Executive Chairman, Institute of Public Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University

Dr Ken Henry is the part-time Executive Chair of the Institute of Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

The Institute of Public Policy, under the Crawford School banner, brings together a number of new and existing programs designed to advance the University’s traditional research, teaching and outreach roles, as well as significantly enhance the professional development of the Australian Public Service and public sector more generally.

Dr Henry was appointed as a Special Adviser to the Prime Minister in 2011 and is responsible for leading the development of a White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.

Dr Henry is also Chair of the Institute of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Chair of the Advisory Council of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, a member of the Board of National Australia Bank Limited, and a member of the Board of Reconciliation Australia. He is also a Governor of CEDA and a Council member of Voiceless.

Dr Henry was Secretary to the Treasury from 2001 to 2011.

In his role as Treasury Secretary, Dr Henry also served as a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Board of Taxation, the Council of Financial Regulators and was Alternate Governor (for Australia) of the International Monetary Fund. Dr Henry chaired the Review into Australia’s Future Tax System in 2009-10.

Dr Henry holds a first class honours degree in economics from the University of NSW (1979) and a PhD in economics from the University of Canterbury, NZ (1982).

Dr Henry was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia General Division (AC) in the Australia Day Honours 2007. In May 2009 Dr Henry was awarded the degree of Doctor of Business honoris causa from the University of NSW.

Experience

  • –present
    Executive chair of the Institute of Public Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy , Australian National University

Education

  • 1982 
    University of Canterbury, NZ, PhD Econ
  • 1979 
    University of NSW, BA Econ First class honours