FELLOWS

REBEKAH BAYNARD-SMITH

Indo-Pacific Fellow

From Melbourne, Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography, Human Rights and International Relations from Monash University. Growing up in countries across Africa and Europe has inspired and led her to pursue opportunities in international affairs, more recently in the Indo-Pacific region. These have included field research in Malaysia, development work in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) and a DFAT-sponsored youth exchange program (AIYEP) in Riau, Indonesia.

With the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, Rebekah coordinates educational, professional and socio-cultural events to help foster people-to-people links within the bilateral relationship. She is also a recipient of the Victoria Government's Hamer Scholarship, recently completing language training in Jakarta.

Interning with a range of NGOs in Australia and Indonesia has fuelled her passion for environmental sustainability, disaster management and human rights across the region. She's looking forward to continuing her engagement in the Australia-Indo-Pacific sphere through the YAIA Fellowship Program.

DOM DWYER

Australian Foreign Policy Fellow

Dom is completing a PhB at ANU, where he has done supervised research on climate change, Chinese politics, development in Southeast Asia, and aid in the Pacific. 

 

Dom currently works for a Washington-based think tank, where he conducts research on peace and security issues. 

 

Having previously written for The Strategist and Australian Foreign Affairs, Dom is looking forward to using the Fellowship to trace the current inflexion point in Australian foreign policy, which is recalibrating in the wake of increasingly explicit competition between Australia's main trading and security partners.

GRACE GARDINER

Europe & Eurasia Fellow

Grace has been fascinated by European history since living in Barcelona when she was young. She graduated with Honours in European and International Studies from UNSW. She spent a year studying at Sciences Po, Paris, and is fluent in French. Her Honours thesis focused on changing and conflicting memories of the Algerian War and colonialism in contemporary France. She believes that considering history is necessary to understanding international relations, and is interested in how memories of the past bear on the policies of European and Eurasian nations.

Her other passions include cultural preservation and human rights. Her time spent volunteering providing material aid and emergency response to homeless refugees in northern France affirmed her dedication to this cause. She hopes to merge her interests by working in peacebuilding, preventing violent pasts from triggering further conflict and advocating for greater reckoning with colonial histories in Europe and settler nations. She will begin a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney in 2020.

ANET McCLINTOCK

Middle East & North Africa Fellow

Anet is a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne, holding a Bachelor of Arts majoring in international relations and history, and a Diploma of Languages in German. She specialised in the history of the Islamic Empire, and the post-war politics of Europe and the Middle East.

 

During her studies she undertook an exchange at the Humboldt University of Berlin, focusing on post-war democracies and Islam in Europe. 

 

Anet is the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Content writer for the Young Diplomats Society. She is also a sub-editor with YDS, and a sub-editor for the University of Melbourne’s undergraduate history journal, Chariot. 

 

In the first half of the year she interned with the Victorian Parliament, writing a report on applied learning initiatives for the State Government. 

GEORGIA STRONG

United States Fellow

Georgia is a current Bachelor of Arts and Commerce student at Curtin University, majoring in International   Relations   and   Economics.   Having   lived,   studied   and   travelled   the   US extensively she has a particular interest in the US electoral process and social institutions.

 

Georgia recently completed a course on the Political Economy of Public Policy at the London School of Economics. She also attended the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings in Washington DC as part of the Global Voices Scholarship program.

 

Through an internship with the Gascoyne Development Commission, Georgia is currently working to develop the region’s post-COVID tourism recovery plan. She is set to attend Stanford’s International Honors Program in 2021, where she will specialise in humanitarian aid and economic development policy.

ARIEL CASTRO-MARTINEZ

Latin America Fellow

Ariel was born in Sydney to Uruguayan parents and recently moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated in 2018 with a Masters of U.S Studies from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He also holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. Ariel was awarded an Australia-America Connection Scholarship for his masters work and was a delegate at the 2017 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities in Chicago for his thesis on How Silicon Valley Affects Inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area. He draws from a deep well of interests and some training in biology, geography, sociology, and philosophy to tackle knotty questions from a multidisciplinary perspective. He is particularly interested in understanding how global phenomena, like socioeconomic inequality, are manifested locally.

 

Currently, he is focused on 21st century Latin American economic development. When not in lockdown, Ariel enjoys travelling and rock climbing. He looks forward to a future working in government, non-profits, or academia.

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JOSH GACUTAN

Cyber & Technology Fellow

Josh is a recent Law (Hons I) and Arts graduate from Macquarie University. He is passionate about the intersection of technology, law, and international affairs. His thesis on a ‘Right to Explanation’ is forthcoming in the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press). He worked at Coca-Cola while at university, where he implemented an automated contract system and was seconded to the Philippines to work on a data protection project.

In 2018, Josh was awarded a New Colombo Plan Scholarship (Hong Kong). While on his scholarship program, he interned in the digital economy teams of international law firms in Hong Kong. He then studied at The University of Hong Kong, before starting a political internship with the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.

 

Josh is currently a researcher at the Optus Macquarie Cyber Security Hub and sub-editor at ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership.

HENRY HERITAGE

Pacific Fellow

Henry currently works in the public sector as a graduate policy officer and is studying a Graduate Certificate of International Relations at Deakin University. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Wollongong where he focused on Pacific affairs, US politics, and Spanish.

Henry has previously interned at the Fiji Consulate General & Trade Commission in Sydney, and last year he completed a congressional internship in the US House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Henry has a deep interest in South Pacific affairs and is particularly passionate about Pacific politics, regional trade development, and US involvement in the Pacific.

Having also worked in community engagement, Henry greatly enjoys being involved in volunteering and community events.

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ALEXANDER MCMANIS

Climate Change & Energy Security Fellow

Alexander holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney, where he wrote his honours thesis on the European Union's behaviour at the 2015 UN climate negotiations in Paris. He is a former intern and current Councillor at the Australian Institute of International Affairs NSW, and has published on international climate politics in Australian Outlook. Alexander has also interned at Ports Australia, and worked as a pro-bono consultant for a Sydney start-up. 

 

Outside of work and university, Alexander is a keen debater. He was a finalist at the Australian Inter-Varsity Debating Championships, and has judged debating tournaments in Australia, Asia and Europe. 

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Tessie Sun

China Fellow 

Tessie is completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Asian Studies (majoring in Northeast Asian Studies and minoring in Advanced Chinese Language) at the Australian National University. She has previously worked as a Research Assistant to Dr Elisa Nesossi at the Australian Centre on China in the World, where her research areas included human rights, procedural justice and comparative criminal justice. Tessie was also the 2018 Director of Asia Pacific Week, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

 

Tessie is fluent in Mandarin, while developing proficiency in French and Mongolian. As China Fellow, she looks forward to employing a decolonial and intersectional framework to dissect trends and developments in the nation.

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