Oliver Hartwich (NZ)

Dr Oliver Hartwich is the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative, an independent public policy think tank based in Wellington. Born in Germany, Oliver holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Economics as well as a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Bochum, Germany. Before joining The New Zealand Initiative in 2012, Oliver worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney, Australia, and as the Chief Economist at Policy Exchange, a London-based think tank. He also held positions at the House of Lords in the UK Parliament and at the University of Bonn, Germany. As the Executive Director of The New Zealand Initiative, Oliver leads a team that conducts research and provides commentary on various public policy issues, including economic policy, housing, education, and local government. He is a frequent contributor to media discussions on these topics and has written numerous articles, reports, and policy papers. Oliver’s expertise and research interests include housing affordability, the economics of cities, and international affairs. He has authored and co-authored several books and reports, including A Global Perspective on Localism, Why Europe Failed and Quiet Achievers: The New Zealand Path to Reform. Under Oliver’s leadership, The New Zealand Initiative has become an influential voice in the country’s public policy debates, advocating for evidence-based policies and market-oriented solutions to New Zealand’s challenges. In addition to his role at The New Zealand Initiative, Oliver is a columnist with The Australian and with New Zealand magazine Newsroom.


Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

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Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

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Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)