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Young Australians in International Affairs is run by a team of dedicated volunteers. Details about our leadership team are below.


Chief Executive Officer


Sarah is an established youth leader in the not-for-profit and education sector. She has recently become the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute at the University of Melbourne.


In her spare time, she is also involved with, NEXUS Australia, UNICEF Child Rights Taskforce and The Centre of Youth
Policy and Education Practice at Monash University and is Co-Founder of KOS Magazine, a platform that aims to capture the stories of how everyday people positively impact their local and wider communities to create change.


She holds a Master of Marketing and Communications from Monash University, the AICD Governance NFP Directors course, is a TEDx speaker and is a 2023 McKinsey Rising Young Leader.


With a passion for empowering the next generation of leaders, Sarah’s goal is to become a global leader and
enact sustainable change for youth around the world.

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Chief People Officer


Winuri is the Co-COO at Young Australians in International Affairs and a Consultant at Nous Group, Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Global Studies from Monash University with a specialisation in international relations and international human rights law.


She is driven to develop inclusive security policy and has an interest in national security, crisis management and the role of women in creating effective peace solutions. Winuri is an advocate for stronger human rights frameworks and has co-authored a report for the UN on inclusive jury legislation in Australia.


In her previous role as President of the Monash International Affairs Society, she was heavily involved in the Victorian diplomatic community and was deeply engaged in creating accessible opportunities for youth engagement in international affairs.


As a regular youth voice in Australian politics and foreign policy, Winuri has appeared on Monash University panels and student podcasts. Her work has been published by Asialink, Pivot and the Young Diplomats Society.


Director, Publications


Riley is the Publications Director at Young Australians in International Affairs, responsible for leading a team to manage YAIA’s Fellowship Program, Policy Lab, and Insights blog.  She first joined YAIA in late 2022 as a Brisbane Events Officer.


She is passionate about engaging youth in international affairs and elevating their voices and experiences. Through this role, Riley is eager to expand YAIA’s publications audience and number of young contributors.


Riley currently works as an undergraduate tutor at the University of Queensland.  She holds a Bachelor of International Studies degree specialising in International Relations and French, and has just completed a Master of International Relations, which included a thesis on youth and climate-related mobility in the Pacific Islands.


Director, Communications


As the Communications Director at Young Australians in International Affairs, Phoebe manages the organisation's digital presence, including its social media platforms, website, and mailing list.


Phoebe is a Policy and Program Advisor in Strategy and International Engagement in the APS. Phoebe holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a specialisation in International Relations and Politics & Policy Studies from Deakin University.


She previously served as an Officer in YAIA's Communications portfolio before being promoted to Director. Her prior experience in communications includes Women in Aid and Development, the Australian Local Government Women's Association, and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (Victoria).


Chief Financial Officer


Emma Baillie is the Chief Financial Officer at YAIA. Her experience lies at the intersection between youth leadership and international affairs, especially pertaining to financial management.

Emma has a Bachelor of Business and Commerce with Distinction in Finance and International Business from the University of Southern Queensland. She is currently studying for a Master of Financial Technology at UNSW. During her undergraduate studies, she served on the university’s Board of Directors, was Treasurer of the Student Representative Committee and was part of the Students as Partners Working Group, which established UniSQ’s Student Senate.


Outside of her studies, Emma is a Youth Observer on Amnesty International’s International Issues Committee. Until recently, Emma was on the U.S. Consulate Brisbane Youth Advisory Council and was a Finance Analyst at the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership. Emma is also an active community volunteer, volunteering for the Yes23 Campaign during the recent referendum and for community events such as Vinnie’s Sleepout.


Emma has worked in the university sector and was briefly an Assistant Electorate Officer for the Leader of the Opposition. She lives in Toowoomba, QLD and is keen to continue living in regional QLD whilst pursuing a varied career that combines her interest in humanitarianism, public policy, academia and finance.


Chief Operations Officer


Henry is the Co-COO overseeing Publications, Careers and People and Culture. Henry first joined YAIA as the Pacific Fellow in 2020. He works in policy and intergovernmental relations in the public service.


Henry is passionate about international affairs in the Pacific, with a particular interest in Pacific security policy, subregional relations, sovereignty issues, and cultural diplomacy. He is a Young Pacific Leaders alumni and is active in Pacific initiatives and advocating for Pacific agency.


Henry also has a special interest in US politics and has completed a Congressional internship in Washington D.C. as a participant in the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme. Henry holds a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Wollongong and is currently studying a Masters of Politics and Policy at Deakin University.

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A/g Chief Events Officer


Kris is the Acting Chief Events Officer and Lead Melbourne Events Officer at Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). He joined YAIA as a Melbourne Events Officer in late November 2022 and is passionate about youth engagement in international affairs and the Asia-Pacific region.


Kris started his international affairs journey at Monash University where he undertook Indonesian studies, linguistics and politics. Ending up at La Trobe University, Kris completed an Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies Virtual Professional Practicum in 2022 which included intensive Indonesian language study at Atma Jaya University and an internship at Indonesian non-government organisation, Aptintlaw.


During his time with YAIA, Kris has proudly been involved in a range of events including the Future23 National Conference where he helped to secure a number of Heads of Missions for intimate sessions with conference delegates. Currently he leads events teams across Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and online.


Kris holds a Bachelor of International Relations from La Trobe University and is currently a graduate in the Victorian public service. He sees himself making a positive impact in the world through policy-related initiatives.


Director, Careers


Dorothée is the Careers Director at Young Australians in International Affairs. Passionate about helping young people enter and navigate the complex careers landscape of international affairs, she first joined the portfolio as an Officer in 2022.

Dedicated to building practical experience, she has held several roles and undertaken internships both domestically and abroad. Her professional journey includes valuable experiences at organisations such as KPMG, the ACT Legislative Assembly, and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dorothée is currently pursuing a Bachelor of International Business at the Australian National University with an academic focus on the European Union and Latin America. 

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