1970 Harvard Menzies Scholar
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
Glenn Withers was awarded the scholarship to complete a PhD in Business Economics within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
Studied at: Harvard University
Glenn Withers is Professor of Economics at ANU and UNSW and was founding CEO of Universities Australia. Prior to that he was Professor of Public Policy at ANU and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. He is a Monash and Harvard graduate and has held academic posts in Australia and overseas including at Harvard and Cambridge Universities. He is a Fellow and President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Most recently, he has been appointed Global Board Chair for the World Bank's Global Development Learning Network.
He has produced a significant number of books, academic papers and government and consultancy reports. He has worked in and for government, including as chair of various Australian government bodies such as the National Population Council and the Economic Planning Advisory Commission, and he has chaired public inquiries regarding population issues, immigration, and infrastructure financing and was a member of the Faulkner inquiry into child care and Co-Commissioner of the Productivity Commission's Stocktake of Micro-economic Reform. He was a Board member of CEDA and Chair of CEDA's Council on Economic Policy.
Professor Withers helped to establish the Productivity Commission, the Crawford School, ANZSOG and Universities Australia. He has been an adviser to private sector and community sector organisations in Australia and overseas, ranging from the North West Shelf Consortium and the Business Council of Australia to the OECD and UNDP. Professor Withers was awarded an Order of Australia for services to applied economics, including for design of the Australian immigration points system.