People

Stephen Howes is the Director of the Development Policy Centre and a Professor of Economics at the Crawford School. Stephen served in senior economic positions for a decade at the World Bank before becoming AusAID’s first Chief Economist. In 2011 he was a member of Australia’s Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness.

Robin Davies is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Australian National University and is Associate Director of the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into global development policy. He was previously a member of AusAID’s senior executive service for a decade, both in Australia and overseas. Most recently he headed AusAID’s international programs and partnerships division. His policy and research interests include multilateral cooperation for development, development and climate change financing models and public-private partnerships for development.

Matthew Dornan is the Deputy Director of the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into Pacific development. His research focuses on aid flows, regional integration, energy, and broader infrastructure challenges in the Pacific islands region. Matthew has a PhD from ANU, and previously worked for the Australian aid program in the Pacific.

Carmen Voigt-Graf is a Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. She is based in Port Moresby, and leads our project of collaboration with the National Research Institute. Carmen has a PhD from the University of Sydney and has worked at ANU and USP in Fiji. She has worked on a range of economic issues in the Pacific, most recently as Economic Adviser with the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser in Vanuatu.

Anthony Swan is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre and lecturer in the Master of International and Development Economics program. He managed the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project at the National Research Institute of PNG, and was also a lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea. Now at the ANU, he continues his work at the PEPE project. He has a PhD in economics from the ANU and has a background in economic policy formulation and consulting.

Grant Walton is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre, working on the Promoting Effective Public Expenditure (PEPE) project. He recently finished his PhD at the University of Melbourne, which compared policy maker and citizens’ perspectives on corruption in PNG. Over the past nine years Grant has conducted research and taught in PNG, Liberia, Australia and Afghanistan.

Terence Wood is a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He heads our program of research into Australian and New Zealand aid. Terence’s research interests include aid policy, the politics of aid, and governance in developing countries. He has recently finished his PhD, studying voter behaviour in the Solomon Islands elections. Prior to commencing PhD study Terence worked for the New Zealand government aid program.

Michael Cookson is Partnership Manager for the capacity-building project that Devpolicy is undertaking 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 at the Development Policy Centre, working in Port Moresby on the Crawford School 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. His consultancy and project management roles have ranged across organisations that include the OECD, APEC, ASEAN, AusAID/DFAT, CSIRO, and the United Nations.

Rohan Fox is the Partnership Officer for the capacity-building project that Devpolicy is undertaking with the University of Papua New Guinea. He 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.

Ashlee Betteridge is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, also working on outreach. A former journalist, she holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from ANU and has development experience in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

Camilla Burkot is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre and edits the Development Policy blog. She has a background in social anthropology and holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She has field experience in Eastern & Southern Africa and PNG.

Macarena Rojas is the Program Officer of 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.

Cleo Fleming is the Publications Editor of the Development Policy Centre. She has a background in program management and administration and holds a Master of International Development from RMIT University, Melbourne.

Nematullah Bizhan is a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton Universities and a recent ANU PhD graduate. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Nematullah’s PhD examined aid and state building in Afghanistan, and he is now engaged in a broader comparative-historical analysis of aid and state building in fragile states.

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 and is a regular Visiting Fellow.

Dinuk Jayasuriya is an Adjunct Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. His research interests include program evaluation and survey analysis. He has a PhD in economics from the ANU. Prior to this he was a Research Fellow, and before that he worked for the World Bank Group.

Dr Tess Newton Cain is an independent researcher and consultant based in Vanuatu. She has more than 15 years experience of living and working in the Pacific island region and is a recognised expert on Pacific politics, policy and development. She contributes regularly to the Devpolicy blog and is the coordinator of the Pacific Conversations segment - a series of interviews with established and emerging Pacific thought leaders.

Jonathan Pickering is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra and Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He completed his PhD thesis (on climate change financing for developing countries) at ANU in 2013. Previously he worked at AusAID (2003-09). He worked in 2014 on the “Future of Aid” project for the OECD with Robin Davies.

Profesor 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 ANU and SBPP-UPNG, and is a regular visitor to the Development Policy Centre and the ANU.

Bob Warner is a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. He has worked at the Productivity Commission, the World Bank, the Centre for International Economics and the Crawford School (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 a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. Prior to his current position as the Economic Advisor for the Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, James also 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 a PhD with the Crawford School at the ANU.

Aaron Batten works for the Asian Development Bank in Hanoi, Viet Nam. He is a regular Devpolicy blogger and contributor.

Angus Barnes has spent 20 years working on international and regional development issues. His 10 years with AusAID included involvement in a broad range of programs, including national and local governance, rural development, HIV/AIDS, peace building and private sector development. Currently, Angus is working as DFAT Partnerships Manager at OXFAM Australia and involved in working groups on private sector, impact investments and innovation.

Sharon Bessell Director of Research at the Crawford School of Public Policy and Director of the Crawford School’s Children’s Policy Centre, a Devpolicy partner.

Philippa Brant is a Research Associate at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Her research interests include Chinese foreign aid and China’s engagement in the Pacific.

Derek Brien is the Executive Director of the Pacific Institute for Public Policy in Vanuatu,with which Devpolicy co-produces the fortnightly Pacific Buzz.

Sean Burges is a Lecturer in International Relations at the School of Politics and International Relations. His research interests cover the area of non-traditional aid.

Satish Chand is a Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales an Adjunct Professor at the Crawford School, ANU, a well-known regional commentator, and a regular Devpolicy contributor.

Jessie Connell has 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

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.

Benjamin Day is a PhD scholar in the School of International, Political & Strategic Studies 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’s background in the development sector has encompassed working variously as a consultant, in long-term positions in PNG and for development management organisations.

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.

Björn Dressel is a Senior Lecturer at the Crawford School. Among other things, he works on the political economy of public financial management, and in 2012 he published and blogged on his World Bank report on this topic.

Jesse Doyle is currently working as a Labour Migration Specialist consultant for the World Bank Group in Sydney. His research focuses on labour mobility in the Pacific. He holds a Master of International and Development Economics from the ANU.

Ron Duncan is an Emeritus Professor at the Crawford School, ANU. His research is currently focused on the binding constraints to growth and ‘clientelist’ politics in the Pacific.

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.

Colin Filer is an Associate Professor at the 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 is a Centre Associate at the Development Policy Centre. He has a long standing interest in public policy issues in Australia, PNG and more broadly. He has recently left the Australian Treasury as Chief Advisor, Foreign Investment and Trade Policy Division. Earlier in his career, he spent 17 years in AusAID in a range of policy, budget, sectoral and country program roles.

Tamara Haig is the Principal of DevDAS, a consultancy firm that designs, tenders for, and communicates aid and development initiatives. She works with AusAID, IFC and private sector organisations across PNG, the Pacific and Asia.

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 is a board member of IWDA and the Refugee Council of Australia. She has previously worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches and the Parliamentary Library.

Chris Hoy is studying his 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 Centre Associate at the Development Policy Centre and a freelance consultant in economic management. He has worked in a number of Pacific Island states. His current research concerns lessons that can be learned from the experience of development practitioners who have been working in the Pacific in 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.

Patrick Kilby is the Program Coordinator for the Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program, ANU, and a regular Devpolicy collaborator.

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.

Dr. Kamalini Lokuge} is a Research Fellow at ANU’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health. She works closely with Devpolicy on issues regarding to PNG health and gender.

Andrew Anton Mako completed his Masters in International and Development Economics at the Crawford School of the ANU in 2012 and then worked as a Researcher at the Development Policy Centre, and up until May 2014 at the National Research Institute. He is currently working for the Pacific Islands Forum. He is a regular Devpolicy blogger.

Dr Sango Mahanty is currently an ARC Future Fellow, Resources Environment & Development Group at the Crawford School of Public Policy.

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 establish Devpolicy and served as its first Deputy Director. He is currently working for the PNG Sustainable Development Program.

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. He focuses on health and development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific.

Annmaree O’Keeffe is a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, and a regular collaborator.

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 Centre Associate at the Development Policy Centre and 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.

Sabit Otor is a Research 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 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 is a Research Fellow in the Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute. Prior to joining the Lowy Institute Jonathan was a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. Jonathan is interested in economic development in the Pacific Islands region, Australia’s relationship with Melanesia, the role of aid and the private sector in Pacific Islands development and Pacific labour mobility.

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. She has academic background on economics, international relations and public administration, and previously worked in the Mexican Foreign Service.

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. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the ANU. He blogs about immigration policy at Value for Money.

Futua Singirok is currently undertaking his 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. He previously worked as an analyst at Bank South Pacific in PNG.

Ronald Sofe is a Research Fellow at the National Research Institute in PNG. In 2014 he worked at the Development Policy Centre, as one of the awardees of the 2014 Australian Prime Minister’s Pacific Program. He completed his masters of International & Development Economics at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

Nikunj Soni is a Co-Founder and Chair of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy. He has held a range of senior positions in the region, and is a regular Devpolicy collaborator and contributor.

Jo Spratt is an ANU PhD candidate studying NZ aid policy. Before this, Jo was an NGO advocate, manager and capacity-developer working in the Pacific. Jo is interested in global health, NGOs, and the practice of development and aid’s role in this. She is also a Registered Nurse.

Kath Taplin is the Senior Development Manager of Femili PNG, a case management centre assisting survivors of family and sexual violence in Lae. Prior to working with Femili PNG, Kath was a senior development practitioner in AusAID and DFAT, and before that she practised as a senior lawyer in the private and community legal sectors in various Australian jurisdictions.

Dr Savitri Taylor is a Centre Associate at the Development Policy Centre and an Associate Professor in the Law School at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her main area of research interest is refugee law and asylum policy at the national, regional and international level.

Pierre van der Eng is an Associate Professor at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in the Crawford School. 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.

Thomas Wangi is Research Fellow at the National Research Institute. His main areas of research include economic development, customary land accessibility, public sector pay, solid waste management, social protection, and credit constraints within PNG. In 2013 he was the recipient of The Greg Taylor scholarship. He holds a Masters of Economics from James Cook University and Honours of Business Management from University of Papua New Guinea.

Paul Wyrwoll is a PhD Scholar (Economics) 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.

Dr Charles Yala is the Director of the National Research Institute in PNG. His research focuses on the economics of land tenure, customary land tenure reform, development planning, competition policy and economic reform.

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