Erick Hansnata Appointed FWPA Statistics & Economics Manager

Mon 16 Oct 23


Erick Hansnata has been appointed as the new Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) Statistics and Economics Program Manager. 

Mr Hansnata replaces Kevin Peachey, appointed Head of Built Environment Programs for Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) and WoodSolutions Program

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

As an accomplished economist, Mr Hansnata has over ten years of experience working in academia, government, and the private sector.

Speaking about the role, Mr Hansnata said he was looking forward to working with the FWPA team and members to “unlock data and insights for improved decision-making and planning across the industry.”

The FWPA Statistics and Economics Program was established in 2013 and is in response to industry concerns regarding limitations and gaps in the economic information available for forest and wood products. 

It is now a relied-upon source of information for industry and other stakeholders. The public data portal provides access to regularly updated domestic data and is publicly available for planning and forecasting.

Before joining FWPA, Mr Hanasnata was a Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social Economic Modelling and a Senior Economist at KPMG. 

Mr Hansnata 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.

He is also an active member of the Economic Society of Australia (ESA) and the American Economic Association (AEA).

In August, Wood Central reported on the FWPA’s restructure, which has seen the creation of three distinct programs driving FWPA activities:

• Research, Development and Extension, now headed by Dr Chris Lafferty.

• Forest Research and Learning, now headed by Dr Jodie Mason.

• Built Environment & WoodSolutions Programs, now headed by Kevin Peachy.

Supporting activities, the marketing and communication team has also been bolstered, with Sarah Downey leading a strong team including Rhiana Archie, Campbell Mayne and Emma Petersson.

It is behind the highly successful ‘Ultimate Renewable’ campaign, with Wood Central reporting that the latest campaign went live across Australia on Sunday, August 20.


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