Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

Australian public policy commentator

Tim is an Australian public policy commentator. His areas of policy expertise include trade, intellectual property, investment, innovation and climate change policy. His most significant contributions to public debate are in intellectual property as an incentive for development of pharmaceuticals and low-carbon technology, the parallel importation of copyrighted works and social policy.

He regularly attends and commentates on major international meetings and multilateral institutions including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Trade Organisation and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

He is regularly published in Australian and international newspapers and journals, including the Wall Street Journal, Australian Financial Review and The Australian. He is a frequent commentator on television and radio, including as panellist on ABC1’s current affairs program Q&A and Triple J’s radio program Hack.

In 2009 he was recognised by Australia’s national daily broadsheet, The Australian, as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society.

Tim currently serves as Director of 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 Associate at communication firm, SDA Strategic. He is a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s IP Industry Consultative Group, and Associate for IP and Development at the Australian APEC Study Centre.

Tim has completed a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade majoring in International Trade from the Monash Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Public Policy and Politics from Monash University. He has also completed a Diploma of Business and the IP Summer School at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy. He has also completed the Global Health Diplomacy Executive Program and the WTO, International Trade and Development Program at the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développment, Geneva. He is also a trained carbon accountant.