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Public Policy Fellows Program

ANU Public Policy Fellows Program

The ANU Public Policy Fellows Program brings together the University’s substantial public policy expertise with outstanding policymakers. The aim of the program is to build on and further strengthen the engagement and relationships between public policy-enagaged researchers and the public service. The program is supported by The Australian National Institute of Public Policy at Crawford School of Public Policy. The Fellows have been selected for their significant contributions to public policy and public understanding in areas as diverse as environment, health, finance and economics, defence, Indigenous affairs, population and international law. The program significantly enhances the University’s public policy development role by providing a mechanism for strengthening the links between relevant expertise in all parts of the university and government.

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Professor Kaarin Anstey FASSA
Professor Kaarin Anstey FASSA
Director, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Kaarin Anstey is Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing and Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, Early Diagnosis and Prevention and an Adjunct Professor at the Pennsylvania State University. Her substantive research interests focus on optimising cognitive function through adulthood to promote productivity, social engagement, and prevent impairment. Kaarin works on population-based interventions to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia and promote healthy ageing and conducts research into wellbeing and mental health, older driver safety and the impact of driving cessation. Kaarin is a Director of the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation, a member of the NHMRC Knowledge Translation Faculty, Dementia Steering Group, and a member of the NHMRC Guidelines Adaptation Committee for Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People. Kaarin has advised the Human Rights Commission, the NSW Government, the Ministerial Dementia Advisory Group, and the NRMA, on issues related to older drivers. She has served on the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, and advises on the ACT Strategic Plans on Ageing, Age Friendly Cities, and the Older Persons’ Assembly. She is a member of the Committee on Safe Mobility of Older Persons of the United States Transport Research Board of the United States National Academies.

Professor Kenneth Baldwin
Professor Kenneth Baldwin
Director, ANU Energy Change Institute; Deputy Director, Research School of Physics and Engineering, ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Ken Baldwin is a physicist and the Director of the ANU Energy Change Institute (ECI), as well as Deputy Director of the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering. He has played key roles in Australian science policy, including Policy Chair for the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS) from 1996 – 2006, FASTS President-elect in 2007 and President in 2008/2009. In 2004 he won the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science, for his role in initiating and championing “Science meets Parliament”. From 2009 – 2010 he served on the Public Policy Committee of the Optical Society of America. As ECI Director he has contributed to public policy in key energy forums, including the Project Steering Committee for the Australian Energy Technology Assessment produced by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (since 2011). In 2012, Professor Baldwin was made an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow.

Professor Gabriele Bammer
Professor Gabriele Bammer
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Professor Gabriele Bammer investigates how research can help improve public policy on complex problems. This involves developing and compiling concepts and methods for a) bringing together knowledge from relevant disciplines and stakeholders, b) understanding and managing diverse unknowns and c) providing integrated research support for policy and practice change. She argues for a systematic approach through a new methods-focused discipline of Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S; http://i2s.anu.edu.au). She has contributed I2S skills in the areas of drug policy (Feasibility Research into the Controlled Availability of Opioids; Drug Policy Modelling Program), policing and security (ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security) and food security (Global Environmental Change and Food Systems project). She is at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in the Research School of Population Health and is also a Fellow at the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Professor Emily Banks
Professor Emily Banks
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
Professor Andrew Blakers
Professor Andrew Blakers
Director, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Professor Andrew Blakers is a solar energy technology researcher with a strong interest in energy policy. He is Foundation Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at The Australian National University, which is an externally funded group of 70 people working in the areas of photovoltaic and solar thermal research and commercialisation. Solar energy can supply most of the world’s energy forever with minimal environmental, material supply, social or security risks. Remarkable recent reductions in the cost of solar energy are likely to cause a revolution in the worldwide electricity industry over the next two decades, with fascinating consequences for mining companies, energy utilities, consumers and greenhouse policy. This juxtaposition of environmental concern, vested interests, decentralisation of generation infrastructure and rapidly changing technology in what has been a relatively stable industry is a rich field for outreach and the exploration of policy options.

Professor Alison Booth FASSA
Professor Alison Booth FASSA
Professor of Economics, Research School of Economics, ANU College of Business and Economics

Alison Booth’s research has focused on using microeceonomic tools and microeconometric techniques to analyse data to inform the policy debate. Her research topics have ranged from the economics of the trade union, through to workplace and employee relations, to personnel economics, imperfect competition in the labour market, and more recently to experiments on the theme of single-sex schooling and the formation of preferences. Specific recent policy advice relates to single-sex schooling for particular subjects through to ways of combating discrimination. Booth was Editor-in-chief of Labour Economics for five years. Following this, she was for three years President of the European Association of Labour Economists. Her research has been widely cited by academics as well as policy-makers.

Professor Valerie Braithwaite FASSA
Professor Valerie Braithwaite FASSA
Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Valerie Braithwaite has a disciplinary background in psychology and her work focuses on the interplay between regulators and regulatees, the governing and the governed, asking the questions: What sort of institutional practices generate defiance and disrespect? What role does social capital play in regulatory effectiveness and regulatory failure? These questions are addressed in fields as diverse as caregiving, taxation, school and workplace bullying, work safety, migration and education. She is the author of Defiance in Taxation and Governance: Resisting and Dismissing Authority in a Democracy (2009) in which she argues that regulation by regulatory agencies first and foremost is about the successful management of relationships, and that regulatory effectiveness depends on an exchange of signals (motivational postures) around commitment, grievance, opportunity, defiance, domination, competition and cooperation. Valerie has served on the National Skills Standards Council and has been appointed to the Council for the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. In 2013 she conducted a review of regulation in higher education for the Australian Government with Kwong Lee Dow. Valerie served on the ATO Cash Economy Task Force (1995-2005) and worked with the ATO to develop their responsive regulatory Compliance Model. She was Director of the internationally innovative Centre for Tax System Integrity (1999-2005), a flagship for the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet). Valerie was Head of RegNet from 2006-2008 and led the transition into ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific as the group’s research focus moved into the region.

Professor Bruce Chapman
Professor Bruce Chapman
Director - Policy Impact, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Professor Helen Christensen
Professor Helen Christensen
Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
Professor Stephen Dovers FASSA
Professor Stephen Dovers FASSA
Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Professor Stephen Dovers FASSA is Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU. His teaching activities include co-convening the course Environmental Policy and convening the graduate course Contemporary Perspectives in Environment and Society. He has supervised 60 completed and current PhD scholars, all with strong policy orientations in their research. In recent years he was a member of the National Wildlife Corridors Plan Advisory Group, and a board member of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network. He is currently part of the ANU team in the Sustainability Solution Forum with the Department of Environment, and a member of the steering group on climate adaptation policy fulfilling the MoU between ANU, CSIRO and the APS. He is co-author of the two 2013 2nd editions: Environment and sustainability: a policy handbook (Federation Press, with K Hussey), and Handbook of disaster policies and institutions (Routledge, with J Handmer).

Professor Peter Drysdale AM
Professor Peter Drysdale AM
Head, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and East Asia Forum, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Peter Drysdale is Emeritus Professor of Economics in Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. He is widely acknowledged as the leading intellectual architect of APEC. He was founding head of the Australia-Japan Research Centre and is known for his work on East Asian and Pacific economic cooperation and the East Asian economies. He is the author of a large number of books and papers on international and resources trade, foreign investment and economic policy in East Asia and the Pacific, including International Economic Pluralism: Economic Policy in East Asia and the Pacific. He is recipient of the Asia Pacific Prize, the Weary Dunlop Award, the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon, the Australian Centenary Medal and he is a Member of the Order of Australia, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters, from The Australian National University. He is presently Head of East Asia Forum (www.eastasiaforum.org), the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER) (www.eaber.org) and the South Asia Bureau of Economic Research (SABER) (www.saber.org). In 2011-12, he served on the Advisory and Cabinet Committee of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century and is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Board for implementation of the White Paper.

Professor Sharon Friel
Professor Sharon Friel
Professor of Health Equity, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health; Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the Australian National University. Between 2005 and 2008 she was the head of the Scientific Secretariat, based at University College London, of the World Health Organisation’s global Commission on Social Determinants of Health. In 2010 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between health equity, social determinants and climate change (particularly through food systems and urbanisation), based at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU. Before moving to Australia, she worked for many years in the Department of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway. Prof Friel’s research is policy focussed and in areas of social determinants of health; global health; climate change; food systems; urbanisation and non-communicable disease prevention.

Professor Quentin Grafton FASSA
Professor Quentin Grafton FASSA
Executive Director, Australian National Institute of Public Policy; Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance; Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Quentin currently holds several roles at Crawford School of Public Policy which contribute significantly to the development of public policy, and to engagement between the public service and researchers at ANU. Previously he was Chief Economist and Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (2011-2013), Senior Fellow at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies (2001-2004) at the ANU, Director of the Institute of the Environment (1999-2001) at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has an abiding interest in the problems of the environment and public policy, especially the over-exploitation and management of renewable resources (particularly fisheries and water), and the economics of energy and also the economics of non-renewable resources.

Professor Mathew Gray
Professor Mathew Gray
Director, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research; Director of Research, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Shirley Gregor AO
Professor Shirley Gregor AO
Director, National Centre of Information Systems Research; Associate Dean (Research), ANU College of Business and Economics

Shirley Gregor is Professor of Information Systems at the Australian National University, Canberra, where she is Director of the National Centre for Information Systems Research and Associate Dean Research in the College of Business and Economics. Shirley’s involvement in policy includes work on standards for supply chain management and on public information provision in the Australian beef industry. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list in June 2005 in part for this work. In 2007-2008 she led the project to redefine knowledge standards for computing professionals in Australia in conjunction with the Australian Computer Society. More recent work includes AusAID funded projects in Bangladesh developing and implementing strategies for the adoption of eGovernment in least developed countries.

Professor Kathy Griffiths
Professor Kathy Griffiths
Director, Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
Dr Ken Henry AC
Dr Ken Henry AC
Chair, ANU Public Policy Fellows, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Dr Ken Henry AC is Chair of the Advisory Board of the recently established Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School of Public Policy. He served as the Secretary of The Treasury from 2001 to 2011, first appointed by Coalition Treasurer in April 2001, reappointed in 2006, and retained by the incoming Labor government in 2007. He chaired the Australia’s Future Tax System Review that was published in 2010. He also chaired the committee which produced the White Paper on ‘Australia in the Asian Century’, released in mid-2012. Dr Henry is a director of the National Australia Bank and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). In 2007 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia, and received the Centenary Medal in 2001.

Professor Tom Kompas
Professor Tom Kompas
Director, Crawford School of Public Policy; Dean, Australian National Institute of Public Policy

Tom Kompas is the Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Tthe Australian National University (ANU). He is also the Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics (AC BEE), and has dedicated much of his recent time to public policy in Australia. Until recently, he was a part-time Senior Economist at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE), a Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) project leader on biosecurity and Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. In 2010, Tom was appointed to the Eminent Scientists Group (ESG) in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The ESG provides independent advice to the Minister on matters of biosecurity and risk analysis. In 2012, Tom took on the roles of Editor-in-Chief of Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies (APPS) and the President of the newly-formed Asia and Pacific Policy Society. Tom is currently a Board Member of the Cairns Institute, the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and the CEDA Council on Economic Policy

Professor Penelope Mathew
Professor Penelope Mathew
Freilich Foundation Professor, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Peter McDonald FASSA
Professor Peter McDonald FASSA
Professor of Demography, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Professor Warwick McKibbin
Professor Warwick McKibbin
Chair in Public Policy, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Professor Donald Rothwell
Professor Donald Rothwell
Professor of International Law, Head of School, ANU College of Law

Professor Donald Rothwell has for over 20 years been engaged in public policy discourse in Australia with respect to the relationship between international law and Australian law, and Australia’s international legal rights and obligations. He is Professor of International Law at the ANU College of Law and Head of School. He is a regular media commentator on international law issues in Australia and has written opinion columns for all of the major daily newspapers and ABC ‘The Drum’. He regularly appears on ABC TV 7.30, ABC Radio ‘AM’ and ‘PM’, and ABC Radio National. Since 2005 he has been actively engaged in the campaign to halt Japanese whaling through international litigation in the International Court of Justice. He has acted as a consultant or been a member of expert groups for UNEP, UNDP, IUCN, and advised the Australian Conservation Foundation, and International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Professor Kim Rubenstein
Professor Kim Rubenstein
Director, Centre for International Public Law, ANU College of Law

Kim Rubenstein is Professor and Director of the Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) in the ANU College of Law. As the foremost expert on Australian citizenship law, Kim worked as a Consultant to the Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, advising on the restructure of the Australian Citizenship Act 1948. The 2007 Australian Citizenship Act came into force on 1 July 2007. She was also a member of the Independent Committee appointed by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship to review the Australian Citizenship Test in 2008 – see http://www.citizenship.gov.au/_pdf/government-response-to-the-report.pdf

Another area in which Professor Rubenstein’s work is making an impact is in gender and public policy. As Inaugural Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute in 2011-2012 she organised two workshops with Louise Chappell and Deborah Brennan from UNSW which influenced a COAG Reform Council landmark report on outcomes for women and girls across the national reform agenda. See further http://www.anzsog.edu.au/blog/2013/1½95/tracking-equity-crc-report-on-o...

In 2012 Kim was listed in the first batch of The Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ for her work in Public Policy, http://www.afr.com/p/national/meet_australia_women_of_influence_4xiGGT6V... and in 2013 Kim won the Edna Ryan award for ‘Leadership for leading feminist changes in the public sphere’. http://www.ednaryan.net.au/recipients2012

Professor Amin Saikal AM FASSA
Professor Amin Saikal AM FASSA
Director, Centre for Arab and Islamic studies, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Amin Saikal is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (Middle East and Central Asia) at the Australian National University. He has been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations, and Visiting Fellow to Princeton University, Cambridge University and Institute of Development Studies, University Sussex. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in January 2006, and elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2013. His latest books include: Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule after the Arab Spring (co-editor, 2014); Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (2012); The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule (2009); Islam and the West: Conflict or Cooperation? (2003). He has also published in major dailies, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian; and is a frequent commentator on TV and radio networks on issues pertinent to his field of specialty.

Distinguished Professor Brian Schmidt AC FRS
Distinguished Professor Brian Schmidt AC FRS
Nobel Laureate, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Brian Schmidt is a Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor at The Australian National University. Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master’s degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the HighZ Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating, work that earned him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.

Professor Veronica Taylor
Professor Veronica Taylor
Director, Regulatory Institutions Network & School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Professor Margaret Thornton FASSA
Professor Margaret Thornton FASSA
Professor of Law, ANU College of Law

Margaret Thornton is a Professor of Law at the Australian National University. As an expert on discrimination law and policy, she has advised the ILO, the Australian Human Rights Commission, state and territory anti-discrimination and equal opportunity agencies together with the Attorney-General’s Department. Most recently, she was a member of the influential Law Experts Group on the Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill (Cth). She is involved in various community-based equal rights and human rights bodies committed to the formulation of public policy, such as Women with Disabilities ACT (WWDACT), which focuses on the intersectionality of gender and disability. She is a public commentator on issues pertaining to discrimination, particularly on the grounds of gender, race, disability and sexuality; workplace issues such as gender equity, work/life balance, affirmative action and sexual harassment; women and the law generally, and the corporatisation of universities.

Professor Hugh White
Professor Hugh White
Professor of Strategic Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Australian Public Service

Dr Subho Banerjee
Dr Subho Banerjee
Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry

Subho Banerjee was a Deputy Secretary at the former Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism until September 2013. His previous public service experience includes stints at the Departments of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury and the Australian Greenhouse Office. Subho has also worked as a management consultant in the private sector and for an Indigenous policy think-tank. Subho has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a PhD in physics from the Australian National University. He also completed Masters studies in environmental policy and economic and social history as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

Professor Gary Banks AO FASSA
Professor Gary Banks AO FASSA
Dean, Australia and New Zealand School of Government
Glenys Beauchamp PSM
Glenys Beauchamp PSM
Secretary, Department of Industry

Throughout a career spanning over 25 years in Federal and ACT Governments, Glenys Beauchamp has tackled many significant public policy issues affecting Australia’s economy and communities. Appointed Secretary of the Department of Industry in September 2013, Glenys’ responsibilities currently include managing Australia’s resource and energy sectors, overseeing the transformation of Australian industry, ensuring our vocational and education sector meets the needs of industry and consumers and also developing and maximising our scientific and research capabilities. Prior to this, Glenys was Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport . She has also been a Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She was also a Deputy Secretary at Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). Glenys coordinated Australian Government support following the 2009 Victorian bushfires and was awarded a Public Service Medal for this work. Prior to joining FaHCSIA Glenys also held senior positions in the ACT Government across a number of portfolios. She started in the Industry Commission. She has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

Kathryn Campbell CSC
Kathryn Campbell CSC
Secretary, Department of Human Services
Drew Clarke PSM FTSE
Drew Clarke PSM FTSE
Secretary, Department of Communications

Drew Clarke has been working in public policy, from within the Commonwealth government, for many years. He is currently Secretary of the Department of Communications, focussing on digital economy policy and on regulatory reform in regard to NBN Co, Australia Post, the Australian Communications and Media Authority and the broadcasting sector. His previous appointment was as Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, focussing on national energy, climate change and resource development policy, where he was also a member of the International Energy Agency Governing Board. Drew chaired the COAG senior officials committees advising the Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers responsible for resources, energy and tourism policy. He established the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics, and chaired its Advisory Board, and is now establishing the Bureau of Communications Research. Drew holds an MSc from the Ohio State University, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Dr Gordon de Brouwer
Dr Gordon de Brouwer
Secretary, Department of the Environment

Dr Gordon de Brouwer has been the Secretary of the Department of the Environment since September 2013, with responsibility for advice and implementation of environment, domestic climate change and water policies. He has a long history of applied economic and public policy advice and administration. From 2008 to 2013, during the global financial crisis and its aftermath, he worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, most recently as Associate Secretary responsible for advice on domestic policy and as the Prime Minister’s G20 sherpa. He worked in Treasury on domestic and international macroeconomic policy and budget policy from 2004 to 2008, and in the Reserve Bank of Australia on monetary policy, financial markets, the Asian financial crisis and economic modelling from 1991 to 1999. From 2000 to 2003 he was professor of economics in the Crawford School at ANU. He has a doctorate in economics from the ANU.

Dr Rhondda Dickson PSM
Dr Rhondda Dickson PSM
Chief Executive, Murray-Darling Basin Authority
Dr Paul Grimes
Dr Paul Grimes
Secretary, Department of Agriculture

Dr Paul Grimes was appointed Secretary of the Department of Agriculture in September 2013. Dr Grimes was the Secretary of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) from June 2011 to September 2013, having been appointed as Acting Secretary in September 2010. Previously he held the position of Associate Secretary (Domestic Policy) in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Before this, he was General Manager (Deputy Secretary) of the Budget Group in the Department of Finance and Deregulation. Dr Grimes has also served as the Chief Executive of the ACT Department of Treasury and, earlier, as Deputy Under Treasurer (Deputy Secretary) in the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance.

Dr David Gruen
Dr David Gruen
Executive Director - Macroeconomic Group, The Treasury

Dr David Gruen contributes to public policy in Australia in his role as Executive Director of the Macroeconomic Group, The Treasury, advising the Government on a wide range of topics relating to the performance of the Australian economy. Dr Gruen has been a member of several recent reviews and advisory panels, including the Cooper Review Panel into Australia’s superannuation system, the Advisory Panel on the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper, and the Australian Public Service Commission Capability Review into the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Dr Gruen contributes to the broader community discourse through his presentations to many conferences including those organised by ANU, the Australian Business Economists, Australian Industry Group, ANZSOG, CEDA and Fair Work Australia. Before joining the Treasury in 2003 he was Head of the Economic Research Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Professor Jane Halton PSM
Professor Jane Halton PSM
Secretary, Department of Health
Anthea Harris
Anthea Harris
Chief Executive Officer, Climate Change Authority

Ms Anthea Harris is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Climate Change Authority. Prior to her appointment, Ms Harris was a Chief Adviser within the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, where she played a leading role in the development of the Australian Government’s carbon pricing mechanism and associated climate change measures. Serving in the National Emissions Trading Taskforce from October 2005 to December 2007, Ms Harris led the Secretariat for the taskforce to design a national emissions trading scheme to be implemented by all states and territories. Until October 2005, Ms Harris was a consultant with an economics consulting firm, where she worked on a range of public policy issues across a number of sectors, including assisting the NSW Government to design and implement its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme. Prior to that Ms Harris held positions with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and at the Productivity Commission.

Peter Harris AO
Peter Harris AO
Chairman, Productivity Commission

Peter Harris is Chairman of the Productivity Commission. Mr Harris has previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport. He has worked for the Ansett-Air New Zealand aviation group and as a consultant on transport policy. He has also worked in Canada on exchange with the Privy Council Office (1993-1994). His career with the government started in 1976 with the Department of Overseas Trade and included periods with the Treasury; Finance; the Prime Minister’s Department and Transport; and he worked for two years in the Prime Minister’s Office on secondment from the Prime Minister’s Department as a member of then Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s personal staff. In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to public administration through leadership and policy reform roles in the areas of telecommunications, the environment, primary industry and transport’. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Queensland (1975) and is married with two children.

Joanna Hewitt AO
Joanna Hewitt AO
Chair, ACIAR Commission for International Agricultural Research
David Kalisch
David Kalisch
Director, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

David Kalisch has been the Director (CEO) of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare since December 2010. Mr Kalisch is an economist with over 30 years’ experience largely in the Commonwealth government across a range of social policy issues, including labour markets, employment programs, retirement incomes, welfare policy and programs, family and children’s services, and health policy.
His professional experience has included appointments as a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission, Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, senior executive roles in the Department of Family and Community Services, Social Security and Prime Minister and Cabinet, and two appointments at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He’s a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Public Policy Fellow at the Australian National University

Dr Steven Kennedy
Dr Steven Kennedy
Deputy Secretary, Department of the Environment
Renée Leon PSM
Renée Leon PSM
Secretary, Department of Employment

Renée Leon was appointed Secretary of the Department of Employment on 18 September 2013 responsible for workplace relations policy and employment services. Renée has been in the public sector for over 20 years. She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Attorney-General’s Department and in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Renée also spent three years as Chief Executive of the Act Department of Justice and Community Safety, where she led the amalgamation of a broad range of public safety agencies into the Department. Renée is qualified in Arts and Law and holds a Masters in Law from Cambridge University. She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2013 for outstanding public service to public administration and law in leadership roles in the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth. She has served on the Boards of the Australian Institute of Criminology, the National Australia Day Council, and the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, and was a member of the Council of the Order of Australia.

Rona Mellor
Rona Mellor
Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture
Mary Ann O’Loughlin AM
Mary Ann O’Loughlin AM
Executive Councillor and Head of Secretariat, COAG Reform Council

Mary Ann O’Loughlin is Executive Councillor and Head of the Secretariat of the COAG Reform Council. Ms O’Loughlin joined the council as its first Head of Secretariat in 2009. Between 2000 and 2008 Ms O’Loughlin was a Director of the Allen Consulting Group, a leading economics and public policy consulting firm. Before joining Allen Consulting, she was the Director of Corporate Affairs at the largest publicly listed private health care company; Senior Adviser (Social Policy) to the then Prime Minister, the Hon Paul Keating MP; and had held a number of senior executive positions in the Commonwealth Public Service, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Department of Employment, Education and Training. Ms O’Loughlin is a Director of CEDA and a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. In 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration through the development of social policies and the reform of federal financial relations.

David Parker AM
David Parker AM
Deputy Secretary, Department of the Environment

David Parker is a Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Environment. His responsibilities include delivering the national program of water reform and effective water markets so that scarce water is efficiently allocated to the most productive uses for the community, the environment and the nation. This includes programs to improve the efficiency of rural water use, securing water supplies for towns and cities, and achieving healthy rivers and wetlands by acquiring water for the environment and using it to protect and restore rivers and wetlands. A particular focus of the reform has been on the Murray Darling Basin. David is also responsible for Australian Antarctic Program. David Parker joined the department as the Deputy Secretary of the Water Group on 21 February 2011. He has qualifications in economics and law and is a former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. With a career spanning over 25 years with the Treasury, David has worked on financial sector liberalisation, tax reform, macroeconomic forecasting and policy, competition policy, energy policy and international economic issues. From 1997 to 2002 David worked at the OECD in Paris. David was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.

Dr Martin Parkinson PSM
Dr Martin Parkinson PSM
Secretary, The Treasury

Dr Martin Parkinson was appointed as Secretary to the Treasury in March 2011. As Secretary, he is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management and a member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the Board of Taxation and Infrastructure Australia. Dr Parkinson was the Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in 2007 to 2011. Between 2001 and 2006, Dr Parkinson was Deputy Secretary in Treasury with responsibility for domestic and international macroeconomic issues, including serving as co-chair of the G20 Deputies in 2006. From 1997 to 2001 he worked at the International Monetary Fund. Dr Parkinson has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, a Masters in Economics from the ANU and a PhD from Princeton University. Dr Parkinson was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2008

Lisa Paul AO PSM
Lisa Paul AO PSM
Secretary, Department of Education

Lisa Paul AO PSM is the Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Education. The department administers the Commonwealth Government’s interests in early childhood and childcare, schooling, youth affairs, higher education, international education and research. Lisa has been a Commonwealth Government Chief Executive for nearly ten years. Lisa was Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 2007 to 2013 and prior to that was Secretary of the Department of Education, Science and Training from 2004 to 2007. Lisa has more than 20 years public sector experience, including three Deputy CEO roles, which were in the Department of Education, Science and Training; the Department of Family and Community Services; and in the Health Insurance Commission. Ms Paul has held senior positions in education, welfare, community services, health and housing, in state and Commonwealth governments and in central and line agencies. In 2011 Lisa was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public sector leadership in key policy and program implementation, particularly through driving reform in education, employment and workplace relations. In October 2011, Lisa received the Australia Chartered Accountants’ Federal Government Leader of the Year award. In 2002 Lisa led the Commonwealth Government’s domestic response to the Bali bombings, for which she was awarded a Public Service Medal.
Lisa is currently a non-Executive Director of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, the Australian National Institute of Public Policy, the Advisory Council of the Australian National University’s Crawford School of Public Policy, the Advisory Board to the Strategic Centre for Leadership Learning and Development, and Social Ventures Australia and is a member of the Advisory Group for the Centre for Workplace Leadership, the Education Investment Fund Advisory Board, and the National Security College Advisory Board. Lisa is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, a fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and is a member of Chief Executive Women.

Stephen Sedgwick AO FIPAA
Stephen Sedgwick AO FIPAA
Australian Public Service Commissioner

Mr Sedgwick has a broad background in public policy, having served in Treasury, Finance, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Education and Employment departments at different times in his career. He was Secretary to the Commonwealth Departments of Finance, Employment and Education and became Australian Public Service Commissioner in December 2009, which carries a range of responsibilities in support of building the policy and delivery capability of the Australian Public Service.

Dr Heather Smith
Dr Heather Smith
Deputy Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Dr Wendy Southern PSM
Dr Wendy Southern PSM
Deputy Secretary, Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Dr Wendy Southern PSM is currently Deputy Secretary, Policy and Programme Management Group in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. She has held that position since January 2011 and during her tenure has contributed to policy development and implementation across all aspects of immigration and citizenship. This has included highly sensitive policy in relation to maritime arrivals and asylum matters, skilled migration, student and investment visa arrangements. Prior to taking up this role, Dr Southern held senior positions in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, in particular relating to domestic security policy development and heading up the Cabinet Division from 2007 to 2010. In 2006, Dr Southern was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service in the development of effective national counter-terrorism arrangements for Australia and in 2010 received the Institute of Chartered Accountants inaugural award for outstanding contribution to Australian administration.

David Tune PSM
David Tune PSM
Secretary, Department of Finance

David Tune has been the Secretary of the Department of Finance since 31 August 2009. He began his career in the Australian Public Service in 1976 and has worked in the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Social Security and the Treasury on a range of policy matters such as social security, health, veterans’ affairs and taxation. From 1986 to 1988 he was seconded to the British Cabinet Office. Mr Tune was appointed Deputy Secretary of Treasury’s Fiscal Policy Group in 2006.
In July 2008 he returned to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the role of Associate Secretary, Domestic Policy Group, where he had responsibility for coordinating policy advice to the then Prime Minister on a range of diverse matters including health and ageing, infrastructure, workforce participation, economic and fiscal policy. Mr Tune was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2009 Australia Day Honours List

Serena Wilson
Serena Wilson
Deputy Secretary, Department of Social Services

Emeritus

Blair Comley
Blair Comley
Former Secretary, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
Dr Don Russell
Dr Don Russell
Former Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

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