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 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. 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.

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.

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 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 Programme.

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.

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.

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.

Dr Lhawang Ugyel is a 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 Amanda H A Watson is a Lecturer working in Port Moresby as part of our partnership with UPNG. She is also a Visiting Fellow with the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU. Her PhD thesis explored the uptake and use of mobile phones during the earliest days of mobile phone adoption in Papua New Guinea. Dr Watson has published in various publications, including Mobile Media and Communication, Pacific Journalism Review, Media Asia, Australian Journalism Review and The Australian Journal of Emergency Management.

Bao Nguyen is a Lecturer in Economics, working in Port Moresby as part of 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 join ANU, he worked as a lecturer at the UEH and Harvard Program in Vietnam.

Ashlee Betteridge is Program Manager (Research Communications and Outreach) at the Development Policy Centre. She holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from Crawford School. Prior to moving into her current role (May 2017), Ashlee was a Research Officer at the centre for four years. She was also a newspaper journalist and editor in Australia and Indonesia, and has worked in development organisations in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Ashlee also provides support to Femili PNG and runs the Australian Aid Tracker website.

Mitiana Arbon is a Research Officer on Labour Mobility and Migration at the Development Policy Centre. He is a Samoan-Australian student currently completing his honours in Asia-Pacific studies in the School of Culture History and Language, ANU. His research interest includes contemporary regional issues on development, politics, social change and heritage management affecting Pacific Island States.

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.

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.

Sachini Muller is a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She is currently completing a Master of Globalisation at the ANU. Her interests lie in research and the aid and development sector, particularly in Asia and the Pacific.

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

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 joined the centre as a Visiting Fellow in August 2017 to work on a book on Australia-Eritrea relations.

Dr Rochelle Ball joined the Development Policy Centre in July 2017 as a Visiting Fellow. Her PhD from the University of Sydney on labour mobility from the Philippines was the first in the field. She has held academic positions at Cornell University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Wollongong, UNSW and ANU. She has significant public policy experience working for the Australian government and as a workforce development advocate for the agrifood industry. Since 2008 Rochelle has worked in Pacific international labour mobility and development policy focused research in both research roles at ANU and as a consultant to the Office of the Chief Trade Advisor in Vanuatu, the ILO and DFAT.

Dr Nematullah Bizhan is 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 is also working with the Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, a joint initiative of the Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and the London School of Economics (LSE). 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. His forthcoming book, Aid Paradoxes in Afghanistan: Building and Undermining the State, examines post-2001 state building in Afghanistan and how aid has affected it.

Dr Dinuk Jayasuriya is currently undertaking research on migration and mental health. Previously, he led research projects for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (involving large scale field work in five countries), was engaged as the evaluation advisor to the Asian Development Bank’s impact evaluation committee and was employed as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the World Bank Group. Dinuk was also a Research Fellow at the Development Policy Centre in 2012 and 2013.

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 is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Development Policy Centre.

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 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, where she often co-writes with Matthew Dornan. 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.

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.

Marcel Schroeder is a lecturer at the Lebanese American University. He was a lecturer in economics at the University of Papua New Guinea as an ANU (Devpolicy) academic staff of the ANU-UPNG partnership project. He joined the Lebanese American University as an Assistant Professor after completing his PHD in Economics at ANU, in 2014. His research focuses on macro economic aspects of economic development.

Dr Bill Vistarini is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre. He is currently based in Canberra. Since 1970 he has managed aid projects, lived and taught in Laos (8 years), Cambodia (4 years), Vanuatu (3 years) 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 University of PNG under the ANU-UPNG partnership.

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.

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.

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 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.

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, and a frequent contributor to the Devpolicy Blog.

Cleo Fleming has worked at the Development Policy Centre since 2011. 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.

Neelesh Gounder is the 2016/2017 recipient of the PNG and Pacific Greg Taylor scholars. 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 banking sector and financial development in Pacific Island countries.

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.

Chris Hoy is undertaking a PhD in Economics at the Australian National University 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 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 the Development Manager of Femili PNG, a case management centre in Lae which assists survivors of family and sexual violence. 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, Australian National University. 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.

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 AML 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 is currently undertaking a Masters in International and Development Economics (IDEC) at the ANU after being awarded a scholarship under the ANU-UPNG partnership. Prior to commencing his IDEC masters program, Maho tutored Economics for a year 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 UPNG 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.

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 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 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.

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 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 Research 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.

Ani Ila Rova is currently undertaking a Masters in International and Development Economics (IDEC) at the ANU after being awarded a scholarship under the ANU-UPNG partnership. Ani is a long-term member of the Division of Economics at the University of Papua New Guinea, having commenced work at the university as a tutor in 2007. He has a degree in Economics from UPNG and in 2016 completed a Graduate Certificate in Governance & Public Policy from the University of Queensland.

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.

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.

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.

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 various development topics.

Dr Anthony Swan worked 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 was a key figure in our collaboration with the UPNG Division of Economics. The focus of his research was on education policy in PNG.

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 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.

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 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.

O. 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. Her research work is available through journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Korea Observer, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Asian Survey, Government and Opposition, and Policy Sciences as well as chapter contributions in edited volumes. She is co-editor of the European Journal of Development Research, and Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, board member of the Korea Institute, and editorial board member for Asian Survey, Korea Observer, and 21st Century Political Science Review.

Denghua Zhang has completed 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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