Dr Ganesh Nana


Chair, New Zealand Productivity Commission 

Ganesh is a first-generation New Zealander, born, bred, and educated in Te Whanganui a Tara. His interest in economics originally emanated from his love of numbers, which in turn arose out of his passion for cricket.

Ganesh was recently appointed Chair of the Productivity Commission Te Kōmihana Whai Hua o Aotearoa, after 22 years at the consultancy Business and Economics Research Limited (BERL). Prior to BERL, Ganesh acted as primary caregiver to his pre-school children while also employed as part-time lecturer at Victoria University. Before children, he worked in England as a researcher in the House of Commons gaining experience with IMF and OECD economic models.

Ganesh believes economics is fundamentally about people and their communities, and is best reflected in our collective role as kaitiaki o taonga.

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into what immigration policy settings would best facilitate New Zealand’s long-term economic growth and promote the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The Productivity Commission welcomes the contribution of NZACA to inform the Commission of issues relating to ARC and migrant workers. In this session, hear from Dr Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission, on the Commission's final report to government and the context and challenges for future immigration scenarios for Aotearoa/New Zealand.

NZACA session: Immigration, productivity, wellbeing and future potential paths, Wednesday, 24 August, 3.00pm


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