Travers McLeodTravers McLeod is CPD’s Chief Executive Officer. He has worked as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. There he focused on Now for the Long Term, the report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, chaired by Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation.

Travers has taught in Australia and the UK, including nearly two years as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Merton College, Oxford. He has also worked as a lawyer and was an associate to Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia. Travers remains an Associate of the Oxford Martin School and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s School of Social and Political Sciences. 

Travers grew up in Exmouth and Perth in Western Australia, and graduated from the University of Western Australia with first-class honours degrees in arts and law. He completed a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in international relations at Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Travers’ first book, Rule of Law in War: International Law and United States Counterinsurgency Doctrine in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars will be published by Oxford University Press later this year.


Dr Anand Kulkarni is the Research Director of the Sustainable Economy Program. He is also Senior Manager, Planning and Research at RMIT University – a role​ ​encompassing university-wide planning, strategy and policy making. Previously Anand held senior Executive and Management positions in Federal and State Governments, including Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. ​Anand led the development of a number of key strategies and projects while in Government in areas of industry development​, innovation and climate change. Anand has a particular interest in innovation, higher education ​, knowledge economy​ (both in Australia and abroad) and climate change.​ Anand has published book chapters and papers in these and related areas, and presented at a number of conferences. Anand holds Honours, Masters and a Ph.D in Economics.



Janelle Fielding is CPD’s Office and Accounts Administrator. She has over 30 years’ experience in all facets of management, spanning accounting, administration and staff training, with a strong financial background.

Janelle’s career includes senior and operational management positions in a variety of organisations, from community to commercial.

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Telephone: 02 9043 6815


abi smith

Abi Smith is CPD’s Communications Manager. Her background straddles the community, private and public sectors, with six years managing communications for the VISION 2020 Global Initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she worked closely with the World Health Organization and NGO partners. Prior to moving into the non-profit field, Abi worked in magazine publishing for over ten years.

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Telephone: 02 9043 6815


Peter Ferguson

Dr Peter Ferguson is a Research Associate in the Sustainable Economy Program. Peter is a lecturer in environmental politics and policy at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the political barriers to moving toward a socially just and ecologically sustainable global economy, and how these barriers can be overcome. Peter’s current research project examines the security implications of climate change for Australia and the lessons Australian policymakers could learn for managing these risks from key allies such as the United States and Britain.


Sue-Ogilvy-for-webSue Ogilvy is a Research Associate in the Sustainable Economy Program. To the program, Sue brings her undergraduate degree in Physics, Masters in Marketing, skills and experience from a successful career in strategic sales and marketing, knowledge from immersion in regenerative agricultural systems and experience as a social entrepreneur. Her PhD studies at ANU focus on conceptualising methods of including natural resources in the accounting of broadacre agricultural enterprises. She intends her work to assist farmers, investors, commercial lenders and companies that transform primary commodities, to successfully invest in ecological and human capital.


Adrian March staff 2013Adrian March is an Editorial Assistant for CPD, working on publications and assisting the Communications Manager. Adrian previously worked on Pushing Our Luck, the CPD’s 2013 federal election publication, of which he was Associate Editor. He has qualifications in Arts and Economics from The University of Sydney and the Australian National University. He was co-editor of R. G Casey: Minister for External Affairs 1951-60 with Melissa Conley Tyler and John Robbins CSC, released by the Australian Institute of International Affairs in February 2013.




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