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WEN AGM and An evening with Professor Stephanie Kelton and Director Maren Poitras in conversation with Dr Tania Dey


From: Wednesday March 6, 2024, 5:15 pm

To: Wednesday March 6, 2024, 7:00 pm

SPECIAL INVITATION: WEN AGM and An evening with Professor Stephanie Kelton and Director Maren Poitras in conversation with Dr Tania Dey

As a valued member of the SA Women in Economics Network (WEN), we're excited to invite you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2024. It's going to be held in-person on March 6, and we'd love for you to join us in our AGM where we'll be reviewing our amazing achievements in 2023 and sharing our plans for the future. During the meeting, we'll also be nominating our new committee (see below for nomination information). We're looking for friendly and enthusiastic individuals to join our committee and actively contribute to our cause. There are a number of open committee positions available, so if you're eager to make a positive impact, we'd love to have you on board! Let's work together to achieve great things and have fun while doing it!

Following our AGM, we're thrilled to invite you to a truly special event featuring Professor Stephanie Kelton, a renowned professor at Stony Brook University, a foremost expert on Modern Monetary Theory and a former Chief Economist to Bernie Sanders. Joining Stephanie is Maren Poitras, director of the documentary "Finding the Money"   featuring Stephanie Kelton. In conversation with Dr. Tania Dey (Outgoing WEN SA Co-chair), they'll be discussing Stephanie's inspiring career, as well as her experiences as a woman in academia, politics, and public policy. Plus, we'll be giving you a sneak peek at Maren's upcoming documentary "Finding the Money”. This event is co-hosted by the School of Economics and Public Policy, University of Adelaide.

 The event will start with a welcome speech by Professor Fiona Yap (Head of the School of Economics and Public Policy, University of Adelaide) and will be moderated by Associate Professor Duygu Yengin, University of Adelaide (WEN SA Co-Chair) and Dr Jacky Southcott, Senior Economist, Australian Trade and Investment Commission. 


Event details 


Date: Wednesday 6 March

Time: 5.10 pm-5:30 pm

Venue: Napier Building, Level 1, Room 108, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000


An Evening with Stephanie Kelton and Maren Poitras

(Co-hosted by WEN SA & School of Economics and Public Policy, University of Adelaide)

Date: Wednesday 6 March

Time: 5.40 pm-7:00 pm

Venue: Napier Building, Ground Floor, Room G04 Lecture Theater, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Cost: Free for all. Bookings are essential.

Both women and men are welcome to attend the event. Registrations are strictly limited so please book in early to avoid disappointment.




Call for nominations – South Australian WEN Committee

The SA Women in Economics Network warmly welcomes members to nominate for committee positions, including

☐   President/Co-Chair        

☐   Treasurer            

☐   Secretary   

☐   Director of Mentorship Program  

☐   Director of School Outreach Program

☐   Director of Media and Communications

☐   General Committee Member

The WEN Committee meets once every quarter to discuss ways to support and connect women in economics, improve the representation of women in economics, promote the contributions of female economists and encourage young women to study economics. All members of the WEN Committee assist in organising WEN events, programs and initiatives throughout the year.

If you would like to join the WEN Committee as a Committee Member or Office Bearer, please complete the attached  Nomination form and email to by 23 February 2024 (digital signatures or scanned copies are permitted).

Contact the WEN Co-chairs Tania Dey ( and Duygu Yengin ( if you have any questions about committee roles. Our governance  arrangements can be found here. Positions may proceed to a vote on the basis of these governance arrangements.


About the speakers

Stephanie Kelton Stephanie Kelton is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University. She is a leading expert on Modern Monetary Theory and a former Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (Democratic staff). She served as an advisor to Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign and worked for the Senate Budget Committee under his chairmanship. She is also the author of The Deficit Myth, a New York Times bestseller, on the subject of Modern Monetary Theory. She was named by POLITICO as one of the 50 people most influencing the policy debate in America.

 Maren Poitras is Associate Producer with Codebreaker Films, on Enemies of the State (TIFF 2020) and Reality Winner (2023). Originally from the California Bay Area, Poitras has a background in environmental science and agriculture from UC Berkeley. Maren Poitras's feature documentary debut is FINDING THE MONEY, which world premiered at Woodstock Film Festival 2023 and received the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Green Film Festival of San Francisco.

Dr Tania Dey is a Manager at BDO EconSearch. She is an Applied Economist experienced in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analysis using her extensive formal training and knowledge of economics, relevant legislation and regulatory arrangements in various jurisdictions in Australia and overseas. She is currently doing economic analysis in areas such as environment, health care, agribusiness, travel and tourism, migration etc. Prior to joining EconSearch, Tania has worked as an Economist at the University of Adelaide and as a Regulatory Analyst at the Essential Services Commission of South Australia. Tania is experienced in macroeconomic issues, energy economics, labour market issues, economic evaluation using impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis, public policy and regional development.


Professor Fiona Yap is Head of School of Economics and Public Policy, University of Adelaide. She is Honorary Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University. Professor Yap’s main research interests are in public policy and the political economy of East and Southeast Asia, where she focuses on explaining political behaviours and outcomes across East and Southeast Asia. Fiona is particularly interested in modelling and testing how key players, such as government and citizens, work strategically with one another to achieve large-scale policy success or political outcomes such as growth and development.  She holds editorial positions at the European Journal of Development Research, Asia and the Pacific Policy Journal, Journal of East Asian StudiesAsian Survey, Korea Observer, and 21stCentury Political Science Review, Chief Editor of the academic blog,, advisory board member of internationally-funded Korea Institute at the Australian National University.


Associate Professor Duygu Yengin is the Co-Chair of WEN SA and co-founder of National WENShe received her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2007 and later joined the School of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Adelaide. Currently, she serves as the Associate Head of Research and has previously held various roles such as Interim and Deputy Head of School and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. Her expertise lies in using game theory, mathematical economics, bargaining theory, auction and market design, and fair allocation to develop models and solutions for a variety of issues, including land sales, compulsory acquisitions, law and economics, sustainability, trust in negotiations, equitable allocation of resources, and gender equity. She actively advocates for women in economics and has contributed to publications such as the Conversation, VoxEU, Advertiser, among others, and presented in public talks.

Dr Jacky Southcott is a Senior Economist with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Adelaide where her pioneering research on the economics of trust garnered recognition with a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. With a career spanning over two decades, Jacky has extensive experience working across government and academic institutions, both in Australia and overseas. Her expertise lies in conducting economic impact evaluations, applied economic research, and providing advice to Senior Government Officials. Jacky's passion lies in translating economic research for real-world societal impact.

We thank Torrens University, the University of Adelaide and the Economic Society of Australia for their support of this event.


Napier Building

University of Adelaide , Adelaide SA 5000

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