Melissa Conley Tyler FAIIA is Program Lead at the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D), a new platform for constructive dialogue, fresh ideas and future-focused debate across the development, diplomacy and defence communities. She served as National Executive Director of the AIIA for 13 years. In 2017, she co-authored Think Tank Diplomacy, the first book-length discussion of the role of policy institutes in the international sphere. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2019 as Director of Diplomacy at Asialink and then as a Research Fellow/Associate in the Asia Institute. She remains an Honorary Fellow at the Asia Institute. She was recognised as a Fellow of the AIIA in 2019 for her contribution to Australia’s international affairs.