Dr Richard Denniss
Bachelor of Commerce 1993

As Chief Economist and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Dr Richard Denniss has helped to shift the national policy debate on a number of central issues including climate change and the need for reform in Australia's retirement system. A columnist, media commentator and author of numerous books on economics, Richard has become a nationally-recognisable figure who champions progressive economic and social policies, and translates economic issues and technical analysis into a language that all Australians can understand.

Richard works with politicians from all parties to help interpret complex economic problems and develop policy ideas to solve them. He also supports community groups with evidence-based research that challenges some of the economic modelling used for large scale developments, and has been a strong advocate for the economic advancement of women, highlighting the economic barriers preventing women from realising gender equality in Australia.