MasterCraft Series – Engaging with Academic Experts to Solve Public Policy Challenges

This session will explore key insights on how public servants can better harness and integrate diverse expertise to address complex policy challenges. It will draw on models and methods being used by the James Martin Institute for Public Policy to drive collaboration between policymakers and experts, including by presenting case studies, and offer practical ideas on how to work well across these domains for public benefit.



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Libby Hacket

Libby Hacket is the inaugural CEO of the James Martin Institute for Public Policy. Libby is an award-winning public policy expert and brings over 20 years’ experience working at the highest level of government and universities. She has held senior advisory and leadership roles in government, parliament, peak bodies, think tanks and private sector consultancy in Australia and the UK.

Libby was selected to participate in the Prime Minister’s leadership training programme for outstanding public servants in 2010. She was named one of the UK’s ‘Education Reformers of the Year’ by the Education Foundation for work promoting social mobility and access to higher education. She served as a Director on the UK Higher Education Commission and as an Advisor to the Browne Review of Higher Education Fees and Funding. Libby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford and is a visiting fellow in global higher education policy at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU).


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Dr Vafa Ghazavi

Dr Vafa Ghazavi is the Executive Director for Research and Policy at the James Martin Institute for Public Policy. Vafa is a public policy strategist and political philosopher. He has taught political theory at the University of Oxford and been a visiting researcher on ethics with the AI lab, Google DeepMind. More recently, he was Carr Center Fellow at Harvard University. Vafa has worked in the policy planning branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra, among other roles, and previously served as a diplomat in Afghanistan and to the United Nations in Vienna. He also worked as an adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

In addition to his academic work, Vafa has written for publications such as the Boston Review, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Foreign Affairs, and The Times Literary Supplement. Vafa is a graduate of the University of Sydney, Harvard University, where he completed his MPA as a Fulbright Scholar, and the University of Oxford, where he completed his DPhil as a John Monash Scholar. 

The James Martin Institute for Public Policy is a government and university joint-venture to transform public policy in Australia. JMI is an independent, non-partisan policy institute with charitable status, working to ensure that government can more effectively harness expertise and evidence for the public good.


Anthony Dusan

Participant benefits

  • Gain knowledge on strategies to effectively harness expertise in government policymaking. 

  • Learn about government-university engagement and the James Martin Institute for Public Policy's model and methods.

  • Explore case studies on how expertise and evidence can be integrated into existing public policy challenges.

Suitable for

All staff.

Category and User level

This workshop aligns with the Working in Government Craft at the Foundation level.


Free of charge.

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2-hour face-to-screen session. 10:00AM - 12:00PM (AEST)
Event type
Australia wide
100 seats