Professor of Practice, Chair of Pacific Region Business, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Alan Bollard is a Professor of Pacific Region Business at Victoria University of Wellington. From 2013 to the end of 2018 he was the executive director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore, the body that promotes trade, investment and sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific. He is an Honorary Adviser for the Asia New Zealand Foundation.
Dr Bollard was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012. In that position, he was responsible for monetary policy and bank regulations, helping steer New Zealand through the global financial crisis. From 1998 to 2002, Dr Bollard was the Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury. He has served as New Zealand’s Alternate Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. From 1994 – 2008, he was the Chairman of the New Zealand Commerce Commission. Prior to this, from 1987 to 1994 he was Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
Dr Bollard has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland. In 2012, he was honoured as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He has written the novels The Rough Mechanical and The Code-Cracker and the Tai-Chi Dancer and a biography of famous New Zealand economist Bill Phillips.