As Director, Alex has carriage of the overall strategic direction of BIU. He has previously worked for the UK and NSW governments in a number of roles, including at the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, in corporate planning and performance, environmental strategy, renewable energy policy, freedom of information, horizon scanning and future science policy.
Danielle Merrett Position: Principal Policy Officer
Danielle leads BIU’s work in the Finance, Services and Innovation cluster and oversees projects in Industry, Skills and Regional Development and Justice clusters. She has a PhD in behavioural economics and has previously worked for the World Bank, the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and in academia.
Cindy Wiryakusuma Position: Principal Policy Officer
Cindy oversees projects in the Education, Diversity, Health, Justice and Transport portfolios. Prior to joining BIU, Cindy was an economist with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; with a focus on emerging economies.
Edwina leads projects in the Industry, Skills, and Regional Development portfolio. Prior to joining BIU, Edwina worked in consumer research and customer experience, with a particular focus on qualitative research and anthropology in these fields.
Eva works in the Justice portfolio. She has a background in industrial relations policy and regulation, where she led a number of multi-disciplinary behavioural change initiatives aimed at promoting compliance with workplace laws. In 2016, she partnered with the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) to lead a trial focused on building persistent workplace compliance and improving government service delivery.
Jacqualine leads BIU’s health portfolio. She comes from DPC’s Social Policy Group where she worked on major reforms including Reform of Federation, NSW’s Social Housing Strategy and the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She has a consulting background in human services and economics, advising governments and non-government organisations across a range of sectors including family and community services, disability, housing, transport, health and financial services.
Kim leads BIU’s work in the Education cluster and with the Public Service Commission. Kim has a background in organisational psychology and joined the team from the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Western Australia.
Jenny is a data analyst working part-time with BIU, tasked with advising on trial design and undertaking data analysis to determine the success of trials. Before she joined BIU Jenny was an academic, researching social policy and drug and alcohol policy in multi-disciplinary teams.
Clare joined BIU as part of the DPC Graduate Program. She is working across the justice and health clusters. Prior to joining BIU, Clare worked in international aid and development and has a background in political economy.
Samuel assists the BIU team in enhancing the public service by applying behavioural economics. Prior to joining the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sam worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Sydney where he also studied Resource Economics.
Alex joined DPC in May 2014 as a secondment from the UK Behavioural Insights Team. He is a Senior Advisor with the UK BIT’s Australian office where he leads the team’s evaluation work. He has worked across numerous policy areas, with an emphasis on health and employment.
Rory was seconded from the UK Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to DPC in November 2012 to help set up and run BIU. He is Managing Director of the BIT’s Australian office and now splits his time between that role and his work with BIU. He has worked in a number of areas including health, employment, tax, justice, community services and education.