Dr Hewson has had several careers in academia, bureaucracy, business, politics, and the media.
He is currently a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and an Adjunct Professor at Curtin, UTS, Canberra and Griffith Universities, having been Professor and Head of the School of Economics at UNSW, and Professor of Management and Dean Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University.
He has worked for The Australian Treasury (Census and Statistics), the IMF, the Reserve Bank, the UN (UNESCAP), and the ADB, and often advises senior public servants.
In Business, he was a Founder of Macquarie Bank, Chairman ABN Amro Australia, and Chair/Director of a host of public and private companies, with current positions in renewable energy investment banking, and funds management. He is Chair, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, and a Patron of the Smart Energy Council, the Ocean Nourishment Foundation and the Overseas Bankers Association.
In Politics, he has served as Advisor/Chief of Staff to two Federal Treasurers and Prime Minister, as Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce, and Leader of the Liberal Party, and of the Federal Coalition in Opposition.
In the media, he has been a regular Columnist since the early 80s for a range of domestic and international newspapers (presently NineMedia and Fairfax Regionals) and publications, and comments widely on economics and politics on TV, radio, in print, and on line, here and overseas.
Dr Hewson has also been active in charities and not-for-profits, main positions including Chair of Osteoporosis Australia and KidsXpress, Investment Advisory Committee of the Australian Olympic Foundation, Northern Metropolitan Cemeteries Land Manager, and as Member, SteerCo Australian Sustainable Finance Roadmap, National Standing Committee for Energy and the Environment, and as an Ambassador Women for Election Australia.