Nicholas Gruen

Chief Executive Officer
Lateral Economics

Nicholas Gruen is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation.

He is CEO of Lateral Economics, Visiting Professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School, Chair of Health Metrics (Australia’s premier software supplier for aged care), the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia), and Peach Financial.

He is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, comprising Australia’s libraries, universities, and providers of digital infrastructure such as Google and Yahoo.

He was a Council Member of the National Library of Australia (2014-16), chaired the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia (2013-14) and chaired The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) (2010-16) and the Federal Government’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce.

He was inaugural chair of Kaggle.com, which was acquired by Google and is an investor in numerous Australian and international start-ups.

He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission (then Industry Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial. He has had regular columns in various daily papers and published numerous essays on political, economic and cultural matters.

Former Finance Minister, Lindsay Tanner describes him as Australia’s foremost public intellectual.