Technical Advisory Panel


We are fortunate to be able to draw on the advice and support of a number of committed experts. We thank those listed below for their crucial pro bono assistance and support provided in the past or on an on-going basis in a range of areas:

Australian Government Solicitor (Geeta Nair and her pro bono legal team)
Legal advice

Dora Kuir Ayius
Lecturer, University of Papua New Guinea, Social Work Program, expertise in domestic violence case management

Emily Banks
Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, ANU; advice concerning governance and risk management

Oliver Behn
Advice in operational risk management and training at the set-up stage

Ashlee Betteridge
Research Officer, Development Policy Centre, ANU; website, communications, and governance advice. Ashlee is our pro-bono Communications Consultant

Sanjiva de Silva
Senior international lawyer with the Australian government; legal advice

Joumanah El Matrah
Executive Director, Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights; advice on domestic violence case management

Harry Kanadi
IT expert; for ongoing IT support

Louise Kleinig
Former Senior State Prosecutor (Provincial), Public Prosecutors Office, Lae, Papua New Guinea (2011-2013); legal advice

Kamalini Lokuge
Senior Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, ANU; Dr Lokuge is Femili PNG’s Research Director

Elizabeth Morgan
Consultant; facilitation of our 3-year strategic plan (2016 to 2018)

Mellanie Olano
Experienced social worker; case-management policy and practice advice

Leslie Shanks
Medical Director, MSF-OCA, 2007-2013; advice on governance and risk-management

Dennise Simpson
Former Manager, Domestic Violence Crisis Service, ACT; policy advice and training in case management

Kath Taplin
Consultant; legal, policy and stakeholder-engagement advice

Meggy Verputten
MSF-OCA sexual and gender-based violence advisor (including to PNG); advice on family violence in PNG

Kelly Williamson
Experienced social worker; case-management policy advice


We are also fortunate to benefit from a number of volunteers and interns who have provided and continue to provide support in a range of areas. We thank:

• Paula Baker
• Sarah James
• Mary-Jane Heron
• Husnia Hushang
• Lindy Kanan
• Peter Lindermeyer
• Macarena Rojas
• Kelly Williamson
• Anthony Swan