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Qualifications, Accreditations and Membership

  • PhD in the cross disciplines of economic anthropology and development economics
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) facilitator
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Southern Cross University
  • Winner 2013 Award for Excellence Australasian Evaluation Society
  • Adjunct Professor Georgetown University, Washington DC


Areas of Expertise

  • Facilitation and training
  • Strategic Planning
  • Evaluation
  • Impact Mapping
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI)
  • Problem solving
  • Social Impact Management Planning (SIMP)
  • Issues management 
  • Risk Assessment



Dr Annie Holden is a professional facilitator with more than twenty years experience.  Annie has facilitated meetings, large and small, in relation to strategic planning, decision-making, problem-solving, policy development, monitoring and evaluation, impact mapping, institution-strengthening and risk assessment. 
Annie has particular expertise with Indigenous groups where she has facilitated Indigenous meetings, large and small, across most States and Territories in Australia and in Papua New Guinea in relation to strategic planning, policy development, governance design, community development, decision-making, problem-solving, evaluation, social impact management and planning for responding to mining impacts.  Having lived and worked extensively in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, Annie understands Aboriginal English, Torres Strait Creole and Pidgin English.

Annie was awarded a PhD in 1994 for her work on Aboriginal economic development in Cape York.  Groups she has worked with include:  Cape York Land Council, Native Title Services Victoria, Djabugay Aboriginal Corporation, Balkanu Aboriginal Corporation, Central Land Council, North Queensland Land Council, Cape York Institute, Hopevale Aboriginal Council, Mapoon Aboriginal Council, Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, the Indigenous Land Corporation, Murray Darling Basin Authority, AusAID and others.

In 2013 Annie won the Indigenous Award for Excellence from the Australasian Evaluation Society for her Visual Participatory Evaluation (VPE) of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy.  She has facilitated and written strategic plans and economic development plans, developed evaluation frameworks and undertaken evaluation of policy initiatives, undertaken cultural and social impact assessments, assisted groups with planning their responses to the impacts of mining and other developments and provided negotiation skills training to Aboriginal negotiation teams.  Annie has supported Indigenous organisations to build capacity and plan around institution-strengthening.  Annie is trained in Social Return on Investment (SROI) and in Social Impact Assessment (SIA). 


Some examples of Anne Maree's work are

  • Facilitated the professional team involvement in the development of the Cape York Land Council Strategic Plan.
  • Facilitated a Visual Participatory Evaluation Workshop with a range of stakeholders on the impacts of service provision to users of Lotus Place.
  • Facilitated a range of community group workshops on the potential impacts of the development of the Gold Coast Quarry.
  • Worked with a number of groups of Aboriginal Traditional Owners over an extended period of time to facilitate a position on mining.



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