Alan Bollard

Former governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Alan Bollard

Alan Bollard is the executive director of the APEC Secretariat in Singapore, the body that promotes trade, investment and sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a former governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012, Secretary to the Treasury from 1998 to 2002 and Director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research from 1994 to 2008.

Bollard has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland, and has since been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2012 he was honoured as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He is the author of 25 books and monographs including most recently Crisis: One Central Bank Governor and the Global Financial Collapse (Auckland University Press, 2010).

In 1987 he secured the first full Phillips MONIAC hydraulic machine from the London School of Economics, had it re-constructed and transported to New Zealand, and ‘spent many hours in an old garage puzzling over how to assemble it’. In doing so, he ‘learned something of the genius of the designer’. The working MONIAC is now on display at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in Wellington.

Bollard has also designed a computer simulation game called OIKONOMOS where participants play at being Minister of Finance.