2021, an even more challenging year?
Dr John Hewson AM
Dr John Hewson AM
After growing up in Sydney and graduating from Sydney University, then University of Regina (Canada), John Hewson obtained a doctorate in economics at John Hopkins University, along the way to a remarkably wide distinguished career in academia, bureaucracy, business, politics, and the media.
He is currently a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and an Adjunct Professor at Curtin, UTS, Canberra and Griffith Universities. Previous senior posts include Professor and Head of the School of Economics at UNSW, and Professor of Management and Dean Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University.
He has worked for The Australian Treasury (Census and Statistics), the IMF, the Reserve Bank, the United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific, as well as the Asia Development Bank. He often advises senior public servants.
In Business, he was one of the founders of Macquarie Bank, and has been Chair/Director of several public and private companies, including Chairman ABN Amro Australia. Current non-executive positions cover insurance broking, renewable energy, funds management and investment banking. He is Chair, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, Chair, BioEnergy Australia, and a Patron of the Smart Energy Council and the Ocean Nourishment Foundation.
In politics he has served as Advisor/Chief of Staff to two Federal Treasurers and a Prime Minister, before entering parliament where his roles included Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce, then Leader of the Liberal Party, and of the Federal Coalition in Opposition.
In the media, he has been a regular columnist for a range of domestic and international newspapers (presently Nine Media and Fairfax Regionals) and publications, and comments widely on economics and politics on TV (including Sky News), radio, in print, plus on-line, here and overseas.
Dr Hewson has also been active in charities and not-for-profits, including currently, Chair of Osteoporosis Australia and KidsXpress, member of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Australian Olympic Foundation, Northern Metropolitan Cemeteries Land Manager, SteerCo for Australian Sustainable Finance Roadmap, plus National Standing Committee for Energy and the Environment. He is also an ambassador at Women for Election Australia.