Huw Pohlner

Huw is a multidisciplinary water resource management and Asia engagement specialist, with on-the-ground experience in Australia, China, Malaysia, Myanmar and the UK. Huw can quickly understand and analyse public policy issues, solve complex problems, and produce publication-standard reports.

Huw is an experienced project manager, researcher, team leader and policy analyst. Before joining Aither, he worked in the federal public service (Murray-Darling Basin Authority), the not-for-profit sector (Asialink) the international consulting business (China Policy), and the tertiary education sector (ANU). Huw is an accomplished innovator; he co-founded the successful and sustainable Australia-China Youth Association and helped leverage a major grant from the federal government to establish Asialink Business.

Huw is recognised as one of Australia’s leading young thinkers, having completed postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford on a General Sir John Monash Scholarship. He has received numerous academic accolades and his work on domestic and international aspects of Chinese water resource management policy has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals.

Huw’s international network and knowledge of the global water sector is extensive. His professional-standard Chinese language skills and exposure to diverse national policy processes allow him to jumpstart international collaborations and effectively lead diverse project teams.

Rigorous, hard-working and goal-oriented, Huw is able to synthesise information and generate solutions with speed and accuracy.


  • Master of Philosophy in Geography and the Environment (Distinction), University of Oxford
  • Master of Laws, Governance and Development (Merit), Australian National University
  • Bachelor of Philosophy in Asian Studies (First Class Honours), Australian National University

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