Partner Outreach Series

AWP Business: Procurement, consortia, and what makes a good proposal

This session provides practical examples of proposal criteria and specifically how to incorporate gender equality, disability and social inclusion (GEDSI) in proposal design.

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Dr Colin Chartres – Chair, AWP Expert Review Panel; CEO Crawford Fund

Colin is Chair of AWP’s Expert Review Panel and has overseen over 110 reviews since 2016. He is also CEO of the Crawford Fund Ltd. and holds an Honorary Chair in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. In 2007, he was appointed as the Director General of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) part of the 15 strong network of CGIAR International Research Centres. In 2012, IWMI was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize for its pioneering research that has served to improve agriculture water management, enhance food security, protect environmental health and alleviate poverty in developing countries. He has also worked at CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, and the Bureau of Rural Sciences and was Chief Science Advisor to the National Water Commission from 2004-2007. His research and professional interests include water and food security, the water science/policy interface and research leadership and management.

Dr Suzette Mitchell – AWP Expert Review Panel; Intersectionality Research Advisor and Monitoring and Research Specialist, Respect Victoria

 Suzette Mitchell

Suzette has been working as a gender and social inclusion specialist for the past 30 years. She has spent over a decade living in South East Asia and worked as the Country Representative for UN Women from 2007–2013. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of the International Women’s Development Agency.
Since leaving the UN she has consulted, specialising in gender and social inclusion/intersectional approaches to water management and water systems, disaster risk reduction and recovery, climate change and most recently COVID-19 responses. Her consulting work has included working as a GESI specialist to DFAT programs in Samoa and Nauru. For the Asian Development Bank, Suzette has worked as the GESI Specialist for the Alaoa Multi-Purpose Hydro Dam Project, Samoa and various water-related activities in Tuvalu and Kiribati. Suzette has also consulted UNDP and the Green Growth Institute on gender, water and sanitation, green urban development, climate change and disaster risk reduction.

Suzette Mitchell
Rory Hunter, AWP Program Manager

Rory Hunter – Program Lead, AWP

Rory Hunter is an environment and water resources specialist, with expertise in program management, integrated assessments, climate resilience, and river basin planning. He holds a Master of Integrated Water Management from The University of Queensland and has over 12 years of experience implementing projects in the Indo-Pacific region with the Mekong River Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and other organisations. Rory is currently the Program Lead at the Australian Water Partnership overseeing a diverse range of projects across the Indo Pacific in river basin and water resources planning, urban and rural water, agriculture, flood and drought management, and climate resilience.