Tim Wilson is an international public policy analyst and commentator specialising in international trade, health, intellectual property and climate change policy.
He's currently Director of Climate Change Policy and the Intellectual Property and Free Trade Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs - the world's oldest free market think tank.
Tim is also a Senior Fellow at New York's Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, has studied global public health policy and diplomacy in a joint program of Geneva's Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développment and the World Health Organisation and participated in The Australian newspaper's Shaping Our Future: Ideas to Change a Century series on reforming healthcare financing. He also serves on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s IP industry consultative group and the Steering Committee of the Sydney Opera House's Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
He regularly appears on Australian and international television and radio including previously co-hosting ABC News 24 TV’s Snapshot segment, appearing fortnightly on ABC News 24’s News Breakfast and The Drum, Sky News TV‘s Lunchtime Agenda and The Contrarians, a ‘Wrapper’ on Jon Faine’s ABC Melbourne radio program, as well as many others.
He's also regularly published in Australian and international print media including The Australian, the Wall Street Journal Asia and Europe, theAustralian Financial Review as well as contributing chapters to academic journals and books.
He’s previously worked in international development across South East Asia, consulting and politics, including delivering Australia's aid program for the Vietnamese government to host APEC and advising State and Federal politicians.
In 2009 The Australian newspaper recognised him as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society as part of its Next 100 series, received an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection and was selected as a participant in the inaugural Australian-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme.
At University Tim was twice elected President of the Student Union as well as to the University’s Board of Directors.
A trained carbon accountant, Tim’s currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Energy and the Environment (Climate Science and Global Warming) at Perth’s Murdoch University. After dropping out of a Fine Arts degree majoring in painting, he completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University, a Diploma of Business and has completed Asialink’s Leaders Program at the University of Melbourne.
He has also completed specialist executive education on IP at the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Worldwide Academy.
Tim currently lives in Melbourne with his partner, Ryan.