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Cyber Security Fellow

Lilly Gibson-Dougall is a postgraduate student, who will begin her masters in International Security in Sydney in 2020. Lilly has completed an undergraduate degree in International Studies majoring in International Relations and Japanese, a diploma in Global Issues, and Honours specialising in Australian metadata and retention surveillance in Australia, all at the University of Queensland.


Lilly has also been a Brisbane branch officer for Young Australians in International Affairs, completed an internship with the Honourable Kevin Rudd's office, and been the administrative assistant at the Queensland branch of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.


She is passionate about the future of cybersecurity policy in Australia, as well as ensuring that fundamental rights such as privacy are balanced with national security concerns. 


Middle East and North Africa Fellow

Tom is from Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Science from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Political Science (Honours) from the Australian National University.


During his undergraduate studies he spent semesters abroad at Leiden University, the Netherlands, and The Hebrew University, Israel. Tom's interests include Middle Eastern geopolitics, Jewish history, Islamism and transnational migration. In 2016 he spent one month working with a local Palestinian NGO in the West Bank city of Nablus, and travelled to several MENA region countries including Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Israel.


In 2017, Tom won the Spectator Australia's Thawley Essay Prize and has been published in the magazine several times.He is currently learning French, and hopes to study the Master of International Security Dual Degree at Sciences Po in Paris in October 2020.



China Fellow 

Jan Harrison, known to friends as Honzi, is a current Masters of International Relations student at Peking University, China. Growing up in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, Honzi was born to Czech and American parents, who then moved to Australia when he was 11. Although having studied a Bachelors of Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne, and majoring in neuroscience, Honzi had a change of heart and decided to pursue his interest in Chinese studies. His experience living in greater China, tied with a genuine curiosity of international relations, politics and economics, drew him back to Beijing to chase further education.


Honzi has a profound interest in China's energy security and environmental policy. He is currently researching and writing on China's march towards a sustainable energy future, and hopes to better understand China and Australia's collective role in renewable energy security.


Outside of campus, he is an avid tennis player and knows his way around a pool table.


Latin America Fellow

Louie is a recent public service graduate in Canberra with a keen interest in peace and conflict studies, Latin America, and US politics and foreign policy. He gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales, majoring in Politics and International Relations. Whilst studying, Louie was a multiple-time contributor to his university's bi-annual student international affairs publication Politik, writing about issues such as cellular agriculture and political rhetoric in the US and Australia. He undertook an exchange semester in Mexico to further his proficiency in Spanish, as well as his interest in issues of significance to Latin America.

Louie also has a keen interest in the Middle East. He undertook a five-month internship in Jerusalem, researching human rights and governance issues in the region and contributed to an influential report assessing the United Nation's ability to prevent genocide. He is currently studying Arabic at the Australian National University's Centre for Continuing Education.


Australian Foreign Policy Fellow

Josephine Warnant is the January – June fellow for Australian foreign policy. Currently, she is a fourth-year Media and Communications student at the University of Sydney with majors in Government and International Relations and Marketing.


Throughout the course of her studies, Josephine has developed a strong interest in the creation of Australian foreign policy, especially pertaining to the rise of Indo-Pacific Asia. She has previously interned at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Washington DC, where she also became interested in the interaction between Australian and United States public policy.


Josephine is looking forward to contributing to Young Australians in International Affairs through our Insights blog.



Climate Change and Energy Security Fellow

Madeleine is in her final year of a Bachelor of International Security Studies/Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Australian National University. During her time with UN Youth, she worked to create educational opportunities for rural schools centred on themes of international affairs and conflict resolution. She also has experience with the United Nations Association of Australia, promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on climate change initiatives. In 2018, Madeleine was a consultant for 180 Degrees Consulting where she assisted in developing a strategic plan for the client, a local not-for-profit championing women in leadership positions.


She also worked as an intern for government contractor KBR, performing background research to assist with military procurement projects as part of negotiations undertaken on behalf of the government in pursuit of new strategic opportunities in the Asia-Pacific.


Indo-Pacific Fellow

Patrick is a recent graduate from the ANU with a double-degree in International Relations and Law. An avid student of the Indo-Pacific, he is especially concerned with how Australia can improve and maintain relations with Pacific Island nations and Indonesia and the role of India in the region.


He is a New Colombo Plan grant recipient who has travelled through Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand as part of a study tour of Southeast Asia. Through an internship with the Micronesian Legal Services Corporation, he recently completed a report on human trafficking in the Pacific Islands and is continuing to undertake research for the organisation.


He aims to continue his legal training alongside his passion for international affairs and will intern with the ABC legal team in Ultimo later this year.


East Asia Fellow

Erin is completing a Bachelor of Arts in Asian History and Political Science with a Diploma in Mandarin at the University of Queensland. She is deeply invested in East Asian politics and International Security studies, particularly the significance of Asia’s cyber developments towards the treatment of Indigenous and minority communities. Erin recently completed her exchange semester at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) under the Asian Exchange Scholarship, studying International Relations and East Asian Foreign Policy. During this time, Erin interned at a Human Rights firm, engaging with national governments and NGO bodies on addressing contemporary human rights issues in China. Erin is an executive member of Thai-Australian Association of Queensland Inc. working with local Thai communities to integrate into Australian society. She speaks fluent Thai and Japanese, and has lived for extended periods of time in Japan, Thailand, China and Hong Kong.


Erin foresees a career in Political Analytics or Cyber Security, working towards solving humanitarian crises in Asia and safeguarding Australian national security.


Europe & Eurasia Fellow

Jacob is a postgraduate student from Perth, studying a Masters of International Relations and National Security at Curtin University. He is a writer and publisher for the Young Diplomats Society. He is also an editor in the research and reporting division at the Organization for World Peace, providing editorial assistance on war and security reports.

Jacob is also a United Nations Online Volunteer and has twice travelled to Thailand to participate in marine conservation and environmental sustainability projects.

His interest in EU foreign policy and European energy security began during six months travelling and volunteering across Europe in 2017. This also encouraged Jacob  to learn German, which he has been studying for over 2 years.

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International Trade and Economy Fellow

David Wu received a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science double
degree with First Class Honours from the Australian National University. He majored in economics and mathematics and attained the top rank in his Honours in Economics cohort, as well as having studied abroad in 

the United States and China. He has a strong interest in economics and
international affairs with a focus on Australia, the United States, and
China. While studying at the ANU, David worked extensively with the
Asian Bureau of Economic Research, including as a Lead Editor for the
East Asia Forum publication, and spent a summer working with the Yale
University Office of International Affairs through the support of the
International Alliance of Research Universities. He is currently
undertaking advanced Chinese language studies at the Inter-University
Program for Chinese Language Studies based at Tsinghua University and
jointly run by Stanford University with the support of 11 North American


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