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Dr Christopher Vas

Dr Christopher Vas

Christopher Vas joined Murdoch University’s School of Management and Governance from the Australian National University (ANU). He is Academic Director of the Executive Education Centre, which is a knowledge hub incorporating executive education, research activity and industry engagement. The Centre promotes academic leadership of cross-cutting issues as they relate to people, strategy and innovation.

Dr Vas was co-chair of the Trans-Pacific dialogue ‘Creating a Productive Future: Social and Economic Challenges, Policy and Governance’ jointly hosted by the Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU) and Harvard Kennedy School (Harvard University). He co-authored ‘Tackling Challenges of Productive Growth in Resource Dependent Countries: The Experience of Ghana and Indonesia’ and ‘Demystifying Productivity for Better-Informed Policy‘. He has also published in leading journals such as the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice.

As Program Director at the HC Coombs Policy Forum (ANU) - a joint think tank between the Australian Government and the ANU – he directed the Productivity & Competitiveness and Policy Futures Policy Research Programs. In addition to serving with various agencies in the Australian Government for many years, he also served as Academic Registrar at the Australian Federal Police College.

Dr Vas was also Engagement Director for Executive Education at the globally renowned Indian School of Business (ISB). Through the course of his professional experiences, he has designed and delivered leadership, strategy and management programs for public and private sector clients including Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), Areva Energy, Maersk Ltd (Denmark), Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, Coca Cola, Vodafone and many others.

Dr Vas’ expertise lies in innovation and productivity policy, human capital development, industry trade policy linking global value chains and public management issues. His research interests particularly span South Asia and the Middle East. He is the 2014 recipient of the first Australian Government’s Australia-India Education Collaboration (AIEC) Endeavour Research Fellowship.

Dr Vas holds a Doctorate in Public Policy from the ANU and a Master of Business Administration. He has held visiting positions at Stanford University, Harvard University and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.