Described by the Financial Times’ Chief Economic Writer Martin Wolf as “a brilliant man who deserves to be better known”, and by former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner as “Australia’s foremost public intellectual”, Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation.
He is CEO of Lateral Economics, Chairman of global aged care software provider Health Metrics and the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) and Visiting/Adjunct Professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School. In the 1980s he was a school teacher and a cartoonist.
He is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, comprising Australia’s libraries, universities, and providers of digital infrastructure such as Google and Yahoo.
He was a Council Member of the National Library of Australia (2014-16), chaired the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia (2013-14) and the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) (2010-16).
He was the founding chair of Kaggle which was recently acquired by Google.
He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission (then Industry Commission). He has had regular columns in various daily papers and published numerous essays on political, economic and cultural matters.
In 2009 he chaired Australia’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce.