Lateral Economics’ CEO is Nicholas Gruen, is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and thought leader. He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial. He chairs:

The Federal Government’s Innovation Australia Board;
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation;
The Deakin University Arts Participation Incubator
The Open Knowledge Foundation (Australian Chapter)
He is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, which brings together Australia’s libraries, universities, and major providers of digital infrastructure such as Google and Yahoo. He is a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia.

He was second shareholder and Chairman of successful San Francisco based startup data analytics crowdsourcing platform He is an Angel investor in a number of other Australian startups including a cloud based application delivering smart phone™ capabilities to the feature phones of the developing world, Breezedocs which is developing semantic document management systems, Melt Pizza Restaurants and several silicon valley based startups.

He was a member of a major review into Australia’s Innovation System in 2008, a review of Pharmaceutical patent extensions in 2013. In 2009 he chaired Australia’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce.


  • –present
    Fellow, Australian National University
  • –present
    CEO, Lateral Economics


  • 1998 
    PhD in Public Policy, Australian National University
  • 1982 
    LLB (Hons), University of Melbourne
  • 1981 
    BA (Hons – First Class) in History, Australian National University