New economics and strategy consultancy launches: Mandala

04 June 2023 Consultancy.com.au 3 min. read
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After six months of building the business, new economics and strategy consultancy Mandala has now officially launched.

A team of former Accenture Strategy directors have joined together to officially launch a new economics, policy and strategy consultancy, Mandala.

Led by managing partner Amit Singh and partners Adam Triggs and Jason Tabarias, the trio share a background at Accenture acquisition AlphaBeta, along with in-house experience advising senior government leaders. A number of former Accenture and AlphaBeta consultants have also come on board.

New economics and strategy consultancy launches: Mandala

Having been bubbling away over the past six months prior to official launch, Mandala has already assembled a team of around fifteen professionals based out of offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. The strategy consulting business will serve government and public and private sector clients on a range of economics, policy and regulatory matters underpinned by cutting-edge data analysis, bringing together a diverse roster of experts.

“Our world is changing in a fundamentally transformative way: digitisation, demographic change, decarbonisation, and de-globalisation have huge implications for our economy and our society, for business and government, for markets and systems, and for people,” Singh stated of the firm’s launch.

“Our shared capacity to successfully navigate these changes will require a robust and practical grasp of economics, policy, regulation, and strategy.”

Amit Singh most recently served as a managing director at Accenture, joining the firm upon its 2020 acquisition of AlphaBeta, where he led the boutique advisory’s Melbourne office. Prior to consulting, Singh was global head of economics at Uber, having earlier served as a senior economic adviser to the past Labor government and director of policy during its time in opposition. Singh is noted as one of the country’s most influential young Asian-Australians.

Also a product of AlphaBeta’s Melbourne office and then director at Accenture is fellow Mandala partner Jason Tabarias, whose consulting resume includes earlier stints at Deloitte in New Zealand and PwC in the UK. In between external advisory gigs, Tabarias has served in policy reform roles with both the NZ and Victorian cabinet departments, while prior to AlphaBeta he spent two and a half years as an independent consultant to the University of Melbourne.

Adam Triggs meanwhile joined AlphaBeta/Accenture as a director in 2021, also serving since then as a senior manager at non-profit economic research offshoot the e61 Institute. Previously, he spent three years as Asian Bureau of Economic Research director at ANU, where he earlier completed his PhD.

Like his Mandala colleagues, Triggs also has an in-house government advisory background, including as an assistant director within the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet.

Advisory team

Joining the partnership trio in their new venture is investment executive and Mandala senior advisor Lindsay Jones, who spent over seven years at McKinsey & Company between Asia Pacific and UK, and a host of former Accenture and AlphaBeta staff, including associates Hayley Winchcombe and Caitlin Abbott (the latter via Quantium); engagement managers Sam Thompson and Rajarshi Roy; and analysts Edward Smyth and Chiquita Shaw.