John’s CV

This page includes relevant information about my academic and professional life, split into five categories:

  • Professional experience
  • Academic experience
  • Education
  • Community involvement
  • Awards, activities, and achievements



Professional experience

2015-present = Executive Director, Professional Research Institute for Management and Economics (PRIME). PRIME is a new economic research institute with a focus on increasing economic literacy and improving the quality of public debate in Cambodia. Projects include: (1) translating and publishing appropriate books and videos; (2) independent research on topics such as private schools, analysis of regulation, and international trade; (3) teaching economics, business, and public policy; (4) promoting economic ideas through public events and writing in the popular media; and (5) going beyond theory and helping to put ideas into practice, which includes work on the Human Capital Project (see “volunteer positions” below). 

2009 = Research Fellow, Centre for Independent Studies. Researched, wrote and spoke on issues including charitable funds, labour markets, climate change policy, tax and welfare reform, health policy, political philosophy and civil society.

2002-2004 = Economic Consultant, Centre for International Economics. Projects included an assessment of the Aust-US free trade agreements, analysis of government R&D policies, assessing the finances of ASEAN, giving short training courses in budget policy, competition and international trade, researching the environmental impact of subsidies, calculating the costs of the Bali bombing, using and interpretting complex models (including CGE model GTAP), and conducting benefit-cost analysis on a range of different topics. Includes a subcontracted job for the World Bank in Indonesia. 

2000-2002 = Policy Analyst, Budget Policy Division & Tax Analysis Division, Commonwealth Treasury. Responsible for forecasting GST and income tax revenue, writing elements of the Budget Papers, and coordinating the revenue section of Budget Paper 2. Involved in the production of the Intergenerational Report and the Tax Expenditure Statements, as well as involvement in a review of defence financing.

1997 = Private, RURQ, Australian Army Reserve.



Academic experience 

2015-16 = Lecturer (ECONS211: International Ecoomics), Zaman University.

2015 = Visiting Lecturer (MGMT605: Project Management), University of Business and International Studies (UBIS) in conjunct with the London American City College (LACC), Dubai, UAE.

2014-15 = Visiting Lecturer (ECON7030: Applied Microeconomics for Masters), University of Queensland. Topics included dynamic tax analysis, game theory and strategic dynamics, information economics, and contract theory. 

2014 = Research Assistant, University of Queensland. Assisting Professor Paul Frijters with field work in Tajikistan; related to culture, development, and happiness. 

2013-15 = Research Director, University of Management and Economics Kampong Cham. Management, thesis supervision, and guest lectures on research methodology. This position was later incorporated into the activities of PRIME. 

1999-2011 = Tutor, University of Queensland. Three non-consecutive years: 1999 (ECON1010: Introductory Economics & ECON2110: Political Economy), 2007 (tutorial coordinator for ECON2110: Political Economy), and 2011 (ECON1120: Economics of Social Issues & ECON 1110: Australian Economic Institutions). 

2011 = Research Assistant, Centre for Creative Industries (QUT). Research and write about issues related to cultural production and consumption in Australia, specifically looking at cultural consumption price indices  and inter-city cultural comparisons. Two months only.

2006 = Volunteer Lecturer (banking & finance) Chea Sim University, Cambodia. At the time, the university was known as the Maharishi Vedic University, and the volunteer program was supported by the Australian Centre for Education. 





2010-2015 = PhD (Economics), University of QueenslandThesis looked at education in Cambodia, specifically looking at the rate of return on university education (the first complete estimate) and the use of personal equity finance as a funding model. Conducted a “Cambodian Education Survey” (2012), developed new modifications of the Mincer model to factor in heterogeneous experience (presented at the 2013 Australian Conference of Economists), and 

1996-1999 = B. Economics (Honours), University of Queensland. Undergraduate degree (1996-98) with a focus on international and monetary economics; GPA = 6.0; completed 28 subjects instead of required 24, including 2/3rds of a commerce degree. Postgraduate honours (1999) is functionally equivalent to a Masters degree. GPA = 6.4; high distinctions in Advanced Macroeconomics, International Economics (1st in class), and Monetary Economics; student representative on faculty management.

1991-1995 = High School Certificate, Caloundra Christian College



Community involvement

2007-present – President & Managing Director, Human Capital Project. Non-profit organisation that invests in the university education of poor Cambodian students.

2012-present — Executive Director, Economic Society of Australia (QLD). Originally appointed as Deputy Secretary, then shifted to Executive Director. Also Vice-President of the Australian Young Economists (2013-15).

2012-present — Deputy Director, Australian Taxpayers Alliance. Responsible for economic and tax policy, coordinator of the ATA subject “Foundations of Market Economics” (Sydney 2013), and provide an annual response to the federal budget. 

2000-present – President & Managing Director, Australian Libertarian SocietyNational umbrella organisation that compiles information, hosts events and contributes occasional independent work. Host of the “Friedman Dinners” in Brisbane (2010-2015) with speakers such as Deirdre McCloskey, Jeff Bennett, Jim Allen, Senator George Brandis, and Brendan O’Neil. Host of the “Friedman Conference” (2013-) including speakers such Tom Palmer, Sinclair Davidson, Mark Latham, Tim Wilson, Senator David Leyonhjelm, Park Yeonmi, and many others. Associated with the Australian Students for Liberty. 

2011-2014 — Committee Member, The Circle Project. A non-profit based on the Gold Coast that offered recording opportunities for new musical artists at Parallel Harmony Studios.

2011-2013 — Postgraduate representative, University of Queensland. Appointed to the Assessment sub-committee of the Academic Board (2011); foundation member and inaugural Chair of the UQ Association of Postgraduate Students (APS) (2011); elected postgraduate representative to the UQ Union and therefore ex-officio member of APS executive (2012); elected representative on the UQ Senate, which is the governing body of the university (2012-13).

2001-2008 – Founder, President (01-04) and Vice-President (05-08), Liberal Democratic Party. Lead and coordinated 2001 (1%) and 2004 (1.3%) campaign for ACT election. Queensland Senate candidate in 2007. Stood down in 2009 for work reasons, but continue to give occasional advice, especially relating to economic policy. 



Awards, activities & achievements

2016 = Completed “ASTRO1x: Mysteries of the Universe” from ANU through EDx.

2015 = Awarded the Cambodian Royal Order of Monisaraphon (contribution to education)
= Funding for regulation review study in Cambodia ($9000 USD)

2013 = Appointed Justice of the Peace (Qual) in Queensland, Australia.
= Special guest on “banking & finance” TV show in Cambodia.
= Appointed advisor to Stapnic Sustainable Economy (SSE) micro-finance, Cambodia.

2010 = Inaugural Chair of the LNP Federalism & Decentralisation Committee (until 2012).
= Appointed Chair of Menzies House online publishing (superseded by ATA in 2012).

2009 = Member of the steering committee for Festival of Dangerous Ideas (until 2010).

2008 = Completed professional Divemaster (and first aid) course in Dahab, Egypt.

2007 = Qualified as recreational light plane pilot at the Sunshine Coast, Australia.

2005 = Appointed Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies.

2004 = Appointed as Editorial Advisor to the Journal of Internet Business (until 2006).

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