Dr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system.
He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the IMF and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister.
His academic career included 11 years as Professor of Economics and four years as the head of the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales and, more recently two years as Dean of Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University. John is currently a Professor and Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, in the Crawford School, ANU.
John’s business career before entering politics in 1987 included roles as Foundation Executive Director, Macquarie Bank Limited and as a Trustee of the IBM Superannuation Fund.
John’s political career included Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce, then Leader of the Opposition for four years.
Since leaving politics in 1995, John has run his own private investment banking business. He is Chairman of GSA, Signature Gold, Shartru Capital and Shartru Wealth. He is also Chairman of two major charities, Osteoporosis Australia and KidsXpress. John writes and comments widely across the Australian media, including as a weekly Panelist on the Sky News Agenda program.
John has recently served as Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.