From emergency response to maternal and child health to human trafficking and slavery, World Vision's subject matter specialists can provide expert opinion on a range of overseas aid, development and justice issues.  

Tony Rinaudo - Natural Resources Management Specialist

Tony is involved in the development and promotion of agricultural-forestry-pastoral systems across a range of environments. He spent 18 years in Niger managing a long-term agricultural development program. The natural-regeneration reforestation methods Tony developed contributed to over five million hectares of land being re-vegetated in Niger. Tony was also instrumental in introducing edible seeded Australian acacias into Nigerien farming systems and for their promotion as a human food. Tony’s specialist areas are de-/reforestation, desertification, food security, sustainable farming and food production. Tony’s current focus is promoting reforestation internationally and facilitating ongoing research and development of edible seeded Australian acacias.

David Lansley - Head of Climate and Natural Resources

David works in the areas of food security and economic development. He has an honours degree and a masters degree in economics from the University of Sydney, and a Master of International Business and a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Before joining World Vision, David was a senior fellow at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government. Before this he worked in the financial sector and has taught economics and political science at Melbourne and Monash universities, the Australian National University and the University of Sydney. David’s expertise includes economic development at a local, national and global level, as well as food prices, trade and overseas aid.

Melissa Stewart - Senior Advisor - Trafficking in Persons

Melissa has over 12 years experience working on policy and program responses to human trafficking and labour exploitation in the Asia and Pacific region and beyond. With degrees in both law and international development, Melissa acted as Technical Advisor to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific for two years. Previously, Melissa was Senior Policy Advisor and Acting Deputy Programme Manager with a UN inter-agency project on human trafficking, UNIAP. Melissa has extensive knowledge on human trafficking, migrant labour, child protection, business and human rights, and the criminal justice response to trafficking.