Directors and Advisors
Craig is a co-founder and Managing Director of DeltaPearl Partners. He has more than 30 years of professional and leadership experience. He has worked as a CEO, director, economist, program manager, senior executive, diplomat, thought-leader and advisor. This has taken place across a large range of sectors, often with a strong focus on economic policy, infrastructure advisory and national development, in more than 30 countries. Craig’s early career was in banking and later diplomacy. In 2011 he worked as an advisor to an Australian mining company developing a major new copper-gold project in Indonesia. From 2007 to 2010 he was the CEO of a not-for-profit public company in Australia which had offices and staff in several countries and catalysed a number of major regional economic development initiatives across Asia and the Pacific. Craig worked at the World Bank and International Finance Corporation and other international agencies from 2000 to 2007 and served as a diplomat in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the 1990s. Immediately before founding DeltaPearl Partners, Craig was Executive Advisor to the Centre for International Economics in Australia and Strategic Advisor to the Aga Khan Development Network in the Middle East. For three years to January 2017, Craig worked in the Australian state of Queensland’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet where he led the Queensland Government’s Economic Policy Group and managed the Queensland Government’s Northern Australia agenda. Craig has co-authored two books which examine the role of business investment in international markets driving economic growth, published by Princeton University Press and Greenleaf Publishing. Craig has a BA in Asian Studies and Economics from Griffith University, a Graduate Certificate in Management from Deakin University and a Masters in International Affairs (Economic Policy) from Columbia University. He is a graduate of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s Executive Fellows Program (2015), the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course (2008) and the University of Melbourne’s Asialink Australia-Asia New Leaders Program (2003). He has won various scholarships including the Harvard University Society of Australia Scholarship (2009) and the Australia-China Council Beijing Residency Award (2002). He was a joint recipient of Australia Day Achievement Awards in 1995 and 1997.
Lionel is a Non-Executive Director of DeltaPearl Partners in Singapore. He provides guidance on matters of strategy, policy, planning, performance and risk management. He is a seasoned board member and senior executive with over 20 years of experience across 15 industries and 22 markets in commercial, investment, public sector and nonprofit leadership roles. He is currently a board member of DPP Holdings, InvesUnited, Platinum Circle and advisor to Heritage Global Capital Fund, Tat Hwa Group, Ease Investments and Q Wealth Management. Lionel has served on the boards, committees, panels and advised more than 25 small to listed companies, public sector and non-government organisations including Cookson Electronics, Tsinghua Tongfang, Ross Human Directions, John Hancock Assurance, IBS Group, Admiralty Investment Holdings, Spa Synergy, Procon Indah, Carpentaria Homes, LaserSmooth, Singapore Productivity and Standards Board, Singapore Economic Development Board, International Enterprise Singapore, Infocomm Investment, New South Wales Department of State and Regional Development, Junior Chamber International, Singapore Institute of Management, Marketing Institute of Singapore, People’s Association Singapore and Amities Sans Frontieres. He was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, Republic Polytechnic Singapore and judge for the University of Melbourne Asialink. He is a recipient of awards and honors including World Economic Forum Young Asian Leader and Member of the New Asia Leader committee on poverty, education and healthcare, Young Ambassador for Opportunity International USA, New Media Champion for People’s Association Singapore and a candidate for Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore.
Dr Peter Hendy
The Honourable Dr Peter Hendy is Strategic Advisor to DeltaPearl Partners. He is a leading public policy analyst with extensive international experience, especially in Asia and the Middle East. His most recent publication is the book Why Australia Slept: Why Australia is in danger of sleep walking into the future (Connor Court Publishing: 2018). He was formerly a minister in the Turnbull Government and has had a distinguished career, including being a former CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and an Executive Director of the Bahraini Economic Development Board in the Middle East. He is a former Chief Economist for an Australian Prime Minister. He is currently an economic consultant and is on the board of a number of companies in addition to being a Commissioner at the Commonwealth Grants Commission. Over the years, his work in government and politics has covered the portfolios of Treasury, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Employment, Industrial Relations, Education and Small Business.
Staff and Associates
Paul is Senior Economist with DeltaPearl Partners. He has 30 years of experience in leading teams of economists to assess a wide range of policies and economic regulatory issues, including energy, rail, ports, airports and industry development issues. While working for the Industries Assistance Commission (now Productivity Commission) Paul led teams to assess the forestry industry, aviation inquiry, energy generation and distribution inquiry, and the food processing inquiry. During his time in the Bureau of Industry Economics he reviewed the performance of Australian airports and airlines, waterfront, coastal shipping, business licensing, infrastructure performance overview, structural reform of government business enterprises (aviation, rail, telecommunications and electricity), taxation and government provision of service. As a Director of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) he was instrumental in developing the National Electricity Market (NEM) with specific reviews of Queensland, NSW and ACT transmission networks and developed the regulatory test used to assess new network investments. Paul was also the Director of the Rail and Ports Team for the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) for over 10 years leading teams of economists to develop access undertakings for Queensland Rail, Aurizon, and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT). While at QCA he also reviewed infrastructure, pricing, Pacific National’s access to Queensland tracks, and the Federal Chamber of Automobile Industries’ application for declaration of the vehicle import services at the Port of Brisbane.
Dr Amanda Fitzgibbons
Amanda is Senior Economist with DeltaPearl Partners. She has over 10 years of experience providing policy and economic analysis, research and advice. She also has a broad range of consulting, government and academic work across government agencies, private consulting firms and academia. She has experience in providing high level authoritative economic policy advice across a wide range of areas including coastal adaptation decision pathways and decision support for climate change adaptation. Amanda has a PhD in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Melbourne and First Class Honours in Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Economics) from the University of Queensland.
Claire is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. She is an expert financial management strategist with 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. She has particular experience working with local governments, the water industry and the tourism sector. Claire is a certified practising accountant with extensive knowledge and understanding of accounting and corporate governance principles. She regularly works with boards, audit committees, CEOs and external stakeholders to prepare financial statements. In addition to her CPA qualification, Claire has earned an MBA and degrees in commerce and business.
Saul is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. He is one of Australia’s pre-eminent economists who has worked as a professional economist since 1979. He is primarily a world class commercial macroeconomist however, Saul has extensive experience in understanding a range of economic issues and advising governments at many levels. He has worked as the Chief Economist of a range of major commercial entities, including:
- 1986 – 1991 McIntosh Securities
- 1991 – 1995 Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management, (then Australia’s second-largest life insurance company)
- 1995 – 2009 Chief Economist of the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)
- 2009 – 2011 Director (part-time) in the Grattan Institute’s Productivity Growth Program and
- 2011 – 2014 Australia & New Zealand Chief Economist for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Saul has also held a number of important positions, including:
- CEO of the Victorian Audit Commission (which undertook a wide-ranging enquiry into the fiscal position of the State of Victoria in 1992-93)
- Member of the Howard Government’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy Advisory Councils
- Member of the Rudd Government’s Long Term Tourism Strategy Steering Committee
- Tasmanian Government’s Digital Futures Advisory Council
- Member of a Steering Committee established by the Tasmanian Government to oversee the preparation of a business case for a Tasmanian team in the Australian Football League
- Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (2005-11)
- Member of the Board of the Australian Business Arts Foundation (2010-12)
- Member of the Rudd and Gillard Governments’ National Housing Supply Council (2008-2013) and
- Director of the University of Tasmania Foundation (2002-09).
Current positions Saul is filling, include:
- Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania (since 2016)
- Non-executive Director of Hydro Tasmania (since 2008)
- Non-executive Director of Housing Choices Australia Ltd (since 2016)
- Chairman of Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania’s bi-ennial statewide multi-arts festival (since 2015)
- Member of the panel of expert advisors to Australia’s Parliamentary Budget Office
- Member of the independent expert panel advising the Australian Taxation Office
- Member of the Advisory Board of Jamieson Coote Bonds (an investment manager specializing in government bonds)
- Patron of Working It Out, which provides support services to people negotiating their gender, sexuality or intersex status in Tasmania.
Mariza is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. She is an economist with a strong interest in research and data science. Mariza has worked as a researcher, lecturer and teaching assistant at London School of Economics, and the universities of Peking, Papua New Guinea, Cambridge, Harvard and Colombo. She has held consulting roles with the World Bank and the United Nations. Her most recent role was as economic and fiscal advisor for the Australian Government in Papua New Guinea. Mariza has extensive economic modelling experience and is familiar with numerous software systems including FORTRAN, Matlab, SPSS, STATA, SAS, Tableau, z-Tree, NVivo, R and R Studio, and Epi info.
Dr Paul McFadyen
Paul is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. He has more than 30 years of professional experience advising government on a wide variety of complex policy and infrastructure issues, including over 20 years working in Queensland Treasury. His work included major organisational restructures and whole of government reviews. He managed Treasury teams, coordinated the Queensland State Budget, coordinated design and development of the Queensland emergency water infrastructure including debt funding arrangements, completed many regulatory impact assessments, advised on COAG agenda and analysed Australian Government cyber policy and international telecommunications policy issues for OECD, Asia Pacific Telecommunity, and APEC TEL, and is highly experienced in NBN policy issues. In addition to Paul’s vast experience in government he has a PhD, Masters and Bachelor Degrees in Science from the University of Queensland, completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma, speaks Portuguese and has working knowledge of Spanish.
Mark is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. He has 26 years of experience in the application of economics to public policy, regulation and competition analysis around the world. He has led many project teams to evaluate and design policies, regulations, infrastructure decisions, market power controls, risk assessment, taxes, and advised on competition law cases. Mark has worked in government, non-government and private firms in New Zealand (NZ), United Kingdom (UK), Belgium, Germany, and Australia, and providing consulting services in many regions including the South Pacific, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Mark has been a major contributor to the development of telecommunications regulation in Europe and other countries. In NZ he worked at the Institute of Economic Research, Auckland University, Commerce Commission; in the UK he worked for OFTEL (UK telecommunications regulator) and Brunel University; in Australia he worked for the Bureau of Transport and Communications Economics and the Queensland Competition Authority; in Europe he worked for the European Commission and as a consultant for WIK and Digicel Ltd. In addition to his professional experience, Mark has an extensive list of published papers on a range of economic issues.
Jo is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. She has over 25 years’ experience spanning a range of areas in finance and economics that has been developed working in Government (Queensland Treasury Corporation), academia (Queensland University of Technology) and consulting (Synergies Economic Consulting). Her main areas of expertise include economic regulation, competition policy, risk management, project evaluation, financial analysis and social policy. During her time with Queensland Treasury Corporation she worked with a number of Local Governments on issues relating to debt and financial management. She also developed and delivered training courses on financial analysis, risk management and project evaluation in Local Government, including a training course on financial management for newly elected Councillors.
Robin Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. She has 15 years’ experience as an economist in both the public and private sectors. Her skills include economic policy development, economic regulation, competition policy, contract negotiation, market design and stakeholder consultation. She is familiar withGovernment processes having worked for both Queensland and the Northern Territory Treasuries and has extensive regulatory experience in utilities including electricity, water and rail. In rail, she has worked for both the regulator (Queensland Competition Authority) and the regulated business (Aurizon) so has an appreciation of both stakeholder viewpoints. She also has experience in market design, particularly for the water sector having worked for the Water Commission to design and implement Queensland Government reforms introduced in response to the Millennium Drought. As a private sector corporate economist with Aurizon, a top 100 ASX listed company and Australia’s largest rail freight company, Robin developed skills in commercial advocacy and collaboration as part of multi-disciplinary teams consisting of engineering, legal, finance and communications experts. In addition she developed skills in stakeholder relations and commercial contract negotiation. Currently based in Townsville, she understands the economics of regional and remote areas having worked for the Power and Water Corporation in Darwin and Indigenous Essential Services for the Northern Territory Government. She served for three years on the board ofTraditional Credit Union, owned by indigenous members to service banking needs in remote communities.
Ian Martin is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. He has been a telecommunications analyst for over thirty years. He has been a leading equity analyst in the telecommunications sector since 1994 with BZW, ABN Amro, Macquarie Equities, RBS and CIMB. He had a lead roles in the Telstra IPO (1997), Telstra 2 (1999) and Telstra 3 (2006) and a range of other equity listings and advisory roles. He has written extensively on the impact of regulation on the telecommunications sector and the development of the National Broadband Network and was seconded to the NBN Strategic Review in 2013. Ian worked with the Australian Department of Communications for ten years until 1994 and played a key role in the development of competition and pro-competitive regulation in the telecoms sector. He worked on exchange with the US Federal Communications Commission and Oftel, the UK telecoms regulator, as well as consulting work for the OECD on telecommunications policy. Since 2015 Ian has operated his own telecommunications equity advisory business in Melbourne and writes and publishes investment research on the Australian and New Zealand telecommunications sector with New Street Research. Based in London, New York, Singapore and Melbourne, NSR is the leading global independent research house in the telecom, cable, towers and satellite space providing specialist equity investment research on over 150 companies in the sector across the globe as well as reports on major industry developments including regulation and emerging technology such as 5G.
Tony Makin is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. He is Professor of Economics and Director of the APEC Study Centre at Griffith University, has served as an International Consultant Economist with the IMF Institute, as an economist in the Australian federal departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade and Treasury, as well as Australian convenor of the structural issues group of the Pacific Economic Co-operation Council. He is a member of the National Economic Panel of the Economic Society of Australia, has previously taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Queensland, and is the author of International Money and Finance, Global Finance and the Macroeconomy, Global Imbalances, Exchange Rates and Stabilization Policy, and The Limits of Fiscal Policy, as well as many journal articles.
Harshit Shah is Junior Researcher with DeltaPearl Partners He is a student who is currently pursuing Masters Degree in Economics at The Australian National University. Harshit has worked on various research projects related to government schemes and banking sector in India. He has also received the CBE Summer Research Scholarship, Australian National University to work on the topic ‘Financial Inclusion in India’. Harshit has also assisted researchers at University of Chicago. Harshit is a tutor of Macroeconomics at The Australian National University. Harshit received his Bachelor of Economics at University of Delhi, India. He has a strong interest in Development Economics, Public Sector Economics and Econometrics.
Mark is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. He is an experienced regulatory economist with particularly strong background in energy, infrastructure, ports and rail. His expert opinions are regularly published, including in the Australian Financial Review. Most recently, most of his work has been in Queensland. Mark conducted a cost-benefit analysis of local government waste regulations, led a review of Guaranteed Service Levels for electricity distributors in Queensland and a project to redesign a $70 million local government grants program. He has had engagements with Powerlink (electricity regulation), Queensland Treasury Corporation (energy reform), Trade & Investment Queensland, Queensland Department of Health (capital charging), the Queensland Competition Authority (electricity, rail access), Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (infrastructure planning), and North Queensland Bulk Ports (port expansion, portfolio strategy). He has a strong background in rail, having worked for QR/QR National (now Aurizon) on various projects, including its successful $1.3 billion bid with Babcock & Brown for ARG, stakeholder relations on the ARG merger, restructure of its coal business and development of an internal Commercial Framework Manual. Prior to consulting, Mark was with Queensland Treasury/Queensland Treasury Corporation for seven years, where he worked on the corporatisation of Government Owned Corporations, including Queensland Rail, ports and electricity. In 1997, Mark was seconded onto the QR Corporatisation Review, after which he joined a small team in Treasury responsible for transitioning Queensland into the National Electricity Market and developing and negotiating multi-billion-dollar contracts with Queensland’s two electricity retail franchisees. Mark has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Hons) – University of New England.
Dr Judy Schneider
Judy is an Associate of DeltaPearl Partners based in Canberra. She has over 30 years’ of experience working on social and economic policy for the government, private and not for profit sectors and is skilled at evidence-based policy development and program implementation. Judy began her career as a researcher, and has over 10 years’ work experience at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Institute of Australian Health and Welfare, the Asia Development Bank and the UK Department of Employment. She completed a PhD at the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre on youth incomes policy for which she received two scholarships. Later, she worked in the Australian Government central agencies as a manager and senior executive providing social and economic policy advice to the Treasurer and Prime Minister. More recently, Judy has been a senior executive managing data and research functions at the former Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and has spent time implementing programs in the voluntary and not for profit sectors. This included 12 months working with Aboriginal leaders on health policy and programs at the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation. Judy has a Bachelor of Science (Honours Psychology) from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from the Australian National University and a PhD from the University of New South Wales.
Jeff is Associate with DeltaPearl Partners. He has 27 years of experience applying economic concepts to many major policy challenges. He has led teams of professional economists across the public sector and in private consulting firms to evaluate a wide range of issues including economic policy development, infrastructure project assessment, project evaluation and business case review. Jeff also has a strong professional interest in economic development, taxation policy and urban economics. He has a Bachelor of Economics with Honours (2A) from the University of New England and a Master of Economic Studies from the University of Queensland.
John West is Associate at DeltaPearl Partners. John is also Executive Director of the Asian Century Institute and Adjunct Professor at Tokyo’s Sophia University where he teaches Asian economic development and Japanese business and economy. John has more than 40 years of experience in providing economic and policy advice to all levels of government around the world, with extended periods at the Australian Treasury, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Asian Development Bank Institute. His main expertise and interest relate to Asia’s economic, social and political development in the global economy. He has a Masters in Economics from Australia’s University of New South Wales and taught globalisation at the Paris-based Institut d’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po”). His latest book is “Asian Century… on a Knife-edge: A 360 Degree Analysis of Asia’s Recent Economic Development” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).