Executive Director, Chief Economist
- PhD (Economics)
Ganesh Nana is Chief Economist at BERL. He joined BERL full-time in 1998. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of economics including research, tutoring and lecturing at Victoria University and a four-year stint in the UK undertaking economic forecasting and gaining experience using the IMF Multimod model.
Ganesh’s area of expertise is where numbers and economics intersect. Using specialist skills in quantitative analysis and modelling, Ganesh oversees the development and application of several databases and economic models. This includes the BERL Regional Database and his general equilibrium model. The CGE model is integrated with this database allowing regional and industry projections, and economy-wide experiments on the impacts of policies or shocks.
Ganesh is a regular commentator on the New Zealand economy for various media and oversees production of BERL Birds Eye View, which assess the New Zealand economy’s outlook. Despite his passion for numbers, Ganesh believes economics is about people; their jobs, their incomes, their opportunities, and their futures. He strongly believes robust economic analysis is critical to ensure informed choices and policy decisions are made that have a positive effect on the lives and prospects of New Zealanders.
Ganesh is also the Executive Director at BERL, focussing on company strategy and ensuring the quality of all of BERL’s reports, and the day to day running of the business.
Ganesh’s life outside work revolves around family. There is usually the daughter's ballet class and/or the son’s cricket team that requires either a taxi driver or an umpire/scorebook keeper. Ganesh also enjoys the odd run around Wellington’s glorious harbour and south coast, along with intermittent cycle challenges.