Advisory Board and Fellows

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is comprised of state, national, regional and international leaders.
Professor Stephen Smith, Chair of Advisory Board

Stephen SmithProfessor Smith was Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, Professor Smith served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

In opposition, Professor Smith held a range of Shadow Ministerial positions including Shadow Minister for Trade, Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy, Shadow Minister for Communications, Shadow Minister for Health, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations and Shadow Minister for Education and Training.

Professor Stephen Smith has been a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Western Australia since 2014.

Following upon his retirement from the Australian Parliament in 2013, until recently Professor Smith was a member of the EY (Ernst and Young) Oceania Government and Public Sector Advisory Board (2014 - 2017) and Chair of the Asia Desk of Perth Law firm Lavan (2014 – 2017). He was on the Board of Hockey Australia from November 2013 to November 2016.

Professor Smith is currently the Chairman of archTIS, a Member of the Board of LNG Marine Fuel Institute, and a member of the Board of the Perth USAsia Centre.

Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar

Dewi Fortuna AnwarDewi Fortuna Anwar straddles the world of academia, political activism and government. She is a research professor at the Center for Political Studies-Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P-LIPI), and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Habibie Center (THC) in Jakarta.

Dewi was the Kippenberger Visiting Chair at the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand from 1 October to 30 November, 2018 and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018.

From 2010 to 2017, Dewi served as a Deputy Secretary to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia (For Political Affairs, October 2010-May 2015; For Government Policy Support, May 2010-February 2017).

She has written widely on Indonesia’s democratisation, foreign policy, as well as on ASEAN regional political and security issues. Dewi sits and has sat in a number of national and international advisory boards. She is currently a member of the Governing Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and a Board Member of Shift Project based in New York.

Dewi obtained her PhD from Monash University, Melbourne, while her MA and BA (Hons) were from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

The Honourable Colin Barnett

Hon. Colin BarnettHon. Colin Barnett is the former Premier of Western Australia (September 2008 to March 2017) and former member for Cottesloe. He was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for the seat of Cottesloe in 1990.

Mr Barnett has also served as the State’s Treasurer, as well as holding various other portfolios in Western Australia’s cabinet. Prior to entering politics, he lectured in economics at the Western Australian Institute of Technology and served as an executive director of the Western Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr Barnett holds an economics degree from The University of Western Australia.

Professor Gordon Flake

Professor Gordon FlakeProfessor Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Flake has built an internationally recognised profile over 25 years in think-tank expertise and leadership in Washington DC. He relocated to Perth in 2014 to establish the Centre and build a broader world-class Indo-Pacific strategic community. 

Prior to joining the Centre, Professor Flake was the Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and, prior to that, Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America. 

Professor Flake is one of Australia’s leading authorities on the Indo-Pacific, with a particular specialisation on Korea having spent nearly three decades focused on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. Professor Flake has edited several volumes and authored numerous chapters on developments in the region.

Professor Flake holds a number of strategic leadership roles, including currently serving on the United States Studies Centre Board, the UWA Oceans Institute Advisory Board and as Fellow of the College at St Catherine’s College at UWA. He has previously served on the Board of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) as co-Vice Chair of the Board of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, on the Advisory Council on the Korea Economic Institute of America, and on the International Advisory Board of the David M. Kennedy Centre at Brigham Young University. 

He received his BA degree in Korean with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. He completed his MA at the David M. Kennedy Centre for International and Area Studies, also at BYU. He speaks both fluent Korean and Laotian.

Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence

Winthrop Professor Carmen LawrenceAfter training as a research psychologist at The University of Western Australia and lecturing at a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both state and federal levels for 21 years.

She was, at various times, WA Minister for Education and Aboriginal Affairs and was the first female premier and treasurer of a state government. Dr Lawrence shifted to federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services, and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women. She held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation, and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004.

Dr Lawrence retired from politics in 2007 and is now Professor Emerita in the School of Psychological Science at UWA and President of the Conservation Council of WA.

Ms Jennifer Lawrence

Ms Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence was appointed CEO of Brightwater Care Group (Brightwater) in 2016 and is a strong advocate for change and innovation in the aged care and disability care sectors. She joined the organisation in 2003 as General Manager, Care Operations and most recently held the position of General Manager, Disability, Research and Risk.

Prior to moving to Brightwater, Jennifer held a number of executive roles in the private pathology industry, both in Perth and interstate.

With a strong focus on innovation and technology, and considerable strategic development and management experience, Jennifer also has a strong clinical background in medical science.

During her time at Brightwater, Jennifer has been responsible for overseeing the building of new aged care infrastructure and a $20 million redevelopment of the Oats Street rehabilitation service site. She also established the Brightwater Research Centre and has published and presented research internationally.

Jennifer is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian College of Health Service Management.

Mr Shivshankar Menon

Mr Shivshankar MenonAmbassador Shivshankar Menon is currently a Visiting Professor at Ashoka University, India; Chairman, Advisory Board, Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi; Distinguished Fellow of Brookings India; Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore; Member, Board of Trustees, International Crisis Group; and a Distinguished Fellow, Asia Society Policy Institute, New York.

He was previously National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, January 2010 to May 2014; Foreign Secretary of India, October 2006 to July 2009; and has served as the Indian Ambassador or High Commissioner to China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Israel.

In 2016 he published Choices; Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy (Brookings & Penguin Random House, 2016).

He has been a Fisher Family Fellow at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2015 and Richard Wilhelm Fellow at MIT in 2015. He was chosen one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2010.

Dr Marty Natalegawa

Dr Marty NatalegawaDr Marty Natalegawa served as Foreign Minister of Indonesia from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Does ASEAN Matter? A view from Within (ISEAS Publishing, 2018).

He, inter alia, is serving as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation; ASPI Distinguished Fellow; the International Academic Advisory Committee of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies; the Southeast Asia Advisory Board of the CSIS, Washington, DC; International Crisis Group Board of Trustees; Prominent Research Scholar of the Bank of Indonesia Institute and Global Advisory Committee of the Jeju Forum.

He served in the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Global Response to Health Crises and UN President of the General Assembly’s Team of External Advisors.

He was Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the UN (2007–2009); Ambassador to the UK and also to Ireland (2005–2007);  and Indonesia’s Director General for ASEAN Cooperation.

He has been cited as “one of the most respected foreign policy and international security thinkers of his generation, both within Indonesia, in Southeast Asia, and in the broader Asia-Pacific region”.

Dr Natalegawa earned a DPhil from ANU, an MPhil from University of Cambridge, and a BSc (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr David Norman

Mr David NormanDavid Norman is Senior Policy Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia.

In 2018, with the Hon Stephen Smith, he created UWA Public Policy Institute, which works to increase the translation of UWA research into evidence-based policy, and to increase the impact of UWA’s work in Australia, the Indian Ocean Region and the Indo-Pacific. David has worked in public and private higher education in Australia, the UK, Japan and Spain, and in government in the UK.

Ms Maria Osman

Maria OsmanMaria Osman M.Ed GAICD has over 30 years’ experience as a senior policy adviser on the intersections of gender equality, multiculturalism and human rights. She has worked in the government, community and university sectors as an advocate, policy adviser and strategist, speaker and mentor.

Maria has held a diverse range of senior State government positions including Executive Director, Office for Women’s Policy,  Executive Director, Office of Multicultural Interests and A/Executive Director, Community Building and Services in the Department for Local Government and Communities. In 2015 she was an official delegate to the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women.

Maria currently serves on multiple national, state and community boards and committees including, Chair of the Humanitarian Group; the National Harmony Alliance for Migrant and Refugee Women; the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Advisory Board: The Premier’s Supporting Communities Forum; the National Education Toolkit for FGM/C Awareness Project, and the Somali Women’s Association.

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

Professor Mamokgethi PhakengMamokgethi Phakeng (formerly Setati) began her term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2018, where she had been serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation since January 2017. Prior to this appointment she served as Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for five years, after serving three years as Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the same university.

She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a highly regarded B1 NRF-rated scientist with more than 60 research papers and five edited volumes published. She has been invited to deliver over 40 keynote/plenary talks at international conferences, and as a visiting professor in universities around the world.

She has won numerous awards for her research and community work, including the Order of the Baobab (Silver) conferred on her by the President of South Africa in April 2016. In August 2014 CEO magazine named her the most influential woman academic in Africa and in August 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year Award in the education category.

Kgethi, as she is popularly known, is member of the board of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG), trustee of the FirstRand Foundation and a member of the Board of the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO). In 2016 she was appointed by the then Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, to chair the Human Resource Development Council standing committee on Mathematics and Science Education.

Kgethi is founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation, a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.

Professor Shamit Saggar

Professor Shamit SaggarShamit Saggar is the Director of the Public Policy Institute and Professor of Public Policy at The University of Western Australia. He is also Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, King’s College, London.

He was previously Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister in the UK Cabinet Office; Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Essex; Harkness Fellow at UCLA; Yale World Fellow at Yale University; and Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

He is a Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, former Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, and was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to social science and public policy.

He takes an active part in public leadership roles at board level, spanning the Financial Services Authority, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Law Society of England & Wales, British Future, National Asylum Commission, Better Regulation Commission, National Consumer Council, Whittington Hospital Trust, Peabody Trust, Accountancy Foundation, Institute for Citizenship, Foreign Policy Centre, RSA Migration Commission and UPP Group Holdings Ltd.

He has also held advisory roles with Unbound Philanthropy, Demos, Policy Exchange, Institute for Public Policy Research, Policy Network and Fabian Society, and served as Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Secretariat and the House of Commons Speaker’s Conference on Parliamentary Representation.

Our Fellows

We're proud to collaborate with many academic experts across UWA, covering a broad range of policy issues and disciplines.

Our UWA PPI Fellows are true champions of active policy engagement, both within their academic work and their field more broadly, and we frequently turn to them for formal and informal guidance on how we can be more effective.


Dr Katie Attwell

Dr Katie AttwellKatie Attwell is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, and an Honorary Fellow of Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute. A global research leader exploring parental vaccine refusal and government responses to address it, Katie has published 27 journal articles in top publications such as Milbank Quarterly, Politics, and Social Science and Medicine.

Katie’s research pre-eminence is evidenced by her large number of lead-author publications with senior scholars in Europe and North America, arising from her leadership of several multidisciplinary research collaborations. She is a member of the scientific committee of the annual Vaccine Acceptance meeting in Annecy, France.

In 2018, Katie won an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, which funds her full-time research for three years on mandatory childhood vaccination in Australia, Italy, France and California. Her work has shaped government policies in Victoria and New Zealand, and she regularly translates her research to policymakers, practitioners and the public.


Associate Professor Farida Fozdar

Associate Professor Farida FozdarFarida Fozdar (aka Tilbury) is a sociologist with a research focus on migration, race and ethnicity, refugee settlement, racism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism. She co-founded the Migration, Mobilities and Belonging research cluster at UWA, a group that undertakes research and holds conferences and symposiums on migration and diversity-related issues. She is also Chair of UWA's CaLD Inclusion and Diversity Working Group.

Farida uses mixed-methods research to understand the construction of racial, ethnic, national and religious identities, issues around refugee and migrant settlement, and responses to cultural diversity. She has a particular interest in discourse analysis. Farida undertakes social research consultancies including evaluating programs to assist migrants and refugees with resettlement.


Professor Anas Ghadouani

Professor Anas GhadouaniAnas Ghadouani is Professor and Program Chair of Environment Engineering at UWA. Anas has more than 25 years’ experience of research in water resources (water and wastewater), ecological engineering and environmental engineering, with a strong focus on industry-based research. He is an expert adviser to a number of industry organisations and funding bodies nationally and internationally.

Anas was a founding member and past Executive Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. He has extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary projects nationally and internationally, in particular  research leading to best practice and policy outcomes for integrated water management in the planning of future cities.

Professor David Gilchrist

Professor David GilchristProfessor David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and historian. He has held senior roles in the public sector, not-for-profit sector and commerce, and has taught at The London School of Economics and a number of universities in Australia.

His research focuses on charitable and not-for-profit human services, the public sector and public policy. He has advised all levels of government in Australia and internationally. 

He is the author of three books focusing on public policy and governance, and is the author of the forthcoming book Collaboration for Impact: Lessons from the Field for the Australian National University Press. David is also an author of the seminal work Australian Charities 2013, the first substantive work analysing this important sector in Australia.

Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzie 

Professor Fiona Haslam McKenzieFiona Haslam McKenzie has expertise in regional economic development, with extensive experience in population and socioeconomic change, housing, and analysis of remote, regional and urban socioeconomic indicators. She has published widely and undertaken work for the corporate and small business sectors both nationally and in Western Australia, has conducted work for all three tiers of government, and, since 2015, has been co-director of the Centre for Regional Development at UWA.  She is also a member of the Western Australian Environmental Protection Board.

Fiona is currently researching the socioeconomic impact of different workforce arrangements for the mining industry and uneven economic development in Western Australia, focusing on the key issues of competitiveness, resilience and spatial integration. She is also a project lead on the recently announced Cooperative Research Centre for Transformation in Mining Economies.

Dr Karen Martin

Dr Karen MartinKaren Martin is a teaching and research academic in the School of Population and Global Health. With a focus on improving the wellbeing of vulnerable populations, Karen’s research centres on promoting environments and interventions that support those impacted by adversity, disadvantage or trauma. She has previously completed research within varying fields such as domestic violence, homelessness, refugee health, loneliness and palliative care.

In 2019, Karen founded the Thoughtful Schools Project , which incorporates the implementation and evaluation of trauma-informed practice principles and evidence-based support strategies in Australian schools. UWA PPI was proud to be involved in the launch of this project.

Dr David Mickler

David Mickler

David Mickler is the Founding Director of the UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) and a Senior Lecturer in Foreign Policy and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences. He previously worked at the University of Melbourne and has been a visiting scholar at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and at the African Union Commission. David was also the inaugural Co-Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group (2016-18).

His research examines Africa’s regional governance and international relations, including Australia-Africa relations, and his books include New Engagement: Contemporary Australian Foreign Policy Towards Africa (MUP 2013), The African Union: Challenges of Peace, Security and Governance (Routledge 2016) and Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals (Springer 2019).

Professor David Pannell

Professor David PannellDavid Pannell is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UWA and Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP).

His research includes the economics of land and water conservation, environmental policy,  farmer-adoption of new practices, risk, and economics of farming systems. His research has been published in seven books and 200 journal articles and book chapters, and has been recognised with awards from the USA, Australia, Canada and the UK, including the 2009 ARC Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Research. He collaborates with a wide variety of environmental and natural-resource-management organisations to help them improve their planning and prioritisation.

Professor Anu Rammohan

Professor Anu RammohanAnu Rammohan is Professor of Economics in the UWA Business School. Anu currently serves as a member of the Australian Research Council's College of Experts and on the editorial board of the Economic Record.

Anu’s research expertise is in development economics, health economics and agricultural economics. The focus of her research has been on understanding household-level socioeconomic factors that can influence maternal and child health outcomes, gender, and food security issues in South and South East Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia and, more recently, Myanmar. Her research is published internationally, and has been funded by competitive research grants from the Australian Research Council, DFAT, Australian Council of International Agricultural Research and the Australia India Institute.

Professor Benjamin Reilly

Professor Benjamin ReillyBen Reilly is a Professor of Political Science and International Relations at UWA. He was formerly Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School, and Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Australian National University (ANU). He has also worked with the Australian government, the United Nations and other international organisations, and held visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford and Johns Hopkins universities.

Ben has authored or edited seven books and more than 100 scholarly papers, and received financial support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the United States Institute of Peace, the East-West Center, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Australian Research Council. He regularly contributes to and is quoted in national and international media including The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Time magazine.

Read more about Ben’s policy and research engagement here

Professor Peter Robertson

Professor Peter RobertsonPeter Robertson is a Professor of Economics and is Dean of the UWA Business School. He has served as an expert consultant to the Productivity Commission and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and as member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Peter's research focuses on the interactions between economic growth, trade and economic development, but also on related areas including international political economy of trade restrictions, defence economics, immigration and international security, as well as the economic miracles of East Asia, China and India. His research is published in leading international peer-reviewed journals.


Associate Professor Glenn Savage

Associate Professor Glenn SavageGlenn C. Savage is a policy sociologist with expertise in education reform, federalism, intergovernmental relations and global policy mobilities. He is an Associate Professor at UWA in the School of Social Sciences and the Graduate School of Education.

He has published widely in leading policy and sociology journals and maintains a strong media profile and links with senior policymakers. He currently leads an Australian Research Council Discovery grant titled ‘School autonomy and parent engagement in disadvantaged communities’ (2019-2022) and a UWA Research Collaboration Award titled ‘Collaborative decision-making and policy co-design in Australian schooling policy’, in partnership with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Professor Krishna Sen

Professor Krishna SenKrishna Sen is Professor Emerita in the School of Social Sciences UWA and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She was appointed by the Foreign Minister as a member of the Reference Group for the New Colombo Plan, and served on it from its inception in 2013 until December 2019.

Krishna was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UWA from 2009-2017. She is internationally recognised for her work on the media and has written extensively on Indonesia. She is also editor of several monographs and is a member of editorial boards of several international refereed journals.

Krishna grew up and completed her undergraduate education in India and continues to maintain her networks in India and Indonesia.

Professor Kadambot Siddique

Professor Kadambot SiddiqueKadambot Siddique is the Hackett Professor of Agriculture and Chair and Director of the UWA Institute of Agriculture. He has more than 30 years' experience in agricultural research, research training and management in Australia and overseas. He is a highly cited researcher in the field of agricultural science.

Kadambot has a national and international reputation in various aspects of agricultural science, including crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources and breeding, with a focus on wheat, grain legumes and oilseed crops.

Associate Professor Jeannette Taylor

Associate Professor Jeanette TaylorJeannette Taylor is a faculty member of the Political Science and International Relations discipline at the School of Social Sciences at UWA. She also coordinates UWA’s Master of Public Policy program (Public Administration and Governance specialisation).

Jeannette’s expertise lies in public administration and policy. She has an interest in investigating performance and human resource management-related issues in the public service in Australia and East Asia. Her recent publications attempt to provide a better understanding of whistleblowing trends in the public service, and causes of public officials’ manipulation or gaming of performance measures and targets. She sits on the editorial boards of several national and international journals in public administration and policy.

Professor Rob Wilson

Rob WilsonRob Wilson is professor of philosophy within the UWA School of Humanities. He explores fundamental questions in the cognitive, biological, and social sciences, and takes philosophy into non-university spaces, such as school classrooms and forms of community and public engagement.

Growing up in Perth, Rob completed his PhD at Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar and taught in the USA and Canada for most of the past 30 years. He is especially interested in science, technology, and social policy.

For the past decade, the study of eugenics in Canada has been Rob’s research focus, a focus that continues in the Australian context by exploring cultural forms of eugenics (such as indigenous child removal practices). During his career in Canada, Rob directed the project that built the public, digital resources available at the Eugenics Archive.

He is also active in the philosophy in the schools movement and is currently exploring other venues in which children and youth can develop their philosophical skills in communities of inquiry.

In recognition of his contributions to philosophy, Rob was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2010.

Professor Samina Yasmeen

Professor Samina Yasmeen AMSamina Yasmeen AM is a specialist in political and strategic developments in South Asia (especially Pakistan), Islamisation and its impact on societies in the Indian Ocean region, radicalisation and de-radicalisation strategies, and Muslim minorities in the West (especially Australia).

Samina is the director of the UWA Centre for Muslim States and Societies; a member of the advisory board for the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies; a Vice-President of the Australian Institute for International Affairs (WA Branch), and a member of the Management Committee of the WA Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She was recognised with the Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award in the 2011 WA Citizen of the Year Awards,  is a Fellow of Australian Institute of International Affairs, and was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2014.