About us

Our staff

Melissa Conley Tyler FAIIA

Executive Director

Heather Wrathall

Senior Policy Analyst

Dr Dan Evans

Senior Policy Analyst‚Äč

Grant Wyeth


Tom Barber

Program Manager

Advisory group

Marc Purcell


CEO, Australian Council for International Development

Prof. Michael Wesley FAIIA


Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global, Culture and Engagement, University of Melbourne

Bridi Rice

Founding Co-convenor

CEO, Development Intelligence Lab

Richard Moore

Founding Co-convenor

Strategic Advisor, Development Intelligence Lab

Nicola Rosenblum

Funding Partner

Executive Director, Australian Civil-Military Centre

Prof. Caitlin Byrne FAIIA


Pro Vice Chancellor (Business), Griffith University

Chris Gardiner


CEO, Institute for Regional Security

Dr Huong Le Thu


Deputy Program Director, Asia, International Crisis Group

James Batley PSM


Distinguished Policy Fellow, Australian National University

Nathan Hansford


CEO, International Development Contractors Community

Prof. Joanne Wallis


Professor of International Security, University of Adelaide

Richard Maude FAIIA


Inaugural Executive Director, Policy, The Asia Society

Susannah Patton


Director, Southeast Asia Program, Lowy Institute

Dr William Stoltz


Senior Manager, Strategy & Consulting, CyberCX

Hayley Channer


Director, Economic Security, United States Studies Centre

Thenu Herath


Board Member, Oaktree

Julie Ballangarry


Lecturer in the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University

Our story

AP4D launched with a meeting of leading Australian thinkers in November 2019. 

Founding partners were the Australian Council for International Development, Australian National University, International Development Contractors Community and the Institute for Regional Security. The inaugural Co-convenors were Richard Moore and Bridi Rice.

AP4D held its first public webinar, ‘Is Australia match fit for a post-COVID world?‘ in June 2020.