Speaker Series - Infometrics
The New Zealand economy continues to adjust to COVID-19 pandemic, even as we start a new year with greater optimism with no community transmissions, vaccines inbound, and a more resilient economy. Although the New Zealand economy has performed well throughout the pandemic, it has still suffered a considerable hit, and regions are feeling this hit differently as local economic structures and support help determine the pathway ahead. As New Zealand looks towards the economic recovery phase of the pandemic, Kiwis are changing how we do work, where we work from, and who we interact with.
Infometrics Senior Economists Brad Olsen and Alistair Schorn will outline the Infometrics economic outlook for the year ahead, how Marlborough has responded, and what this means going forward.
Brad is a Director and Senior Economist at Infometrics and a leading economic commentator across New Zealand who focuses on getting useful information to businesses, decision makers, and the public. At present, he is focused on the economic effects of COVID-19 and the reimagination of the New Zealand economy, as jobs are lost, business practices change, and a “new” normal emerges. Brad has risen to be one of New Zealand’s more prominent (and youngest) economic commentators, regularly featuring across TV, radio, print, and online discussing current economic conditions and future expectations
Alistair is a proud Marlburian, enjoying the opportunity to be part of the Infometrics team while for the most part working remotely in Blenheim. Over the course of a 25-year career, his main focus has been on international and sustainability economics. His career spans the South African National Department of Trade and Industry (an environment similar to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise), a three-year diplomatic posting as Trade Commissioner in the South African High Commission in India, and several years as an environmental economics programme manager at WWF, the Worldwide Fund for Nature. Before moving to Infometrics at the beginning of 2020, Alistair was the Economic Development Advisor at Marlborough District Council.