Member Profiles

The NZAE has approximately 350 members. However, not all members have supplied their profiles to be listed on this page. The details listed below are at the time the information was supplied by the member. The NZAE does not actively check these details against its membership database.

Members wishing to make amendments to their listing, or to be added to the site, can email the NZAE at with “Member Profile” in the Subject line.


Malcolm Abbott
Head of Economics, Accounting and Lw Group, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.


Associate Professor of Economics and Head of Economics, Accounting and Lw Group at Swinburne University of Technology (Lilydale), in Melbourne Australia. Mainly researches in the field of government in the field of telecommunications and energy market regulation. As well he is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research in International Education in Auckland and a Research Colleague of the PROPHE centre at the State University of New York in Albany.

Jose Albrieu


Jose is an economist specialized in Transport Planning and Economic Evaluations. He has 10+ years international experience in consultancy, projects, policy advising and research, working for global organizations (United Nations, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), public ministries and agencies, and private companies. In 2018 he led the economic assessment for Te Tupu Ngātahi – Supporting Growth Alliance (the largest professional services alliance in NZ) and evaluated several projects for Safe Roads Alliance, NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Tauranga CC.

Brian Bell
Director, Nimmo-Bell
MAgrSc (Hons), CFIP, MInstD
Nimmo-Bell & Company Ltd
P O Box 10790

Brian’s current economic work is focused on developing a decision support system for biosecurity incursions impacting on indigenous biodiversity. The core discipline is non-market valuation using choice modelling. Brian has an ongoing interest in developing and applying methodology for natural resource management and R&D evaluation using cost benefit analysis (CBA) and risk analysis. Nimmo-Bell has trade marked a framework called QuRA(tm), which utilises a risk simulation tool for project appraisal and financial feasibility. Brian is also a specialist in the design, implementation and management of international trust funds for development. This involves aspects of public and private sector governance and micro and macro economic management. The funds span across supplementation of national budgets to funds for economic and social development in small isolated communities (such as outer islands in coral atoll societies) and conservation and education funds for endangered natural forests. For further information visit

Matt Benge
Assistant Deputy Commissioner
Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue

Sean Bevin
Consulting Economic Analyst
BA (Hons) Econ
Economic Solutions Ltd.
150A Guppy Road
P O Box 7523
Phone: +64 6 844 1021
Fax: +64 6 844 1031
Mobile: 027 220 4937

Economic Solutions Ltd is a Napier based economic consultancy, specialising in the provision of regional and local level economic, economic planning and economic development analysis. The business has been operating for six years, undertakes work throughout the country and prepares analyses for a range of client sectors including Local Government, Central Government, tertiary education, regional development agencies, private sector developers and businesses.

Specialising in:

  • Economic assessments in relation to resource management applications
  • Economic impact assessment
  • Economic benefit/cost analysis
  • Regional and local economic monitoring
  • Regional and local economic profiling
  • Sector/industry economic analysis

Gambhir Bhatta
South Asia Department
Governance, Finance, and Trade Division
Asian Development Bank
Manila, Philippines
Phone: +63 2 632 5472

Gambhir Bhatta is currently Principal Governance Specialist at the Asian Development Bank. In this capacity, he has led programming missions to various countries in South Asia to design reform programs in governance, fiscal management, and public resource management. Prior to joining ADB in mid-2005, he was associated with the School of Government (at Victoria University of Wellington) on leave from the State Services Commission where he was a Senior Advisor (Public Management). He has previously been associated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National University of Singapore, Singapore Institute of Management, and International Management Development Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, among others. He has also been involved in consultancies and professional assignments for the UN, Asian Development Bank, and others in the USA, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Singapore, New Zealand, Rwanda, Timor-Leste, Bhutan, Laos, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Nepal. Gambhir’s research work has appeared in such journals as Public Personnel Management (USA), The Innovation Journal (Canada), International Review of Administrative Sciences (Belgium), Public Performance and Management Review (USA), International Journal of Training and Development (UK), and Policy Studies Journal (USA). His latest publication is The International Dictionary of Public Management and Governance (M. E. Sharpe (New York), 2005). Gambhir has a PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh (1990) with specialisations in Applied Policy Analysis, and Urban and Regional Development. He has a Dual Masters in Economics and Political Science from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.

Alan Bollard
Governor, RBNZ
MA (Hons) PhD

Reserve Bank of New Zealand
P O Box 2498

Alan Bollard’s position involves running the Reserve Bank (Functions: financial systems oversight, bank surveillance, cash, monetary policy) and making OCR decisions. Research interests: determinants of New Zealand productivity and growth.

James Boyle
Planning and Forecasting Analyst
BNZ Capital
BCA (Hons) VUW

Floor 13 BNZ Tower
125 Queen Street
Mobile: +64 021 244 2346

Robert A Buckle
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce
Victoria University of Wellington


Bob’s current responsibilities encompass university governance, management and performance. Research interests have included the microeconomic foundations and macroeconomic causes and characteristics of business cycles, productivity and economic growth and policy related aspects, including the role of institutions and fiscal, monetary and regulatory policies. A selection of research publications, presentations and previous professional positions is available from Most recent previous positions have included Principal Advisor at The Treasury and Chair, Economic Committee, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Bob has been a member of the NZ Association of Economists since 1976, member of Council from 1985 to 1993 and President from 1989 to 1991.

David Butcher

P O Box 5279
Phone/Fax: +64 4 476 9001
Mobile: +64 21 438 630
Web Site:

David Butcher specialises in the corporatisation and commercialisation of government entities and their relationships to the private sector. This focuses on institutional reform and appropriate forms of regulation. He has been an institutional expert for the World Bank, UNDP, EBRD, ADB and other organisations. David’s recent assignments include researching the 2008 Global Economic Crisis’s impact on Infrastructure investment in Mongolia, reviewing connectivity in the Asia Pacific Region, developing a Unified Telecom license model for Bangladesh, telecommunications policy and regulatory reform in Cambodia, Laos and Rwanda and leading the privatisation of Telecom Mongolia. Previously David worked on telecommunications policy and regulation and power distribution policy in Rwanda, an electricity market study for the China Electricity Council in Guangdong, China and on institutional reform in Yunnan’s electricity utility. The ADB published David’s 2005 study of electricity regulation in Central Asia and he was keynote speaker at their Electricity Regulators Forum launch in Beijing. David’s financial sector regulatory and governance work has included regulatory reform and a financial skills development strategy for Rwanda. His work on Strengthening Democracy in Bangladesh resulted in a smooth setting up of Parliamentary Committees after the most recent election. David worked on public enterprise, restructuring in South Africa, East Timor Power Sector Rescue Mission, Central Asian Power Transmission Rehabilitation and utility reform in Vietnam, Iraq and Iran.

Geoff Butcher
Butcher Partners Ltd

Geoff Butcher’s current work includes:

  • Economic impact analysis (multiplier analysis) of tourism, agriculture, forestry, etc.
  • Building regional input-output models for a range of clients.
  • Hearings (local authority and environment court) into resource consents, with a focus on economic efficiency (including intangibles and employment impacts).

Anthony Casey
BEc (Hons)
  The Treasury
1 The Terrace
P O Box 3724
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 917 6919
Fax: +64 4 473 3447
Mobile: 021 522 408

Current work concerns transport and competition policies. Research interests include transport economics, public choice, economic evaluation methods, modelling and methodology, the history of economic thought and the role of economists in policy formulation.

Nick Clark   Manager General Policy, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
PO Box 20448, Christchurch

Nick Clark has been with Federated Farmers since 2004. Nick manages the Federation’s General Policy Team, the policy advisors responsible for national policy issues. For most of his time at Federated Farmers, Nick has also been its Economist. As well as providing advice to the Federation’s National Board on economic matters and providing submissions and other advocacy on economic policy, Nick has been responsible for the Federation’s six-monthly Farm Confidence Survey and its quarterly Banking Survey. He also provides a weekly economic commentary to the Federation’s members through its Friday Flash newsletter.

Prior to Federated Farmers, Nick was a senior analyst at Business New Zealand (2001-04) and a policy advisor at the Ministry of Transport (1995-2001), which included a two year assignment to the Office of the Minister of Transport (1996-98).

Nick has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Major) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics Major), both from the University of Otago.

Nick is based in Christchurch but travels frequently to Wellington.

Iris Claus
Hon BA, MA, PhD
  Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue
P O Box 2198
Wellington, New Zealand

Iris Claus is a Senior Research Economist in the Policy Advice Division at Inland Revenue and a Research Associate of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA). Her current research interests are in the economic effects of taxation, financial intermediation, open economy macroeconomics and general equilibrium modelling. Iris previously held positions at the New Zealand Treasury, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Bank of Canada.

Robin Clements
Director of Research
BSc (Hons)
  UBS Warburg New Zealand Ltd

Robin Clements’s primary responsibilities include the preparation of NZ market commentaries and macro economic analysis/forecasts as input to investment and strategic asset allocation advice for domestic and international clients. Provides research support to the NZD global fixed interest and foreign exchange business units.

Robin was an economist with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 1982 to 1990.

Ross Cullen
Associate Professor
BCom(Hons) PhD (Otago), DipAgr DipVFM

Ross Cullen wrote his PhD on The inter country diffusion of pharmaceutical products, but his research during the past 15 years has focused on topics within the field of resource and environmental economics. Topics investigated include: optimal timing of gold mining; the payoff from oil and gas exploration; management of outdoor recreation; opportunity cost of landscape preservation, fisheries management; national sustainability indicators; non market valuation of improved water quality; productivity of endangered species programmes; evaluation of vertebrate pest control projects.

Ross will spend some time during 2000 on Study Leave collecting information in a number of countries on the modes of delivery and the productivity of their endangered species programmes.

Donal Curtin
Managing Director
BA (Trinity College, Dublin)
MA (National University of Ireland)
  Economics New Zealand Ltd
PO Box 65-505
Mairangi Bay
North Shore City 0754

A former member of the NZAE Council, Donal Curtin is a business economist based in Auckland. He was a member of the Commerce Commission for 12 years, and has wide experience of merger analysis, competition, and regulation, particularly of telcos. He has also worked in the financial markets as chief economist for a major bank, as chair of Morningstar’s expert asset allocation panel, and as chair of a funds management company, and has also been chair of the Public Trust. He is a long-serving member of Statistics New Zealand’s Advisory Committee on Economic Statistics, and has received several awards for his economics writing. He writes the Economics New Zealand blog,

Paul Dalziel
PhD (Otago), MCom
  Commerce Division
Lincoln University

Sigma Research Interests: Monetary Economics; Post-Keynesian Economics; New Zealand Macroeconomic Policy Sigma Current Research: Credit-Money and Price Stability; New Zealand Economic Reforms.

Kelvin Davidson
B Com (hons) Economics (Canterbury)
  Canterbury Development Corporation
P O Box 2962

Current position: Leading the economics analysis, reporting and forecasting activities at CDC (in relation to the Christchurch and Canterbury economies).

Previous work experience: Nine years as property economist at Capital Economics in London (covering residential and commercial property); stints at Infometrics and MED in Wellington.

Areas of interest: Regional economic growth, property economics, labour markets, agriculture/manufacturing.

Roderick Deane
KNZM, PhD, BCom (Hons), FCA, FCIS, FNZIM, Honorary LLD (VUW)

Sir Roderick Deane has had an extensive career in business as Chairman and as a Director of a number of major New Zealand, Australian and Canadian companies and earlier senior roles in the public sector, central banking, and economics. He has a substantial involvement with charitable and cultural organizations.

Sir Roderick is currently Chairman of the IHC Foundation, the Pataka Foundation and a Trustee of the Deane Endowment Trust. He was previously Chairman of Fletcher Building, and its predecessor Fletcher Challenge, Telecom Corporation, ANZ NZ, the NZ Seed Fund, TransPower, PowerDesignBuild, and Pacific Road Group in Sydney; a Director of the ANZ Banking Group in Melbourne, Woolworths in Sydney, TransAlta in Canada, and a member of the NZ Board of AMP. He was also CEO of Telecom NZ and CEO of the Electricity Corporation of NZ. Prior to this, he was Chairman of the State Services Commission, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank, and Alternate Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. He was President of IHC NZ, Chairman of Te Papa and the City Gallery Wellington Foundation, on the Board of Governors of the Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Foundation in Melbourne, on the Board of the CIS in Sydney, and a Trustee of MOTU.

He has been Professor of Economics and Management at Victoria University and was earlier Chief Economist of the Reserve Bank of NZ. At the Bank, Sir Roderick headed the research team which formed the first macroeconometric model of the New Zealand economy and was part of the Reserve Bank of Australia team which created the first analogous model of the Australian economy. He published numerous papers and a range of books on economic matters including econometric modelling, monetary economics, international economics and public policy issues. Sir Roderick has undertaken a number of consultancy assignments including a major value for money review of the NZ Defence Forces and a review of special education in NZ.

Further details are on his web site, including lists of publications and details of speeches.

Ian Duncan
Senior Research Economist
  04 439 9000

Ian Duncan was appointed Principal Economist, Strategic Policy at the Ministry of Transport in September 2008. Prior to that he was a research economist at NZIER (1990 to 2007).

Brian Easton
Economist, Social Statistician,
Public Policy Analyst
BSc (Hons), BA, FRSS, Dip Stat
  18 Talavera Terrace
Kelburn, Wellington

Economic research—current major projects are on macro economy, globalisation, income distribution, economic history, public policy. Also consultant, teacher, writer.

Daniel Evans
Economic Analyst
BCom (Accounting & Finance)
  Phone: (028) 890 636
Fax: (028) 890 637

Areas of Interest: Working with barter-trade in developing countries (Mexico, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, India) and counter-trade/reciprocal/corporate trade in developed nations (Norway, USA, Canada etc); Micro-credit, lending and credit-money

Areas of Work: Development of long-range forecasting models; Sustainable development; Economic impact analysis; Industry profiling – barter, counter-trade, offset trade, reciprocal trade; Interested in credit-money and barter-exchange trade; Applied micro-economics; Non-market valuation techniques

Colin Fraser   42 Queens Drive
Lyall Bay

Andrew Fung
International Audit, Inland Revenue

Vince Galvin
Manager, Inflation Measures
BSc (Hons), Dip Soc Sci
  Statistics New Zealand
P O Box 2922

The management of the division within Statistics NZ which prepares the CPI, the Labour Cost Index, and the development of other appropriate measures. Vince is also concerned with developing an overall framework for measuring price change throughout the economy.

John Gibson
Senior Lecturer
BAgSci, Canterbury
MAgSci, Lincoln
PhD, Stanford

John Gibson’s interests include quantitative economic development; microeconometric aspects of development; poverty analysis; economics of education and panel econometrics.

Arthur Grimes   GT Research & Consulting
25 Upper Watt Street
Wadestown, Wellington

Arthur is Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (Wellington), Adjunct Professor of Economics at Victoria University of Wellington, Chair of the Hugo Group, and a board member of the Financial Markets Authority. He was Reserve Bank of New Zealand Chairman from 2003 to 2013, having previously been the Bank’s Chief Economist. He has also held the posts of Chief Economist at the National Bank of New Zealand and Chief Executive of Southpac Investment Management Limited (Lloyds Bank subsidiaries).

Arthur has a PhD and MSc (Distinction) in Economics from the London School of Economics, and has undergraduate degrees from the University of Waikato. In 2005, Arthur was awarded the NZIER Economics Award recognising excellence in economics relating to New Zealand and he was awarded the 2013 NZ-UK Link Professorship to the University of London. He is currently President of the New Zealand Association of Economists and Co-editor of New Zealand Economic Papers. His research spans a number of fields characterised by his three Marsden Fund grants covering respectively: Australasian monetary union, housing and urban issues, and the economics of wellbeing.

Alfred V Guender
Senior Lecturer
BA (Hons) (Texas), MS (Illinois),
PhD (North Carolina)

Alfred Guender has been working on the stabilising properties of various monetary policy rules in a small open economy framework. Discretionary monetary policy has been considered as well. At the time of writing he was studying the determinants of optimal monetary policy in a forward-looking framework. Part of this research also focuses on the usefulness of a monetary conditions index (MCI) in guiding policy. Doubts about the usefulness of a MCI appear to be justified.

With the help of a student he is currently attempting to design an alternative MCI.

Maraina Hak
Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue

Viv Hall
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Victoria University of Wellington
MCom Phd Auck
  Dr Viv B Hall
PO Box 1777
Wellington 6140

Current research interests involve: (1) New Zealand, Australian and Pacific Rim business cycle analysis; (2) macroeconomic modelling and policy, with particular reference to monetary and fiscal policy, (3) growth and productivity analysis.

Carl D Hansen
Chief Economist
M-co New Zealand

Carl Hansen is chief economist for M-co New Zealand. He works with a team of economists and lawyers to provide policy advice to working groups serving the NZ Electricity Market (NZEM) and the Metering and Reconciliation Information Agreement (MARIA). Carl is currently Chair of the Security Constraints Working Group in NZEM. He also provides strategic business analysis for M-co’s businesses development unit. In his consulting roles, Carl works primarily on organisational, contractual and regulatory issues in network industries. In particular he has expertise in the economics of power systems, the design of multilateral arrangements, pricing and tax theory, and cost-allocation for network assets.

Suella Hansen
PhD (Cambridge), MCom (Auckland)
Director, Network Strategies Limited
  P O Box 37138
Parnell, Auckland
Phone: +64 9 522 1702
Fax: +64 9 522 1703

Suella is a telecommunications economist, with extensive experience in examining the regulatory and economic aspects of the telecoms industry and devising policy and strategy in developed and developing countries (including China, Malaysia, Samoa, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu). Suella has designed regulatory structures for competitive telecommunications markets as part of international agency-funded projects. She was recently appointed as the expert telecommunications economist on the World-Bank funded team reforming the communications regulatory structure in Samoa. Prior to founding Network Strategies in 1997, Dr Hansen was Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Network Economics and Communications at the University of Auckland. She was a Principal Consultant at the UK telecommunications consultancy Analysys Ltd from 1989 to 1996. Before moving into telecommunications, Dr Hansen commenced her career as a Business Analyst at an international investment bank in London.

Alfred Haug
Diplom-Volkswirt (Konstanz)
MA, PhD (Ohio State)
  Department of Economics
University of Otago
P O Box 56

Research interests:

  • the role of money in the macroeconomy in the longer run
  • monetary transmission mechanisms and structural vector-autoregressions
  • nonlinear smooth transition and threshold models
  • cointegration and vector error-correction models

Gary Hawke
Professor of Economic History
BA (Hons) Bcom VUW; DPhil Oxf FRSNZ
  School of Economics & Finance
Victoria University of Wellington
P O Box 600

Gary Hawke’s research interests are New Zealand economic history; and the role of economics in historical and policy analysis. These are currently expressed in work on:

  • NZ trade policy in the 1960s and 1970s
  • Economic History and Treaty claims

But the broader issue is how economic thinking has shaped and been shaped by experience in New Zealand, this theme reflecting both Gary’s disciplinary origins in Economic History and his experience as Director of the Institute of Policy Studies from 1987-97. His work is best seen in publications such as:

  • “Railways and Economic Growth in England & Wales, 1840-1870”, Oxford, 1970
  • “Between Governments and Banks: A History of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand”, Wellington, 1973
  • “The Making of New Zealand: An Economic History of New Zealand”, Cambridge, 1985
  • “Improving Policy Advice”, Wellington, 1993
  • “The Thoroughbred among Banks in New Zealand: 1872-1947 the early years”, Wellington, 1997
  • `Special article on Twentieth Century experience: The Economy’, New Zealand Official Yearbook (Wellington, 102nd edition 2000), pp.379-84

Robert Heyes
BA Economics, University of the West of England
MSc Economics, University of Warwick
  Department of Labour
Level 3, Unisys House
P O Box 3705

Robert is the manager of the Labour Market Skills Team at the Department of Labour.

Prue Hyman
Feminist Economist
MA (Oxin), FRSS
  66 Ames Street

Prue Hyman has recently retired from position of Associate Professor of Economics and Women’s Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Retains links with VUW, teaching undergraduates and supervising graduate students in feminist economics. Recently completed report on gender barriers in CIB. Currently consultant to Ministry of Women’s Affairs on pay equity, mentoring and training policy analysts. Continues to monitor gender impact of economic policy and working on second book on feminist economics.

J Keith Johnson
Senior Economist, NZIER
BA/MA, University of Cambridge, UK
PhD, Australian National University, Canberra
Diploma in Public Sector Management, Massey, NZ
Diploma in Housing Management & Policy, Swinburne, Australia

Details at:

Suzi Kerr
  Motu Economic & Public Policy Research Trust
Island Bay, Wellington

Suzi Kerr’s research work empirically and theoretically investigates domestic and international emissions trading issues with special emphasis on tropical carbon sequestration, domestic and international emissions trading issues permit market design, the New Zealand Fisheries individual transferable quota system, and transaction costs and technology change during the United States Lead Phse-down. For further information and the projects Suzi is involved with view her profile on the Motu website at

Steven Knight
FX Research Team Leader

Blackwell Global Investments
Level 17, Crombie Lockwood Tower
191 Queen Street,
Auckland, 1140

Responsible for leading a small team of FX Market Analysts whilst providing the overall strategic direction of foreign exchange and economic research for BGI in New Zealand – Covering the major world currency pairs as well as providing insight into global macroeconomic trends. Steven is also interested in macroeconomics with a focus upon monetary policy and how it relates to growth in the developing world.

Paul Killerby
Policy Analyst
MMS (Waikato), GDipApplStats (Massey) Email

Paul is Principal Advisor in the Financial Sustainability and Investment Unit of Queensland’s Department of Education and Training. His academic and work interests centre around regional development and strategic partnerships. For more information, please visit Paul’s website at:

Karen Komiti    
BA (USP), MBA (USP, Fiji)
Manager – Regulatory & Consumer Affairs
Office of the Regulator

Stephen Knowles
Senior Lecturer
BCom, PhD (Otago)

Stephen’s research interests are currently in the area of empirical modelling of economic growth, including the effects of social capital and social divergence on economic performance (with Quentin Grafton and Dorian Owen), the effects of government intervention on economic growth (with Arlene Garces) and the effects of income inequality on economic growth.

Leo Krippner
Head of Investment Strategy, AMP Capital Investors

Wai Kun Callie Lau
B. Comm & Mgmt, Hons (Lincoln)
M. Economics (Malaya)

Wai Kun Callie Lau’s current economic work including studying:

  • natural resource and environmental economics, particularly forestry in Sarawak (Borneo); and
  • risk management in commercial property in Malaysia.

Jason Leung-Wai
Senior Economist
MBS Massey
  Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL)
Level 5, 108 The Terrace
P O Box 10277

Jason is a senior economist at BERL. His area of interest is public policy with a particular focus on regional development theory and measurement. He has undertaken projects ranging from economic impact assessment to regional development strategies.

Chris Livesey
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
BSc, BA (Hons)
  43 Cambridge St
ACT 2614

Chris Livesey’s current economic work includes:

  • policy to introduce a carbon price into the Australian economy;
  • greenhouse gas mitigation policies to complement a carbon price (transport sector, innovation, RDD&D, planning of urban development and transport infrastructure); and
  • methodological guidance for estimating abatement, cost of abatement, and economic value of abatement of greeenhouse gases.

Chris has an on-going and active interest in:

  • policy issues associated with innovation, technology development, improving energy efficiency and increasing low- carbon sources’ share of energy supply;
  • design/evaluation of measures to conserve biodiversity;
  • economic value of environmental quality in New Zealand; and
  • designing environmental externalities out of business activities.

Andrea Menclova
Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury
BA (Charles University, Prague)
MA, PhD (University of New Hampshire)

Andrea Menclova’s professional interests include Health Economics, Public Economics, and Applied Microeconomics. For more information, please visit Andrea’s website at:

Philip S Morrison
PhD (Toronto), MA and BAHons (VUW)
  School of Geography,
Environment and Earth Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Philip Morrison is an economic geographer whose current interests include local labour and local housing markets and the interaction between the two. Of particular interest at present are the determinants of social wellbeing, particularly the role of that place of residence might play. Of specific concern are the possible trade offs between the labour productivity benefits of growing settlement density versus the negative effects of density on subjective wellbeing.

Muhammad Mubashir Mukhtar
Masters (Economics & Finance)
Research & Monitoring Advisor,
Ashburton District Council, New Zealand
03-3079620 or 022-3208861

Currently working as Research and Monitoring Advisor at Ashburton District Council where he is primarily responsible for establishing and managing a robust monitoring, research and evaluation system with well-defined results, milestones and targets for the Council’s activities. Research necessary data and information from a variety of sources to support Council policies, strategies and bylaws with robust evidence. Provide quantitative and qualitative analysis on emerging issues to inform Council programmes and projects. He have research interest in Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Islamic Finance, Sector/Industry Economic Analysis, Regional and Local Economic Monitoring. He also have a keen interest in Business Analytics, Intelligence and Big Data.

John Nash
Chief Advisor (International Audit)
Inland Revenue

John is a chartered accountant and holds the position of Chief Advisor (International Audit). In this role he also serves as Competent Authority for New Zealand, responsible for the resolution of double taxation disputes, the negotiation of bilateral advance pricing agreements and exchanges of information with treaty partners. John has specialised in the investigation of transfer pricing and complex tax avoidance arrangements. He has worked for Revenue Authorities in Canada and Ireland, and has represented New Zealand at numerous international meetings. John is currently New Zealand’s delegate to the OECD Working Party on Tax Avoidance and Evasion and was elected to Vice Chair in 2006.

David Norman
B.Sc and B.A.
Research Economist
  BERL – Business and Economic Research Limited
Level 5, 108 The Terrace
P O Box 10-277
Wellington 6143

David works on a range of projects at BERL. These include economic profiles at regional or district level for clients across the North and South Islands. He has also worked on several economic impact assessments of infrastructure, and is currently involved in a number of economic impact of immigration-related projects.

Des O’Dea
Consultant Economist
Part-time Lecturer in Health Economics
Wellington School of Medicine
BSc Hons (Canty; Maths); BA (VUW; Economics)
  P O Box 1710
Paraparaumu Beach

Des O’Dea specialises in `social economics’, in particular income distribution analyses and health economics. Projects and publications have included reports on income distribution in New Zealand, the hospital industry, the measurement of health sector efficiency and equity; links from income inequality to health, the costs of skin cancer, pharmo-economic analyses, and demand for tobacco products.

John Ong
Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue

Les Oxley
BA (Hons.) Wales
MA (Money and Finance) Sheffield
PhD Tilburg

LES Oxley’s interests include quantitative economic history; economic growth; human capital; applied econometrics; economics of innovation, and energy economics. His www page is:

Chris Pinfield
Advisor, Regulatory and Tax Policy
The Treasury
BA(Vic), MA (Cambridge)
  28 Napier Street

Chris Pinfield’s recent work has included the economic costs of taxation, the regulation of telecommunications, the devaluation of fisheries management, and guidelines for cost recovery across the public sector.

Vicki Plater
Economic Advisor
MCA (Hons) (Vic) BCA (Vic)

Vicki is an economist with substantial experience in macroeconomics, international development, public financial management, and international trade and migration. She is currently the Chief of Staff at the New Zealand Treasury. For three years Vicki represented New Zealand and 14 other countries as Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. Prior experience includes managing a research and analytical team focused on trade and international linkages, coordinating cross-government work to help achieve a lift in NZ’s tradeable sector, advising on development programmes with respect to public financial management and general budget support, and macroeconomic issues; as well as policy and programming in relation to trade and migration and how they can support development outcomes, and macroeconomic forecasting and advice. Vicki has worked in a number of countries beyond New Zealand, including the United States, the U.K., Zimbabwe, Russia, Ukraine, the Solomon Islands, and Samoa.

Jacques Poot
Population Studies Centre
University of Waikato
Drs Amst, PhD VUW

Professor Jacques Poot’s current research interests include: Globalisation; The “New Economic Geography” and implications for New Zealand; International migration; Regional development; Monopsony in local labour markets; The wage curve; Meta-analysis; Empirical evidence for endogenous growth; Innovation and efficiency in the New Zealand construction sector; Transportation policy and road pricing; Housing markets; Forecasting.

David A Preston   23 Ngaio Road

David Preston is a consultant on economic and social policy. He specialises in areas involving government administration and public policy. He is an expert on social security systems, and is an active consultant to ILO in providing technical assistance in the design of social security and public pension systems.

Weshah Razzak    

PhD Economics (minor in statistics), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA (1994) MA Economics, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (1987) Senior Economist, Labour Market Policy Group, Wellington Research interest: International Macroeconomics and Econometrics Website

Susan St John
Senior Lecturer
Economics Department
University of Auckland

Susan St John’s research and teaching interests are focused on public policy issues, macroeconomics and the economics of the public sector. Areas include taxation, pensions, accident compensation, family law and economics and income support. In 1997 she was deputy chair of the Periodic Report Group on retirement incomes. In 2000, the text “Macroeconomics and the contemporary New Zealand economy” with Robert Scollay, first published in 1996, and “Economics Concepts and Applications” co-authored with James Stewart, were substantially updated. Current projects include an analysis of family incomes in New Zealand, the welfare state and targeting, the role of pensions and annuities in New Zealand, international pension systems, the economic implications of New Zealand’s Accident Compensation, and tax reforms. She is a member of and contributor to the New Zealand Child Poverty Action Group (Inc.). Recent articles can found at

Caroline Saunders
Associate Professor
BSc(Hons) UCNW
PhD (Newcastle, UK)

Caroline Saunders is involved in a series of projects which mainly revolve around trade policy analysis and the impact of environmental policy on trade. In particular Caroline has developed at Lincoln the LTEM a model which stimulates the impact on trade and environmental quality, for New Zealand and her main competitors, the impact of policy changes. Currently the work includes refining the modelling of international trade policies and expanding the environmental variables in the model to include greenhouse gases. Caroline’s other work involves evaluating changes in the EU Common Agricultural Policy, and in particular the agri-environmental policy, and its potential impact on New Zealand both direct and indirect. This also involves analysing market changes alongside policy encouraging low-input and/or organic farming.

Grant M Scobie
Principal Advisor
BAgSc, MAgEc, PhD
  The Treasury
P O Box 3724

Grant Scobie’s current research includes:

  • Household saving
  • Household net worth
  • Retirement income
  • Economics of population ageing
  • Economic growth and productivity
  • Developing a long-term data base for New Zealand

W Guy Scott
Senior Lecturer
BAgrSc (Canterbury)
MAgrSc (Canterbury)
PhD (Victoria)
  Department of Applied & International Economics
Massey University
Economic Consulting:

W Guy Scott’s research and consulting interests include:

  • Health economics
  • Public policy
  • Health services research and policy
  • Pharmacoeconomics

Frank Scrimgeour
Associate Professor
BAgSci (Hons) Canterbury;
PhD, Hawaii

Frank Scrimgeour’s research interests include:

  • Economics of natural resources and the environment.
  • Economics of agricultural markets.
  • Economics of governance.

Maroš Servátka
Lecturer, University of Canterbury
MA (Quantitative Methoeds ) Warsaw School of Economics
MA, PhD (Economics) University of Arizona

Maroš Servátka’s research interests include behavioral and experimental economics. For more information, please visit his website at:

Murray Sherwin
Deputy Governor
MSocSci (Hons) Waikato
  Reserve Bank of New Zealand
P O Box 2498

Current role:

  • Deputy Governor, Deputy CEO, Deputy Board Chair Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
  • Chair, Monetary Policy Committee, Reserves Oversight Committee.
  • Murray Sherwin has three of the Bank’s Departments (Economics, Financial Markets, Building and Currency Services) reporting through him and he leads the Bank’s international relations effort.

Min B Shrestha
Senior Economist
  The South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN)
Research and Training Centre
Lorong Universiti A
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Phone: +603 7958 5600 Ext.247

Min Shrestha is currently working as the Senior Economist at the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to joining the Centre, he was Director in the Research Department of Nepal Rastra Bank (the central bank of Nepal). He has also served as Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Government of Nepal and was involved in the preparation of Economic Survey of Nepal for the fiscal year 2005/06. He did PhD from the School of Economics and Information Systems, University of Wollongong (Australia). The title of his PhD thesis was “Financial Liberalisation in Nepal”. He did Master of Business Administration from Huron University, London Campus (UK) and Master of Political Science and Master of Public Administration from Tribhuvan University (Nepal). His MPA thesis was on “Administrative Corruption in Nepal.” His current research interests include macoreconomic policy, banking and financial institutions, financial sector reform, impact study of public policies, migration and economic development, and time series econometrics. He has taught microeconomics, organisational behaviour and strategic management courses and has also published numerous articles and research works on various topics ranging from econometric techniques to non-bank financial intermediation and rural credit.

Andriy Sknar
Phd (Kiev State University/joint cooperation
with LMU, Munich,Germany),
Associate Professor;
MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional)
Dynamics Consultants
Level 7, Intergen House,126 Lambton Quay,
PO Box 5428, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 21 246 40 31

Andriy Sknar’s research interests include:

Economical-mathematical models and methods (applied to financial indices and exchange rates short-term forecasting) – area of PhD thesis [1998];

Controlling – applied to financial area and to IT sphere;

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) applications – with the main focus on MS Dynamics solutions [reflects the current role as Dynamics Consultant at Intergen, NZ];

Comparison of Public and Private Enterprises.

Andriy has started his career in 1996 as Financial and Business Controller at adidas (area 7), later was a head of Consulting Department at Baker Tilly Ukraine audit company, has more than 15 years of experience in financial and ERP spheres having international projects around the world applied to private and public sector of economy. Andriy Sknar became an associate professor at State Academy for Management Personnel ([DAKKKIM], Kiev). He has gained 3 DAAD (Germany) grants and 3 grants of Batory Foundation (Soros fund), has a number of publications and issued 2 study books (Controlling; Controlling in the informational sphere).

Adrian Slack
BApplEcon, Massey
BCA (Hons), Victoria
  Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL)
Level 5, 108 The Terrace
P O Box 10277
Phone: +64 4 931 9214

Adrian is an economist at BERL and a Teaching Fellow at Victoria University. His area current area of interest is game theoretic modelling and the economics of organisations. Recent projects include measuring philanthropic giving in New Zealand, estimating the fiscal impacts of immigrants and valuing the social harm of illicit drug use in New Zealand. Please visit the BERL website for more information:

Frank Stewart
  35 Montclare Avenue
Christchurch 8042

After spending the last 20 years working in the area of resource management and local government Frank Stewart has now retired, but undertakes consulting work in these areas on a part time basis. His previous economic work involved evaluating the costs and benefits of environmental regulation. This included evaluating rules for allocating and restricting the use of public resources such as surface and ground water and coastal space. He also undertook analytical work in relation to local government policies and procedures.

Murat Ungor
Lecturer, University of Otago
PhD (University of Southern California)
Department of Economics
University of Otago
PO Box 56 Dunedin 9054

Murat’s research and teaching are mainly focused on the area of international macroeconomics and trade, with an interest in growth and development. His recent work has been centred on the analysis of China’s structural transformation and economic growth performance, with a view to a) establishing the role that trade and other liberalization policies made in this process, and b) assessing the impact that China’s development and openness have had on the de-industrialization of the world’s mature and developing economies.

His current research investigates the quantitative consequences for the structural transformation of employment and output, and for the optimal pattern of trade in goods and services, in a country experiencing productivity driven economic growth which favours some sectors more than others. Murat is also interested in studying the impact of the sectoral productivity changes on the sectoral reallocation of employment with an emphasis on the differences and similarities between East Asia and Latin America.

Another avenue of current research is to bring together elements from disparate strands of literature and ask why the process of structural transformation, regarded as an important feature of the development process, has been slow in Africa.

Prior to joining the University of Otago, Murat was a research economist at the Central Bank of Turkey. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Southern California.
For more information, please visit Murat’s website at:

Kerrin M Vautier
Research Economist
  P O Box 42-033 Orakei
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 Ext.87709
Mobile: +64 27 273 2432

Bryce Wilkinson
PhD (Canty)
  Capital Economics Limited
P O Box 10927

Bryce Wilkinson provides economic consultancy work particularly in relation to regulatory reform and the regulation of roads, utilities, security markets, health, education and the environment.

Gordon Witte
Policy Advice Division, Inland Revenue