Nicholas Gruen

Chief Executive Officer
Lateral Economics

Nicholas Gruen

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

He is currently CEO of Lateral Economics and Chair of: • The Australian Government’s Innovation Australia Board; • The Australian Centre for Social Innovation; • Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator and • The Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia)

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

He was Chairman of successful San Francisco based data analytics crowdsourcing platform Kaggle.com and investor in numerous Australian and American startups.

He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity 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.

In 2009 he chaired Australia’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce.

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