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Brian Haratsis

Brian Haratsis

“Australia 2050 Project – A Big Australia?” is providing a platform to open discussion and understand the future drivers of Australia ranging from Globalisation, Health and Ageing, Freight and Logistics to the future role and impacts of the resource industry.

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“Brian Haratsis combines both the logic of an economist and the multi-disciplinary skills of a planner, to artfully, interestingly and above all creatively provide utterly entertaining and thoroughly competent analysis and advice in his presentation.

I am delighted to confirm my view Brian’s presentation as the keynote speaker, to the state conference of the Planning Institute of Australia’s (WA Division), which attracted 220 paying delegates was one of the most memorable presentations I have seen in my twenty (plus) years in the planning profession.”

Paul Kotsoglo, President Planning Institute of Australia (WA Division)

“Brian is an exceptional thinker and speaker and is the best futurist I have come across. He gave a presentation to the Partners at Minter Ellison’s Perth office late last year on Australia 2050, which has assisted us with our planning and strategy. I am also State President and a Board Member of CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) and Brian has spoken (on my recommendation) at CEDA events in Sydney and Melbourne. He is simply excellent!

John Poulsen, Managing Partner, Minter Ellison Perth


“Brian's presentation was informative, as expected, and entertaining as a bonus.His presentations are always well researched, well presented and captivating, and are so well regarded that over 400 paying guests attended the most recent presentation to our members in Victoria. He continues to draw accolades from our audiences and we always receive numerous requests for him to present again.”

Tony De Domenico, Executive Director (Victoria), Urban Development Institute of Australia

Brian Haratsis Travels from VIC
Fee Range: :$5001 to $10000

Brian Haratsis's Biography

Brian Haratsis is highly regarded as one of Australia’s foremost strategic advisors – with a particular focus on private sector property involvement, understanding communities, tourism and social trends – Brian has more than 30 plus years experience as an economist, futurist, and strategic planner.


Brian Haratsis is a best-selling author, futurist, thought leader and is regarded by corporate Australia as the leading economic and strategic advisor operating in the property sector locally and internationally.


Brian established MacroPlan Australia (renamed MacroPlan Dimasi in 2012) in 1985 and has devoted the last 28 years to his loyal client base through the delivery of effective business and property strategy, precise forecasting of niche trends, successful facilitation of strategic outcomes and successful delivery of major projects / policies.


His new thinking is currently transforming projects in retirement living/aged care and tourism including accommodation, airports, casinos and cruise shipping. As well as his role of executive chairman and managing director, Brian’s current professional focus is to provide concept development and transactional advisory for clients facing complex issues around property.employment and regulatory perspective.


Brian released the “Australia 2050 Project – A Big Australia?” is providing a platform to open discussion and understand the future drivers of Australia ranging from Globalisation, Health and Ageing, Freight and Logistics to the future role and impacts of the resource industry.


Rapid changes in technology combined with the growth of the services sector is forever changing the way Australian cities function. Much of our planning and economic development thinking, however, is based on obsolete ideas of urban development, employment, society and industry. Understanding how our very near future is going to forever change strategies for economic growth and turn urban planning on its head, is the subject of a new book by leading Australian futurist, strategic advisor and urban planner Brian Haratsis.


As Executive Chairman of MacroPlan, Brian leads the powerhouse national property research consultancy and is a highly sought after by governments and industry alike. His new book ‘Destructive Cities’ will refocus thinking from public sector led city renewal to private sector led economic and spatial transformation.

With a renewed Federal Government focus on cities as engines of productivity, there is no better time to understand why old planning and development ideas need to give way to the irresistible forces of the new economic model.


Qualifications· Master of Science, London School of Economics, London University 1983 · Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning, University of Melbourne 1978 · Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne 1977

Professional Memberships· Fellow, Planning Institute Australia · Fellow, Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association

Books · Autropolis: The Diverse Mobility Revolution (2017)· Destructive Cities (2016)  Beyond the Fringe (2013)· Follow the Money – Made in Australia (2012)· Australia 2050: Big Australia? (2011)· Enterprise: The new business of Local Government (1998) · Local Government Rates (1978)

Current Major Projects include:

South East Melbourne Airport

 Greater Macarthur Master Planned Community (12,000 lots)

Crows Nest Mixed Use Development

Lifestyle Village Portfolio roll out

Melbourne Health & Medical Precinct roll out

Boral Waurn Ponds, Master Planned Community

Western Intermodal (Victoria)

Some of Brian’s achievements include:

Appointed Board Member and Chief Economist for Plan Melbourne and Plan Melbourne Refresh Ministerial Advisory Committee

Appointed Board Member of the Victorian Planning Authority

Key Analyst on Australia’s first fully integrated transit-oriented development at Parramatta

Key Analyst for the development of the RACV Club in Melbourne ($160m)

Key Analyst on the first and largest mixed use development in Australia – the QV Building ($700m)

Key Analyst for the development of Australia’s tallest residential building - Eureka Towers

(99 storeys, $700m)

Key Analyst in the development of Australia’s first new generation ‘main street’ in Brighton Butler, Perth

Australian Driverless Vehicles Initiative, Co-chair of Policy and Research Group

Victorian Major Projects Completed:

Queen Victoria (QV) Market Research: Concept Development, Retail / Residential and Mixed Use Product Mix Analysis (VIC) ($600m)

RACV Club Redevelopment: Market Research /Concept Development and Product Mix (VIC) ($100m+)

Eureka Towers (Melbourne): Residential and Mixed Use Market Research (VIC) ($200m+)

Pakenham Racing Club: Racecourse Redevelopment Rezoning and Feasibility & New Racecourse Rezoning (~$50m)

Automated Vehicles:

National Transport Commission – Submission “Pathway to an AV Industry in Australia

Australian Driverless Vehicles Initiative – Economic & Employment Impacts of AV’s  MacroPlan report (2017)

Autropolis: The Diverse Mobility Revolution (2017)

Recent Speaking Engagements:

Urban Developer Property & Economic Outlook 2020, 2019, 2018 (Keynote VIC, NSW, QLD)

JLL Macro Retail Trends 2020 – Keynote

Westpac Banking Corporation 2019– Keynote Adelaide

ICTC Townsville Conference 2019 Keynote “Sugar Hit or A New Economy”?

Carlisle Homes Sales Conference (2019)

CBRE Retail Briefing Keynote (2019)

Real Estate Developer Forum Keynote – Dandenong City Council (2019)

Future Vehicles Keynote – Essendon (2018)

UDIA VIC Northern Chapter Keynote – Bendigo (2018)

ARRB Brisbane Conference Panel (2018)

IPWEA Conference Keynote – Melbourne (2018)

Speaking Topics Include

Economy, Future and Strategy planning

Understanding community, social and tourism trends


Australia's future direction