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China Fellow

Ciara is an early career Chinese language, policy, and international relations specialist, with both Chinese and Australian experience and qualifications. Her research and opinions have been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, South China Morning Post, and Chatham House’s The World Today.


She is a researcher with the Australian Academy of Humanities’ Australia’s China Knowledge Capability project funded by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations. Ciara has also worked with China Matters, Australia’s preeminent independent policy institute focused on China, and with APCO Worldwide Beijing, an independent global public affairs and strategic communications consultancy.


Ciara holds a Master of Public Administration from Peking University with a research thesis on international policy responses to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. In addition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) in Government and International Relations and Chinese Studies from Sydney University.  

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United States Fellow

Dominic is an emerging writer and analyst of American politics and culture. He holds a Master of International Relations with first-class honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. An alumni of the Victorian Public Service Graduate Program, Dominic continues to work in the Victorian Public Service.

Outside of his work in the public service, Dominic maintains a passion for international affairs, particularly geopolitical competition and security issues. He has an enduring research interest in contemporary events in the United States, particularly foreign policy and shifting trends within the two major political parties. He looks forward to critically examining America’s role as the indispensable nation and exploring domestic political and cultural trends.



Middle East and North Africa Fellow

Hamish is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science/International Relations and French Studies. Hamish has relevant research and business intelligence experience in foreign policy issues, particularly in the regions of Africa and the Indo-Pacific. 


He is currently working as a Research Team

Member at IPS Management Consultants in Perth, and has previously completed internship programs at the UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre, the Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce, and the Perth USAsia Centre. 


Hamish is passionate about youth advocacy and the elevation of equity groups within complex policy dialogues. He is excited to make meaningful contributions on geopolitical developments in the Middle East and Africa and hopes to draw more attention and interest toward the region through his content. Hamish is extremely receptive to any feedback or recommendations on his insights.

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Climate Change Fellow

Genevieve Donnellon-May is a master's candidate in Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford, England. 


She previously worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore, and at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, South Korea. 


Genevieve completed her undergraduate and honours studies at the University of Melbourne where she received the New Colombo Plan Scholarship, Melbourne Global Scholars Award, and a Chinese Government Scholarship.

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Cyber and Tech Fellow

Edward is a Strategy Consultant for CyberCX, where he works with a range of government and non-government clients. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Arts from the University of Chicago, where he studied under Professor John Mearsheimer.


Before moving into cyber security, Edward was a Research Associate at the Lowy Institute where he worked for the Executive Director. He previously worked for two members of the Australian Parliament and has an active interest in Australian political affairs.


Edward's interests include Australian foreign policy, cyber security, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and the intersection between technology and geopolitics.

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Europe and Eurasia Fellow

Estelle is currently completing a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in history and politics & international studies. In her studies, Estelle is particularly interested in public international law and human rights law. At

university, Estelle has spent time in the public sector sphere, acting as the Careers Officer for the public interest and government sectors. She has also participated in a six-month undergraduate exchange program at King’s College London.

Outside of university, she has gained professional experience as a paralegal in a private law firm. She has also spent time interning with Refugee Legal and volunteering at the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Estelle has also participated as a delegate at a Melbourne University Model United Nations conference.


Estelle hopes to create pieces which bring an insightful perspective to the wide range of political and social issues challenging the current fabric of Europe and Eurasia. She looks forward to exploring the wealth of cultural and political diversity on this continent.

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Pacific Fellow

Patrick holds a Masters of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of International Relations, and Bachelor of History from the University of Adelaide. His professional experience

extends to both public and private sectors, where he has developed experience in policy analysis, bespoke threat assessment, and various cross-disciplinary research initiatives.


With a long-standing passion for issues relating to both traditional and human security, as well as the international dimensions of global decision-making, Patrick has a particular interest in the dynamic geopolitical

landscape of the Pacific. His previous academic and professional experience reflect a keen interest in the overlap between geostrategic concerns and the growing importance of multilateralism in the face of global challenges.


As Pacific Fellow, Patrick looks forward to engaging with these issues and contributing to the work of YAIA which affords an important platform for the work of young Australians.



Indo-Pacific Fellow

Jack is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Adelaide, researching Australia's strategic partnerships with Indo-Pacific states and multilateral organisations. He holds a Master of International Security and a Bachelor of International Studies minoring in Chinese. Jack lived, worked, and studied in China for five years before returning to Australia to commence his master's and PhD degrees. He has experience working and interning in media, education, and diplomacy. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker.  


Jack has an extensive interest in international relations and diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific. His main area of expertise lies in bilateral relations between Australia, China, North and South Korea, Japan, and ASEAN. He takes an active interest in strategic cooperation, nuclear non-proliferation, and burden-sharing. Jack aims to write informed and reflective pieces concerning both well-known and neglected issues while drawing attention to the diverse perspectives of different actors in the Indo-Pacific.