Professor S K Randell AO, PhD, FACE, FAIM, FAICD, PhD, AIE, MEd, BEd, DipDiv, DipREd
Managing Director, Shirley Randell International
Managing Director, SRI Public Sector Reform Pty Ltd
1102 Hyde Park Plaza,38 College Street, NSW 2000, Australia.
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Founding Director, Centre for Gender, Culture and Development, Kigali Institute of Education, Kigali, Rwanda. BP 2662, Kigali, Rwanda.
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Professor Shirley Randell 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.
After teaching Aboriginal children in isolated schools in Western Australia, Prof.
Randell had four children before moving with her family to Papua New Guinea where
she lectured at Uniting Church teachers colleges and was Director of the Teaching
Methods and Materials Centre at the University of Papua New Guinea.
Returning to Australia, Prof. Randell began a 15-year career in the Commonwealth
Public Service, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the
Public Service Commission. She was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Education
for contributions to the administration of major national initiatives in rural education,
disadvantaged schools and professional development as Director of Commonwealth Schools
Commission Programs. While Director of Programs in the Australian Capital Territory
Department of Education she became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management
and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded membership of
the Division of the Order of Australia for contributions to public service, particularly
in education. Her appointments before starting her own business in 1997 were Chief
Executive Officer, City of Whitehorse, Director and Chief Executive of the Council
of Adult Education and Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Ballarat.
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 11 years. This has included several
assignments in Vanuatu (1999-2003), including Team Leader for the AusAID Human Rights
Project, Performance Improvement Advisor with the AusAID Public Sector Reform Project,
Executive Officer for the five-donor sponsored Vanuatu 2002 Elections Observer Group,
Advisor to the Vanuatu Government’s Decentralisation Review Commission, Adviser
for Regrading of Teachers for the European Union’s Junior Secondary School Expansion
Project in the Vanuatu Teaching Service Commission and the Ministry of Education
and Executive Officer for the UNHCR Assisting Communities Together project. 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. She has lectured Chinese, Korean, Thai, East Korea and Indonesian
students at the Research Institute of Asia and the Pacific at the University of
Sydney. In 2006-2008 she was Senior Adviser Governance /Gender/Education for the
Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) East and South Africa Region in Rwanda,
and in 2009 has returned to Rwanda to establish and direct the Centre for Gender,
Culture and Development Studies at the Kigali Institute of Education.
Prof. Randell has spoken at a wide variety of Australian and international conferences,
given talks, occasional addresses, openings, launches, lectures, seminars and workshops
for parent associations, teacher organisations, industry groups, community groups,
universities, schools, adult education centres, neighbourhood houses, government
departments, service organisations, and professional associations, and been a frequent
speaker at luncheon and dinner meetings about international, educational, ecumenical,
gender and human rights issues. She has written extensively on public sector reform,
education, gender and human rights and been a regular broadcaster, particularly
for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Among the many government, community and university committees Prof. Randell has
served on are as President of the Australian College of Educators and Phi Delta
Kappa Australian Capital Chapter; Chairperson of the Australian Council of Churches
Commission on International Affairs, Healthy Cities Canberra and the Sexual Assault
Working Party for the Central Highlands Wimmera Region; foundation member of the
National Board of Employment, Education & Training and the Schools Council;
and a company director of the YWCA of Australia, National Foundation of Australian
Women, the Sir John Monash Business Centre, Australian Council for Educational Administration,
Institute of Public Administration Australia, Australian Institute of Management
and Australian Institute of International Affairs. In 1999-2001 she was President
of the Rotary Club of Port Vila, in 2004-5 International Director of the Dhaka North
West Rotary Club, and in 2007, Director Administration of the Rotary Club of Kigali.
Prof. Randell is founding Secretary General (2006-8) and mentor of the Vanuatu Association
of Women Graduates and the Rwanda Association of University Women, currently serving
as Coordinator of International Relations for RAUW. She was International Projects
Convener for the Geneva-based International Federation of University Women in 2004-2007
and is Vice President of IFUW for 2007-2010. Prof. Randell is also a Board member
for the NewYork-based Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund.
Prof Randell was one of Australia’s 100 Inaugural Women of Influence in 2012 in the Global category,
and one of the 2013 International Alliance of Women World of Difference 100 Awardees in the Community
category. She has businesses in Sydney, Rwanda and Vanuatu,interests in physical fitness,
cinema, theatre, music, art and travel, and four adult children with partners, eleven grandchildren
and one great grandchild living in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Bundanoon, Austinmer and Brisbane, Australia.