Ralph Ashton
Ralph AshtonCo-Founder and Executive Director
Ralph has a track record of conceiving, building, and leading non-partisan initiatives to tackle cross-sectoral challenges. Before co-founding the Australian Futures Project in 2012 to make long-termism easier in Australia, Ralph spent a decade leading international public policy initiatives, working closely on every continent with governments, the United Nations, World Bank, business, academia, and non-profits. This included coordinating WWF’s global response to the Indian Ocean earthquakes and tsunami, and convening and chairing the multi-disciplinary international Terrestrial Carbon Group. Ralph has held visiting positions at Columbia University and the Australian National University, and is well versed in providing advice on mergers and acquisitions as both a lawyer and an investment banker.
Dr Fiona McKenzie
Dr Fiona McKenzieCo-Founder and Director of Strategy
Fiona is a human geographer with a PhD on innovation and expertise in both public policy and academic research. At the Australian Futures Project , Fiona leads the design and implementation of a range of unique programs, including social innovation labs. She is respected for her ability to rapidly synthesise complex topics for decision makers and co-design processes for systems change with stakeholders. She has more than 15 years of experience working in Australia and internationally with a range of academic, government, non-government, and intergovernmental organisations. Examples include the United Nations Environment Programme, EcoAgriculture Partners, Terrestrial Carbon Group, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, University of Sydney, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, plus various federal and state government agencies.
Victoria Dimond
Victoria DimondProgram Manager
Victoria joined Australian Futures Project after completing her Masters in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge on a Cambridge Trust scholarship. She has a background in public policy and community engagement having worked for the Australian Government and with a variety of not-for-profit organisations, such as the Red Cross, in Australia and abroad. In addition, Victoria co-founded an international not-for-profit organisation that supports student and staff in making their tertiary institutions’ more ethical and sustainable. Her interests lie in working with a range of stakeholders to support countries’ to maintain and raise their standards of living.
Sean Day
Sean DayDigital Product Owner
Sean oversees the design and delivery of all digital components for Australian Futures Project. Sean was previously Head of Production at News Life Media (News Corp) and Senior Product Manager at Yahoo. He has a proven track record of delivering complex collaborative projects across multiple digital platforms and is highly respected in the industry for growing commercially effective products that are used by millions of consumers. Previous projects have included being product lead on; the launch and development of PLUS7, the digital platform for Channel 7 (including My Kitchen Rules, The X-Factor and Sunrise) and a new identity management platform for News Corp Australia.
Paula Steyer
Paula SteyerFinancial Controller
Paula is the Financial Controller at the Australian Futures Project where she manages the day-to-day financial, regulatory and all reporting requirements of the organisation. Paula is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Prior to moving into the not for profit sector Paula was in public practice, and in senior taxation, finance and human resources roles at HSBC Bank. She has worked in a finance and company secretarial role in the not for profit sector for the past 7 years.
Dr Sally FawkesAcademic Consultant
Sally advises on Evaluation and Research Strategy for the Australian Futures Project. Sally is Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University. Sally has had a career working at the cutting edge of conceptual development and practice in public health and healthcare. Recent projects with governments, organisations and professionals in Australia, Europe and Asia have drawn on the fields of futures studies and complex adaptive systems thinking. Sally undertakes regular technical advisory roles for the World Health Organisation, particularly in relation to leadership development and system-level capacity assessment.