Hey there! I’m a coffee lover from the land down under.
No, I don’t ride kangaroos and yes, Tim Tams are the best thing since sliced bread. After I graduated four years ago I moved to Europe to work in the international development sector, specialising in Middle Eastern geopolitics. My recent dissertation focused on Israeli feminism and women’s rights, interviewing some of the most prominent women activists the nation has ever seen. If you’d like to have a read of it, as well as the results it proposes, please click here.
I’m really passionate about gender equality and climate justice, something you don’t hear much from in millennials. Read on to hear more about what I’ve been up to!
Where have you worked?
Communications Officer at The Oasis of Peace UK
2019 – 2020
Oasis of Peace UK works to support the educational institutions in Wahat al-Salam-Neve Shalom, a village where Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews live in peace and equality. It stands as a testament against extremism and conflict in the wider region.
Study Tour Intern at The Australian Institute of International Affairs
2017 – 2018
The AIIA is an independent, non-profit organisation promoting interest in and understanding of international affairs in Australia.
Researcher at The Association of Colleges
2018 – 2019
The AoC seeks to champion and support the sector by enhancing colleges’ reputation, leading policy thinking, influencing decision-makers and advising colleges. Membership makes up almost 95% of the Further Education sector, transforming 2.2 million lives annually.
But are you even qualified?
Masters International Studies and Diplomacy
2019 – 2020
SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
High distinction dissertation on the institutional impacts on Israeli feminism as a human rights based social movement.
Subjects: Global Energy and Climate Change, Comparative Politics in the ME, Diplomatic Practice, Global Advocacy, History/Future of the UN
BBC Media Training: Focused on vocal training, speech writing, interview technique, political campaigning, and radio/television recorded interviews with BBC presenters Martine Croxall and Kasia Madera
UN Society Vice President: Managed society social media and events officers, event management and development of the membership base through social media platforms
Negotiation training with Founder and Chairman of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, John Hemery OBE
Bachelor of Arts, Islamic Studies and Geography
2015 – 2017
Ranked 1st in Australia and 18th in the world for its study of the Arts.
Studied in China on the role of religion in rural communities, analysed the makeup of Islam in two villages, and how it existed despite the denial of local party officials. This was correlated into a research report for stakeholders.
Geographical Society Marketing Chair: managed event marketing and operations, including a live stream with Dr Jane Goodall
College Secretary at St. Mary’s College (www.stmarys.unimelb.edu.au)
Have I Sparked Your Interest?
Before the AIIA, I wanted to be a Human Rights Lawyer. I worked at Maddocks in Melbourne as a clerk and an Executive Assistant at a boutique legal recruitment agency. I studied Human Rights and Freedom of Speech legislation. I realised however, that my skillset was best suited to advocacy and policy, where my interpersonal/analytical skills could shine.
I have mentored with the Smith Family and volunteered with The Australian Salvation Army. I’ve sat on several committees in senior positions, including as an elected Secretary at St. Mary’s College.
I love playing piano, yoga and running. I want to do a half marathon in Melbourne later in the year.
Did I mention I’m obsessed with coffee?