Philippa Venning is Vice President at Abt Associates. Based in Canberra, she leads Abt’s technical team to provide quality advice and implementation across the breadth of Abt’s programs. In addition to being Abt’s contractor representative on Investing in Women, Philippa leads DFAT-funded programs in governance and health across Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to joining Abt, Philippa worked for DFAT, the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, and several NGOs. Her most recent role at DFAT was Deputy Head of Mission in Timor-Leste. For DFAT and the World Bank, Philippa designed and implemented governance, service delivery and gender programs in Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Indonesia. She has spent 12 years working in the Asia-Pacific region in addition to over 14 years’ experience in Australia.

Before becoming a development professional, Philippa spent several years as a corporate lawyer working for Allens Linklaters in Sydney and Singapore. She serves on the board of ChildFund Australia in a voluntary capacity.