People

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.

Robin Davies was appointed Associate Director in December 2012. He has made an Honorary Professorial Fellow of ANU in July 2014. He held a range of senior policy and program management roles in the Australian Agency for International Development over almost twenty years, serving in Paris and Jakarta. He has been based in Geneva since May 2014. Robin leads on the Centre’s third research pillar, global development policy, and also contributes to our work on Australian aid effectiveness.

Dr Matthew Dornan has worked at the Development Policy Centre since 2011, and in January 2016 became Deputy Director. He recieved 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. Matthew leads our research on Pacific growth and regional integration, and undertakes research on PNG.

Dr Carmen Voigt-Graf joined the Development Policy Centre in October 2014 as a Fellow. She is based in Port Moresby where she is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research Institute (NRI), and leads 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 has worked in a range of economic issues in the Pacific, particularly in the areas of labour markets, skills development, labour mobility, migration, and regional integration.

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. He has a PhD in economics from the 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. Anthony is a key figure in our collaboration with the UPNG Division of Economics. The focus of his research is curently on education policy in PNG

Dr Grant Walton is a Research Fellow at the Centre. He recieved 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 Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Centre. He received his PhD from the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) program, ANU. His PhD focused on informal institutions, ethnic identity and electoral politics in Solomon Islands. His research interests include political governance and development, and aid policy. A former NZAID staffer, Terence leads our program of research into Australian aid.

Michael Cookson joined Devpolicy in December 2015 as Partnership Manager for the Centre’s partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea. He has extensive experience of supporting collaborations with universities in Indonesia, PNG and the Pacific Islands. Michael completed his PhD at the ANU on political and social change in Indonesian Papua.

Michael Cornish is an Associate Lecturer working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. He is a development economist and conflict management specialist, and a former visiting lecturer at the School of Economics and School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Tatia Currie is an Associate Lecturer, working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. She has experience in both teaching and applied policy contexts in Africa and Australia and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Tasmania. Her policy interests include policy design and policy entrepreneurship, governance and policy transfer.

Rohan Fox is the Partnership Coordinator for our partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea. 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.

Manoj Kumar Pandey is a Lecturer in Economics, working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. Prior to join 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.

Michelle Rooney is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, working for our partnership with the University of Papua New Guinea. She is currently completing her PhD at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia program. Michelle holds a Masters of Arts in Development Economics from University of Sussex, UK and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the ANU.

Ashlee Betteridge is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from Crawford School. Previously, Ashlee was a newspaper journalist and editor in Australia and Indonesia. She has also worked in development organisations in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Ashlee leads on the Centre’s outreach and communications, and also provides support to Femili PNG.

Camilla Burkot joined the Development Policy Centre as a Research Officer in February 2015. She has a background in social anthropology (BA Hons, University of Cambridge) and holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She works primarily on research on Australian aid effectiveness under the Centre’s Gates Foundation grant, and edits the Devpolicy Blog.

Tara Davda is a Research Officer at the Centre. She has a Masters in International and Development Economics from Crawford School of Public Policy. She has had a range of professional experience overseas, including in Vietnam, India, Bangladesh and most recently with IPC-IG / UNDP Brazil. She provides research support for the Development Policy Centre’s research on PNG, including statistical analysis, writing and survey and fieldwork assistance.

Macarena Rojas is a Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She studied journalism and has a background in program coordination. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Studies from The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Husnia Hushang is a Program Officer for the Development Policy Centre. She has a Masters of Public Policy and a Graduate Diploma of Public Administration from ANU. She also worked for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Afghanistan.

Cleo Fleming has worked at the Development Policy Centre since 2011. She currently works part-time as our Publications Editor. Cleo has a background in program management and administration. She has a Master of Social Science (International Development) from RMIT University and a Graduate Diploma in International Relations from Monash University.

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 Nematullah Bizhan is a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton Universities. He has a PhD from the Australian National University. He studies the effects of foreign aid on state building in developing countries, examining the case of Afghanistan. His research interests include state-building, international development, political economy, taxation and budget.

Dr Richard Curtain is an independent consultant with expertise in the areas of skill formation, program evaluation and analysis of youth labour markets. He works closely with Devpolicy on issues relating to Pacific labour mobility, is a regular visitor to the Centre, and a frequent contributor to our events and workshops.

Dr Dinuk Jayasuriya worked as a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre in 2012 and 2013. He currrently undertakes research and evaluation work for the Asian Development Bank and the Australian government and operates as the 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 Evaluations officer at the World Bank Group.

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 Tess Newton Cain is an independent researcher and consultant based in Vanuatu. A former Lecturer in Law at the University of the South Pacific, she has more than 15 years of experience living and working in the Pacific island region and is a recognised expert on Pacific politics, policy and development. She often contributes to the Devpolicy Blog and coordinates the Pacific Conversations segment, a series of interviews with Pacific policymakers and thought leaders.

Dr Gordon Peake has worked extensively in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific. His book ‘Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor-Leste’ was winner of the 2014 ACT Book of the Year and People’s Choice Awards. Gordon received his PhD from the University of Oxford.

Dr Jonathan Pickering is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. He completed his PhD thesis on climate change financing for developing countries at ANU in 2013. 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.

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.

James Webb is Economic Advisor for the Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management. James earlier worked in the Australian Treasury and in the Australian Department of Finance. He has a broad interest in economic policy but has focused his recent efforts on areas such as tax reform, public financial management and economic policy within the Cook Islands.

Ian Anderson has over 30 years international development experience with AusAID, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and as an independent economics consultant. He is a regular Devpolicy blogger. He is currently undertaking research on health priorities and funding in Asia and the Pacific at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

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.

Derek Brien is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Public Policy in Vanuatu.

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.

Satish Chand is Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales and Adjunct Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. He co-authored a paper on Bougainville that was presented at the 2015 PNG Update.

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 Bangladesh.

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 is currently finalising a book project on the history of the Australian aid program, with support from Devpolicy.

Benjamin Day is a PhD scholar in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU. 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 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 currently working with the Institute of National Affairs in Port Moresby.

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.

Jesse Doyle is a Social Protection Economist with the World Bank Group in Sydney. His research focuses on labour mobility in the Pacific, often in collaboration with Devpolicy.

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 Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. His research interests include the history of Australia’s foreign aid in Indonesia in the 1960s, and the development and impact of Australia’s food aid program in Indonesia.

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.

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 Associate 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.

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, and a frequent contributor to the Devpolicy Blog.

Chris Hoy is undertaking a PhD in Economics at the University of Sydney and has 10 years experience in the international development sector. He holds a Masters of International and Development Economics from Yale University. Before starting his PhD, Chris was a researcher with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Prior to this he worked as an economist for UNICEF Uganda, the Australian Aid Program and the Australian Treasury.

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.

Dr Patrick Kilby 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.

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.

Dr. Kamalini Lokugeis a Research Fellow in the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, ANU. She works closely with us on issues regarding health and gender in PNG and on Femili PNG, for which she serves on the Board and convenes the Technical Advisory Group.

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.

Dr Wesley Morgan is Oxfam’s Pacific Policy Adviser, based in Suva, Fiji. 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: currently a board member of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy and independent consultant.

Logea Nao is currently undertaking her Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU and is a 2014/2015 recipient of The Greg Taylor scholarship. She formerly worked as a researcher at the National Research Institute in PNG.

Joel Negin is an Associate Professor of International Health and Director of Research at the University of Sydney School of Public Health. His research focus is on health and development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific. He is a regular contributor to the Devpolicy Blog on global health issues, and a co-convener of the Australasian Aid Conference.

Annmaree O’Keeffe is a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

Erik Olbrei has 20 years experience in international development. After completing a Masters program in climate change at the ANU, he is now undertaking doctoral research on climate change with the Crawford School of Public Policy. His research asks from a political economy perspective how deforestation in Indonesia can be reduced in the face of an array of governance challenges, and whether international activism can bring about transformative change to Indonesia’s forest sector.

David Osborne is a Senior Economist with Adam Smith International. 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. His work focuses on revenue management, the extractives sector and drivers of economic growth. In 2015 he completed a second policy paper on the PNG Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Sabit Otor is a Centre Associate at the Development Policy Centre. His research focuses 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.

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.

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.

Jonathan Pryke worked at the Development Policy Centre from 2011, and left in mid-2015 to take up the position of Melanesia Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He has a Master of Public Policy/Master of Diplomacy from Crawford School of Public Policy and the College of Diplomacy, ANU.

Carmen Robledo is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations, ANU. Her research focuses in the development cooperation policies of emerging donors, specifically on Latin American donors.

Henry Sherrell is a policy analyst with the Migration Council Australia, where he works on Australian immigration and settlement policy. He worked for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship from 2008 to 2012, and holds a Master of Public Policy from ANU. In 2015 he contributed a blog post, ‘Migration and development in an Australian context’.

Futua Singirok has just 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 previously worked as an analyst at Bank 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.

Jo Spratt is completing a PhD at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, examining the recent evolution of New Zealand’s aid policy. Jo is a frequent contributor to the Devpolicy Blog on topics related to New Zealand aid.

Kath Taplin is the Senior Development Manager of Femili PNG, a case management centre assisting survivors of family and sexual violence in Lae. She is a practicing lawyer who has held senior legal positions in both the private and community sectors. Prior to working with Femili PNG, Kath worked in AusAID and DFAT in various senior positions, including overseas.

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. In 2015 she co-authored a blog post with Tess Newton Cain on human rights in Nauru.

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.

Thomas Wangi is 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.

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, most recently co-authoring in Rotman Management (Winter 2015 edition) an article on ‘The downside of growth: Asia’s wicked environmental problems’.

Dr Charles Yala is 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.

Denghua Zhang is doing his PhD on Chinese triangular aid cooperation at SSGM ANU. 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. He worked in the Pacific region for five years including in Tonga and New Zealand.

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