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David Cross - CEO
David Cross
CEO
David is a public policy expert and leader with extensive experience managing large teams and providing advice across multiple portfolio areas to senior government ministers, heads of departments, c-suite business leaders, and university Vice-Chancellors. Prior to joining Blueprint, David was Chief of Staff to the NSW Minister for Education and Early learning and led the crafting of significant pieces of education reform. He has also worked as a public policy adviser to the University of Sydney and as a business analyst in the private sector. David holds a Masters degree (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge in politics and international studies, and a first class honours degree from ANU. He is presently completing a PhD in public policy at the University of Sydney. Contact: [email protected] 
Josh Steinert - Director of Research
Josh Steinert
Director of Research
Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford and a Master of Science in environmental economics from the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources at University College London. He is an experienced researcher and economist. His previous work has addressed a wide range of topics ranging from constitutional reform to energy policy and many areas in between. Contact: [email protected] 
Mark Ouliaris - Senior Researcher
Mark Ouliaris
Senior Researcher
Mark holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science (First Class Honours) from McGill University. His published research has centred on a spatial analysis of Canada’s renewable energy endowment and a pathway towards decarbonisation. Prior to joining Blueprint Institute, his passion for pragmatic and evidence-based policy reform led to stints at the Institute of Health and Social Policy at McGill University—a multidisciplinary institute for research in support of effective social policy—and Reset Australia—an initiative working to counter digital threats to democracy across the world. Contact: [email protected]
Tom Barrett - Operations Associate & Researcher
Tom Barrett
Operations Associate & Researcher
Tom holds a First-Class Honours in Politics from the University of Sydney, with his thesis examining the conduct of China, and other nations, in elections for United Nations Specialised Agencies. He also has a Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in Political Economy and Government & International Relations from the University of Sydney. He was also selected to work in the Sydney University Policy Reform Project, 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. Contact: [email protected]
Jessica Coburn - Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Jessica Coburn
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Jessica has over 10 years of experience working as a high-level Executive Assistant and Office Manager. Her previous employers have included the University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, and University of East Anglia. She previously resided in the UK and has a myriad of experience with different organisations (including a major book distributor and the Premier League). Her interests include adding to her extensive cookbook collection, restoring vintage furniture and gardening. Jessica recently completed Mental Health First Aid training. Contact: [email protected] 
Lauren Williams - Researcher
Lauren Williams
Researcher
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology and went on to complete a Masters in International Development and Public Health (Distinction) from the University of Sheffield. Her research involved collaborating with organisations based in Nepal, South Sudan and London, working on a wide range of social policy and development issues. Following her Masters, she previously worked for CARE International UK, working with the Advocacy and Communications teams to campaign for sustainable development projects.   Contact: [email protected]
Claire Poulton - Researcher
Claire Poulton
Researcher
Claire holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Sydney with a specialisation in social research. Her thesis examined evolving conceptions of sovereignty and the nature of global environmental agreements. She has also completed a Bachelor of Communication and Media studies. Prior to joining Blueprint she worked in several digital marketing agencies, crafting strategic communication campaigns for clients in the non for profit, financial services and business space.   Contact: [email protected]
Kate Green - Researcher
Kate Green
Researcher
Kate holds a dual Bachelor of Economics/Arts degree from the University of Queensland and is continuing her studies with an Honours in Economics in 2022. Her thesis is in the field of behavioural economics to complement a major in psychology in her Arts degree. She has experience working at KPMG in their Policy, Economics, and Public Impact division, and has been a volunteer at UQ since 2020. Contact: [email protected] 
Jae Lubberink - Researcher
Jae Lubberink
Researcher
Jae is completing the final stages of his Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics  (Honours) at the University of Queensland and will graduate at the end of the year, with future  plans for further postgraduate study abroad. He has completed a major of Economics with a  focus on behavioural economics, complementing a research background in applied philosophy,  geopolitics and public policy. He is currently undertaking his Honours thesis, in which he will be  modelling the behavioural drivers of the Australian housing market and examining the implications  for public policy design in the macroeconomic landscape.   Contact: [email protected]
Freya Leach - Outreach Officer & Researcher
Freya Leach
Outreach Officer & Researcher
Freya is currently completing a dual Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)/Bachelor of Laws atthe University of Sydney. Beyond her degree, she is heavily involved in the Impact InvestingSociety and Conservative Club, and is completing a Law Reform Project for the JusticeReform Initiative. Prior to the Blueprint Institute, she was a Cadet at UBS in theMacroeconomics team. She researched a wide range of topics including fiscal policy,housing, employment, and foreign exchanges. Contact: [email protected]

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