Nicholas Gruen, is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and thought leader who has had regular columns in the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial. Nicholas chairs: The Australian Centre for Social Innovation; The Deakin University Arts Participation Incubator The Open Knowledge Foundation (Australian Chapter).
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 a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia.
He was second shareholder and Chairman of successful San Francisco based startup data analytics crowdsourcing platform Kaggle.com.
He is an Angel investor in a number of other Australian startups including Breezedocs which is developing semantic document management systems, Melt Pizza Restaurants, BetterBills.com.au, SoundFocus.com, Slant.co.
He was chairman of the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia Board in 2013 and 214. He was a member of a review of Pharmaceutical patent extensions in 2013.
In 2009 he chaired Australia’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce. In 2008 he was a member of a major review into Australia’s Innovation System. He has a BA (Hons – First Class) in History (1981) and a PhD in Public Policy from the ANU (1998), and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne (1982).