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.


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.

Robert A Buckle
Emeritus ProfessorSchool of Economics and Finance
Wellington School of Business and Government
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington. New Zealand.


Bob is Emeritus Professor at Victoria University of Wellington. Since 2019 he has been an External Member of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Monetary Policy Committee. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary policy, and tertiary education research funding policy. A selection of research publications, presentations and previous professional positions is available from: Bob Buckle Profile | Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington ( 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. He was awarded Life Membership of the Association in 2009 and a Distinguished Fellow of the NZ Association of Economists in 2023. In 2014 he was awarded the Order of New Zealand Merit (ONZM) for contributions to business and education.

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.

Colin Fraser   42 Queens Drive
Lyall Bay

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.

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

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

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.

Amanda Lynn

Dr Lynn is an Economic and Social Anthropologist. Areas of specialisation include entrepreneurship and innovation, organisational and economic development, Digital Economy, Tertiary Sector, and Māori economic development. A former entrepreneur, she developed award-winning intelligent technology for the global food industry. More recently, her work has involved the analysis, design and implementation of the award-winning Marlborough Smart + Connected Economic Development Strategy, Economic and Social Impact Assessment models for the Mussel Farming Industry, an Economic Model for Centres of Vocational Excellence, and analysis of the Digital Economy in New Zealand. Dr Lynn is the former Chief Executive of BERL Economics, former Chair of the Innovation Partnership Forum on the Digital Economy, and as the Chief Executive of the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) assisted them to transition into Te Pukenga, the National Polytechnic for New Zealand. Doc has recently supported an experimental model for distributed leadership and cryptocurrency. A competent analyst and strategist who has worked across economic sectors. Doc is the current Chair of Infometrics Limited, and as the Managing Director of Mandolin Associates she contracts to departments and businesses to assist in strategy, management, analysis and implementation.

Sholeh A. Maani
Professor, University of Auckland
MSc, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, United States)

Sholeh Maani is a Professor of Economics at the University of Auckland (Department of Economics, and the Disciplinary Area Lead for Applied Economics and Econometrics). She specialises in micro-economics with special interest in the economics of labour markets, education, migration, earnings, and related government policies. Her published work includes studies on wage determination, returns to education, higher education participation, academic performance, education policy, income distribution, unemployment, ethnicity and gender earnings effects, inter-generational effects, migration, and ethnic network effects. Her current research is on labour market outcomes of increased education, and the economic consequences of skilled immigration.

She has held visiting professor positions at Universities of Oxford, Harvard, Queensland, Melbourne, and the NBER.

She has served as the President of the New Zealand Association of Economists, and a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand Social Science Advisory Committee. She has acted as research advisor on government or international labour market/higher education research and policy in New Zealand and overseas, including the OECD. She is a Fellow of IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn, Germany), a co-editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics, and she is an elected board member of the Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (AASLE). For more information, please visit:

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:

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.