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.

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.

Dr Rebecca Rey

Bec is the Communications and Engagement Coordinator at the UWA Public Policy Institute. She leads the Institute's communication and engagement strategy by liaising with key University and external stakeholders, and promoting Institute activities through events, social media, newsletters and the web.

With a background in marketing and a specialisation in research communications within the higher education sector, Bec brings expertise in both translating complex research to wide audiences and connecting researchers to their equivalent prospective collaborators in government, NGOs, not-for-profits and industry.

Bec is the foremost world scholar on Don DeLillo's plays, having published Staging Don DeLillo with Routledge and various broader articles for The Conversation and Cultural Studies Review. She remains research-active as an Honorary Research Fellow at UWA.

Ella Regan

Ella ReganElla Regan joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern in 2021. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society and Political Science and International Relations in 2019. Ella is currently studying a Master of Public Policy, specialising in Law.

Ella’s key interests in public policy relate to the reform of Australia’s criminal justice system, strengthening federal and state policy responses to climate change, and the expansion of international environmental law.

Ching Wei Sooi

Ching Wei SooiChing Wei Sooi joined the UWA Public Policy Institute as an intern while in his final year of undergraduate studies at UWA, triple-majoring in Law and Society, Politics and International Relations, and Criminology.
Having contributed to UWA PPI’s Going Further, Faster – A Policy Agenda for WA 2021 report, he continues to work towards a career in research with special interests in public policy, international relations, and space governance.