TM-2Travers McLeod has been CPD’s Chief Executive Officer since 2014. He leads our strategic and policy agenda, working across each of CPD’s policy programs.

Before joining CPD, Travers was a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. His chief responsibility there was Now for the Long Term, the 2013 report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations. The Commission was chaired by Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, and included as Commissioners Amartya Sen, Nick Stern, Arianna Huffington, Liu He and Julia Marton-Lefèvre. The report has since been accessed over a million times in more than 170 countries, and four of the recommendations have moved closer to implementation.

Travers grew up in Exmouth and then Perth, Western Australia. He worked initially in public law, including as an Associate to Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court. His interest in international relations and international law led him to the United Kingdom, where he completed a Masters and PhD as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford and taught for several years. Travers’ research on the impact of law in war took him to the United States regularly to interview military officers who served at various ranks in Iraq and Afghanistan. This led to his first book, Rule of Law in War, published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Travers signed up to lead CPD because he believes Australia must embrace the long term now, and because think tanks have a critical role to play in illuminating how this can happen.

Travers is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, holds adjunct positions at Oxford and the University of Western Australia, and is a Board member of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. He is married to a Kiwi and, for better or worse, is devoted to the West Coast Eagles.


Sam Hurley is a CPD Policy Director working across our three research programs. In 2015 Sam contributed to CPD’s work on measuring wellbeing, tax reform, sustainable agriculture and public sector capability. Prior to CPD, Sam worked for six years as an economist and policy analyst at the Commonwealth Treasury. Much of Sam’s work at Treasury focused on international economic and political trends and how these shape Australia’s longer-term policy challenges. Sam had a particular focus on commodities, trade opportunities with China and telling the story of structural reform. Most recently, he worked at ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy on a project investigating the role of trade and investment policy in Myanmar’s economic reform and development.

Sam holds degrees in commerce and law and completed a Masters of International Affairs at the Australian National University.


Rob Sturrock is a CPD Policy Director based in Sydney​ and works across our three research programs. In 2015 he was the lead author of The Longest Conflict: Australia’s Climate Security Challenge and co-author of Grand Alibis: how declining public sector capability affects services for the disadvantaged. Rob has written op eds on Australian politics, climate change and national security for Fairfax papers, The Huffington Post and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He has also written in a personal capacity for Mamamia on his thoughts on fatherhood.

Rob has professional experience across public policy, consultancy and law. As a graduate he worked for KPMG‘s Health and Human Services Practice and was promoted to Senior Social Policy Advisor.​ In his time at KPMG he reviewed programs and developed policies for portfolios such as disability, aged care and Indigenous services. Rob also worked for Minter Ellison Lawyers, predominately in their environment and planning legal team. Prior to joining CPD Rob worked for the Australian Trade Commission in their International Operations division, working with Senior Trade Commissioners in Japan, North America, UK, Western Europe, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and an Arts/Law degree from Sydney University. 


SNShivani Nadan is CPD’s Administration and Research Officer. Shivani has had previous experience with not-for-profit organisations, holding volunteer roles with Oxfam and the Cancer Council. She has also previously held an internship with CPD assisting with the production and launch of the report Beyond the Boats, released in late 2014.

Shivani is a recent graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, with a degree in Communications (Social Inquiry) and International Studies. She spent a year abroad in Switzerland learning French and investigating the role of gender within conscription in Switzerland.





ABAnnabel Brown  is Project and Research Manager for CPD’s work on forced migration. Annabel is an experienced advisor and facilitator with over 15 year’s experience supporting effective social and economic development in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Annabel has particular expertise leading research and evaluation projects focused on understanding policy influence, advocacy, leadership development, governance, accountability and empowerment. Agencies and networks she has worked with include Transparency International, Oxfam, WaterAid, the Secretariat of Pacific Community, the Australian Public Service Commission and the Australian Aid Program.

Annabel has a Masters in International Development from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Philosophy. She is passionate about generating knowledge, through collaborative processes, and using that to improve policy and practice.




Luisa Boll is CPD’s Events and Communications Officer. She brings to the table three years of experience in delivering strategic, multidisciplinary communication content as well as in managing corporate events. Previously, Luisa worked at an environmental NGO in Sydney co-managing the production of its annual report on companies’ carbon disclosure. She started her career in the private sector coordinating workshops for a consulting firm. Thanks to her work abroad she is able to exchange ideas fluently in German, English, and Spanish.

Luisa completed a degree in Political Science and Communications with a thesis analysing “Coercive Diplomacy – The U.S. Approach to Contain Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions”. She held volunteer roles with the Australian Red Cross and Act for Peace.

When away from her keyboard, Luisa enjoys charging herself with renewable energy exploring the Australian bush.






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