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Nicholas Gruen

CEO, Lateral Economics Tim Lyons


Productivity the long road ahead



Dr Gruen has worked in a diverse range of public policy and other roles since 1981:

  • He was economic policy adviser to two Federal Government Ministers – Treasurer John Dawkins (1991-1994) and Industry Minister John Button (1981-1985).
  • He was appointed to the Productivity Commission (1993-1997) where he was Presiding Commissioner of one inquiry and an industry study commissioned by the ACCC and Associate Commissioner on five inquiries.
  • He was Director of the Business Council of Australia’s New Directions economic reform project (1997-2000).
  • In 2008 he was a member of the Cutler Review into the Australian Innovation System.
  • In 2009 he was Chairman of the Federal Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce.
  • From 2010 to 2011 he was founding Chairman of Kaggle.
  • From 2000 he has been CEO of Lateral Economics and Peach Financial Group.
  • He is also Chairman of Online Opinion and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation.

Dr Gruen holds a PhD and BA Hons (First Class) from the ANU and a LLB Hons from Melbourne University. He has published in national and international academic journals on a range of issues from tariff reform to competition policy, intellectual property, innovation in government and macro-economic policy. He has been a regular columnist for the Australian Financial Review and the Courier Mail, has been published in anthologies of Australia’s Best Essays and Australia’s Best Political Writing and is a substantial contributor to Australia's thriving policy blog scene at Club Troppo.