Conrad Liveris non-profit executive and economist.
His advisory practice on employment and workplace issues assists small businesses through to global giants on a range of issues including flexible working, restructuring, diversity and inclusion, remuneration and performance.
Currently, Conrad is the executive officer of The Piddington Society in WA, a non-profit working to advance access to justice and collegiality in the legal profession.
The ABC has called him “one of Australia’s leading employment and workplace experts” and his knowledge on labour market economics is sought by decision-makers, including government ministers and listed companies. He looks at the changing nature of employment, breaking it down by gender and age, to find the story of contemporary Australia. This informs both his public commentary and his approach to advising organisations.
In 2020, he created In Her Seat, an interview and events series with currently serving female politicians to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament, Edith Cowan. This project is a self-funded historical documentation endeavour and serves to inspire the next generation of women politicians. In Her Seat is on track to interview more than 100 women across political parties, age and geography to truly reflect modern Australian female politicians’ views and bring those to the fore.
In 2019, having worked directly on management and workplace issues for five years and intensely frustrated by ‘management-speak’ in his world, he began Management on Monday, a weekly briefing on current issues facing managers with practical, no-BS advice. It delivers accessible, clear and direct management to today’s manager: Management on Monday.
In 2016, recognising a lack of clear information on men and women in the workforce and the pursuit of workplace gender equality, Conrad created the Gender Equality at Work report series. It is an annual agenda-setting piece of research for gender equality and promotions, now in its fifth year which contributes to, and stimulates, the discussion around these issues Australia-wide and overseas. One section of it tracks the names of ASX200 CEOs, including that (as per the 2020 report) there are 12 CEOs named Andrew, 11 named Michael and 9 women. Conrad has presented academic research on these reports at economic and political science conferences across Australia.
He writes, and is published, widely about workplace and economic issues, including for The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The West Australian, WA Today and others. During the 2016 Presidential Election he wrote a fortnightly column for Washington DC’s most-read newspaper, The Hill. His work is featured, and he is often interviewed to discuss his work, by the ABC, Channels 7, 9 and 10, Buzzfeed and internationally by The Straits Times (Singapore), Xinhua News (China) and South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). He does this to facilitate a greater understand on issues facing the workplace and economy in a clear manner.
As an alum of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society (London), Conrad worked prominently on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals focusing on gender equality measurements.
In 2012, along with friends, he founded and ran a homelessness charity, name, which gave a national voice to people experiencing homelessness. Name was sought out to inform government policies in this area.
He is currently a director of the WA AIDS Council, a Member of the City of Perth Access and Inclusion Advisory Group, an Australia Day Ambassador and a Member of the Economic Society of Australia.
As part of the Australia Day Ambassador role he travels throughout regional WA to give the Australia Day address, which followed on from his prior role as a judge of the Australian of the Year awards. In 2020, he gave the Australia Day address in Broome, and in line with his interest in learning, acknowledging and promoting Indigenous languages, he gave the address partly in Yawuru and Noongar, the traditional languages of the areas now called Broome and Perth.
He was previously the chair of a theatre company and has sat on the boards of a range of organisations in the health and community services sectors.
His formal education are a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame Australia, a Certificate in Governance and Risk Management from the Governance Institute of Australia, a Master of Commerce from Curtin University, and he was provided with a scholarship for leadership education delivered at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2020, he will be undertaking further studying of economics through the University of Oxford.
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