Nicholas Gruen

Nicholas Gruen


Described by Chief Economics Correspondent of the FT Martin Wolf as “the most brilliant economist you’ve never heard of”, Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist and entrepreneur and frequent commentator on Australian media and international podcasts

He is CEO of Lateral Economics, Visiting Professor at Kings College London, and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School. In the 1980s he was a school teacher and a cartoonist.

He is a Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, comprising Australia’s libraries, universities, and digital infrastructure providers such as Google and Yahoo.

He was the first chair of Kaggle — now part of Google — and is an international start-up investor. He was also the founding chair of HealthKit (now Halaxy) and is the former chair of global aged-care software provider Health Metrics. 

In 2009 he chaired the Australian Government’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce on how governments can best respond to the advent of the internet and social media.

Other previous positions include 

  • Chairman of the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) (2015-2020), 
  • Council Member of the National Library of Australia (2013-16), 
  • Chairman of the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia (2013-14) (Member from 2011) 
  • Chairman of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) (2010-16).

He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial in 2000. He’s had regular columns in the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age, and the Sydney Morning Herald and has published numerous essays on political, economic, and cultural matters.

He was on the Cutler Review into Australia’s Innovation System in 2008, and the review of Pharmaceutical patent extensions in 2013.

He has a BA (Hons – First Class) in History (1981) a Graduate Diploma in Economics and a PhD from the ANU (1998), and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne (1982).

All sessions by Nicholas Gruen

Evolutionary Economics: The New Frontier?

03 Nov 2023
The Set Theatre

SOLD OUT – The People Vs The Elite

04 Nov 2023

SOLD OUT – Economics of the Middle East

04 Nov 2023
19:30 - 20:30
The Pembroke

Girls on Top

05 Nov 2023
Home Rule Club