Jonathan Coppel was appointed as a full-time Commissioner in July 2011. Jonathan is an economist with extensive international and domestic experience advising governments on macroeconomic, investment, energy, social, environmental and regulatory policy.
Prior to his appointment, Jonathan was Head of the OECD G20 Sherpa office. During his OECD career he held senior roles as Counsellor to the Chief Economist, Executive Manager of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative, Head of the EU and UK Desks and analyst at the International Energy Agency. In Australia he has held senior management positions at the Reserve Bank and started his career at the Commonwealth Treasury.
Jonathan has taught at the World Trade Institute's Mile Masters Programme in International Law and Economics and the Paris, Sciences Po Institute. While overseas he established and was a director of Cafe Oz, the first Australian bar in Paris.
Jonathan has a Masters in Economics and Management from Columbia University, New York, a Bachelor in Economics (Honours) from the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jonathan oversaw research projects on:
- Rising Protectionism: Challenges, threats and opportunites for Australia
- Disruptive Technologies: What do Governments need to do?
Jonathan is currently working on the Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation inquiry.
He was a Commissioner on the following inquiries and studies:
- Collection Models for GST on Low Value Imported Goods
- Education Evidence Base
- Intellectual Property Arrangements
- Public Safety Mobile Broadband
- Mutual Recognition Schemes
- Childcare and Early Childhood Learning
- Natural Disaster Funding
- Major Project Development Assessment Processes
- Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration
- Strengthening Economic Relations between Australia and New Zealand
- Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation.