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Forward Thinking Magazine : December 2010
Macquarie Adviser Services Richard Gibbs has been contributing economic commentary to Forward Thinking for six years. Richard Gibbs is Chief Economist and Head of Economics for the Macquarie Group Limited. He has worked for Macquarie for the past 17 years and is responsible for the formulation and presentation of the Group’s economic scenarios and forecasts for Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the major industrial economies. He also acts as a specialist adviser to several of the Group’s major corporate clients and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Richard is widely recognised as one of Australia’s leading global analysts and policy commentators. Since 2005, the Greenwich surveys of institutional investors has ranked Richard and his team number one for Australian and New Zealand economic and market research, as voted by major investors in the US, the United Kingdom/Europe and Asia. In Australia, the team continues to occupy a Top Two ranking with major institutional investors. He also provides regular briefings to the Australia- China Business Council (ACBC) and frequently delivers the ACBC’s China Economic Updates. Richard regularly provides commentary on economic and business developments in Australasia and East Asia for CNN, CNBC Asia and BBC World. Richard also acts as Consultant Chief Economist to the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East region. Richard holds a Masters degree in Economics and Finance and a Masters degree in Business Administration as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He is also a Trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), member of the executive committee of the Australian Business Economists and a member of the advisory board for the Centre for Middle Eastern and Central Asian studies at the Australian National University. Richard is also Chairman of the board of Youth Off The Streets. Richard Gibbs 28