Leading the future – he tangata, he tangata, he tangata, about session:
This presentation discusses that unique combination of demographic changes that will be faced by New Zealand over the coming decade and beyond. These changes will fundamentally confront the status quo. The age dimension has been well canvassed, but superimpose ethnicity, regional, and migrant dimensions and the picture becomes ever more challenging. More directly, we will experience the second coming of workforce planning and development as industries and sectors compete for staff and talent. While an increasingly diverse population adds to the complexities of assessing skills and experiences.
Ganesh is Chief Economist at BERL (Business and Economic Research Limited) – a privately owned, independent economic research consultancy. His current focus is on the Māori economy, and the inter-relationship of the Māori economy to the wider New Zealand economy.
Ganesh has over 30 years of experience in the field of economics since first working as a researcher at Victoria University and joining BERL in 1983. His experience includes a variety of contract project work for BERL, research, tutoring and lecturing at Victoria University, as well as macroeconomic policy analysis and forecasting during a four-year stint in the UK using the IMF Multimod model.
Despite his passion for numbers, Ganesh believes economics is about people; their jobs, incomes, opportunities and futures. He strongly believes robust economic analysis is critical to ensuring informed choices and policy decisions are made, that have positive effects on the life and prospects of New Zealanders.