Professor Ian Harper (BEcon (Hons) (Qld), MEc, PhD (ANU), FASSA, FAICD) is one of Australia’s best-known economists. He has worked closely with governments, banks, corporates and leading professional services firms at the highest level. As a member of the celebrated Wallis Inquiry, he was at the forefront of financial market reform in Australia. Ian is often asked to comment on economic and financial issues in the media and is sought after as a public speaker.
In March 2011, Ian joined Deloitte Access Economics as a Partner when Deloitte acquired the former Access Economics. He had previously served 16 years in various roles at the Melbourne Business School and was elected Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne on his departure.
From December 2005 to July 2009, Ian Harper served as inaugural Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, an independent statutory body whose role was to set and adjust minimum wages in Australia. From January 2011 to February 2012, he was one of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s state finances. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Australia.
Ian was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2000 and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009.