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Susan Guthrie

Susan is an economist at the Morgan Foundation, and co-author with Gareth Morgan of the book ‘The Big Kahuna, turning tax and welfare in NZ on its head’. Susan has a BA Honours degree in Economics from Otago University and has had a varied career in the private and public sector. She has worked for NZ Treasury and the Reserve Bank, as an emerging market specialist in Hong Kong for international broking and funds management firms and as an advocate for consumer rights, especially in banking and finance. In 2011 Susan co-authored the book ‘Big Kahuna – turning tax and welfare on its head’ with Gareth Morgan.

Geoff Simmons

Geoff Simmons is an economist working for the Morgan Foundation. Geoff has an Honours degree from Auckland University and over ten years experience working for NZ Treasury and as a manager in the UK civil service.

Geoff has co-authored three books alongside Gareth:


  • Health Cheque: the truth we should all know about New Zealand’s public health system
  • Hook, Line & Blinkers: everything Kiwis never wanted to know about fishing
  • Ice, Mice & Men: the issues facing Our Far South

In 2013 they will release a book on the impact of our eating habits on our health system, and a sequel to Poles Apart on what we should do about climate change.

Geoff speaks Spanish and also is an experienced speaker, facilitator, trainer, entertainer, actor and improviser.


Jess Berentson-Shaw

150208-Profile-Picture-of-Jess.svg_Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw is a science researcher working for the Morgan Foundation. Jess holds a PhD in Health Psychology from Victoria University.

Jess has over 10 years’ experience working on applying science and evidence to public policy. She worked on improving the use of science in public health practice in NZ, before working as a Research Fellow at University College in London, where she researched how doctors and clinicians translate scientific evidence into their clinical practice. While in the UK she also developed a national data collection system, which was used to determine what factors contribute to poor outcomes for women and babies during pregnancy and birth. On her return to New Zealand she directed a research group that specialised in the independent evaluation and application of research and science to health policy and practice. Jess loves science and what it can do to make the world a fairer place.