We’re proud to congratulate one of our board directors, Dr Ganesh Nana, on his appointment to chair the Productivity Commission.
Hon Grant Robertson announced the news on 16 December 2020 at Parliament, and Dr Nana will take up the position from 31 January 2021 for a first term of five years.
Dr Nana is currently the research director of BERL (Business and Economic Research), where he joined as the senior economist in 1998. He then became the chief economist in 2010, before moving to his current role in 2019.
A first-generation New Zealander, Dr Nana holds a PhD in economics from Victoria University, Wellington. He’s a regular commentator on the New Zealand economy for various media outlets.
He was a member of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group established by Government which advised them in 2019 that the country’s social security system needed an overhaul to become one that’s fair and accessible to everyone in order to ensure a better future for all New Zealanders.
For Dr Nana, economics is about people.
“Contributing to a transformation of the economic model and narrative towards one that values people and prioritises our role as kaitiaki o taonga is my kaupapa. This perspective sees the delivery of wellbeing across several dimensions as critical measures of success of any economic model,” he said.
Dr Nana’s appointment certainly highlights the calibre of knowledge, skills and expertise among our board. He’ll take up the position from 31 January 2021 for a first term of five years.
Read Parliament’s announcement here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/dr-ganesh-nana-chair-productivity-commission