Andrew Elek

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Andrew spends most of his working time thinking about international economic cooperation, development economics and growing grapes for wine.

He has been involved in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) process from the outset. 

As an Australian official from 1985 to 1990, he was involved in the initial discussions about the nature and objectives of APEC.  He was the inaugural Chairman of APEC Senior Officials leading up to the first meeting of Ministers from 12 Asia Pacific economies in Canberra in 1989.  Since then, he has continued to research and publish about the evolution of APEC, travelling frequently to the region. 

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His long-term interest is in understanding and promoting economic development by encouraging the design an application of better policies, such as policies for developing human resorces and promoting competition, including international competition.   Encouraging international cooperation is needed to provide an environment in which increasing numbers of people can trade their way out of poverty and to reach more of their human potential.

As shown in his CV, Andrew has worked in many countries, including periods with the Government of Papua New Guinea and with the World Bank.  He is currently pursuing his economic policy interests as a freelance researcher.  He is  a Research Associate of the Australian National University and of the University of Tasmania, where he teaches occasionally.

He continues to write papers on international economic issues (see publications) and travels extensively in the Asia Pacific region to discuss opportunities for more effective economic cooperation, including through the further evolution of the APEC process.  Andrew also undertakes consulting assignments in, and for, developing economies.

His spare time is spent cultivating the 'Bellendena' vineyard, growing vegetables and  shrubs, reading, assorted volunteer activities, having siestas, playing computer games, helping with housework and observing, with admiration, the maturing of two daughters.