Stephen Koukoulas is Managing Director of Market Economics, a firm focused on independent macroeconomic analysis. Stephen has had 30 years as an economist in government, banking, financial markets and policy formulation. Stephen was Senior Economic Advisor to the former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, worked in the Commonwealth Treasury and before that he was the global head of economic research and strategy for TD Securities in London. Stephen also spent 5 years at Citibank Australia, including as Chief Economist. He started his career in the Commonwealth Treasury in the mid 1980s. Stephen is currently a widely sort after keynote speaker, Economics Advisor to illion, is economist at Economic Security 4 Women and writes regular analysis and opinion pieces for The Guardian and Yahoo Finance.