FWPA welcomes new Statistics and Economics Program Manager

by | Oct 25, 2023

Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is pleased to welcome Erick Hansnata as the new Statistics and Economics Program Manager. Erick is an accomplished economist with more than 10 years of experience working in academia, government, and the private sector.

FWPA’s Statistics and Economics Program was developed in 2013 in response to industry concerns regarding limitations and gaps in the economic information available for forest and wood products. Since then, the Program has grown to be a much relied-upon source of information for industry and other stakeholders. For example, the FWPA public data portal provides access to regularly updated domestic data and is publicly available to assist with planning and forecasting.

The previous Statistics and Economics Manager, Kevin Peachey, has moved into the role of Head of Built Environment Programs and WoodSolutions Program lead at FWPA.

“Erick’s wealth of experience in economic modelling and environmental economics is a key asset to further expand the FWPA Statistics and Economics Program,” said Kevin Peachey.

Before joining FWPA, Erick was a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social Economic Modelling and a Senior Economist at KPMG. He holds a master’s degree in International and Development Economics from the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy and a PhD in Economics from the University of Canberra. Erick is also an active member of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) as well as the American Economic Association (AEA).

“I am looking forward to working with the FWPA team and our members to unlock data and insights for improved decision-making and planning across the industry,” said Erick Hansnata.