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Professor Stephen Howes is Director of the Development Policy Centre. He has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. He served in various positions for a decade at the World Bank before becoming AusAID’s first Chief Economist in 2005. He is now Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.
Professor Robyn Alders is a Senior Scientific Advisor with the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, Chair of the Kyeema Foundation and an Honorary Professor with the Development Policy Centre within the Australian National University. Robyn’s current research and development interests include domestic and global food and nutrition security/systems, One Health/Planetary Health, gender equity and Science Communication. In February 2017, Robyn was the recipient of the Inaugural Mitchell Global Humanitarian Award which recognises Australians and others supported by Australian aid who have made an outstanding contribution to the cause of international development.
Dr Ryan Edwards is the Deputy Director of the Development Policy Centre. Ryan is an economist whose research interests lie at the intersection of development economics, international trade, and the environment, with a particular focus on labour mobility and economic development. Ryan completed a PhD in Economics at the ANU and subsequently held academic appointments at Stanford and Dartmouth. Before PhD study, he worked in government and global development sectors.
Beth Orton is Centre Manager at the Development Policy Centre. She was previously Senior Research Officer as part of the Devpol’s Pacific Labour Mobility team. Beth started her career working in marketing, communications and stakeholder engagement on planning and infrastructure projects, and in the arts and cultural sector. Prior to undertaking further study she held management roles in the manufacturing sector. Beth has a Master of Demography from ANU.
Dr Grant Walton is a Research Fellow at the Centre. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne. His thesis compared anti-corruption actors and citizen perspectives on corruption in PNG. Over the past decade Grant has conducted research in PNG, Liberia and Afghanistan. In 2015 Grant was appointed Deputy Director of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption, a Research Associate of the University of Birmingham’s Developmental Leadership Program, and an ANU University House Early Career Academic Fellow. Grant leads our research into the effectiveness of health and education spending in PNG, and also undertakes research into corruption.
Dr Michelle Rooney is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, working for our partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea. She received her PhD from the Department of Pacific Affairs in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, ANU, in 2017. Michelle also holds a Masters of Arts in Development Economics from University of Sussex, UK, and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from ANU.
Dr Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Terence’s research focuses on the domestic political economy of aid in donor countries, public opinion about aid, NGOs, aid effectiveness in poorly-governed states, and Melanesian electoral politics. Prior to commencing PhD study Terence worked for the New Zealand Government Aid Program.
Dr Richard Curtain is a Research Fellow specialising in Pacific labour mobility. As a public policy consultant, he has worked on labour mobility on assignments related to the APTC, and in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Tonga. He is the co-author with colleagues at Devpolicy of a paper for the World Bank on Pacific Labour Mobility and organised a workshop at Devpolicy on this topic in June 2016. His PhD is from ANU on internal migration and urban unemployment in Papua New Guinea.
Dr Michael Rose is a Research Fellow at the Centre. He is an anthropologist with a PhD from the Australian National University and a background working various jobs in policy, agriculture, international development and education throughout Eurasia and Australia. His current focus is an ethnographic study exploring the experiences of a cohort of Timorese agricultural labourers within Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme. His interests include the applied anthropology of development, labour mobility and diaspora communities, globalisation’s social impact and urban-rural movement in Southeast Asia.
Dr Charlotte Bedford is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, working in the field of Pacific labour mobility. Since 2007 Charlotte has been closely involved in the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) policy that formed the basis of her doctoral studies at the University of Adelaide. Charlotte continues to have a strong interest in the New Zealand and Australian seasonal work schemes as well as working on broader social, economic and demographic aspects of Pacific labour mobility.
Dr Manoj Kumar Pandey is a Lecturer in Economics, working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. Prior to joining ANU, he worked as a Fellow in Official Statistics and coordinator of the Official Statistics Program at the School of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific (USP). Dr Pandey has a strong background in statistics, applied econometrics and economics. His interests include ageing, development, health, labor, gender and well-being.
Dr Nematullah Bizhan is a Lecturer working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. He is also a Research Fellow at Oxford University where he studies the role of identities and networks in establishing state legitimacy and effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected societies. He has a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University and was previously a high-level participant in the post-2001 government of Afghanistan. His research focuses on international development, state building and legitimacy in conflict-affected and fragile societies, public policy and political economy.
Dek Sum is an Associate Lecturer and Project Coordinator, working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. He completed Master of International and Development Economics from the Australian National University and was awarded the Excellence in Tutoring Award from the ANU College of Business and Economics in 2017. His research interests include time-series econometrics and development economics.
Rohan Fox is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. He has a Masters in International & Development Economics from the ANU and is currently working on research on the development impact of roads infrastructure in Papua New Guinea in partnership with the National Research Institute and Development Policy Centre. His interests include behavioural economics and development impacts of infrastructure projects.
Lydia Papandrea is the Managing Editor at the Development Policy Centre. She was previously the Research Editor at the Lowy Institute. Lydia started her career in the publishing industry and has extensive editorial experience. She has held Senior Editor roles at HarperCollins Australia and Penguin Random House Australia, and was the first Publications Editor at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Dr Karen Downing is Research Communications Coordinator at the Development Policy Centre. She has a PhD in History from ANU and experience in both academic and non-academic publications production and management.
Arichika Okazaki is a Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Development Studies from the ANU. He assists in various parts of the Centre’s operation.
Sadhana Sen is the Regional Communications Adviser for the Development Policy Centre. She is also a freelance journalist. She has worked in the Pacific with the development sector, and in academia and the media mainly around democratic governance and women’s empowerment issues. She holds Masters Degrees in Public Policy from Crawford School and in Diplomacy and International Relations from the University of the South Pacific.
Anne Moorhead is working as a consultant editor for the Devpolicy Blog. She is a freelance writer and editor specialising in sustainable development with a focus on the Pacific islands region. Anne has a Masters’ degree in Environmental Assessment and Management from Oxford Brookes University, and an Individual Professional Award in Managing Knowledge and Communication for Development from SOAS, University of London.
Fessehaie Abraham was the First Eritrean Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand (1993 - 1997) and the founding Coordinator of the Eritrean Relief Association in Australia (1978-1992). He was also a Board Member (1998-2006) of the Fred Hollows Foundation in Australia, and worked closely with the late Professor Fred Hollows to set up an Intraocular Lens Laboratory in Asmera, Eritrea. Fessehaie holds a Master of Business Administration (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management UNSW, a Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (UNSW) and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry (UNSW). He was a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre from 2017–2018 to work on a book on Australia-Eritrea relations.
Ian Anderson has more than 30 years of international development experience with AusAID, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and as an independent economics consultant. In 2018 he completed a PhD on health priorities and funding in Asia and the Pacific at Crawford School of Public Policy. He is also a regular Devpolicy blogger.
Sandra Naranjo Bautista is a public policy expert, specialising in governance, policy design and implementation, and public financial management. She is the former acting vice president, minister of planning and development, and minister of tourism in Ecuador, and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, DFAT, the Gates Foundation and other organisations in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Mexico.
Dr Sharon Bessell is the Director of Research at Crawford School of Public Policy and Director of the Crawford School’s Children’s Policy Centre. She is part of an international research team working on a new, gender-sensitive measure of poverty, the Individual Deprivation Measure.
Ashlee Betteridge was Centre Manager of the Development Policy Centre until April 2021. Previously she was a Research Officer and Program Manager, first joining the centre in 2011. During her time at the centre she led numerous initiatives, including the Australian Aid Tracker and the Australasian Aid Conference. She now works as a development and communications consultant, including with the Australian Humanitarian Partnership Support Unit.
Dr Carola Betzold is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Her research concerns the interplay of climate change and development cooperation, with a specific focus on aid and adaptation in small island developing states, in the Pacific and beyond. Carola holds a PhD in Political Science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
Dr Sean Burges is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU. His research interest is non-traditional aid, with a particular focus on Latin American aid.
Camilla Burkot was a Research Officer with the Development Policy Centre, and Editor of the Devpolicy Blog, from February 2015 to October 2017. She has a background in social anthropology (BA Hons, University of Cambridge) and holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She now works for the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security.
Dr Tess Newton Cain is the principal of TNC Pacific Consulting and is a Visiting Fellow to the Development Policy Centre. She is a citizen of Vanuatu, where she lived for almost 20 years, and is now based in Brisbane. Tess is a specialist in Pacific regionalism and sub-regionalism, with a particular interest in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. She is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy blog. She is the co-ordinator of the ‘Pacific Conversations series in which she discusses politics and policy with established and emerging leaders from the Pacific island region.
Satish Chand is Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales and Adjunct Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.
Kongkea Chhoeun is currently a PhD candidate at the Crawford School of Public Policy of The Australian National University. He is researching the effects of Australian and Chinese scholarship programs on Cambodian scholars’ political attitudes under the supervision of Professor Stephen Howes. He has over five years of professional experiences in the areas of extractive industries, regional economic development, and food security and nutrition as a technical professional and a consultant for United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). He graduated with an MPA degree in Public Administration from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Jessie Connell recently completed her PhD with the Mekong Research Group, University of Sydney, focusing on population displacement and the resettlement safeguards of international financial institutions. She is currently working for the International Organization for Migration in Canberra.
Dr Jack Corbett is an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Being Political: Leadership and Democracy in the Pacific Islands and has just written a book on the history of the Australian aid program, with support from Devpolicy.
Dr Martin Davies is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee University. His research interests include international trade and development. He has a D.Phil. from Oxford University, and has taught at UPNG, St John’s College Oxford, and the Foreign Commonwealth Office (UK). He has held a post at the Australian Treasury, and is a visitor to the University of PNG under the ANU-UPNG partnership.
Robin Davies is Head of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was previously, from late 2012 to September 2017, Associate Director of the Development Policy Centre. He was made an Honorary Professor of the Australian National University in July 2014. He held a range of senior policy and program management roles in the Australian Agency for International Development from 1993 to 2012, serving in Paris and Jakarta.
Benjamin Day is an Associate Lecturer in the ANU Department of International Relations. His research seeks to understand how recent changes in the international system are affecting how traditional donors use foreign aid as an instrument of foreign policy. Ben is a frequent blog contributor on Australian aid policy and global development issues.
Dr Matthew Dornan worked at the Development Policy Centre from 2011-2019, serving as Deputy Director from 2016-2019. He now works for the World Bank on Pacific labour mobility. He received his PhD from Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and has a background in public policy and economics. Matthew previously worked across the Pacific Islands as part of an Australian technical assistance program, and later worked on climate change adaptation for AusAID.
Dr Björn Dressel is a Senior Lecturer at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. Among other things, he works on the political economy of public financial management.
Professor Ron Duncan is an Emeritus Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. His research is currently focused on the binding constraints to growth and ‘clientelist’ politics in the Pacific.
Dr Pierre van der Eng is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Management, College of Business and Economics, ANU. His research interests include the history of Australia’s foreign aid programs in Indonesia during the 1950s-1980s and its impact on Australia’s international business, and the role of China’s foreign aid and ‘South-South cooperation’ in the internationalisation of Chinese companies.
John Eyers has worked in the Australian Treasury, ADB, Commonwealth Secretariat, Office of National Assessments, PNG Treasury, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. His research interest is foreign assistance to fragile and transition states.
Dr Colin Filer is an Honorary Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy. His research interests include the social context, organisation and impact of policies, programs and projects in the mining, petroleum, forestry and conservation sectors.
Edwina Fingleton-Smith is completing a PhD at ANU on energy access in developing countries, based on qualitative research conducted over three years in Kenya. She holds a Masters of Environmental Law and Sustainable Development from SOAS (University of London) and a Bachelor of Development Studies from ANU. Edwina was previously a research associate with international development NGO Practical Action and worked for the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy hub ENERGIA.
Paul Flanagan has a longstanding interest in public policy issues in Australia, PNG and more broadly. His thirty-five-year public service career was evenly shared between Treasury/Finance and AusAID. He headed up Treasury’s International Finance and Development Division from 2008-2011 before being seconded to a senior advisor position in the PNG Treasury until August 2013. He is a leading commentator on economic developments in PNG.
Neelesh Gounder was the 2016/2017 recipient of the PNG and Pacific Greg Taylor scholarship. He co-organises the annual ANU-USP Pacific Update. He is currently Senior Lecturer in economics and Deputy Head of School (Research and International) at the University of the South Pacific, Suva. He has PhD in economics from Griffith University. Neelesh’s research areas include tourism, trade and growth in Pacific Island countries, poverty and economic performance of Pacific Island countries and the banking sector and financial development in Pacific Island countries.
Fiona Gunn is the Development Manager of Femili PNG, an NGO based in Lae and Port Moresby that runs a case management centres which assists survivors of family and sexual violence. Fiona has a Masters in International and Community Development from Deakin University, and has worked in international development, legal policy and cultural heritage roles at the National Archives of Australia, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Public Service Commission and the National Film and Sound Archive.
Christopher Hoy was a Research and Policy Fellow at the Centre in 2020. He completed his Masters of International and Development Economics from Yale University and his PhD in Economics at the Australian National University. Christopher has published numerous academic articles and policy papers and has pioneered the use of randomized control trials in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. He has worked as an economist for a range of organisations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Australian Government.
Tony Hughes is a freelance consultant in economic management. He lives in Solomon Islands and has worked in a number of Pacific island states. His current research concerns lessons from the experience of development practitioners who have been working in the Pacific in the last 20-30 years.
Dr Janet Hunt is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at the ANU where she teaches and conducts research about Indigenous development in Australia. She was previously Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development and Executive Director of the International Women’s Development Agency. She is part of an international research team which has recently developed a new, gender-sensitive measure of poverty.
Ryohei (Ryo) Ikarii was a Research Intern at the Centre under the supervision of Matthew Dornan from January to July 2018. He analysed and presented on rural electrification in Pacific island countries at the 2018 Pacific Update with a background in the energy industry. He holds a Masters in International and Development Economics (IDEC) from ANU, and now works for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on transport and energy infrastructure projects.
Dr Dinuk Jayasuriya worked as a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre in 2012 and 2013. He has undertaken research and evaluation work for the Asian Development Bank and the Australian government, and been Research Director for Red Elephant. He previously worked as the evaluation advisor to the Asian Development Bank’s impact evaluation committee and as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the World Bank Group.
Dr Rim El Kadi’s research interests include public sector management and reform in developing countries, sustainable development, and aid. Her PhD research, undertaken at the University of South Australia, covered the water sector reform in Lebanon, with a particular focus on the role of aid and development agencies in promoting reform and sustainable development, in the context of a weak state and a fragmented social fabric.
Lindy Kanan is a Senior Research Officer at the Department of Pacific Affairs at ANU. She was the Development Manager of Femili PNG from 2016-2019. Lindy is an experienced international development practitioner and has worked for the United Nations, the Australian Government and various non-government organisations including Oxfam Australia and Childfund Australia.
Dr Patrick Kilby is the Program Coordinator for the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program, ANU, and a regular Devpolicy collaborator and blogger. In 2015 he published NGOs and Political Change: a history of the Australian Council for International Development.
Paskal Kleden is a PhD student at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU undertaking research on aid to Indonesia under the supervision of Stephen Howes. He holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar. Prior to his PhD, Paskal worked as Research Coordinator in a DFAT-funded education program in Indonesia managed by the Palladium Group.
Sam Koim is a Papua New Guinean lawyer whose career has focused on anti-corruption efforts. He was a Principal Legal Officer at the PNG Department of Justice and Attorney General, before becoming Chairman of Investigation Task Force Sweep, PNG’s multi-agency anti-corruption body. He led this body for five years and was involved in investigating and prosecuting corrupt offenders, penalising and recovering unpaid tax, identifying and recovering proceeds of crime, and working with other agencies. He is also a Council Member of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre for several months in mid-2017.
Robert Lamontagne is a Griffith University doctoral candidate researching Australian governance and anti-corruption aid to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. He completed his award-winning master’s thesis on Australia’s anti-money laundering aid to Papua New Guinea while interning at Devpolicy under Dr Grant Walton in 2014. Prior to coming to Australia, Rob worked in politics in the United States.
Maholopa (‘Maho’) Laveil has recently completed a Masters in International and Development Economics (IDEC) at the ANU after being awarded a scholarship under the ANU-UPNG partnership. He is now lecturing in Economics at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). He started his academic career as a Researcher Cadet at the PNG National Research Institute (NRI) in 2014, after graduating with a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea in 2013.
Belinda Lawton is a PhD candidate at Crawford School of Public Policy researching not-for-profit, non-government hospitals and clinics in fragile countries in Asia. Belinda is a communications specialist who has worked with several health-related NGOs in Timor-Leste, Bangladesh and Thailand. Belinda is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy Blog, writing on global health issues.
Holly Lawton was a Research Officer working on Pacific labour mobility from 2019-2021. She has a Master of Development Practice (Advanced) from The University of Queensland. Holly has worked in the international development/aid sector, providing support to a range of aid-funded initiatives in a project management capacity. Her interests lie in the aid and development sector, particularly labour mobility and the development impacts of migration and remittances.
Dr. Kamalini Lokuge is a Senior Research Fellow in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, ANU. Her current research includes monitoring and evaluating support services for survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.
Dr Sango Mahanty is currently an ARC Future Fellow, Resources Environment & Development Group at the Crawford School of Public Policy.
Andrew Anton Mako completed his Master of International and Development Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy in 2012 and then worked as a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, and then as a Research Fellow at the PNG National Research Institute on the PNG Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project. He is currently working with the Pacific Islands Forum.
Luke McKenzie was an Associate Lecturer working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). Prior to this position, he worked as a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. Luke also worked at the Australian Treasury for four years, analysing and providing advice on tax policy. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from The University of Queensland. Luke’s research interests include taxation and public finance, labour economics and randomised control trials.
Bob McMullan has had a long and distinguished career in the Australian Parliament as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Labor politicians. He is a former Parliamentary Secretary for International Development (2007-2010) and Executive Director for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Dr Wesley Morgan is a lecturer in the School of Government, Development and International Affairs at the University of the South Pacific. His PhD explored the PACER-Plus trade negotiations between member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum.
Matthew Morris helped to establish the Development Policy Centre and served as the Centre’s first Deputy Director. Matt is a development economist with 20 years’ experience. He is currently working for the Government of Kiribati.
Logea Nao has completed her Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU and was a 2014/2015 recipient of The Greg Taylor scholarship. She is currently working as a researcher at the National Research Institute in PNG.
Joel Negin is Head of School and an Associate Professor of International Public Health at the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health. His research focus is on health and development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific and he is a contributor to the Devpolicy Blog on global health issues.
Dr Bao Nguyen was a Lecturer in Economics, working in Port Moresby as part of the ANU-UPNG partnership. His current research focuses on the relationship between energy and commodity price dynamics and macroeconomic performance on various economies (Australian, Chinese and the US). Prior to completing his PhD thesis at ANU, he worked as a lecturer at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City and Harvard Program in Vietnam.
Dr Odhuno is Senior Research Fellow leading the Economic Policy Research Program at the National Research Institute (NRI) in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. He joined NRI after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Prior to that he completed his M.A. and B.A. at Kenyatta University (Kenya) and became a CPA (Kenya) in 2001. He previously worked for with Ernst & Young in Nairobi as a Consultant in International Trade and Tax issues, and with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (also in Nairobi), where he worked as an Economist/Statistician and Industrial Development Officer. Dr Odhuno is currently teaching in the Masters of Economic and Public Policy program at UPNG on a part-time basis under the ANU-UPNG partnership.
Annmaree O’Keeffe is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
David Osborne is a researcher focusing on economic development and public policy in PNG and the Pacific region, with a particular interest in foreign investment, aid, macroeconomic policy, and volatility. He has worked for the Lowy Institute, and was earlier Adam Smith International’s Principal Economist. He has worked for AusAID and DFAT as a Senior Economist, including as Country Economist in PNG, and ran DFAT’s Mining for Development initiative. He worked for the PNG Sustainable Development Program in Port Moresby as an economist for two years, and prior to that worked for government and NGOs in Indonesia.
Sabit Otor is an Associate at the Development Policy Centre. He focuses his research on aid effectiveness, aid for trade, macroeconomic determinants of aid graduation, and developing countries. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Science and Education from Alexandria University (Egypt), a Bachelor Degree and Graduate Diploma of Economics from ANU, and a Master of International and Development Economics from ANU. In 2017, he co-authored a discussion paper with Matthew Dornan on the impact of aid on trade in Asia.
Dr Hom Pant is an Adjunct Fellow at the ANU. He is developing additional capabilities to a widely used general equilibrium model of the global economy to enable staff and students of ANU conduct sound analysis of policies of national and international significance. Prior to joining the ANU, he was a senior economist at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the National Planning Commission of Nepal, as a consultant to the World Bank and Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania.
Dr Jonathan Pickering is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, Economics and Society at the University of Canberra, where he teaches international relations. His current research focuses on global environmental governance, with an emphasis on climate change and biodiversity. From 2015 to 2019 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canberra, based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He completed his PhD at ANU and is an associate of the Development Policy Centre. Previously he worked at AusAID (2003-09).
Professor Lekshmi N. Pillai is the Dean of the School of Business and Public Policy (SBPP) at the University of Papua New Guinea. He leads the partnership between Crawford School of Public Policy and the UPNG SBPP, and is a regular visitor to the Development Policy Centre and ANU.
Jonathan Pryke worked at the Development Policy Centre from 2011, and left in mid-2015 to join the Lowy Institute, where he is now Director of the Pacific Islands Program. He holds a Master of Public Policy/Master of Diplomacy from the Crawford School of Public Policy and the College of Diplomacy, ANU.
Dr Susan Harris Rimmer is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Associate Professor at the Griffith Law School, and an Adjunct Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. She was previously the Manager of Advocacy and Development Practice at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). Susan helped to consolidate ACFID’s Academic Linkages Network. She has previously worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches and the Parliamentary Library.
Marcel Schroeder was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre in 2017-19, and in 2015-16 he was a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Papua New Guinea, as part of the ANU-UPNG partnership. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Lebanese American University. His research focuses on macroeconomic aspects of economic development.
Futua Singirok completed his Masters in International and Development Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU and was a 2014/2015 recipient of The Greg Taylor scholarship. He currently works at the Bank of South Pacific in PNG.
Ronald Sofe was a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre working on the PNG PEPE Project, as one of the awardees of the 2014 Australian Prime Minister’s Pacific Program. He has now completed his graduate studies in economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, and is a Research Fellow of the PNG National Research Institute.
Nikunj Soni is a Co-Founder and Chair of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP). He has held a range of senior positions in the Pacific region and Timor-Leste.
Dr Jo Spratt studied how aid policy changed for her doctorate at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. She is a frequent contributor to the Devpolicy Blog, and Oxfam New Zealand’s Advocacy and Campaigns Director.
Sherman Surandiran was a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre from 2019-2021. He has a Master of International and Development Economics from the ANU and his research interests include aid policy, development economics, econometrics and international trade. Prior to his postgraduate studies, Sherman worked in the aviation and public sectors.
Dr Anthony Swan commenced as a Research Fellow with the Development Policy Centre and a Lecturer in the International and Development Economics Program in January 2013, and left the Centre in June 2017. He has a PhD in economics from ANU and a background in economic policy formulation and consulting. In 2012 he worked for the PNG National Research Institute on the PNG Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) Project in Port Moresby. He has also lectured at the University of Papua New Guinea. He currently works for Gavi, based in Geneva.
Dr Savitri Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Law School at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She spent a month in residence at Devpolicy in November 2015. Her main area of research interest is refugee law and asylum policy at the national, regional and international level.
Dr Maylee Thavat is a Research and Teaching Associate in the Resources, Environment and Development area of the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. She has specific expertise in the areas of rural development and agricultural value chains, climate change, environment and disaster risk reduction. Her previous work includes consultancies for AusAID, ODI, NZAID and Oxfam.
Dr Lhawang Ugyel is an associate of the Centre. He was previously an ANU lecturer working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy. His field of research is comparative public administration specializing in public sector reforms, policy transfer, evaluation studies and cross-cultural studies. Prior to completing his PhD program at the ANU, he worked for the Royal Government of Bhutan in various capacities such as Senior Human Resource Officer and Policy Analyst.
Dr Carmen Voigt-Graf was a Fellow with the Development Policy Centre from October 2014 to October 2017. She was based in Port Moresby as a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research Institute (NRI), leading our research partnership with NRI. Carmen has a PhD from the University of Sydney and has held academic positions at ANU and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. She also served as an Economic Adviser with the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser in Vanuatu. Carmen works on a range of economic issues in the Pacific, particularly in the areas of labour markets, skills development, labour mobility, migration, and regional integration.
Dr Bill Vistarini is currently based in Canberra. Since 1970 he has managed aid projects, lived and taught in Laos, Cambodia, Vanuatu and Indonesia. He has successfully supervised doctoral students from all these countries and Australia. He completed his PhD at La Trobe University in 1994. His postgraduate research was on traditional belief systems in Laos, which included the arrival and impact of Buddhism and the French. He is particularly interested in the practical application of research.
Thomas Wangi is a Research Fellow at the National Research Institute. In 2014 he visited Devpolicy as the recipient of the Greg Taylor Scholarship. He holds a Masters of Economics from James Cook University, and is currently undertaking a PhD in economics at the ANU.
James Webb was a Senior Policy Fellow at the Development Policy Centre in 2019, and he is currently working as a Public Sector Economist at the Asian Development Bank. James has a Masters in International and Development Economics from ANU, and has spent the last decade working and living in the Pacific. He has worked for several years in the Cook Islands and Kiribati in economic and public financial management, as well as short-term projects covering a range of topics from non-communicable disease-related taxation and development policy, through to public financial management reform.
Bob Warner has worked at the Productivity Commission, the World Bank, the Centre for International Economics and the Crawford School of Public Policy (where he was Director Pacific Research Partnerships with for the Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies Journal). He has been a long term advisor in Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, and a short term advisor and consultant to governments in a number of developing countries, particularly in South East Asia and the Pacific.
Paul Wyrwoll is an economics PhD candidate and Managing Editor of the Global Water Forum, Crawford School, ANU. His research focuses on the economics of improving the environmental performance of hydropower dams. He has worked with Stephen Howes on environmental problems facing Asia, co-authoring in Rotman Management (Winter 2015 edition) an article on ‘The downside of growth: Asia’s wicked environmental problems’.
Dr Charles Yala was the Director of the PNG National Research Institute. He has a PhD from ANU. His research focuses on the economics of land tenure, customary land tenure reform, development planning, competition policy and economic reform.
Fiona Yap is Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Her main research interests focus on how strategic interactions between government and citizens in East and Southeast Asia lead to outcomes such as democratization, civil-military relations, peace, economic development, and policy success.
Denghua Zhang is a research fellow at the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs. His research focuses on Chinese foreign aid and foreign policy. Prior to that, he had a decade long career as a civil servant in China, and worked in the Pacific region for five years, including in Tonga and New Zealand.