Ismo Rama joined the Social Policy and Research Centre (SPARC) in February 2022 as Deputy Director.
Ismo Rama joined the Social Policy and Research Centre in February 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University (ANU) and a Bachelor of Theology from the Australian College of Theology (Ridley College), and has completed the Executive Fellows Program at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).
Ismo has wide and deep experience in public policy, research and programs having worked for Commonwealth and state governments, and in the international development sector.
Ismo commenced his career with the Commonwealth Government in areas including transport policy, industry policy and structural adjustment.
More recently his senior roles with the Victorian Government dealt with natural resources policy and the design of an emissions trading scheme, productivity reform, regulation reform, education policy and budget policy.
In the international development sector, Ismo's work included food aid, agricultural development, landmine awareness, micro-enterprise development and counter-terrorism financing. He managed relationships with government and multilateral donors and projects in Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Middle East.
As Deputy Director of the BSL Social Policy and Research Centre, Ismo is providing leadership across the policy and research agenda and to the management of SPARC.