Joe Dreyfus

Joe Dreyfus


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Joe has over seven years’ experience working in public policy, both in government and as a consultant to public sector agencies. He is an economist with experience in health, human services, higher education and not-for-profit organisations (NFPs); and works hard to understand client problems and collaboratively develop solutions. He combines quantitative ability, communication skills and structured thinking to deliver value; and has worked with over 30 clients in five years at Nous.

Influential work

  • Managed the development of, the first and widely used online toolkit for Australian NFP leaders to assess, prepare for and implement merger opportunities
  • Reviewed the Tobacco Act 1986 (Victoria), including consulting across government and public health bodies and unions, to inform changes to smoking in outdoor drinking and dining regulation
  • Led the implementation of Nous House, Nous Group’s co-working spaces in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane
  • Evaluated the impact of Beyondblue – a high profile, national mental health initiative – from 2010 to 2014, influencing the organisation’s direction and strategy
  • Worked with a major human services provider to review current and emerging trends in government funding of services for clients and identify growth opportunities.

Outside of Nous

Joe was previously a policy advisor in the Victorian State Government and also held roles in the media. He has undergraduate degrees in Arts and Commerce from The University of Melbourne, and postgraduate qualifications in Economics (Universiteit Utrecht) and Business (Columbia University).

Joe is an observer on the Board of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. He is also the company secretary for Asylum Insight, an independent NFP committed to the principles of international human rights law, independence and informed public discourse.

In his spare time...

Joe spends his spare time in the garden, out in the surf or cycling. He also enjoys Melbourne’s local comedy and live music scenes.