Professor Yehudi Blacher
Yehudi Blacher is a Professorial Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences with over thirty years' experience in a variety of senior roles in the Victorian Public Service. From 2002 until his retirement in 2011 Yehudi was the Secretary of the Departments of Planning and Community Development and Victorian Communities. He is currently the Chair of the Victorian Taxi Services Commission, Deputy Chair, Victrak and a Deputy Chancellor at Monash University. Yehudi delivers graduate courses on differing perspectives of policy-making drawing on the professional experiences of various participants involved in the policy-making process.
Scott Kessell is the Assistant Director of the Transformation Office at the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria. Scott's primary responsibility is to develop innovative approaches to the design and implementation of policy and services that bring the lived experience of citizens to the design process. Prior to that he held roles at corporate advisory firm Galibier Partners, and as Executive Director of the Office of the Director-General in the Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Infrastructure and Education in Queensland. Scott has an Executive Masters of Public Administration through the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.
Vishaal Kishore is a strategist, political economist, academic and commentator. He is Professor of Innovation and Public Policy at RMIT University; Principal Fellow at The University of Melbourne's Melbourne School of Government; Chief Strategy Officer at the Australian National MedTech Accelerator; and a partner within Dialectica Group - an innovation and strategy advisory firm. He has previously been Deputy Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services; director for government strategy in EY's management consulting practice; a mergers and acquisitions lawyer; and an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia. Vishaal has held academic/research fellowships at Harvard and Brown Universities in the United States, and Monash University in Australia. He holds a doctorate from Harvard University, where his work focused on the intersection of law, political economy and socio-political theory.
Alison McClelland is an independent consultant. Current involvements include Chair of the Good Shepherd Australia and New Zealand Board, Vice President of the Australian Social Policy Association, and the Program Committee of IPAA Victoria. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victorian division) and was awarded the Centenary Medal for her contribution to social policy and research. Alison has previously been a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, held senior positions in the Victorian Government, in academia and in the community sector. She has also participated in a number of government advisory committees. Her co-edited book on social policy in Australia is in its third edition.
Jeanette Pope has worked in strategy, policy and research across government, not-for-profits and universities. She developed the strategy and research agenda for the Department for Victorian Communities across community and regional development, local government, social inclusion, disadvantage, and 'changing the way government works' agendas. She has recently published on the future of work as Director of Strategy and Policy at the Foundation for Young Australians. She has won the Nancy Mellis public health medal, a Victorian Government lifetime achievement award for building the evidence base for community development as a public policy solution, and a Planning Institute of Australia commendation.