Dr Andrew Elek AM

Economist and Academic

Andrew Elek arrived in Australia in 1957 as a 10-year-old refugee from Hungary. In 1964, he was awarded the Lilley Medal for the top Year 12 student in Queensland. In 1969, he was selected as State High’s first Rhodes Scholar.
Andrew’s career as an economic policy adviser included working for the government of newly independent Papua New Guinea in the 1970s, then as a Senior Economist with the World Bank. After returning to join the Australian Government, he had a central role in the establishment of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation process in 1989. Andrew was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1991, for service to international relations.
Since the mid-1990s, he has been a self-employed researcher and part-time consultant, promoting and publishing ideas to facilitate international commerce and to promote international economic cooperation.