National honours shine a spotlight on Economics community

17 June 2020
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Renowned Australian economist Professor Ian Harper AO was one of three School of Economics alumni on the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

One of Australia's best-known economists was among three University of Queensland School of Economics alumni recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Ian Harper AO was named an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to education in the field of economics and to public and monetary policy development and reform.

The annual list celebrates Australia’s finest philanthropists, leaders, activists, researchers and visionaries and their contributions to Australia.

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) Executive Dean Professor Andrew Griffiths congratulated all BEL awardees. 

“During this time of uncertainty and upheaval, these awards remind us that many members of our BEL community are always working to support, uplift and create change for those in need,” Professor Griffiths said.

“I am proud to represent this group of extraordinary leaders and advocates for innovation, justice and education.

“Thank you for all you do.”

2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list | School of Economics community

Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Professor Ian Harper AO | Bachelor of Economics (Honours) ’78, Bachelor of Economics ’77

For distinguished service to education in the field of economics, and to public and monetary policy development and reform.

Professor Harper AO is dean and director of Melbourne Business School and dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics. An Australian economist well known for his work in public policy, he is a current board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a member of the Council on Economic Policy, Committee for Economic Development of Australia. He holds several other professional roles and affiliations, including Distinguished Public Policy Fellow of the Economic Society of Australia and chair of the stipends committee of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.

Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Mr David Muir AM | Bachelor of Laws ’78, Bachelor of Economics ’76

For significant service to the community through welfare, social justice and charitable organisations.

Mr Muir AM is the founding director of Foodbank Queensland, chair of The Clem Jones Group and chair of Real Republic Australia. He also founded Amnesty International Queensland, was the founding director of Crime Stoppers Queensland and assisted with the foundation of Foodbank Australia. He was a partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers for ten years.

Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

Ms Dalma Jacobs OAM | Bachelor of Economics ’65

For service to women in tertiary education.

Ms Jacobs OAM plays an integral role in Graduate Women Australia. Currently, she is a representative of the National Women’s Alliance, Economic Security4Women and the ABS Gender Statistics Advisory Group. She is also the regional director (ACT) of the ABS. Ms Jacobs was formerly President and Vice-President of Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland.

Read more about the 2020 Queen’s Birthday honourees from the BEL Faculty and UQ | See the full list of 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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