Liz is an international development specialist with over 20 years of experience, predominantly in the governance sector in Timor-Leste, where she lived and worked from 2001 to 2018. She previously led Australia’s Governance for Development program, and facilitated increased disability and gender inclusion in the government program and national budget; mentored a national project manager in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Parliament Project; managed the operations of the UNDP Justice System Program; and designed and implemented improved management systems in Plan International.
She has ten years of board experience, including as Vice Chairperson, with a Timorese microfinance organisation that transitioned from non-government organisation status to a regulated ‘other deposit taking institution’.
She currently works remotely as a short-term adviser on Australia’s Solomon Islands Governance Program and is a member of the Board and Executive of the Pacific Islands Council of South Australia, where she is developing its governance structures and supporting a number of new initiatives to promote Pacific Island communities.
Liz holds a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Adelaide.