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Assoc Prof Tim Nelson

Assoc Prof

Tim Nelson

Associate Professor
Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

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Tim is the Executive General Manager, Strategy and Economic Analysis at the Australian Energy Market Commission. Prior to November 2018, he was the Chief Economist of AGL where he led public policy, sustainability and corporate communications. Tim originated the Powering Australian Renewables Fund concept and was a Director of PARF until late 2018. He also established AGL’s market leading corporate reporting in relation to climate risk. Tim is also a member of the Westpac Stakeholder Advisory Council and on the Research Committee at the Centre for Policy Development. He has previously been a director of Sustainable Business Australia and served on the Grattan Institute Energy Reference Group as well as stakeholder expert groups for the Finkel Review and various energy white paper processes. Tim is an Associate Professor at Griffith University and is widely published in Australian and international peer-reviewed journals. He has presented at conferences in Australia and throughout Asia and Europe. He holds a PhD in economics for which he earned a Chancellors Doctoral Research Medal and a first class honours degree in economics. Tim is also a fellow of the Governance Institute (FGIA and FCIS) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He is currently researching electricity tariff design in a high penetration renewables environment, management theory in relation to climate change responses by companies and modelling climate change mitigation scenarios in the energy sector.


  • PhD
    University of New England, Australia
  • Bachelor of Economics (Hons 1)
    University of New England, Australia


  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance
    Governance Institute, Australia
  • Company Directors Couse
    Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australia