Vice President of International Development, AECOM Services Pty Ltd
Mel has over 20 years’ experience in international development and foreign aid sectors in multiple countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Mel also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Institute of Social Science Research at The University of Queensland and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mel has authored a number of thought pieces for The Development Policy Centre, specifically on the topics of the private sector in development and on innovation. He continues to contribute to thinking and practice in these focus areas in support of work with the Australian aid program. Earlier in his career, Mel wrote on the topics of education internationalization and also on technical vocational education and training, including specifically its role in poverty reduction. Most recently, Mel has participated in international fora focused on innovation, including presenting on innovation and development at the 2017 Learning and Innovation: A global Perspective Colloquium led by the National Treasury of South Africa.
Mel has proven successful in a range of international markets and cross-cultural settings. He brings consistent achievement in strategic leadership and change, creating more sustainable business outcomes. Interests include gender, the role of men in the pursuit of equality, development innovation and entrepreneurship, and the integration of theory and practice to address complex development challenges. Mel holds a Master of Social Change and Development (University of Newcastle), a Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis (Flinders University) and a Bachelor of Teaching, Further Education and Training (University of Southern Queensland).