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David Cross - CEO
David Cross
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 - Policy Associate
Mark Ouliaris
Policy Associate
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 recently received First-Class Honours for his thesis in Politics at the University of Sydney examining the conduct of China and other nations in elections for United Nations Specialised Agencies. This followed completion of his Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in Political Economy and Government & International Relations. 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] 
Kate Green - Researcher
Kate Green
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] 
Lauren Williams - Researcher
Lauren Williams
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]
Tom Akhurst - Summer Research Scholar
Tom Akhurst
Summer Research Scholar
Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in politics and international studies from the University of Melbourne. He recently completed his thesis which investigated China’s revisionist foreign policy observed through its Digital Silk Road telecommunications initiatives in the Pacific. Tom was previously speechwriter and policy researcher to the federal Assistant Minister for Industry, Energy, and Emissions Reduction. He has also studied abroad at King’s College London and is concerned about threats to liberal democracy in the emerging information age. In his spare time, Tom is passionate about mental wellbeing and volunteers at Lifeline. Contact: [email protected]

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