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Advisory Group

Victoria Browne (UK) is a specialist in the agri-environment and agri-food industries. She provides assessments and advice on business compliance against various recognized international and local regulations as well as third party standards and schemes. Her experience includes a working career of nearly ten years in agriculture, backed up with a BSc (Hons) degree from Harper Adams, a leading UK Agricultural University. Latterly, she held a position within an advisory team at Natural England, a UK Government agri-environment land management agency, where she was responsible for advocating environment schemes and evaluating membership progress to achieve more effective and sustainable land management and reporting developments to stakeholders.

Anneliese McAuliffe (Australia/UK) works across media development and social and behavioural change, with a strong focus on preventing violent extremism (PVE) in Southeast Asia. She has worked extensively on countering hate speech for organisations such as UNDP, the US State Department, DFAT and DW Akademie. Anneliese is a former journalist and has worked extensively across Southeast Asia for ABC Australia, BBC and Al Jazeera, including working at bureau chief level in Malaysia covering Malaysia-focussed news as well as news from eight other regional bureaux. She has written extensively about political and social movements in Malaysia.


Khurshida Mambetova (Uzbekistan/Canada) is a senior organizational development consultant, with more than 20 years of experience working on strategic planning and organizational assessment. She has experience designing and applying consultation methods to understand results in online and distance learning, as well as designing and applying process consultation methods to identify key roadblocks to change and adaptation within organizations. She has experience working across a number of regions, and with various international NGOs.

Stephanie Blacklock (Canada) is a human resources specialist with 10 years of experience in government and the private sector applying HR management principles and practices in complex, multi-disciplinary, unionized and non-unionized environments. Proven experience designing and implementing HR policies and practices that reflect good practice and trends, including for labour relations and diversity. She excels at developing and maintaining long-term strategic relationships, while mentoring other staff through like processes.

Paul Arbon (Australia) is a specialist in humanitarian response and development specialist who has worked with both private sector and humanitarian agencies on preparedness, planning, response, recovery, reconstruction and development. His sectoral expertise lies in logistics and supply chains, focusing on capacity strengthening initiatives, with experience in complex emergencies in Indonesia, Pakistan, Italy, Haiti, Turkey and Kenya. His work with government focusses on regulatory compliance and government relations. He is also well-known for his M&E work, applying systems-based approaches to managing transitions in the disaster management cycle.

Julie Van Dassen (Canada) is a human rights and justice specialist, with over 15 years’ experience in the field, including in (post-)conflict contexts. Her work has taken her from Indonesia to Afghanistan, South Sudan and most recently Fiji. She has worked closely with several UN agencies, primarily UNDP, and also UNAMA, UNICEF, UN Women and UNODC. Prior to her work in conflict and justice programming, Julie worked with several leading human rights organizations in Indonesia; she was co-founder and Head of International Advocacy for Arus Pelangi and provided strategic planning and advocacy support to three national legal aid organisations.


Ann Sabania (Kenya) is a senior consultant in the gender and development sector, with special interest to gender mainstreaming both in training, research and development. Her  gender expertise ranges from gender analysis and gender-responsive planning and budgeting, gender and conflict, HIV/AIDs, governance, Gender Based Violence (GBV) to human rights, social protection, gender and agricultural value chains and economic development in informal financial sector.

Aki Kono (Japan/Canada) is an international development expert with over 15 years of experience in providing technical support to governments of developing countries in the area of environmental governance. His recent work has focused on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD+) and climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resources management through multilateral environmental finance, including the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF). His areas of expertise include assessments of institutional capacities (technical, operational and financial) and barriers to sound environmental management, including safeguards and stakeholder engagement at national and sub-national levels. More generally, he has extensive experience in project design and management, mid-term and final project evaluations, resource mobilization and partnership development. Geographically, his work has covered Asia-Pacific, Southeast Europe and West Africa.

Dr. Chey Tech (Cambodia) is a development specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in Cambodia, focusing on sustainable development and livelihoods, rural development and agriculture, program design and evaluation, policy development and advisory support. He has worked for a wide variety of development partners, including Asian Development Bank, UN, USAID, ADRA, JICA and the European Commission. He holds a Master of Science in Rural Development from the International University and a PhD in Philosophy from St. Clements University T&C.

Dr. Melissa Langworthy (USA) is a feminist economist specializing in policy advocacy and research.  She has 15 years of experience working on economic justice, data analysis, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), gender auditing, and capacity building for government, NGO and private sector actors. Dr. Langworthy has provided technical expertise for academic institutions, community-based organizations, and the private sector to design and implement successful initiatives, to prioritize gender in policy and advocacy efforts, and to advocate for evidence-based policies.  She has led policy outreach, participatory research, trainings, and advocacy in cross-cultural settings and diverse sectors, including national, regional, and international settings. Her innovative research drives improvements in economic development and social empowerment programs and reinforces the centrality of gender intelligent data collection and interpretation to facilitate learning and support successful development outcomes.

Balkrishna Sharma (Nepal) is a gender and inclusion specialist with 20+ years leading and coordinating participatory-right based/justice based programmes focusing on the needs of women, adolescent girls and boys including disadvantaged groups. He specialises in incorporating conflict-sensitive approaches to development to minimize the unintended negative impacts of development work and empower vulnerable communities and promoting the principle of non-discrimination. He has significant experience in gender analysis and GESI assessment including gathering information about gender differences in the production, marketing, and business practices of men and women in a specific value chain and identifying household financial management practices.

Luisa Tarrio (UK/Spain) is a human resource professional with experience in the full spectrum of HR practices including change management, talent management, employee engagement, recruitment and selection, employment relations and learning and development. She brings strong business acumen, culturally astute, with experience in the UK, France and Asia-Pacific region within multinational organisations. Excels a partnership building with a reputation for working closely with the business to create practical and cost-effective HR solutions that are aligned to business needs.

Shanon McNab (USA) has worked for more than 10 years on maternal, newborn and child health-related projects. Working closely with Ministries of Health, UN agencies, iNGOs, CBOs and providers themselves, she has led multiple large project evaluations looking at issues of respectful care, access to CEmONC, referral processes, task shifting and human resource management as well as better understanding how and why programs did or did not work. Shanon spent nearly 3 years implementing a $90+million multi-country grant to provide HIV prevention, care and treatment programs to vulnerable populations in Central America and countries in southern Africa. She also has worked with NGOs in conflict settings to provide women with comprehensive reproductive health services. Shanon has spent nearly 20 years working outside of her home country, managing teams of diverse ethnic, cultural, professional and religious backgrounds and navigating the politics of gender, age and class to create a cohesive team and produce high quality deliverables.

Dr. Mulya Amri (Indonesia) is a Research Director at Katadata Insight Center, and Program Director at the Jakarta Property Institute, based in Indonesia. He is a senior public policy and urban development specialist who has co-written 19 books and book chapters, and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on subnational economic development, regional competitiveness, and urban governance and digital finance and literacy. Mulya has 20 years of experience working with government officials, businesses, and civil society groups through policy analysis, regional economic development, and city planning projects in Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, China, and the U.S. He has a PhD in public policy from the National University of Singapore, a Masters Degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.

Dr. Jessica Vechbanyongratana (USA/Thailand) is Assistant Professor of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University. She specializes in labor economics and economic development in Thailand with recent research focused on informal labor markets and gender. She has published or has forthcoming articles in several international journals, including World Politics and the Asian Development Review. Dr. Vechbanyongratana also consults for various government and international organizations on issues related to Thai labor markets.

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