Academics and business leaders from the fields of finance and public health lead the list of UNSW Sydney alumni, colleagues, former colleagues and community members recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours.

Professor John Piggott, Scientia Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) “for distinguished service to education, to population ageing research, and to public finance policy development”. The award recognises Professor Piggott’s outstanding contribution to retirement and pension economics and finance. He has been widely published in more than 100 journals and books, advised the World Bank, and significantly contributed to government policy in Australia and internationally. In 2019, Professor Piggott co-chaired the Think20 Task Force recommending definite steps G20 countries should take to address the challenges posed by ageing populations.

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