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FELLOWS

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ISABELLA NOTARPIETRO

Climate Change Fellow

Isabella is a UNSW Co-op Scholar and twice Dean’s Award recipient in her final year of a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in the Environmental Humanities). Isabella has professional experience in the public and private sectors where she has worked as a consultant and engineer on a range of climate change projects through internships with Jacobs, SafeWork NSW and Lion. Through her Honours thesis and role as a research assistant at the University of NSW, she has conducted research into energy issues, with a particular focus on industrial decarbonisation and energy storage. 

 

Isabella is passionate about the overlap between the environmental challenges of climate change and the broader sociocultural, political and economic dynamics through which this challenge must be met. Through representing Australia as the Environment Delegate to the Youth G20 Summit in 2022 and volunteering with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, she has a particular interest in climate justice at the international, regional and domestic levels.

 

As Climate Change Fellow she is excited to couple her technical understanding of climate change issues with her interest in climate justice and international relations to explore the many facets of climate change.

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GEMMA KING

Indo-Pacific Fellow

Gemma King is an emerging foreign policy analyst, currently working as a Research and Program Associate at the Perth USAsia Centre. Her work focuses on Australia’s geopolitical
relationships throughout the Indo-Pacific, including the Australia-Japan relationship, emerging economies in Southeast Asia, the US-Australia alliance, and the Quad. Her analysis has been published in Nikkei Asia, The Australian Outlook, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s, The Strategist, and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan Up Close.


Gemma leads a number of Perth USAsia Centre programs, including the annual Japan Symposium, a public diplomacy initiative of the Japanese Government. She also coordinates
the Centre’s Indo-Pacific Fellows program and contributes heavily to student outreach and engagement through intern training and mentorship.


Gemma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations and Indonesian Studies from The University of Western Australia. She is currently enrolled in a
Master of International Relations at The Australian National University. Gemma speaks Bahasa Indonesia and has previously undergone student exchange in Bali, where she taught English at schools and orphanages on the island.

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MATTHEW VASIC

Europe & Eurasia Fellow

Matthew is a fifth-year undergraduate student studying International Studies and Law at Western Sydney University. He works at a law firm in Sydney, volunteers at a local charity, and participates in various Australian multicultural

forums. He was an Australian representative at the 2022 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum.

 

As a 2021 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant recipient, he studied in Indonesia and interned for an Indonesian Human Rights NGO. He was an Australian delegate to the 2022 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conference in New Delhi, India. He is a NCP & HPAIR Ambassador.

 

Matthew is passionate about international law and global politics. He has a strong interest in Eurasian geopolitics, especially Eastern European. The 2022-23 Russo-Ukrainian War has prompted him to reexamine the geopolitical

forces that influence Russian foreign policy. He looks forward to continuing YAIA's rich tradition in examining international issues.

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ANGELA SURIYASENEE

Cyber & Tech Fellow

Angela is a Graduate of the University of Adelaide, where she completed a Master’s Degree in International Security and a Double Bachelor in Arts and International Relations. Angela has a keen interest in the decolonisation of security studies and applying analytically eclectic approaches to understanding non-traditional security threats.

 

Her research and interests traverses a range of security issues including: the use of strategic partnerships in the Indo-Pacific; violent right-wing extremism and terrorism; civil disobedience; prefigurative politics and anarcho-syndicalism.

Angela is a Forum Content Officer for the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, where she works with emerging young leaders from across Australia and the Indo-Pacific on regional challenges and opportunities. She is also working with the Emerging Voices Network to challenge racism and white supremacy in nuclear weapons policy-making, and volunteers with the Art Gallery of South Australia where she

provides unique perspectives and interpretations of art and its intersection with political and social justice issues.

Angela is passionate about engaging diverse audiences with politics and social justice issues in creative and inclusive ways. She hopes to contribute meaningful insights on cyber, technology and international affairs to YAIA.

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CODY SEARL

Latin America Fellow

Cody is an early career professional in the Australian Public Service. He holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Sydney with a specialisation in Political Economy. His dissertation explores Latin American populism and political party theory through the case of contemporary Bolivia.


Cody also worked as a research assistant while at the University of Sydney where he focused on Latin American politics, development, and geopolitical dynamics. His academic interest in the region was informed by his time living and teaching in Colombia. He looks forward to exploring the political, economic, and intellectual trends across Latin America and their importance to Australia and the world.

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ELENA YI-CHING HO

Australian Foreign Policy Fellow

Elena holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Foreign Languages and Literature from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, where she was awarded a Ministry of Education Scholarship to study in Kraków, Poland and a Russian Government Scholarship to study in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

She is policy fellow at Reset Australia and research & learning associate at Purpose, where she conducts research on diverse policy and social issues across government and non-government sectors. She is also a multi-lingual disinformation investigator who brings their OSINT, social listening and public policy research skills to monitoring mis/disinformation and hate speech.

Building on her work experience and research interests including Australian foreign and domestic policy, cross-strait relations, and mis/disinformation on social media, Elena looks forward to bringing different insights to Australian foreign policy at YAIA. 

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TERIZA MIR

Middle East & North Africa Fellow

Teriza is a fifth-year Laws and Social Sciences student at Macquarie University, majoring in Development Studies and Culture Change.

 

In 2022, she spent four months living and working in Lebanon. While there, she learnt about and promoted political reform in the country, and experienced first-hand the various crises afflicting the small, ancient nation. Teriza has visited the MENA region many times and held a keen interest in it for most of her life by virtue of her own Lebanese heritage.

 

Her law studies, especially those in public international law, have developed a strong interest in the importance of transnational cooperation in solving global problems sustainably and fairly.

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HANNAH BRADSHAW

Pacific Fellow

As an alumnus of both The University of Adelaide and Flinders University, holding a Bachelor of Arts (Politics/International Relations and Asian Studies) and a Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations), Hannah is well versed in the realm of international policy/law.

Having worked extensively across both the public and private sectors, Hannah is currently working in the international security policy and human rights sphere. Her work has allowed her to travel the Pacific and she has worked with multiple stakeholders such as United Nations, UN Women and the World Bank.

Hannah has a long-standing passion for international security issues and their nexus with human rights. This will likely be an overarching theme in her writing as the Pacific Fellow, as she aims to shed light on inequity and amplify diverse voices which are often ignored in the Pacific geopolitical context.

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