Syra Khan

Syra Khan


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Syra is a consultant in Nous’ public policy practice and works with government and not-for-profit clients across the health, education and human services sectors. She is adept at applying economic thinking to complex policy challenges using critical thinking and mixed method research and analysis. Prior to Nous, she worked in the international aid and development sector, with a focus on financial sector development in the Pacific Islands.

Influential work

  • Worked with the International Education Association of Australia to model the economic impact that international students generate at regional levels
  • Built, distributed and analysed results from a comprehensive survey to inform a summative evaluation of a not-for-profit program to reduce the number of younger people with complex needs in aged care under the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Engaged by Comcare through the Collaborative Partnership for Work Participation to develop a national set of principles to guide general practitioners on how to minimise health-related work incapacity for individuals experiencing injury, illness or disability
  • Undertook an evaluation of a specialist residential and community alcohol and drug service provider to determine the impact of their Families Therapeutic Community program
  • Worked with the Department of Social Services (DSS) National Centre for Longitudinal Data to develop a longitudinal data strategy for the future use and development of the DSS’s four major longitudinal survey assets.

Outside of Nous

Syra has a keen interest in international development and the distributional impacts of economic policy. Prior to Nous, she worked with the Asian Development Bank and Equity Economics on a range of consulting projects covering the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

In her spare time...

Syra enjoys reading about economic history, hiking and following current affairs. Her personal project is to try and demystify the political economy of Pakistan.