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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 - Partnerships Associate & Researcher
Aurora Hawcroft
Partnerships Associate & Researcher
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.

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