Misha Kaur

Assistant Commissioner, ATO Design
Australian Taxation Office


Misha has over 13 years’ experience achieving transformative economic and social outcomes from within government as well as a consulting advisor, drawing on her knowledge and passion in systems-thinking, design, behavioural economics, innovation and building government organisational capability.

More broadly Misha is also known for supporting women’s issues and leadership and has designed and facilitated mentoring programs for women.

Joining the ATO in August 2019, Misha is currently leading an altitude shift to the purpose, vision and role of ATO’s design capability. She is driving a shift towards a transdisciplinary approach that integrates systems-thinking, design and behavioural insights, in order to more effectively support the ATO and government in understanding and responding to complex challenges. This includes thinking more holistically about the tax and superannuation system within Australia in order to consider opportunities to lift willing participation and overall system health using behavioural and other interventions.

Academically, Misha is also undertaking her doctoral research in the promise that taking a more transdisciplinary approach to solving public sector problems can have, utilising the new model she has developed for the ATO as a basis for this research. She has presents on this model in multiple forums, including the upcoming International Society for Public Sector Research Conference in Finland, April 2020.