Before joining the Reserve Bank, Mr Bascand was the Government Statistician and Chief Executive of Statistics New Zealand. He had previously worked in senior management roles in the Department of Labour and the New Zealand Treasury, and was a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund.
Mr Bascand has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in geography from the University of Otago and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University. In 2005, he was awarded a Leadership Development Centre Fellowship.
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