Dr Craig Emerson is an eminent economist with 35 years’ experience in public policy, politics and public service. He is Managing Director of Craig Emerson Economics Pty Ltd, providing professional services to governments and the business community. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Australian National University, an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, Chair of the McKell Institute and a columnist with The Australian Financial Review.
Dr Emerson was Australia’s Minister for Trade and Competitiveness from 2010 to 2013. He was the architect of the 2012 White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century and was appointed Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy. He is also a former Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Minister for Competition Policy and Minister for Small Business.
Dr Emerson was economic, trade and environmental adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke in the 1980s.
Dr Emerson has a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.