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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ross Gittins

Ross GittinsRoss has been Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald since 1978. He is also an economic columnist for The Age, Melbourne.

His journalistic experience includes editorial writing and stints in the parliamentary press galleries in Sydney and Canberra. Before joining the Herald he worked as an auditor with the national chartered accounting firm Touche Ross & Co.

In 2008 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to journalism as a commentator on economics.

He is a winner of the Citibank Pan Asia award for excellence in finance journalism.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He has been a Nuffield press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a journalist-in-residence at the department of Economics at the University of Melbourne.

Ross was also recently awarded a Doctor of Letters honoris causa, from Macquarie University.

He has authored:

  • Gittins’ Guide to Economics
  • Gittinomics
  • The Happy Economist
  • and is co-author of How Australia Compares, with Professor Rodney Tiffen.

Keynote Title

The Economic Importance of Commercial Research.

Dr. Gittins lecture highlighted the need for Australia’s population to keep up with the changing technology by not just adapting it, but pursuing higher education in order to stay competitive and relevant in the current global climate. He spoke of how immensely valuable researchers are for the Australian and global economy both now and in the future.