Our Team

The Regional Australia Institute team have a wealth of experience in regional research, policy-making and community consultation.

The RAI team works under the strategic direction of the Board and in conjunction with input from the Research Advisory Committee and Research Fellows.

Liz Ritchie

LIZ RITCHIE
CEO

BArts(PubRel), MAppSc(OrgDyn)

Liz’s primary purpose at the RAI is to make a difference through providing leadership, engagement, information and connectivity. Heralding from country NSW, she understands the issues impacting regional Australia and has designed and executed programs across Australia to engage in economic and social issues affecting our regions.

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KIM HOUGHTON
Chief Economist

BSc(Hons), PhD(Econ)

Kim manages the RAI’s policy and research portfolio to ensure the Institute’s work has practical application and supports a better policy environment and more vibrant regional economies. Having worked on regional economic development in Australia for almost 20 years, Kim has a passion for engaging, motivating, informing and connecting entrepreneurial business owners.

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AMANDA BARWICK
Corporate Affairs Director

BBus (Major in Journalism)

Amanda is a media professional with more than 20 years industry experience across Australia. Having worked for media organisations, government, industry groups and agri-political organisations, Amanda has a true passion for, and understands, regional Australia.

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Shyla Vohra

SHYLA VOHRA
Migration Director

B.A, LL.B, LL.M

Shyla Vohra has over 20 years of experience in the migration and refugee sector. Formerly with the United Nations, Shyla has worked on migration issues in Australia, Europe and the Pacific. An Indian-born Australian, she is passionate about working toward successful settlement outcomes that benefit both Australian communities and migrants themselves.

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HAYLEY ACHURCH
Senior Researcher

BSc(EnvBio)(Hons), BInterdis(Sust), GradCert(PA)

Hayley uses her experience in government and research to deliver a broad range of applied research projects which inform national, state and local government policies.

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GERALDYNE HOW
Researcher

BComm, BSc(Hons), MEnv

Geraldyne provides research support and contributes to work across a range of RAI’s research and policy projects.

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Divyusha Polepalli

DIVYUSHA POLEPALLI
Office Manager

BCom(Hons), MBA

Divyusha brings in her Accounting, Finance and Business Management skills to provide support across the Financial and operational aspects of the business while also providing Executive support to the CEO.

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NINA DAVIS
Marketing Coordinator

BGraphicDes, BA(Hons)

Nina is passionate about communication and the power of distilling content into easy-to-digest graphics and text. She creates visual materials to complement RAI’s research and ensures everything is visually on-brand and presented in a memorable format, from research reports to social media content.

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