Our Executive

Brodie McLaughlin


Brodie has completed a Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne after completing his Bachelor and Honours of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT University. Brodie has a strong passion for investigating and exploring global issues, hoping to find new ways to tackle the world's most challenging problems. He has a particular interest in the areas of political reform, conflict resolution and global development. Brodie received the International Studies Award in 2019 from RMIT University for his work on revealing the state of international mining exploitation in the Congo, and its deleterious contribution to the ongoing humanitarian crisis.


Brodie is excited to build YDS as the perfect platform to discuss fresh ideas and perspectives surrounding global issues, challenging various elements of the global system and status quo.

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Sam Hinchliffe


Sam is a first year Juris Doctor student at the University of Sydney having previously graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland. Hailing from New Zealand and having previously lived in the Middle East, he is particularly interested in public international law, geopolitics and global security. Sam has extensive professional experience within retail banking across a wide range of functions, specialising in Product Management. Sam is currently employed as an Assistant Product Manager at an Australian Bank.


Sam is excited about combining his interests and commercial skills to foster continuous improvement of YDS’ proposition by developing new and exciting ways to engage with young Australians about global issues and international affairs.

 Ryan Attard


Ryan is a fifth-year Law and Arts student, studying Politics and International Relations. He has received academic awards from the Monash University Faculty of Arts and has a keen interest in international politics, especially British-E.U. relations, American politics, and domestic politics. Ryan is deeply interested in public speaking and has participated in various Model UN conferences, attending NMUN-NY in March 2018 and WorldMUN in March 2019, winning an award for his position paper. He has also held various leadership positions, serving as President of the Monash International Affairs Society, Editor-In-Chief of Pivot, and Managing Editor of Lot's Wife. 


Ryan hopes to foster sustainable financial growth for YDS to encourage event, publication, podcast and project growth.

Nathan Ball

Events Director

Nathan is passionate about international affairs, with a focus on governance, trade, and investment in Africa, Europe, and South East-Asia. He is currently completing a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. Having worked in a variety of roles in the private sector, Nathan is currently employed in a dynamic position for the National Trust of Australia. As part of his honour’s year, Nathan researched Islamic State’s role in Syria and Europe by examining volunteer motivations and movements across the region.


Nathan is excited to develop and expand YDS's event offerings and is particularly passionate about facilitating opportunities for students to engage with international relations.

Kelly Phan

Marketing and Communications Director

Kelly is studying Law and Arts (Human Rights/International Relations) at Monash University. She has volunteered extensively for a range of non-profits, including Inner Melbourne Community Legal Centre and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, developing a passion for elevating the image of non-profits in the field of law and justice. Kelly studied at Leiden University for 6 months, specialising in EU law and policy. She is experienced at marketing and communications for NGOs, most recently having co-designed a COVID-19 communications campaign for migrant and refugee communities in regional Victoria.


Kelly is excited to build and elevate the brand image and platform of YDS to strengthen YDS' events, publications and podcast.

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Joshua Kaye

Podcast Director

Joshua currently works as a lawyer, having completed an Arts/Law degree with majors in human rights and journalism. He has received numerous awards and has competed in legal competitions across three continents. These experiences have developed his interest in leadership and policy. Joshua also has an undying passion for news and storytelling. He has worked at the ABC and intends to build a thriving career in journalism and the law.

Joshua is thrilled to unpack the news and big issues with the Global Questions team. He hopes to continue growing it into a dynamic and informative show – the go-to podcast for young people who want to know more about the world.

Victoria Cooper

Editor-In-Chief of Publications 

Victoria is currently studying Bachelor Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations) and Bachelor Arts (American Studies) at the University of Sydney. As a Dalyell Scholar at Sydney Uni, Victoria received a sponsored New Colombo Grant to study in New Caledonia in 2019 and has since had a vested interest in the climate migration, food insecurity and sovereign statehood in the Pacific. Closer to home, Victoria has also worked as a community organiser and social policy researcher furthering interest in critical democratic theory and the politics of listening, which she intends to be the subject of her 2021 Honours thesis.


As editor-in-chief, Victoria wants young people to find their voice in public debate, and to create publications that showcase the talent of Australia's young 'diplomats'.