Prof Allan Fels holds law and economics degrees from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from Duke University in the USA and is for the former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Prof Fels was appointed SOCAP Australia Patron in 2004.
Prof Fels is former chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (1995-2003). Prior to that he was chair of its predecessor body, the Trade Practices Commission (1991-1995) and of the Prices Surveillance Authority (1989- 1992). He has served in numerous other regulatory positions including as Prices Commissioner, Victoria 1982-1991, Member of the Prices Surveillance Authority (1984-1989), Member of the Prices Justification Tribunal (1973-1980).