Dr Paul Porteous  BEc, LLB, MPA, PhD
Director

Paul is Adjunct Associate Professor and Director of Leadership Development and International Programs for the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra and also a Fellow at the Australia-NZ School of Government.  His extensive experience includes work as a senior diplomat and international lawyer, representative to numerous international organisations including the United Nations and International Court of Justice, and as a consultant in the United States, South East Asia, Middle East, Europe, China and Africa.

Paul has been Visiting Faculty at Harvard Kennedy School and a Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership where he received the “Dean’s Award for Excellence in Student Teaching”.  Paul was also Director of the Australian Secretariat for the United Nations World Summit for Social Development, leading the development of innovative social policies addressing global poverty, unemployment and social disintegration.

From 2005-2009, Paul was Senior Adviser to the President of Madagascar during the most dynamic period in the nation's history, developing cutting edge leadership practice for nation building and the alleviation of poverty.  This focused on policy development, cultural change, restructuring of government institutions, crisis management, conflict resolution, coaching Ministers, liaison and negotiation with stakeholders and donors, and conducting leadership development programs. He was a founder of the National Leadership Institute of Madagascar, training and mentoring officials ranging from Ministers to Village Chiefs. Paul was also Director of the Presidential Initiative on Women and Leadership which brought together 3,000 women from 22 regions to lead national Development.

Internationally, Paul is Program Director of the Social Leadership Singapore Program and has provided executive leadership training for the Permanent Secretaries of the Federal government of Nigeria, Deputy Secretaries of Malaysia, in the Advanced Course on Crisis, Recovery and Transitions in Beijing, for the Dubai School of Government, Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit at the University of York UK, Singapore Civil Service College, Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies in Doha and with UNDP’s Global Centre for Public Service Excellence. He is also Director of the Centre for Post-crisis Leadership and Development in conjunction with the University of York UK.

In Australia, Paul is Director of the Centre for Social Leadership, developing innovative programs across government, business and community sectors focused on social impact, cross-cultural relations and conflict management. This has included consultancy work in education, health, indigenous, youth, child protection, disability, prisons, discrimination and regional development. Paul worked in an Executive position in the not-for-profit sector for four years with The Benevolent Society, which has a staff of over 800 people across 26 locations. He has taught senior executive programs in every State/Territory in Australia and New Zealand and also Masters and graduate programs at the Australian National University, University of Canberra and University of Sydney.

As Special Advisor on Trade and Logistics to the Australian Government, Paul worked closely with industry CEOs, Ministers and government executives to pioneer leading edge responses to globalisation, and developed Australia’s first National Logistics Strategy based on innovative partnerships and supply chain solutions.  Paul also has extensive experience working in the Australian federal government including foreign affairs, humanitarian and human rights, regional development, transport and industrial relations and as Secretary of the National Transport Council.

Paul has a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, both Economics and Law degrees from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the University of Canberra.  He is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and worked for many years as an accredited mediator in conflict resolution.