XSPI’s Unique Value Proposition Is To Incubate, Seed Or Accelerate Cross-Sector Partnerships Across Asia Pacific Providing Solid, Long-Term, Future Platforms To Create Diverse Development Projects In Close Partnership With National Partners And Aligned With SDG’s.


XSPI is delighted to announce their recent Corporate Sponsorhip Agreement with Nickel Industries, Ltd.

XSPI has updated their research agenda for 2023.

In partnership with Accenture, XSPI has released their latest Sustainable Business Models report. Read now to discover how the latest global environmental, economic, and societal forces are impacting business models.

XSPI is delighted to announce the recent signing of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.


XSPI is a collective impact approach focused on creating development impact across Asia Pacific among Australia’s business, government, NGO’s/NFP, academia/health/medical research and philanthropy/private capital stakeholder sectors contributing jointly with national partners to international development.

All XSPI facilitated development projects are locally lead and own, aligning with host country SDGs and development plan priorities.

XSPI Is Committed To The UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Key SDG’s reflected across all our current work

XSPI’s 5C’s Approach

XSPI Is A Catalyst, Convenor, Collaborator, Co-Creator, and Coalition Builder.

XSPI’s unique value proposition is to incubate, seed, or accelerate cross-sector partnerships across the Asia Pacific providing solid, long-term, future platforms to create diverse development projects in close partnership with national partners and aligned with the SDG’s.

XSPI’s collective impact approach to supporting expanded Asia Pacific SDG-aligned development and increased impact should increment sector confidence stimulating increased financial commitments.

XSPI is not a project funder or project manager; both roles responsibility for individual project consortiums.

Our Unique Structure

Advisory Council

Executives from selected entities across five stakeholder sector provide strategic oversight.

Steering Committee

8 members: CEO, Founding Chair, 3 Advisory Councillors and 3 Working groups Convenors providing governance

Thought Leadership

Targeted empirical research on key themes critical to XSPI effectiveness, completed pro bono by partner organizations including: DFAT New Colombo Plan Scholars, Global Health Alliance, Griffith University, MBS, RMIT, UQ.

Expert Network

Our growing network currently consists of 60+ Asia Pacific development and business expert members

Bangladesh, Indonesia and PNG Working Groups

Country expert groups (Councillors, Expert Network, Co-opted experts) identify “proof of concept” partnership pilot projects, qualify, endorse & construct partnership consortia

Join Our Collaborative Approach

Sample XSPI engaged projects

Research Agenda & Progress

Research Agenda February 2023 Status

Stakeholder Sector Activity Making

  • Map 5 sectors activity reach and partnering history since 2017
  • Melanesia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia
  • 140 entities across 5 stakeholder entities across 19 Asia Pacific countries
Inform potential priorities for country, theme and XSPI partnering pilot project options

Global XSPI Leaders

  • Research four cohorts (9 OECD nations, 8 major international foundations, 6 multinational organisations, and 5 International NGOs) over last 3-5 year history to identify cross-sector partnership leaders across XSPI’s stakeholder sectors
Well informed insight into cross sector partnerships global status/learnings

Sustainable NGO Business Models

  • Examine status of emerging, sustainable business models for NGO’s replacing or augmenting traditional donor funded models
  • Key focus is International and regional NGO’s operating from Australia & ACFID members
Provide insight into current NGO business models, sustainable options and transitioning status

Private Capital Sector Status

  • Development sector currently lacks clear insight into private capital status & investment criteria
  • Phase 1: “snapshot” of Australia’s private capital/impact investing/philanthropic sector’s current status related to Asia Pacific development
  • Conduct survey of leading 10-15 Australian private capital entities
Provide late 2021 insight into status quo of private capital approach to Asia Pacific development funding

Knowledge Platform Creation

  • Case studies, thought leadership, key foundation references, partnering frameworks & toolkits
  • Unique cross-sector partnering knowledge centre aligned with XSPI objectives
Case studies; other components support scoping, implementing, sustaining partnerships University of Queensland
Well Advanced
Assessed & Terminated

Our Journey

About us

If you are passionate about International Development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia Pacific … Contact us!

Robert Dunn

Dan Evans

Laiza Garcia

Ian Porter

Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Robert Dunn (Chair)

Kylie Porter (Co-chair)

Dominie Brear (Secretariat)

Zoey Diaz (CEO)


Peter Botten (Chair Accel, former Oil Search CEO)

Dr. Dan Evans (ex-WMC, ex-Accenture)

Laiza Garcia (ERS)

Phil Turtle (Former Chair, Australia Indonesia Business Council)

Dr. Ana Andrews (Pitt Sherry)

Julianne Rose (Social Economy Group)

Muchtazar (Nickel Industries Ltd.)


Claire Moore (Former QLD Senator)


Andrew Parker (NSW Government)

Philanthropy/Private Capital

Robert Dunn

Julie Rosenburg (AIDN)

Farhad Reza (Build Bangladesh Impact Enterprise)

Academia/Health/Medical Research

Prof. Glenn Hoetker (MBS)

Prof. Andrew MacIntyre (Monash University)

Brendan Allen (Burnet Institute)

Geoff Scahill (Abt Associates)


Shane Nichols (ACFID)

Francis Woods (Save the Children)

Peter Rudd (CID)

Zoey Diaz

Dr Dan Evans

Laiza Garcia

Robert Dunn

Ron Brew (PNG Lead Convenor)

Jessica Carter (Bangladesh Lead Convenor)

Simon Field (Indonesia Working Group)

Dominie Brear

Kari Knight


Alan Atwell

Wendy Emerton

Michael Conan-Davies

Navancca Eyres

Dr. Tim Grice

Ray Hughes-Odgers

Kristie Laird

Prerana Mehta

Gavin Murray

Akuntina Novriani

Diane Pekiolai

Atom Rahman

Kristina Ringwood

Dr. Bruce Rohrlach

Dr. Nia Sarianastiti

Alex Schultz

Tori Stuckey

Dr. Tim Siegenbeek v Heukelom

Karen James


Brian Borgonha

Kevin Evans

Ben Giles

Ash Rogers

Jennifer Ross

Philanthrophy and Private Capital

Mark Ingram

Academia, Health and Medical Research

Dr. Mike Bourke

Dr. Russell Corlett

Dr. Nawshad Haque

Dr. Kris Hort

Ross Hutton

Dr. Michelle Imison

Prof. Brett Inder

Dr. Jenny Kerrison

Rumana Parveen

Margaret Pearce

Jeff Smith

Dr. Russ Stephenson

Dr. Grace Wangge


Jeff Bost

Paul Brown

Jess Carter

Dr. Elizabeth Cox

Kevin Evans

Steve Goudswaard

Dr. Jackie Pomeroy

Bec Lannin

Ron Brew (Lead Convenor)

Dr. Russ Stephenson (Convenor)

Dr. Mike Bourke

Dr Elizabeth Cox

Michael Conan-Davies

Navancca Eyres

Dr Bruce Rohrlach

Caitlin Tobin -Intern

Rory BRown (Research Associate)

Steve Goudswaard

Dr. Tim Grice

Ross Hutton

Ray Hughes-Odgers

Kirsty Laird

Dianne Peliokai

Dr Dan Evans (Advisory Council)

Melkie Anton

Brian Borgonha

Simon Field (Lead Convenor)

Dr. Grace Wangge (Convenor)

Kristina Ringwood (Convenor)

Zoey Diaz (CEO)

Kevin Evans

Ben Giles

Dr. Brett Inder

Akuntina Novriani

Jeff Parker

Dr. Jackie Pomeroy

Marco Biamonti (Research Associate)

Oliver Paul (Research Associate)

Riko Takeda (Intern)

Margaret Pearce

Fedra Rossi

Dr. Nia Sarinastiti

Dr. Jenny Kerrison

Brendan Allen (Advisory Council)

Dr. Dan Evans (Advisory Council)

Jasmine Stephens (Senior Research Associate)

Jess Carter (Lead Convenor)

Rejwana Farha (Convenor)

Dr. Nawsha Haque (Convenor)

Dr. Michelle Imison (Convenor)

Dr. Russell Corlett

Nick Goryl

Robert Dunn

Dr. Kris Hort

Mark Ingram

Rumana Parveen

Atom Rahman

Raad Ashraf (Intern)

Dr. Dan Evans (Advisory Council)

Claire Moore (Advisory Council)

Farhad Reza (Advisory Council)

Lily van Berkel (Research Associate)

XSPI Steering Committee Members

Dr. Dan Evans

XSPI Founding Chair

Zoey Diaz

Chief Executive Officer

Julie Rosenberg

XSPI Advisory Council

Robert Dunn

XSPI Expert Network & Bangladesh Working Group Convenor

Laiza Garcia

XSPI Advisory Council

Ron Brew

Expert Network Member & PNG Working Group Convenor

Jessica Carter

Advisory Council and Bangladesh Working Group Lead Convenor

Simon Field

Advisory Council and Indonesia Working Group Lead Convenor