Professor Wei-Jun Jean Yeung
Professor Wei-Jun Jean Yeung is a Provost-Chair Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Before Singapore, her academic career includes more than 20 years at the University of Michigan and New York University. She is the inaugural President of the Population Association of Singapore and the founding Director of the Center for Family and Population Research in NUS. Professor Yeung has received many prestigious awards and led national surveys in countries including the USA, China, and Singapore. Professor Yeung’s current research includes various family demographic issues in Asia. She has published extensively in leading journals, cited widely in academic publications and high-impact global media, and served on the editorial boards of many leading international journals. Her recent publications include volumes on Family and Demographic Transition in Southeast Asia, Migration and Marriage in Asian Contexts, Family and Population Changes in Singapore, Productive Aging, and Living Alone in Asia.
Dr. Phillip Gould
Dr. Phillip Gould is the First Assistant Secretary, Health Economics and Research Division in the Department of Health.
Phillip is passionate about strengthening the Department’s evidence based approach to decision making, through funding new health research, improving the use of health data across the Commonwealth and State and Territories and economic modelling.
Phillip’s is responsible for the continued development of the Department’s strategic economic outlook across Australia’s health system and providing specialised modelling, costings for the Commonwealth’s health and aged care programs. Additionally, Phillip has oversight of the administration of the Medical Research Future Fund 10 year plan and Biomedical Translation Fund.
Phillip was formerly the Assistant Secretary, Office of the National Data Commissioner at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he worked on whole-of-government reforms to the public sector data system to deliver improved service, policies and research outcomes for Australians. He led the work to develop a new data sharing legislation to promote a culture of safely using data to its maximum potential.
Phillip also brings significant experience as the methodology and data integration lead at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. His previous experience is in the field of banking and finance, and he holds a PhD in Time Series Econometrics.
Dr. Aude Bernard
Aude Bernard is a demographer at the University of Queensland. She works on internal migration in partnership with international organisations and government departments on a range of theoretical, methodological, and applied issues.
Her contributions to formal demography include developing measurement and estimation techniques that facilitate large-scale international comparisons of migration levels, patterns and selectivity. Building on the life-course perspective, her theoretical contributions include the concept of migration capital and the intergenerational transmission of migration.
She is currently Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects and a Linkage Project in partnership with the University of Melbourne, the University of New England, Shanghai University, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Treasury’s Centre for Population. She serves as associate editor of the Journal of Population Research and will co-chair the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Lifetime Migration from 2023 to 2025.
Dr. David Gruen
Dr David Gruen was appointed Australian Statistician on 11 December 2019. As Agency Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, he is accountable for the functions and operations of the Bureau.
David was previously the Deputy Secretary, Economic and Australia’s G20 Sherpa at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Before joining the Department in September 2014, he was Executive Director of the Macroeconomic Group at the Australian Treasury.
David joined the Treasury in January 2003, before which he was the Head of the Economic Research Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1998 to 2002.
Before joining the Reserve Bank, David worked as a research scientist in the Research School of Physical Sciences at the Australian National University.
With financial support from a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, David was visiting lecturer in the Economics Department and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University from August 1991 to June 1993. He holds PhD degrees in physiology from Cambridge University, England and in economics from the Australian National University.
David was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2022 for distinguished service to public administration, economic research, business, and education.
Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP
Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP is the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law. Andrew is a past recipient of the Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.
His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018), Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans) (2019), Reconnected: A Community Builder’s Handbook (with Nick Terrell) (2020), What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Existential Risk and Extreme Politics (2021) and Fair Game: Lessons From Sport for a Fairer Society & a Stronger Economy (2022).
Andrew is a keen triathlete and marathon runner, and hosts a podcast called The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation, about living a happier, healthier and more ethical life. Andrew is the father of three sons – Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.
Dr Rudiger Ahrend
Dr Rudiger Ahrend is Head of the Economic Analysis, Data and Statistics Division, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions & Cities. He has supervised various studies on metropolitan governance, urban productivity, land use, housing, urban transport, and national urban policies. In addition, he has overseen numerous reports on major metropolitan agglomerations and is the main author of The Metropolitan Century: Understanding Urbanisation and its Consequences. On top of his OECD work, he has published widely in both academic journals and newspapers. He previously worked as Head of the Urban Programme in the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, Senior Economist in the OECD’s Economic Department and as a Researcher and Independent Consultant. He holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, as well as degrees in Social Sciences and Mathematics from the University of Göttingen, Paris-IX Dauphine, and the Sorbonne.