business economist breakfast

12 oCTOBER | 9:00-10:45aM


What a start to our Wellington Business Expo, with renowned economist Brad Olsen giving us a picture of the current economic climate.

We had a fabulous breakfast from Expo Sponsor, Lower Hutt Event Centre and guests had the opportunity to personally meet Brad and ask their own questions about the economic climate.

This in-person event was held at the Lower Hutt Events Centre and sponsored by Hutt Valley Chamber Platinum Partner and Expo Sponsor, NZME.

about brad olsen


Brad Olsen is a Senior Economist at Infometrics and a leading economic commentator known across New Zealand and internationally.

Brad focuses on getting useful information to businesses, decision makers, and the public.

At present, he is focused on the economic effects of COVID-19 and its effects on New Zealand’s economy, as jobs are lost, business practices change, and a “new” normal emerges.

Brad joined Infometrics in July 2015 as a part time data analyst while studying at Victoria University in Wellington. His role now covers all parts of the business and in the regional and sector space, Brad is responsible for interacting with clients and providing key regional and industry-level economic insights. 

As part of the forecasting team, Brad analyses the latest trends studying how the economy is shifting and conducts regular presentations across the country. During his career he has completed a range of bespoke consulting projects, including public policy costings in both the education and healthcare sectors.

One of New Zealand’s more prominent (and youngest) economic commentators, Brad has been a regular speaker with Hosking and Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB, John Campbell on Breakfast, and with Wallace Chapman RNZ’s The Panel. He regularly features in NZ and international media in print and online, including The Guardian, Time and CNN.

An active and engaged member of the local community, Brad is also currently New Zealand’s youngest Justice of the Peace (JP). He is also a member of the Global Shapers Community Wellington Hub, Wellington City Youth Council, the Citizens Health Council (advising the Capital and Coast DHB), the Asia New Zealand Foundation Leadership Network, the Wellington District Licensing Committee, and he also volunteers with Take10.

In 2016, Brad Olsen was announced as New Zealand’s Queen’s Young Leader and has met with the Queen on three occasions.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get a behind the scenes view on what is happening with our local Wellington economy, where the NZ economy is heading curently and the latest global snapshot. We are very fortunate to have very high profile economist Brad Olsen join us and share his thoughts and predictions on what is happening and what the future looks like.

Helen Down, CEO, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce