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Professor John Piggott
Scientia Professor John Piggott AO

Hub Director

BA University of Sydney; MSc London School of Economics; PhD University of London; FASSA; AO

Primary affiliation:
Scientia Professor of Economics, UNSW Sydney and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)

John Piggott AO is an economist with extensive public policy experience, advising governments throughout Asia. 

Katja Hanewald
Dr Katja Hanewald

Director of Research

MSc PhD Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Primary affiliation: Senior Lecturer in the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW Sydney

Katja Hanewald is an economist whose research addresses risk management and insurance aspects of population ageing. 

Bei Lu
Dr Bei Lu

Director of Outreach

MBA University of South Australia; PhD Economics UNSW

Primary affiliation: CEPAR Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Bei Lu is an economist with interests in pensions and population ageing-related social welfare and economic issues, including long-term care.

Hazel Bateman
Professor Hazel Bateman

Professorial Fellow

B Econ University of Queensland; PhD University of New South Wales

Primary affiliation: Professor, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW Sydney; CEPAR Deputy Director

Hazel Bateman is an economist who researches consumer financial decision making especially as it relates to retirement accumulation and decumulation. 

 

John Beard
Professor John Beard

Professorial Fellow

MBBS, GDip Public Health University of Adelaide; GradCertMgt Monash University; PhD Medicine/Epidemiology University of Sydney

Primary affiliation: CEPAR Fractional Professor, UNSW Sydney

Robert Cumming
Professor Robert Cumming AO

Professorial Fellow

MBBS UNSW; MPH PhD University of Sydney, FAFPHM, Royal Australian College of Physicians, Australia; AO

Primary affiliation:
Professor of Epidemiology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Sydney, CEPAR Chief Investigator

Robert Cumming AO is an epidemiologist whose research brings together biological, psychosocial and medical aspects of ageing. 

 

Hanming Fang
Professor Hanming Fang

Professorial Fellow

BA Fudan University; MA University of Virginia; PhD University of Pennsylvania

Primary affiliation: Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania; ShanghaiTech University; CEPAR Partner Investigator

Hanming Fang is an applied microeconomist with interests in welfare reform, health insurance markets and population ageing. 

 

Peter McDonald
Honorary Professor Peter McDonald AM

Professorial Fellow

BCom University of New South Wales, PhD Australian National University; FASSA; AM

Primary affiliation: Honorary Professor of Demography, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne; CEPAR Chief Investigator

Peter McDonald AM is a demographer who is frequently consulted on the issue of population futures by governments around the world. 

George Kudrna
Dr George Kudrna

Senior Research Fellow

PhD Economics University of Sydney, MA Economics, TUL Czech Republic

Primary affiliation: CEPAR Senior Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

George Kudrna is an economist who applies his expertise in developing macroeconomic models to the economics of population ageing. 

 

Vasoontara Yieng
Dr Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan

Senior Research Fellow

BA Thammasat University; MA Maxwell School of Syracuse University; PhD in Epidemiology, Economics and Population Health Australian National University

Primary affiliation: CEPAR Senior Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan is an epidemiologist focused on economic and health inequalities in mid and later life. 

Dr Yuanyuan Deng

Research Fellow

BS BJUT; MA SUNY-SB, WHU; PhD SUNY-SB

Primary affiliation: CEPAR Senior Research Associate, UNSW Sydney

 
Sophie Yan
Dr Gaoyun (Sophie) Yan

Research Fellow

BSc Econ, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; PhD Econ UNSW

Primary affiliation: CEPAR Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

 
Dr Dandan Yu

Research Fellow

BCom (Hons) UNSW, BEcon and MEcon from Peking University

Primary affiliation: CEPAR Research Fellow, UNSW Sydney

Shang Wu
Dr Shang Wu

BBus (Hons) UTS; MAcc University of Sydney; BAppFin/BActStud Macquarie University; PhD UNSW 

Primary affiliation: Senior Investment Analyst, First State Super

Dr Mingxu Yang

B.E. (Automation Engineering) Nanjing Normal University; M.E. (Pattern Recognition and Intelligent System) Xiamen University; PhD (Demography) Zhejiang University

Primary affiliation: Lecturer, Department of Labor and Social Security, South China Agriculture University

Tin Long Ho
Tin Long Ho

BCom (Hons) Actuarial Studies, Univeristy of Melbourne

PhD Student, UNSW Business School

Supervisors:
Professor Hazel Bateman, Dr Katja Hanewald and Professor Hanming Fang

Thesis Topic: 
Retirement financial planning in China: The role of housing and new retirement financial products.

Chen Wan
Cheng Wan

BSc in Information and Computational Science, Wuhan University; MStat Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

PhD Student, UNSW Business School

Supervisors: 
Professor Hazel Bateman, Dr Katja Hanewald and Professor Hanming Fang

Thesis Topic: 
The Demand and Supply of Longevity and Health Contingent Insurance Products in China