Advisory Group

Lilianne Fan (Malaysia) is a cultural anthropologist and humanitarian professional with more than 20 years of experience working with refugees, internally displaced persons, and communities affected by conflict and disaster, including in Aceh, Myanmar, Haiti and with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and currently specialises on the situation of the stateless Rohingya in Rakhine State and in ASEAN. She provides regular expertise to a range of institutions and governments including the UN, the World Bank, ASEAN, the Government of Malaysia and the Government of Indonesia. Between 2005 and 2012, Lilianne served in several large-scale post-crisis recovery missions, including with the UN-led humanitarian response in post-earthquake Haiti; as Advisor to the ASEAN Special Envoy on Post-Nargis Recovery in Myanmar; as a member of the Advisory Team of the Governor of Aceh on sustainable development following the Aceh peace agreement of 2005; and as Senior Policy Coordinator for Oxfam International in Aceh and Nias from 2005-2008. She holds an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University, New York.

Matt Townsend (Australia) is a migration and development specialist with more than 15 years of experience spanning relationship building, policy development, capacity building, strategic planning and service delivery. Matt has worked extensively in migration and international people movement issues since 2001, most recently as the Partnerships and Advocacy Manager for the Australian Government’s ten country, five-year Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP). He has led projects in Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, and maintains strong networks among government and community partners across all ten ASEAN countries. He has provided specialist technical advice on a range of projects addressing trafficking in persons, migrant smuggling, labour migration and migration management both as an independent consultant and for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Matt holds degrees in politics and public policy from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the University of Melbourne.