Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Tasmania

In 2016, Saul Eslake was appointed as the University of Tasmania's inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow. A focus of his efforts in the role will be the University’s Institute for the Study of Social Change, where he will provide advice and leadership on new research programs designed to analyse and address the social and economic challenges facing our local community and nation as a whole. His work also will centre upon the importance of education to Tasmania.

This is a part-time role; Saul is also an independent consulting economist.

Saul Eslake has worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for 25 years, including 14 years as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ).

After leaving ANZ in mid-2009, Saul was Director of the Productivity Growth program at the Grattan Institute, a non-aligned public policy 'think tank' affiliated with the University of Melbourne, and a part-time Advisor in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Economics & Policy practice.

From 2011 to 2015, Saul was Chief Economist at the Australian arm of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, before establishing a private consultancy in Tasmania.

Saul is a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania (the Tasmanian state-owned electricity generator), and Chair of the Board of Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania's biennial multi-arts festival). He has previously been a member of the National Housing Supply Council and the Australian Statistics Advisory Committee; Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board; and a non-executive director of the Australian Business Arts Foundation. He was also a member of the Howard Government's Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy Advisory Councils, and of the Rudd Government's Long-Term Tourism Strategy Steering Committee.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Independent consulting economist, Corinna Economic Advisory Pty Ltd
  • 2016–present
    Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, University of Tasmania
  • 2011–2015
    Chief Economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia
  • 2009–2011
    Program Director, The Grattan Institute
  • 1995–2009
    Chief Economist, ANZ Bank
  • 1991–1995
    Chief Economist (International), National Mutual Funds Management
  • 1986–1991
    Chief Economist, McIntosh Securities
  • 1984–1986
    Economist, Chase NBA Group / First National Ltd
  • 1983–1984
    Economic Advisor, Leader of the Opposition, Parliament of Victoria
  • 1981–1983
    Research Officer, Adcisory Council for Inter-government Relations
  • 1979–1981
    Research Officer, Australian Public Service (Treasury, Dep't ofEmployment & Youth Affairs)

Education

  • 2016 
    Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course
  • 2012 
    University of Tasmania, Honorary Doctor of Laws
  • 2004 
    Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Senior Executive Program
  • 1987 
    Securities Institute of Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment
  • 1979 
    University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Economics (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Economics Society of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • International Conference of Commercial Bank Economists