Saul Eslake worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for more than 25 years, including as Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities (a stockbroking firm) in the late 1980s, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management in the early 1990s, as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) from 1995 to 2009, and as Chief Economist (Australia & New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2011 until June 2015.
He took a break from the financial markets between July 2009 and December 2011, during which time he worked part-time as Director of the Productivity Growth Program at the Grattan Institute, a ‘think tank’ affiliated with Melbourne University, and as a freelance writer, speaker and consultant: and it is to these roles that he has returned since leaving Bank of America Merrill Lynch in June 2015.
Saul is also a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania, an energy business owned by the Tasmanian State Government. He has previously been a Member of the Howard Government’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy Advisory Councils; of the Rudd and Gillard Government’s Long Term Tourism Strategy Steering Committee and National Housing Supply Council; and of the Australian Statistics Advisory Committee. He has also previously served as a Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (1997-2004) and as Chairman of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board (2006-2011).
Saul has a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. In December 2012 he was awarded an Honorary LlD degree by the University of Tasmania. He has also completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business in New York.
Subject Area Expertise
Analysis of current economic conditions and prospects, monetary and fiscal policy, interest rates and exchange rates, international capital flows, housing markets and policy, trade policy, inter-governmental fiscal arrangements, tax policy.