Research Committee

Our Research Committee meets on a regular basis. They oversee CPD’s research agenda, advise on the scope of research projects and mould policy for the long term. Specifically, they are responsible for ensuring research proposals are consistent with CPD’s vision and objectives. They also review proposed research methodology and ensure consistency with ethical standards.  

Jeni Whalan (Chair)

JWJeni Whalan is a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Queensland’s School of Political Science and International Studies and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, as well a Research Associate of the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford. She works at the intersection of analysis and practice to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of foreign, security and development policy, bringing a strong understanding of international relations to CPD. She has worked as a foreign policy advisor in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and Department of Defence, and as a consultant to the International Peace Institute, the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations, and the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report. Her recent book ‘How Peace Operations Work: Power, Legitimacy and Effectiveness’ was published by Oxford University Press.

A Rhodes Scholar, Jeni holds a DPhil and MPhil (with Distinction) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. She is currently Chief Investigator on two large Australian Research Council projects.


Anand Kulkarni


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, the 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 from Monash and La Trobe University respectively.





Antoinette le Marchant

Antoinette le Marchant is the former CEO of KU Children’s Services, having recently retired after 13 years with the organisation. Antoinette has had a long senior career in the NSW and Federal public services, including at the Cabinet Office, Attorney General’s Department and NSW Transport as well as Comcare, the Federal Government’s workers compensation and occupational health and safety agency. She is a former editor of the Australian Quarterly and director of the Australian Institute of Political Science, its publisher. She was the inaugural chair of the NSW Public Transport Authority and was, until recently,  on the NSW Government’s Social Justice Reference Group, the NSW Motor Accident Authority and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. She chaired the CPD from 2008 to 2009.




Geoff Shuetrim

GSGeoff Shuetrim provides a wealth of knowledge from the finance and economic industry to CPD, with research roles with the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. He has gone on to pursue leadership roles with KPMG and Galexy Pty Ltd.

With a Ph.D in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Geoff has continued to display his skill set through his understanding of financial modelling, risk measurement, asset valuation and regulation advisory services. Geoff has written extensively on economic policy, addressing issues in Australia as well as internationally. He has written research papers on behalf of the Reserve Bank of Australia as well as the Centre for Australian Financial Institutions.




Mark Joiner

Mark Joiner brings with him nearly 20 years of international strategy consulting experience with Boston Consulting Group and a decade spent in banking, both in Australia and the USA.  In has last executive role, Mark was Executive Director Finance for National Australia Bank, a position he held for nearly seven years.

Mark has a MBA with Distinction from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He is currently a Professorial Fellow with Monash University, where he is working at the intersection of business and sustainability. He is a strong advocate for the continual evolution of business models and strategies to reflect societal values, allowing the business community work to meet the interests of all stakeholders.



Peter MaresMares

Peter Mares is an independent writer and researcher. He is a contributing editor with the online magazine Inside Story and a senior moderator with The Cranlana Programme. Peter was a broadcaster with the ABC for twenty-five years, serving as a foreign correspondent based in Hanoi and presenting national radio programs. He is the author of the award-winning book Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa and has written about migration for many media outlets including the AgeAustralian Financial Review and Griffith Review.

Peter is an adjunct research fellow at the Institute of Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, where he continues to pursue his interest in issues of migration, borders and human movement. He is a member of the advisory committee of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, and has been a judge for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (2004, 2007) and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Human Rights Awards (2003, 2005, 2006).


Roy Green

RGProfessor Roy Green is Dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, with a PhD in economics from the University of Cambridge. Roy has worked with universities, business and government in Australia and overseas, including the OECD’s National Innovation System Programme, EU’s FP7 and Ireland’s Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). Roy is chair of the Federal Government’s Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council and NSW Manufacturing Council. He is also a member of the ABS Innovation Technical Reference Group, IBSA National Project Reference Group, SA Training and Skills Commission, Public Sector Performance Commission and the Board of the Society for Knowledge Economics.

He recently completed a Review of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industries for the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and also assisted the Minister and Department with the innovation white paper,  ‘Powering Ideas: An Innovation Agenda for the 21st Century’. He is a member of the board of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and the UTS Steering Group for the Federal Government’s Creative Industries Innovation Centre.

Travers McLeod


Travers 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 bookRule 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.