Dr Ganesh Nana
Dr Ganesh Nana is Research Director 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 fit 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 a research-led consultancy. 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.