Our Team

Professor Shamit Saggar

Shamit SaggarShamit Saggar is the Director of the UWA 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.

Anneke Forster

Anneke ForsterAnneke is the Events and Business Support Coordinator at the UWA Public Policy Institute where she oversees the institute’s events and marketing activities.

Prior to working for UWA PPI, Anneke worked in the Faculty of Art, Business, Law and Education’s Marketing Team. She has also worked for the UWA Business School as an Events Coordinator.

Anneke has previously worked for Variety – the Children’s Charity of WA in the events department where she gained experience coordinating a range of events such as the Variety of Chefs, IGA Variety Scholarships, and the Variety WA Bike Run. 

Anneke holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) with Honours from The University of Western Australia.



Anna Zenz

Anna ZenzAnna is the Executive Officer at the UWA Public Policy Institute. She provides strategic planning, research and project support to the Institute’s activities and is responsible for liaising with internal and external partners. 

Prior to joining UWA PPI, Anna was the executive assistant to the Secretary General of the Global Campus of Human Rights and was involved with the work of the Administrative and Budgetary Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. She has worked as a researcher in the field of human rights and international security law. 

Anna holds a law degree from the University of Vienna and an LL.M in Public International Law from Leiden University.

Antonio Lumley

Antonio LumleyAntonio Lumley is currently studying Master of Law, Policy and Government at The University of Western Australia.

As a Student Engagement Intern Antonio has been responsible for running events around the important issues in WA and abroad. The aim of these events is to encourage the next generation of university students to start considering how they might solve these issues. 

Antonio believes that public policy is a multidisciplinary field that requires all facets of society to be represented in order to develop innovative answers to monumental problems such as climate change, wealth inequality and indigenous outcomes. As we enter the vague waters brought forward by COVID-19, he believes there has never been a more important time to ensure we make the correct steps in our public policy discussions and decisions.

Yadav Padhyoti

Yadav PadhyotiYadav is a Senior Agriculture Economist in Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development in Nepal. He has worked in the field of agribusiness development; agriculture, environment and health project development; and evaluation over the past 10 years. During that time, he has contributed in policy research, evaluation, and promulgation for national and sub-national governments in Nepal. In 2016 Yadav received the Civil Service Award.

Currently, Yadav is studying Masters of Public Policy at The University of Western Australia. As aStudent Engagement Intern at the UWA Public Policy Institute, he contributes in identifying policy issues that people and communities are facing both locally and globally, organising policy roundtables, marketing events to UWA students, and evaluating policy dialogues. UWA PPI policy dialogues with students is a platform for students to gain insights about the policy issues and potential solutions and provides them with a valuable opportunity to discuss these issues. It also enriches university students with the academic and professional policy experience to promote policy research and evidence based policy management. 

UWA PPI has provided Yadav the opportunity to be engaged in public policy discourses which will be instrumental in fostering his skills to link research, academics and governments in policy research and evaluation.