Chief Economist, BERL
Ganesh Nana is Chief Economist at BERL, a first generation New Zealander, with a PhD in economics from Victoria University, Wellington. Ganesh joined BERL in a full-time position in 1998, after a few stints as a tutor, lecturer, researcher, and advisor both in New Zealand and England. Ganesh was a member of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group that recently completed its report to Government on overhauling the social security system to make it fits for purpose for the coming decades.
BERL was the first economics consultancy established in New Zealand, and 62 years later remains an independent New Zealand-owned and operated enterprise. Ganesh has driven the development of BERL to be now a research-led consultancy – and a principal sponsor of the Society of Local Government Managers, the preferred provider of economic advice to the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA), a humble supporter of the Wellington City Mission, and a proud Accredited Living Wage employer.
Ganesh’s kaupapa is to help BERL build further to more openly and robustly question and address the many burning platforms facing Aotearoa, its communities, businesses, and people – climate change, inequality, demographic upheaval, synthetic foods, gig economy to name just a few.