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Dr Ken Henry

Ken Henry

There are few pursuits more noble in life than giving voice to those who would otherwise suffer in silence.

Dr Ken Henry AC is an economist and public servant who served as the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 2001 to 2011.

After growing up in rural NSW, Ken studied economics at the University of New South Wales before lecturing in economics at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury whilst simultaneously studying for a Doctor of Philosophy.

Ken has been influential in Australian and international economics for much of his career. He has worked alongside both Labor and Liberal governments and represented Australia at numerous international and intergovernmental economic forums. His tenure as Treasury Secretary also allowed him to serve on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Currently, Ken is a member of the Board of Directors on the Reconciliation Australia Board, a Director of ASX as well as National Australia Bank, Executive Chair of the Institute of Public Policy at the Australian National University and Chair of the Advisory Council of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong.

Awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007, his citation included an acknowledgement of his “care for native wildlife.” Ken proudly proclaims his rural upbringing around Taree as contributing to his early realisation about the value of conservation and animal rights. He has a specific interest in the preservation of the endangered Hairy-Nosed Wombat.

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