Claire loves her job as executive assistant.
Name: Ivan Colhoun
Your role: Chief Economist, Markets
Region: Sydney, New South Wales
What’s your story?
I always wanted to be a pilot and disliked public speaking at school. It’s somewhat surprising that I have had a long career as an economist, which involves many presentations and speeches each year. I do hold a commercial pilot’s license now, although I don’t do much flying these days as I have two young children.
How have you made a difference?
I like to think I have brought passion, energy, commitment and common sense to economics at the organisations I have worked for over the years. My three golden rules of research are to help customers make money; make clients’ lives easier; and challenge their existing view of the world.
NAB’s volunteer days in particular allow me to present once a year to high school students in Tasmania’s North West Coast which is an area with high unemployment. I encourage them to finish year 12 and to go on to university. The first year I presented, one student was inspired to study economics!
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about Tasmania, education – especially for those less fortunate in society, flying and planes, the Western Bulldogs and Arsenal, golf, economics, markets, customer service, pinot noir and of course my family and friends.