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Susan Guthrie

Susan is an economist who, prior to joining the Morgan Foundation in 2010, held various private and public sector roles. She has worked for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the NZ Treasury, as an international economist in the financial sector in New Zealand and Hong Kong, and as an advocate for consumer rights. In 2011 she co-authored with Gareth Morgan ‘The Big Kahuna’, a book advocating tax and welfare reform for New Zealand and in 2014 she co-authored with Gareth ‘Are we there yet? the future of the Treaty of Waitangi’.


Geoff Simmons

Geoff Simmons is an economist and General Manager of the Morgan Foundation. He has worked at NZ Treasury and as a manager in the UK civil service.
Geoff has co-authored four books alongside Gareth Morgan, spanning topics such as the health sector, nutrition, Antarctica and fishing. He also leads the Foundation’s environmental work spanning Predator Free New Zealand (yes, including cats), water quality and climate change.
Geoff speaks Spanish, does a lot of cycle touring and moonlights as an actor, improviser and facilitator.

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.

Paul Young

PaulPaul Young is a researcher and activist at Generation Zero. He is doing research for the Morgan Foundation on climate change and anything else that perks his interest. He has a masters of science from University of Otago.