Our economics and strategy team

Our team of economists and market strategists has extensive local and global experience.

Contact us at economics@westpac.co.nz

Dominick Stephens - Chief Economist

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Dominick started his career at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, where he was involved in forecasting and modelling the New Zealand economy. 

Dominick joined Westpac as a Senior Economist in 2006, and became Chief Economist in 2011. His most well-known research concerns the roles of taxation, interest rates and inflation on the New Zealand housing market. He has also published research on the exchange rate, New Zealand’s labour market, and macroeconomic modelling.

Dominick's travels include crossing Mongolia on horseback, riding 1000 miles down the Peruvian Andes, and a year spent in the Amazon jungle


Michael Gordon - Senior Markets Economist

MichaelGordon 140x180pxMichael joined Westpac in 2006, spending two years as the currency and interest rate strategist for New Zealand before joining the Economics team.

He is responsible for developing the team's views on financial markets and communicating them within Westpac and to the bank's customers. He also coordinates the team's short-term economic forecasts, and contributes to a range of internal and external research. 

Michael previously worked at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as a senior analyst in the Financial Stability department.



Anne Boniface - Senior Economist

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Anne joined Westpac as a Senior Economist in July 2010 after returning to New Zealand following a three year stint working in both the public and private sectors in London. 

Prior to that, Anne worked at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand where she undertook a variety of roles from forecasting domestic and international developments to monitoring and analysing financial markets. 

Anne's work at Westpac is a varied one, predominantly focused on forecasting and analysing developments in the New Zealand economy.



Satish Ranchhod
 - Senior Economist

SatishRanchhod 140x180pxSatish joined Westpac’s Economics team as a Senior Economist in October 2014. His work focuses on inflation and developments in New Zealand’s labour market.

Prior to joining Westpac, he was an adviser at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Much of his career has focused analysing and forecasting the New Zealand economy, with a particular focus on inflation.

Satish has also spent time as an economic researcher, leading the Reserve Bank’s analysis of the economic effects of the Canterbury earthquakes and its analysis of the global economy during the financial crisis.


 David Norman - Industry Economist

DavidNorman 140x180pxDavid joined Westpac in 2015 as the firm looked to expand its industry economics offering. He is responsible for monitoring and providing insights on a wide range of industry and regional subject areas. David began his economics career at BERL, an economics consultancy, before spending several years in the PwC Economics and Strategy team. Most recently, David gained an in-depth knowledge of the construction industry as Senior Economist at BRANZ (Building Research Association of New Zealand). He has a Post-graduate Diploma in Management, a BA in Economics and Mandarin Chinese, and a BSc in Psychology and Genetics.

Prior to pursuing his Economics career in New Zealand, David spent 7 years living in Taiwan and China. He still travels regularly, including a recent trip with his wife and toddler to 8 cities across 6 countries in 3 weeks.


Imre Speizer - Senior Market Strategist

ImreSpeizer 140x180pxImre joined Westpac in 2008, and specialises in researching New Zealand’s currency and interest rate markets.

Working closely with Westpac’s economists and traders, as well as strategy colleagues globally, he delivers regular market analysis and forecasts. Prior to joining Westpac, Imre traded the currencies, interest rates, and credit products of the emerging markets of Asia and Europe, based in Hong Kong, Singapore and London for investment banks Swiss Bank/UBS and Bank of America.