Melinda has over 25 years of experience in international development, specialising in Asia and the Pacific. She has worked as a diplomat and consultant across a range of countries in the public sector, private sector, multilateral development banks, non-government organisations, and the military. She specialises in the development, implementation, and evaluation of regional and country strategies, programs, and projects. Melinda works across a range of sectors and thematic areas to achieve results, specialising in governance and economic development outcomes. She has a PhD in economics and has published international development books, articles, strategies, performance reports, evaluations, and research papers. Her countries of professional experience include American Samoa, Armenia, Australia, Cambodia, Chile, El Salvador, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, and Vietnam.


  • PhD Economics (international labour mobility and remittances): University of New England (2013)
  • Master of Economic Studies (Developmental Economics): University of New England (2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics and Politics): University of New South Wales (1998)
  • Graduate Certificate of Logistics Management: ACT ARC (2004)
  • Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management: ACT ARC (2004)
  • Prince2 Project Management Practitioner: Axelos (2016)
  • RedR Humanitarian Emergency Logistics Management (2014)
  • RedR Essentials of Humanitarian Practice & Hostile Environment Awareness Training (2007)
  • Certificate IV in Government (Public Sector Procurement and Contracting): CIT (2005)