Topic: Technology, Economics & the Future of Work
Advances in technology have always been central to economic growth, employment and development. But the rapid acceleration in technological progress has major implications for the way economies grow and for the future of work. Chris and Jo will explore the implications for Australia and our region.
Chris is the Chief Economist of Development at DFAT and is responsible for providing advice across DFAT’s development assistance program on economic policy, research and programming issues. Chris spent over 20 years in DFAT and AusAID and was previously Assistant Secretary for DFAT’s APEC, G20 and Multilateral Strategy Branch. Chris has had postings to Jakarta and Washington, and was seconded to the World Bank as adviser to Australia’s Executive Director. Chris has a degree in economics from the Australian National University.
Joanne Loundes is the Chief Economist of Trade and Investment for DFAT’s Office of Economic Analysis. Dr Loundes was previously the Deputy Head of Mission in Kabul and was the Director of the G20 Trade and Economic Section, including during Australia’s host year and seconded to Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously Dr Loundes was first secretary in Tokyo and prior to DFAT worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia and the University of Melbourne. Joanne received her PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2003.