Research Advisory Committee

Emele Duitaranga

Emele Duituturaga is the Executive Director of PIANGO (2009 – current). She was one of the founding Global Co-Chairs of the newly formed CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) based in the Philippines. She is also the Pacific representative on the Global Executive Council of the International Forum for National Platforms based in Paris. She has also been appointed as one of the 10 member s for Global Advisory Group for Bread for the World, based in Berlin. Emele was also a Pacific regional representative at the World Humanitarian Summit.

Prior to joining PIANGO she was a Research Associate at the University of the South Pacific from 2007-2009 and the Fiji Government CEO from 2004 to 2007 for the ministry of Women, Social Welfare, Poverty Alleviation and Housing. Prior to 2007, Emele worked in the Pacific region over two decades as a development consultant on projects in adolescent reproductive health, public sector reform, social welfare reforms, NGO Capacity building, evaluation of donor funded projects and programme evaluation and technical assistance to PIANGO.

Fine Tu’itupou- Arnold

Fine Tu’itupou- Arnold is the Secretary-General of the Cook Islands Red Cross Society (CIRCS). Prior to this, she was International Humanitarian Law Officer for the CIRCS with responsibilities for both IHL and International Disaster Response Law (IDRL).  In her role as CIRCS IHL Officer, Fine disseminated information on IHL and the fundamental principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent to raise awareness and respect for IHL in the Cook Islands. Fine was instrumental in establishing the Cook Islands National IHL Committee to assist the government in fulfilling its obligations on IHL Conventions and related matters.  She took the lead in preparing a report on legal preparedness for disasters in the Cook Islands, which examines the existing legal frameworks for disaster response. Fine started her career working at the Crown Law Office in Tonga, after which she moved to the Cook Islands to work at a private firm before joining the CIRCS.

Jeremy Wellard

Jeremy Wellard is ICVA’s Regional Representative for Asia. Jeremy is responsible for ensuring the global policy and programme work of ICVA connects to, and is informed by, member organizations throughout the region. Prior to this role, Jeremy worked for UNOCHA’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific as part of the World Humanitarian Summit team, coordinating Asian representation throughout the Summit process and organizing The South and Central Asia Regional Consultation in Tajikistan and the WHS Global Consultation in Geneva. Jeremy holds a Masters in Social Science (International Development) from RMIT University and has a diverse range of experience working in government, non-government and the private sector in Australia and South-East Asia.

Juliet Bourke

Juliet Bourke leads Deloitte Australia’s Diversity and Inclusion Consulting practice and co-leads the Leadership practice.  She has over 25 years’ experience in human capital, management and law. Juliet works with Executives and global organisations to improve workplace performance through cultural change, focussing on D&I, leadership and culture.

Her latest book, the 2016 bestseller entitled ‘Which two heads are better than one?: How diverse teams create breakthrough ideas and make smarter decisions’, helps leaders understand how to systematically create diverse thinking and take team performance to the next level.

Juliet is a member of the Australian firm’s Diversity Council, and sits on a number of boards and award panels, such as the Telstra Business Awards, the Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board and the Deloitte University Press Editorial Review Board. Juliet’s own awards include Women Lawyers Association of NSW (Achievement Award), University of NSW (Alumni Award) and Centre for Leadership for Women.

A highly engaging public speaker, Juliet has keynoted at hundreds of global conferences, including TEDx.

Erika Feller

Erika Feller is currently a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne. From 2005 to April 2013, she  held the post of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection), one of the four top management positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This was the culmination of a 26 year long career with UNHCR, and had been preceded by 14 years service as an Australian diplomat, in Canberra and overseas. For UNHCR, Erika served both in Geneva and in the field, notably as the High Commissioner’s Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. She was the initiator and manager of the 2001-2 Global Consultations on International Protection, which generated the Agenda for Protection, the internationally endorsed global “road map” on protection policy for refugees. She has visited all major refugee situations during her time with UNHCR, and is broadly respected as a refugee law advocate who has been widely published. On return to Australia in 2013, she was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Most recently (as of July 2014) she has taken up an appointment as Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Saku Akmeemana

Saku Akmeemana is the Principal Specialist for Governance at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs. In that role, she is responsible for guiding the Department’s approach to governance, political economy, state fragility and conflict, in its development assistance portfolio.  She has spent much of her career working on governance, conflict and the political economy of development, straddling both headquarters and field assignments in the World Bank and United Nations.  In a decade at the World Bank, principally in South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, her research and operational work has focused on the political dynamics of institutional change; justice, grievance and the drivers of violent conflict; service delivery and the state-citizen interface; and better understanding the incentives and conditions under which elites invest in broadly developmental institutions and processes.  In recent years, she convened the political economy community of practice, and led governance work in the Fragility Conflict and Violence Group, including joint work with the United Nations on state building in the aftermath of conflict. Earlier in her career, Ms Akmeemana worked for the United Nations in the areas of peacekeeping, political affairs, human rights and refugees.

Stephen Close

Stephen Close is Assistant Director in the Humanitarian Reform sub-team with Emily Lyons in DFAT. Stephen and Emily provide policy leadership, coordination and monitoring of DFAT’s global humanitarian reform commitments made at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, through the Good Humanitarian Donorship initiative and under the Grand Bargain, and manage bilateral humanitarian donor relations, Australia’s support to humanitarian pooled funds, and humanitarian research partnerships. Defining and advancing DFAT’s approach to humanitarian localisation has been a priority. Stephen has previously worked in the World Bank Group (2008-2016) and AusAID (2001-2008) in which he worked across Pacific Island and South East Asian countries on education, skills development, and broader development and humanitarian programming. Stephen is studying towards a PhD at ANU on the topic of Public Policy on Youth Employment in Pacific Island Countries.