Speaker Profile

Dr. Ross Garnaut AO

Dr. Ross Garnaut AO

Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne

Professor Ross Garnaut AO is a Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne (since 2008). Earlier at the Australian National University he was Distinguished Professor of Economics (2007-2013) and before that longstanding Head of the Division of Economics in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies.

He has been awarded the degrees honoris causa of Doctor of Letters from the Australian National University and Doctor of Science from the University of Sydney. He is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and of Renmin University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economics Society and a Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

Professor Garnaut has been Chairman of the Australian Centre for International Economic Research (1994-2000) and Trustee (2003-2006) and Chairman (2006-2010) of the International Food Policy Research Institute. He was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke 1983-1985, and Australian Ambassador to China 1985-1988.

Professor Garnaut is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Recent books include The Great Crash of 2008 (with David Llewellyn-Smith, Melbourne University Publishing 2009) and Dog Days: Australia After the Boom (BlackInc 2013). He is the author of a number of influential reports to Government, including Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy (Australian Government Publishing 1989), The Garnaut Climate Change Review (Cambridge University Press 2008) and The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2011).

Professor Garnaut has chaired the boards of major Australian and international companies since 1988, including Lihir Gold Ltd (1995-2010); Bank of Western Australia Ltd (1988-1995); Primary Industry Bank of Australia Ltd (1989-1994); Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Limited Pty Ltd (2002-2012) and its subsidiary Ok Tedi Mining Ltd; Lonely Planet Pty Ltd; and Aluminium Smelters of Victoria Ltd. In 2015 he became Chairman of ZEN Energy Technologies Pty Ltd.

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