Andrew Charlton is an economist, author, lecturer and adviser who currently serves as the director of AlphaBeta, an economic consultancy firm dedicated to developing solutions to the most critical economic issues facing the world today. Mr. Charlton founded AlphaBeta after serving as the economic adviser to Kevin Rudd, then the Prime Minister of Australia.

In his role with the Australian government, Mr. Charlton represented the country as its senior government official at the G20 Summit as well as at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen. Mr. Charlton, a graduate of Oxford University with a doctorate in economics, has published several books on his area of expertise, including “Ozonomics” and “Fair Trade for All.”

1. What makes Australia the greatest country in the world?

I’m proud that Australia, in spite of its smaller size relative to the rest of the world, has been able to create and maintain an economic system in which so many have been able to prosper and remain financially secure.

2. What is your favorite part of Australia?

Sydney, New South Wales. I’ve lived and worked in Sydney so long, and I consider myself quite fortunate that I am able to call Sydney home.

3. What type of business are you in?

I’m the director of AlphaBeta, which specializes in economic consulting.

4. How do you or your business affect the local economy?

We offer consulting and advisement to our clients regarding the best available solutions based on economic trends, which is obviously beneficial to both the local and national economies.

5. How old is your business? What year did you start?

AlphaBeta is a new venture that we founded in 2015.

6. In what ways do you or your business benefit the national economy?

Economic consulting yields a local and national benefit through our guidance and advisement.

7. Are you (or your business) involved in any philanthropic activities?

Yes, we are involved in several philanthropic activities, especially those focused on addressing global climate change.

8. What do you want people to know about you or your business?

We truly believe that we are capable of solving the greatest economic issues facing the world today. We also want people to understand the influence of economic conditions on the success of a business is far greater than most people realize.