Saul Eslake has worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for more than 25 years, including as Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities (a stockbroking firm) in the late 1980s, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management in the early 1990s, and as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) from 1995 to 2009.
He took a break from the financial markets between July 2009 and December 2011, during which time he worked part-time as Director of the Productivity Growth Program at the Grattan Institute, a ‘think tank’ affiliated with Melbourne University, and as a freelance writer, speaker and consultant.
Saul returned to the financial markets in his current role as Chief Economist of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia in December 2011 which he currently holds.
Saul is also a non-executive director of Hydro Tasmania, the largest renewable energy producer in Australia; and a member of the National Housing Supply Council (which produces long-run estimates of the demand for and supply of housing) and the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (the external advisory body to the Australian Bureau of Statistics).
He has at different times in the past been a Chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board; a board member of the Australian Business Arts Foundation and the University of Tasmania Foundation; a member of the Howard Government’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Policy Advisory Councils, and of the Rudd Government’s Long-Term Tourism Strategy Steering Committee; and a member of the Steering Committee established by the Tasmanian Government to prepare a business case for a Tasmanian team in the AFL.
He has also been an occasional contributor to the Melbourne Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Launceston Examiner newspapers, and to a number of professional and other magazines.
Saul has a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He has also completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business in New York.
Your presentation at our annual dealer conference is recognized as a high point of each event and eagerly anticipated from year to year.– MD, Paccar Australia
The audience feedback was outstanding and from my perspective it was the best presentation that I have seen in my 20 years with the ASX. Your knowledge of the subject matter was tremendous and the way you conveyed it was so fluent and professional.– Australian Stock Exchange
The presentation and your outstanding commentary were seen as rich in excellent material on current and forecast economic outlook with a lot of data relevant for Coates.– CFO, Coates Hire Limited
Your presentation effectively demonstrated both the clarity of your thinking and your skill in getting a complex message across to business leaders … I was particularly struck by your mastery of presentation software and how it can be an effective tool in the hands of a professional … you were by far the most impressive speaker on this day.– Chairman of Tourism Task Force and former Minister for Tourism
I have never known an economist to have such a knowledge of world economic facts and to be able to bring to bear so much information in answering a question without notice.– Chairman, ANZ
Of all the economic commentators I listen to he is the best … the most comprehensive detailing, Saul joins the dots in the best ways, coupled with his choice of language (punctuated with dry humour) he enables one to stay focussed on the core message.– Director, Darwin Central
It is rare that an economist turns the house alight – you certainly did so at lunch last week … the reaction by all present was that of a satisfied gathering. The breadth of the subject matter and the clarity with which you covered issues of significant complexity was exciting to behold.– Chairman, Australia-British Chamber of Commerce