Two high profile economists and political advisers join Deloitte
Deloitte Access Economics Queensland leaders
17 July 2017: In a significant coup for the Deloitte Queensland team, Dr Pradeep Philip, a former Associate Director-General of the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet and former Secretary of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and Steve Kanowski, the immediate past Chief Economist and General Manager (Strategic Policy) at the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, are joining Deloitte Access Economics (DAE) in Queensland.
John Greig, Deloitte Managing Partner Queensland said: “With proven track records of leadership and wide renown, these two economists, consultants and political advisors bring significant public and private sector expertise to our talented and fast growing Deloitte Access Economics Queensland team.”
As well as holding a number of high level advisory roles in the Queensland government, Dr Philip was the founding CEO of LaunchVic – a Victorian Government initiative – established as a private company to promote startups and entrepreneurship in the Victorian economy. He also oversaw the creation of the largest social policy department in Australia at the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services as the Departmental Secretary.
Steve Kanowski has a reputation in the market as one of Australia’s leading infrastructure economists, particularly within transport infrastructure from more than 25 years consulting to public and private sector clients, including 10 years based in London and Dublin. He led the preparation of Queensland’s Transport Coordination Plan (2017-2027), as well as the preparatory work for a 30 year rail strategy.
Greig said: “Both Dr Philip’s and Steve Kanowski’s appointments are testament to our absolute confidence in Queensland’s economy and the future of the state. As senior public servants and political advisers, they regularly work with Ministers, Premiers, as well as Prime Ministers.”
Mike Kissane, the Brisbane–based National Leader of the Economics & Commercial Advisory team added: “Steve Kanowski will lead our national transport economics team and Pradeep Philip will assume the leadership of our Queensland Deloitte Access Economics’ services team. Both individuals bring a wealth of expertise and eminence to our practice, and we have no doubt they will add significant value to our clients’ businesses.”
Deloitte Access Economics was launched locally in 2015 and has grown solidly since. As part of an integrated economics and commercial advisory offering, the Queensland team is now 10 partners strong and is part of a practice comprising more than 70 talented individuals. Kissane said: “We are really proud that 20% of our national team is located in Brisbane and our recent Great Barrier Reef valuation report for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and our upcoming Confidently Queensland report are both testament to the powerful impact the team is having.”
John Greig said: “I am delighted to advise that both these senior appointments started their careers in Queensland, beginning at the University of Queensland in Pradeep’s case, and the University of Southern Queensland in Steve’s.
“They have a deep understanding of Queensland’s economic systems and public policy, which will enhance our ability to add even more real value to the diversification of the state’s economy, and identify the opportunities for regional Queensland and the state as a whole over the next decade.
“Dr Philip will also take up the leadership of our soon-to-be released Confidently Queensland report, part of our Shaping Future Cities research series, working closely with our diverse and influential Queensland Steering Committee.”
The Confidently Queensland Steering Committee includes Michael Pennisi, CEO QSuper; Anne Cross, CEO, Uniting Care Queensland; John Wagner, Chairman Wagner Group; Greg Hallam CEO, LGAQ; Frankie Carroll, Director General Department of Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning; Raynuha Sinnathamby, Managing Director Springfield Land Corporation; Geoff Hogg, MD, Queensland, Star Entertainment Group; Lynda O’Grady, Non-Executive Director & Chairman of the Aged Care Financing Authority; Georgie Somerset, Vice President, AgForce Queensland; Stephen Tait, CEO, Queensland Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Jordan Duffy, Co-founder Buckham & Duffy; Professor Peter Hoj, Vice Chancellor and President, UQ; and Michael Roche immediate past CEO, Queensland Resources Council.