Organising Committee

Leadership and planning for the RDI Conference 2017 is provided by a cross-sector organising committee convened by the conference hosts: RDI Network and the University of Sydney. The committee is representative of both academics and practitioners in the field of international development. The members of the committee are:

  • Robyn Alders, University of Sydney
  • Sally Asker, InSIGHT Sustainability Pty Ltd
  • Susan Engel, University of Wollongong
  • Samanthi Gunawaradana, Monash University
  • Susan Goodwin, University of Sydney
  • Eleanor Jackson, Oxfam-Monash Partnership
  • Patrick Kilby, Australian National University
  • Elisabeth Kramer, University of Sydney
  • Carolin Leeshaa, Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Joel Negin, University of Sydney
  • Jackie Robertson, Transform Aid International
  • Philippa Smales, RDI Network
  • Thomas Soem, University of Sydney
  • Jacqueline Thomas, University of Sydney
  • Jenny Vaccari, RDI Network
  • Keren Winterford, University of Technology Sydney


Conference partners

The RDI Conference 2017 would not be possible without the financial and practical support of our key conference partners:


Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) unites Australia’s nongovernmental aid and international development organisations to strengthen their collective impact against poverty. As a peak body for the sector, ACFID’s purpose is to provide leadership and fairly represent and promote the collective views and interest of its members.


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The RDI Conference 2017 is generously supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Attend RDI Conference 2017 and ACFID Conference and receive 10% off.

Save the Date!

ACFID National Conference 2017: Transformational Change and Development: Engage. Create. Lead.

Dates: 1-2 November, 2017
Venue: Hawthorn Arts Centre, Melbourne

The ACFID Conference 2017 will create space for progressing the dialogue and collaborations started between ACFID members and others during RDI Conference 2017. So make sure you and your organisation take advantage of the opportunity to continue the conversation!

Attend both the RDI Conference and the ACFID Conference and receive 10% discount on ACFID Conference registration at the checkout.