Dr Craig Emerson is an eminent economist with almost 35 years experience in public policy, politics and public service. Dr Emerson is a member of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia's Council on Economic Policy and an Adjunct Professor within the College of Business at Victoria University. He was lead consultant to the Australia China Business Council for its Food Summit, held on 23 May 2014.

Dr Emerson has a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University under the supervision of Professor Ross Garnaut. He has a Masters of Economics and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree from the University of Sydney.