Daniela is an urban economist with experience in consulting to local and state governments across Australia. Since 2013, she has been the Practice Leader for the combined Melbourne and Hobart offices, which involves leading the consulting team and being a member of the executive management group of SGS nationally.
As Chief Operating Officer, Daniela's role covers a range of critical functions including monitoring project performance, work on order, client relationship management, human resource management, corporate planning, financial management, promotion and marketing, risk management and maintenance and improvement of all business systems, processes and SGS policies.
As a consultant, Daniela has experience in project evaluation with specific expertise in infrastructure planning and investment. With qualifications across urban planning, economics and statistical analysis, Daniela’s expertise lies in developing strong quantitative evidence to inform investment decisions.
In recent years, Daniela has led a number of studies into the economic impact of cultural tourism, the value of contemporary art, feasibility analyses of redevelopment proposals for art and cultural institutions and business cases to support significant investment into tourism and cultural landmarks in NSW and Victoria. She has developed a number of investment frameworks for State Government which enable infrastructure to be prioritised according to government policy, financial feasibility and social, economic and environmental performance.
Daniela’s experience in infrastructure investment extends to proposals for major roads and redevelopment of Government-owned assets. This includes developing business cases for Treasury funding for new roads in NSW, social housing redevelopments in Victoria and peer reviews of existing business cases for a range of Government authorities.
Recently, Daniela managed a significant study into a range of historic and forecast social, environmental and economic indicators to enable the development of a state-wide infrastructure strategy. This research considers how the changing face of Victoria’s community, economy and environment will impact on infrastructure provision over the next 30 years.