2021 Keynote Speakers

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Marjan van den Belt

Ecological Economist

Neo-classically trained as an economist, I became an Ecological Economist after obtaining a PhD in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science. I am a ‘GDP-growth sceptic’, using systems thinking for nature-based solutions. I am fascinated by the emergence of networks for alternative economic thought and purpose-led enterprises. I serve on governance boards (Council of Lincoln University), consult/advise and am an Edmund Hillary Fellow. Previous appointments include; Member on the Reference Panel for the Review of the RMA; Director of Ecological Economics NZ and Associate Professor at Massey University; Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) at Victoria University; Member of the Tax Working Group at Treasury; Expert Member of Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES); Associate Editor of Ecosystem Services Journal.


John Creedy


Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Creedy’s main research interests are public economics, labour economics, income distribution and the history of economic analysis. Between 2011 and 2017 he was half time at VUW and half time in the Tax Strategy section of the New Zealand Treasury. Before coming to Wellington, he was the Truby Williams Professor of Economics in the University of Melbourne.