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Adjunct Professor, Business School, University of Technology Sydney

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

He is Visiting Professor at Kings College London and Adjunct Professor at UTS. He chairs the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australian Chapter) and 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 Chair of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation until 2016 and Chair of the Australian Government’s principal innovation advisory body, Innovation Australia, until 2014.

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


  • –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