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Australia’s leading independent economics advisor appoints eminent advisory panel

The Deloitte Access Economics Advisory Panel

15 May 2018: As Deloitte Access Economics approaches its 30th anniversary on 1 July, an eminent group of Australia’s leading economists has been appointed to the business in an advisory capacity.

The five advisory panel members are:

  • Ian Harper, Chair of the Panel, Dean of Melbourne Business School and current Reserve Bank of Australia board member
  • Malcolm Edey, former Assistant Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Sue Richardson, Emeritus Professor, Flinders University
  • Glenn Stevens, Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Elena Douglas, CEO and Founder Knowledge Society.

Deloitte Access Economics Lead Partner Stephen Smith said: “Established as Access Economics in 1988, and joining Deloitte Australia in 2011, Deloitte Access Economics has grown to become the largest economics practice across Australia and New Zealand, and the biggest economics practice in Deloitte globally.

“We have 170 professional economists, including 17 partners, working across microeconomic and macroeconomic consulting, economic theory, econometrics, and economy-wide and business modelling.

“We help our clients understand the role economics plays in shaping the performance and future of their organisations. And we are a major contributor to conversations around the economic and social policy issues that are so important to Australia’s future.

“Appointing these five leading economic thinkers will help us deliver insights to our clients and nurture current and future generations of economists who are the future of our business.”

About the panel members

Malcolm Edey, Former Assistant Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia

Dr Edey is a Former Assistant Governor (Financial System) at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). He is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney where he teaches courses in economic policy. He now lectures on money and banking in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In 2017, he was appointed to lead reform of financial dispute resolution processes. Previously, Dr Edey has published on a variety of topics, including monetary policy, financial markets, and saving and superannuation. He was the editor of the 1996 RBA conference volume The future of the financial system. Prior to this appointment Dr Edey was the Head of the Domestic Markets (2001–2002), Economic Analysis (1997–2001) and Economic Research (1995–1997) Departments at the Bank. Earlier he spent three years working in the Economics Department of the OECD in Paris, where he worked on monetary and financial policy issues and the economic survey of Mexico. Dr Edey holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.

Ian Harper, Dean of Melbourne Business School

Professor Harper was appointed Dean of the Melbourne Business School in 2018 and is well-known for his work in public policy and has worked with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level. He was appointed to the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia in July 2016. From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, and from January 2011 to February 2012 he served as one of three panellists on the Independent Review of State Finances in Victoria. Professor Harper was a Partner of Deloitte Access Economics from 2011 to 2016 and from March 2014 to March 2015 he chaired the Australian Government's Competition Policy Review, a "root and branch" review of Australia's competition policy, laws and institutions.

Sue Richardson, Emeritus Professor, Flinders University

Professor Richardson is currently a member of the Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission, that conducts the Annual Wage Review. Professor Richardson is Emeritus Professor Flinders University, and Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide. Professor Richardson was Director of the National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS) from 2000-09. Prior to her appointment at NILS she was Reader in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1994 and from 2004-2006 was President of that Academy. In 2004-09 she was a Commissioner (part-time) with the Essential Services Commission of South Australia. Professor Richardson's research interests have been chiefly in the fields of labour economics, income distribution and poverty.

Glenn Stevens, Former Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia

Glenn Stevens worked at the highest levels of the Reserve Bank of Australia for 20 years, most recently as Governor between 2006 and 2016. Mr Stevens has also made key contributions to a number of Australian and international boards and committees, including as chair of the Australian Council of Financial Regulators between 2006 and 2016, as a member of the Financial Stability Board and on a range of G20 committees. Mr Stevens is also a Non-Executive Director at Macquarie Group, an advisor for Ellerston Capital's Global Macro Fund, a member of NWQ Capital Management's investment committee, and a Director of the Lowy Institute. He is Deputy Chair of the Temora Aviation Museum and a director at the Anika Foundation. He has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Master's degree in Economics from Western University in Ontario, Canada.

Elena Douglas, CEO and Founder Knowledge Society

An economist by training, Elena is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Society, a leading Australian innovation agency which brings both economic reasoning and entrepreneurial flair to designing social and technical solutions to wicked problems particularly in education and social service delivery. In 2016, Knowledge Society, in partnership with the Australian newspaper, hosted Knowledge Nation, a national summit to drive the implementation of the Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda. Elena was the founding CEO of, the global community for more than one million Australians in the diaspora. Elena was also co-convenor of the Advance 100 Summit, which brought leading Australians from around the world to the Sydney Opera House in December 2006. She is also a scholar who writes on the history of economics and lectures in social innovation and philanthropy at the UWA Business School, and was part of Deloitte’s national consulting teams from 1995 to 1996.

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