencer
Adam Spencer is a mathematician and previous world champion debater. He has been a breakfast radio announcer on Triple J and ABC Sydney. Adam serves on the Board of Directors of the children's cancer charity Redkite and is a best selling author of 'The Big Book of Numbers' and 5 other publications promoting popular mathematics. In 2013, he delivered a TED Talk on massive prime numbers which has 2,000,000+ views and is regularly voted as one of the top ten mathematics talks at TED. On a lighter note, Adam was the Number 1 Ticket Holder for the Sydney Swans in 2016.
The Hon Bruce Baird AM
The Hon Bruce Baird AM
Bruce Baird was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1984 and held a number of shadow portfolios including Transport, Aboriginal Affairs and Finance. On election of the Greiner Government, Bruce was appointed as Minister Of Transport and Roads. In 1990 he was appointed Minister of Sydney's successful Olympic Games, and in 1993 became Minister for Tourism. He was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in 1993. In 1998 he was elected to the Federal Parliament where he was Chairman of a number of committees including the House Economics Committee. Upon leaving Parliament he joined a number of industry boards in the tourism, transport and arts sectors.
Wendy Machin
Wendy Machin
Wendy Machin is an experienced Chair and non-executive Director currently sitting on Boards in the public, private and NFP sector. Wendy was the first female member of the Nationals elected to the New South Wales Parliament. During this time Machin served as Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Roads and Assisting the Minister for Transport. Machin is a former President and Director of the National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA), Director of Destinations NSW, Chair of Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA) and Committee Member of the Olympic Stadium Committee.
The Hon Adrian Piccoli
The Hon Adrian Piccoli
The Honorable Adrian Piccoli served as a Member of NSW Parliament for 19 years and as the NSW Minister for Education for 6 years from 2011 until 2017. Adrian is widely respected by the Australian education sector. He led the political campaign to reform school funding in Australia and is currently the Director of UNSW’s Gonski Institute for Education. In 2017 Mr Piccoli was made a Professor of Practice in the School of Education at UNSW and has also been made a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.
Cameron Hepburn
Cameron Hepburn
Cameron Hepburn is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Holding degrees in law and engineering from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate in economics from Oxford, Professor Hepburn has served as Managing Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and Associate Editor of the European Economic Review. He is a leading authority on environmental economics, and regularly advises national governments such as China, the UK and Australia, as well as international institutions [such as the World Bank, IMF, OECD and UN].
Kevin McCann AM
Kevin McCann AM
Kevin is Chairman of Citadel Group Limited, Telix Pharmaceuticals Limited, the Smith Family Centenary Council and China Matters. He is a former Chairman of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Healthscope Limited and ING Management Limited. He has served as a member of the Sydney Opera House Trust, the Male Champions of Change. He is former Pro Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Co-Vice Chair of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group, Fellow of the University of Sydney and Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the National Library of Australia Foundation. Kevin was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Law, Business and the Community in 2005.
Daisy Turnbull
Daisy Turnbull
Daisy is the Director of Wellbeing at an independent girls’ school in Sydney, where she has also been a teacher for 8 years. She has taught across school systems including some time at a behavioural school working with students from diverse backgrounds. Before going into teaching Daisy worked in interactive advertising as a producer and in strategy roles tapping into demographic changes and running nationwide qualitative surveys. She is an accredited Lifeline Crisis Support counsellor and regularly volunteers on the crisis support line. She is the mother of two children, holds a Combined Bachelors degree in Arts/Commerce, a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Teaching, and a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. She is on the NSW board of the Australian Republican Movement. In January 2021 Daisy’s first book ‘50 Risks to take with your kids’ will be released, providing a guide on developing independence and resilience in young children.

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