Professor Shirley Randell (PhD, MEd, BEd, DipREd) was born on 8 March 1940 in Perth. She was educated at Perth Modern School and the Universities of Papua New Guinea, Canberra, New England and London where she took degrees in education and philosophy. As a leading expert in Public Sector and Institutional Reform in Developing Countries, Prof. Randell has provided specialist technical assistance to governments in the Asia Pacific Region and in Africa over the last 14 years. She is an author who has written numerous journal articles and books, including secondary education textbooks on Ni-Vanuatu Role Models: Women in their own right and I Stret Nomo: Girls in Vanuatu can do anything, and edited gender and development training manuals for public servants, INGO workers and water professionals.
In other countries Prof. Randell has been Program Implementation Specialist with the UNDP Capacity Building for Gender Mainstreaming Project of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Government of Bangladesh (2004-2005); Human Resource Adviser with the NZAID Human Development Project for the Government of Niue; Local Government Consultant for an ADB Provincial Government Review for the Solomon Islands Department of Provincial Government and Rural Development; Women, Youth and Non Government Organisation Specialist for an ADB study on skills development for the Papua New Guinea Government; Quality Assurance and Gender and Development Specialist for a skills development study for the Sri Lanka Government; and Performance Management Systems, Business Process Re-engineering Training, Human Resources Management, and GAD Specialist for an AusAid funded project for the Fiji Government’s Department of Customs and Excise.
Professor Shirley Randell has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her distinguished service to international relations, particularly through the promotion of human rights of women and through public sector reform in developing countries.
Currently serving as Director of the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development Studies at the Kigali Institute of Education in Rwanda, she has has had a long and distinguished career that has included a sustained focus on advancing the rights and status of women and supporting the development of civil society organisations that advocate for women’s rights.