Jiaming is the Associate Director for CREA as of March 2017. She is responsible for designing strategy, external engagement and policy programmes for CREA while managing SLP operations.
Jiaming has seven years of international work experience in economic policy analysis, economic development and higher education.
Prior to joining CREA, she ran Nobel Prize economist Joseph Stiglitz’s think tank, the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, in New York, while serving as a freelance analyst on East Asia for The Economist Intelligence Unit.
Jiaming obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from Durham University and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.
As Senior Research Associate at CREA, Stephen works with SLP data from conception & module design to data analysis and production of valuable insights for academics and external agencies. His current research relates to labour economics for mature workers, with a focus on training programmes, health and employment outcomes, and spousal retirement decisions. Stephen has five years prior experience as a research assistant and economic consultant, solving difficult policy questions in diverse fields such as health, housing, transportation and development economics. He graduated from The University of Auckland with an Honours degree in economics.
Faisal Azhar is the Research Panel Manager for CREA as of January 2017. He assists the Associate Director in overseeing the Centre's operations and research.
He is responsible for operational activities, managing database systems, maximizing panel retention and supervising the call centre. He also trains and administers SMU student staff who provide operational assistance to the Centre and service support to the survey participants.
Faisal received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from Nanyang Technological University.
Piea Peng, as a Research Associate, is a data scientist for CREA since March 2016. She uses her lifetime's worth of data-related information and scientific skills to produce great data-driven tools/products.
She studied Mathematics at the National University of Singapore and Statistics at Macquarie University. She has considerable knowledge of Mathematics, Probability, Statistics and related programming languages as a recipient of first-class degrees attained with A & A+s and High Distinctions in her two graduate studies.
Passionate about bringing science into practice, research and development, she has enjoyed working as a statistician, for over 10 years in the private sector and government organizations. Her achievements were recognized and she was awarded the ACNielsen Built to Last Global Award for Excellence.