Geoff has almost three decades experience with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), in fields related to risk, fraud and integrity, international relations, capacity building and migration management. As well as diplomatic postings in the Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and two postings in China, he has undertaken integrity-related projects in Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.
Through his varied roles, Geoff gained a reputation for his ability to constructively engage with international stakeholders in both government and commercial sectors. He is recognised as a resilient and adaptable operator able to achieve positive outcomes in complex overseas environments with competing values and ethics.
In Asia and the Middle East, Geoff successfully planned and implemented a number of risk management and mitigation strategies in the irregular people movement space, often working alongside the IOM and UNHCR. He has direct involvement with multilateral fora such as the Bali Process and ASEAN-Australia dialogue and has assisted in delivery of capacity building programs in Asia.
With experience in researching human trafficking and labour exploitation, he currently has an interest in developing practical strategies to address modern slavery and labour exploitation in supply chains.
Geoff speaks conversational Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian. He holds a BA Asian Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law, a Diploma in Government Investigations and a Diploma of Fraud Control.