Mr Mark Thirlwell
Mr Mark Thirwell is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security College and has been a regular contributor to NSC’s executive and professional development program over a sustained period.
Appointed as Austrade’s Chief Economist in September 2013, Mark Thirlwell has been tracking global economic trends since he joined the Bank of England’s International Divisions in 1990, where he worked as part of the Whitehall Economists Subgroup, coordinating the forecasting of major emerging markets across the Bank, Treasury, the FCO and other stakeholders
Mark subsequently joined J P Morgan as a Vice President in Economic Research with responsibility for Central and Eastern Europe.
He later served as Senior Economist at Australia’s Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic) working on sovereign risk with a particular focus on East Asia.
Before joining Austrade, Mark was the inaugural Director of the Lowy Institute’s International Economy Program and a Fellow at the Institute’s G20 Studies Centre. He was part of the original research team that helped establish the Lowy Institute as one of Australia’s leading think tanks.
At Austrade, Mark is responsible for the work of the Economics Area which includes analysis of international trade and investment trends and research on Australia’s engagement with the global economy and the activities of Australia’s internationally active business. His work also involves monitoring the performance of the Australian economy and presenting on Australian economic trends and developments to international investors and Australian businesses.
Mark has degrees in economics from Cambridge and Oxford Universities and a postgraduate qualification in applied finance from Macquarie University.