Dr Nicholas Gruen – Chair, Open Knowledge Foundation Australia and CEO, Lateral Economics

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

He is CEO of Lateral Economics and Chair of:

  • The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
  • Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator; and
  • The Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia)

He chaired the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia till 2014.

He 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 also a Council Member of the National Library of Australia.

He was a founding shareholder and Chairman of successful San Francisco based startup, data analytics crowdsourcing platform Kaggle.com. He is an investor in numerous other startups in Australia and the US.

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 the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and has published numerous essays on political, economic and cultural matters several of which have been published in annual “Best Essays” anthologies.

He was a member of a major review into Australia’s Innovation System in 2008, and a review of Pharmaceutical patent extensions in 2013.

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

He has a BA (Hons – First Class) in History (1981) a Graduate Diploma in economics and a PhD from the ANU (1998), and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne (1982).