Meet our new staff

12 May 2022

We're delighted to welcome two new staff on board the ProdCom team. We look forward to you meeting them...

Catherine Proffitt, Inquiry Director

Catherine is leading the Commission's Fair chance for all inquiry into reducing persistent disadvantage. 

Catherine has a background in policy and strategy, with over 14 years’ experience working in and consulting to the public sector.  Immediately prior to joining the Commission, Catherine was Head of Policy at FrankAdvice, where she led a range of policy consulting work across different areas including health, education, working conditions, pay equity and local government.  Before that, Catherine led the strategic planning and performance function at Pharmac. 

Catherine holds a Masters in English Literature (first class Honours), Bachelors of Arts and of Business, Commerce and Administration, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Management, all from Victoria University of Wellington.

Denny Kudrna, Principal Advisor

Denny has joined the Commission's Economics & Research team from the Treasury, where he worked with economic and regulatory strategy teams.

Denny's research has focused on the role of regulation in economic and financial development. He has published numerous articles on the political economy of EU and international regulation with leading academic publishers such as Oxford University Press and journals, including Governance, the Journal of Common Market Studies, and the Journal of European Public Policy. He has contributed regular op-eds popularising economic research in mainstream media.

Denny has combined academic work with involvement in public policy. His advisory experience includes projects for IMF, World Bank, European Commission, UN Development Programme, and public service roles at the Czech Ministry of Finance, Office of Government, and New Zealand Treasury. He has done consultancy projects for commercial banks and collaborated on policy research with think tanks such as Atlantic Council and Aspen Institute.

Denny holds master degrees in economics and political science and a PhD in political economy from Central European University. Throughout his career, Denny has lived in ten cities in seven different countries.