We’re very pleased to welcome Makere to Marsden Jacob, based out of our Melbourne office.

Makere is an experienced policy analyst focussing on the intersections of economics, natural resources and sustainability. She approaches her analysis through application of economic theory and quantitative modelling, with a keen focus on the practical implications of her work.  She’s adept at taking complex information and communicating it in ways that make it accessible to stakeholders at all levels.

Makere joins us from New Zealand where she was most recently a policy advisor in the Just Transitions Unit with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. As an advisor in the Just Transitions Unit, she worked specifically on the government’s cross-agency climate change response group (The Transition Hub), on the Transition to a Low Emissions Economy. Her work included analysis and modelling assessing the economic impact on regions, sectors, communities and households of efficiently transitioning to a low emissions economy. This work included developed linked emissions, household expenditure and CGE models. She also assisted in drafting the New Zealand Zero Carbon Bill, which led to establishing the Independent Climate Change Commission, setting the 2050 Net Zero Target under the Paris Agreement and reforming the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Makere has also acted as secretary and policy advisor in Regional Economic Development) with the NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  As an advisor, she worked on the government’s Regional Growth Programme, analysing and implementing economic development policy to help increase jobs, income and investment for New Zealand in the regions.  This work included analysed business cases, and undertaking cost-benefit analysis to assist regional councils with their economic development objectives, through allocation of the Provincial Growth Fund.

Makere has hit the ground running since joining us two weeks ago, working with us across projects we are currently delivering around national drought policy reform, Victorian water governance reforms, water markets, environmental valuation, commercial due diligence, Basin Compliance, and Snowy 2.0.

Makere can be contacted at mhurst@marsdenjacob.com.au

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