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In 2005 Vivek became Head of Economics and Chief Economist for Rio Tinto. In this role he is responsible for assessing the economic environment and markets in which the company operates. This includes the global macro economy, commodity demand, supply and prices and the implications of global shifts such as climate change. Vivek began his career as an economist in the Australian Public Service with roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Department of Environment and Heritage and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) where he was Deputy Executive Director from 2003-2005. Vivek has degrees in economics from the Australian National University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.