Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with broad-based expertise in both macroeconomics and microeconomic policy gained over more than three decades in financial and investment markets and in economic consulting.  She is particularly interested in the intersection of economy, society and environment.

After many years in the corporate world of banking, investment and consulting, Nicki is now an independent economist and keynote speaker. Nicki helps her clients top measure the impact of policies, programs and projects using triple bottom line Cost Benefit Analysis. Nicki is also the Chief Economic Adviser to the Customer-Owned Banking Association and a member of JANA's sustainability advisory committee.

Nicki is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker on long and short term economic issues, with a lens on social and environmental influences. She is also a frequent commentator in the media, and a regular guest on both The Drum and The Project.

In 2020, Nicki was appointed as a Councillor for the Climate Council. Nicki is an economic adviser to the Financy Women’s Index, a committee member for the Australian Business Economists and she was President of the Economics Society of Australia (NSW Branch) from 2021 to 2023, 


Economic Advisory practice

Nicki has been advising clients across the private, public and third sectors, helping to demonstrate impact and to advocate for policy change. Her work has encompassed a wide range of policy issues including energy efficiency, climate hazards, housing affordability, infrastructure investment, gender equity, modern slavery, early education needs, and disability support. Nicki enjoys solving complex policy problems, and offers a range of services:

  • Economic modelling, policy and strategic analysis, applied across a wide range of investment and policy areas but with a focus on climate and social impact policies and programs
  • Cost Benefit Analysis, including quadruple bottom line
  • Program evaluation and program logic development
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Communication skills, including the ability to present complex ideas to both sophisticated and lay audiences, as demonstrated by excellence in report writing and frequent requests to present to both small groups and conference audiences and electronic media.

    Key clients include: NSW Treasury, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Health Infrastructure, NSW Department of Planning and Environment , NSW Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Department of Industry, NSW Treasury, NSW Ministry of Health, Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victorian Department of Education and Training, WA Department of Transport, Australian Department of Health and Human Services, Invest Canberra, Desert Knowledge Australia, Indigenous Business Australia, NT Government, University of Technology, Sydney, Property Council of Australia, Investor Group on Climate Change, ACT Environment and Climate Change Directorate, Benevolent Society, Liverpool City Council, Austrade, Infrastructure Australia, Cohealth, Suncorp, Circular Australia, GPT.

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Keynote speaking

Nicki is a highly experienced and sought after keynote speaker. She connects with audiences on a range of subjects including economic conditions and outlook, social impact and climate change, and economic long term risks and opportunities. In bringing these strands together, Nicki provides a unique point of view. Her style is engaging, energetic and with a touch of humour.

Recent keynotes include:

  • Barwon Water
  • Australian Tax Institute
  • Clean Energy Investors Group
  • Allianz Australia
  • Insurance Council of Australia
  • Committee for Economic Development Australia
  • Customer-Owned Banking Association 
  • Actuaries Institute
  • Commerce Ballarat 
  • National Economic Development Conference
  • Agency Leaders’ Symposium
  • SingularityU Australia Summit
  • Australian Property Institute
  • Planning Institute of Australia
  • Australian Business Economists
  • Whitehorse City Council
  • City of Sydney - Raising the Bar 2021
  • Australian Council of Social Services
  • Urban Taskforce (for International Women's Day)
  • National Press Club Australia

Nicki also presents at Board, strategy and senior leader meetings.

Get in touch

Twitter @nickihutley         LinkedIn


"Nicki is an expert in her field who delivers first-class economic forecasting through highly insightful and detailed presentations. Nicki is a superb conference speaker who connects well with delegates and effectively facilitates positive debate and fuels constructive conference outcomes. I would highly recommend Nicki as a keynote speaker for your next event."
Adam Wilshire, Informa conferences

"Your presentation was very topical, engaging and most importantly you really brought it to life." 
Lorna Brosnahan, Business Industry Relationship Activation Specialist, Energy Australia

Thank you for this morning’s session, it was perfect, great detail and empathy!”
Jodie Gillett, CEO, Commerce Ballarat

You are always articulate and interesting.”
Carole Field, Director – International Executive Forums

Nicki – your presentation was awesome! Thanks so much for being part of our A&A partner conference.”
Suzana Vlahovic, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

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