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Saul Eslake

Senior Adviser

Saul has had almost three decades’ experience as an economist in the Australian financial markets, including four as Chief Economist at National Mutual Funds Management, 14 as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ), and 3½ as Chief Economist (Australia & New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also worked in the public sector and for the Grattan Institute, Australia’s leading public policy think tank. Saul has also been a member of a number of advisory committees to federal and state governments, covering trade, foreign affairs, housing, tourism, sport and the arts. He is currently a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest renewable energy business.

Saul brings an exceptional depth of experience across fiscal and monetary policy; inter-government financial relations; trade policy; housing; energy; economic development; the Tasmanian economy; and  the arts.


Project experience

  • Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Commission of Audit, 1992-93 (wrote about 40% of the report and directed the remainder)
  • Chair, Launceston 2020 Vision Steering Committee (Consultation process for Launceston City Council, 2008)
  • Member, Tasmanian AFL Business Case Steering Committee (2010)
  • Member, Australian Government Long Term Tourism Strategy Committee (2009-10)
  • Member, Independent Assessment Panel, The Bays Precinct Great Ideas, NSW Urban Growth (2010).

Education / accreditation / board membership

  • Bachelor of Economics (Hons), University of Tasmania
  • Grad. Dip., Applied Finance and Investment, Securities Institute of Australia
  • Senior Executive Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Business (New York).

Board memberships

  • Gascor (Gas & Fuel Corporation of Victoria), 1995-96
  • Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute, 1998-2005
  • Hydro Tasmania, 2008 – present.

Past employment

  • Research Economist, Australian Public Service, 1979-1983
  • Economic Advisor, Hon. Jeff Kennett, 1983-84
  • Economist, Chase NBA Group / First National Ltd 1984-86
  • Chief Economist, McIntosh Securities 1986-91
  • Chief Economist International, National Mutual Funds Management, 1991-95
  • Chief Economist, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), 1995-2009
  • Director, Productivity Growth Program, The Grattan Institute, 2009-2011
  • Chief Economist, Australia & New Zealand, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2011-2015.

Sectors

Recent team members

Greg Joffe

Greg Joffe

Principal

Tim Orton

Tim Orton

Managing Director

Simon Guttmann

Simon Guttmann

Principal

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