Mr Xian-Zhi Soon
General Manager, Evidence and Impact 

Zhi joined AITSL as the General Manager, Evidence and Impact in March 2019. He is responsible for building a robust and credible research foundation for developing and delivering evidence-based policy and programs. Zhi also leads AITSL’s work measuring its impact in the sector.

Previously, Zhi worked as Director of Education Policy and a global executive member of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), an international research and policy organisation that originated at the heart of the Government of the United Kingdom. At BIT, Zhi also served as the Director of the Behavioural Research Centre for Adult Skills and Knowledge, and as the Director responsible for economic growth, productivity, consumer markets, and environmental sustainability policy.

Zhi has held positions in the Australian Government, including in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a diplomat. At state level, he has worked at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and as a Board Member on the NSW Board of Studies. He also has private sector experience as a management consultant.