Roshen Kulwant

Wellington Office

Roshen is an experienced economist, with a background that bridges data analytics and public policy. He has developed strategies and led projects for decision-makers at all levels, who value his passion and proven talent for finding innovative ways to solve complicated problems.

Experienced in both the public and private sectors, Roshen has developed economic/financial modelling and organisational strategies for a range of sectors and fields, including primary industries, urban development, transport, sustainability, health and pharmaceuticals, and not-for-profits.

Resourceful and inventive, Roshen is able to generate strong, innovative options when decision makers need to resolve tricky problems. He’s also a skilled communicator – he prides himself on being able to translate complicated technical information into meaningful stories, so that clients and stakeholders can properly understand the different pieces and steps involved in elaborate systems or procedures.

Before joining us in 2022, Roshen was a Senior Economist for the Ministry of Primary Industries. There he led the development of methods of assessing socio-economic impact for New Zealand’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

As an economist with a close understanding of fisheries, primary industries, and sustainability, Roshen is a rarity in Aotearoa. He believes strongly that high-quality economic modelling always requires a genuine understanding of the specific sector, and that models can’t simply be applied generically.

Outside the office Roshen is a keen recreational fisher and enjoys cooking – either relying on tried-and-true recipes or getting creative with something new.

Examples of Roshen’s work

  • Developing a methodology for assessing the socio-economic impacts of the Hector’s and Maui Dolphin Threat Management Plan, for the 2019 review of the Plan

  • For MPI, reviewing business cases on aquaculture farms

  • Forecasting population growth and demand for local government district planning processes

  • Supporting the Commission for Financial Capabilities in its 2016 Review of the Government’s Retirement Income Policies

  • Developing a rapid assessment tool to help policy makers analyse the relative impacts of various policy options, as part of the Fisheries Change Programme’s review of landings and discards rules.

Roshen’s Qualifications

Roshen has a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Economics and Sustainable Enterprise, and an Honours Degree (First Class) in Economics, both from AUT University.

He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, an International Business Honour Society that recognises top-performing graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools around the world.