Francesca Catalano

Francesca Catalano

Senior Consultant

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Francesca is an economist with experience advising clients across government, private and non-profit sectors on matters of engagement, strategy, performance evaluation and investment attraction. She brings expertise in stakeholder engagement and communications, social planning, social impact measurement, shared value, digital strategy and design, economic analysis and development, project feasibility analysis and business case development. Francesca takes a systems approach to problem solving to identify areas of mutual interest at the intersection of government, industry, the not-for-profit sector and community.

Influential work

  • Contributed to the development of a measurement framework and digital platform for measuring intrinsic and instrumental impact in the arts and cultural sector that has been rolled out across Australia, the UK and Canada
  • Delivered a social impact assessment for a controversial coal seam gas project expected to supply more than 15% of New South Wales’ gas needs
  • Reviewed the social investment strategy of a multi-national public metals and petroleum company and provided recommendations to increase social impact through a collective approach
  • Supported a ‘Group of Eight’ university to design and deliver a stakeholder engagement strategy in relation to the development of a strategic land asset
  • Partnered with a research firm, a university and a regional development authority to apply an innovative land-use modelling and software to study the cumulative ecological, social and economic impacts of alternative land-use decisions in Western Australia’s (WA) south-west.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Francesca led business development and consulting projects in WA for an international performance evaluation company, Culture Counts, where she advised public and private funders of cultural and community activity on strategy and evaluation issues. She has also held positions across multi-disciplinary management consulting firms in economic planning and development social planning and engagement.

Francesca holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia; and has participated in directorship training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is a non-executive director and vice chair of an emerging Western Australian theatre company, The Last Great Hunt. She is also a member of the Perth Young Professionals Network and is actively supporting increased engagement between the network and Perth’s cultural institutions.

In her spare time...

Francesca is a lover of food, wine and art. She enjoys dinners with friends and family, exploring bookshops and design stores and photography.