Meet The Team!

Marketing & Communications

Lanni is a current Juris Doctor student at Monash University. She is passionate about the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum and is currently undertaking research in this field as a policy fellow at Generation:Politics. As a former New Colombo Scholar, Lanni has interned at the Centre for Population and Policy Studies, Indonesia and later at the Parliament of Victoria. You can reach Lanni here.

Lanni Hamblin

Senior Officer (Events & Publications)

Lanni Hamblin
Senior Officer
(Events & Publications)

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Deeksha is a Bachelor of Arts/Law student at Deakin University, currently majoring in international relations and a minoring in criminology. She is passionate about global affairs, climate change, and government policy. As a general officer Deeksha contributes to the marketing and communications work of every YDS portfolio.

Deeksha Patil

General Officer

Deeksha Patil
 General Officer

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Rhiannon is completing her Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about the intersection between policy, gender and global politics. You can reach Rhiannon on Linkedin here.

Rhiannon Van Vliet

Senior Officer (Podcast)

Rhiannon Van Vliet
Senior Officer
(Podcast)

Soni is a Master's graduate in International Relations from the University of Melbourne. She is interested in public policy and local governance and passionate about creating change in society. Although she has worked in communications and social media roles, she aspires to be a policymaker and the next AOC. You can reach Soni here.

Soni Porwal

General Officer

Soni Porwal
General Officer (Memberships)

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Siobhan Greene
Senior Officer
(Memberships)

Isabella is a Dalyell scholar at the University of Sydney studying a Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies in Global and International Studies. She is interested in global affairs, national security and human rights with a particular focus on Australia’s relationship with China and the Indo-Pacific. You can reach Isabella here

Isabella Baker

General Officer

Isabella Baker
 General Officer

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Poojanshi is completing a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies at Monash University, majoring in Environmental Science and International Relations. She is passionate about sustainability, global affairs and policies and has studied abroad in Italy. Apart from her work at YDS as an audio editor, she has also undertaken an internship with a data-driven social enterprise and is a mentor for VCE students from underrepresented backgrounds. You can reach Poojanshi here

Poojanshi Sood

Audio Editor (Memberships Podcast)

Poojanshi Sood
 Audio Editor (Memberships Podcast)

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Hannah holds a Bachelor of Global Studies majoring in International Relations from Monash University. She works assisting asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants to overcome barriers and gain employment. She is passionate about advocating for the social inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees and is a fundraising volunteer at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. You can reach Hannah here.

Hannah Forbes

Audio Editor (Memberships Podcast)

Hannah Forbes
 Audio Editor (Memberships Podcast)

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Mia MacMahon

General Officer

Mia MacMahon
General Officer 

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Podcast (Global Questions)

Hugh is in his third year of a Bachelor of Security Studies. He is passionate about international relations and national security. As an Outreach and Research Officer, Hugh draws upon this passion to create informative episodes for the ‘Global Questions’ podcast. You can reach Hugh here.

Hugh McFarlane

Outreach & Research Officer

Hugh McFarlane
Outreach & Research Officer

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Charmaine is a writer, editor and researcher and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Monash University. Before joining YDS, she was the Managing Editor of the human rights magazine, Right Now and the Europe & Eurasia Fellow at Young Australians in International Affairs. Her writing and research have appeared in The Interpreter, Idiom, Insights, History Australia and Revue d’histoire des textes. You can reach Charmaine here or follow @ManuelCharmaine on Twitter.

Charmaine Manuel

Audio Producer

Charmaine Manuel
Audio Producer

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Antony is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Laws at UNSW. In addition to working in audio, Antony contributes to the YouTube channel CaspianReport. His main areas of interest are diplomatic history and geopolitics.

Antony Murrell

Audio Producer

Antony Murrell
Audio Producer

Events

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Zak Kennedy
Events Officer

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Dimitri Arvanitakis
Events Officer

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Sarah Tang
Events Officer

Publications

Nathaniel is currently completing his Masters of International Relations at Monash University. He is passionate about development and international political economy, and his research uses Gramscian state theory to reconceptualise the EU's external trade relationships with African states. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, reading and model making.

Nathaniel Sgambellone

Senior Editor

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Nathaniel Sgambellone
Senior Editor

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Sandy Gamaralalage

Editor

Sandy is studying a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Honours) at Monash University, with a major in international relations and a minor in human rights. Within the field of international relations, Sandy is interested in the study of terrorism and global tech governance. 

Sandy Gamaralalage
Editor

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Jonathan is an Australian lawyer, cybersecurity analyst, and geopolitical analyst. He is a former East Asia Fellow with Young Australians in International Affairs, Young Leader with Pacific Forum, and Special Advisor to the SGAC Space and Cybersecurity Project Group. He holds a Juris Doctor from Monash University, Master of Legal Practice, and Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity. His expertise spans cybersecurity, Chinese foreign policy, space law, and East Asian Affairs.  You can reach Jon here.

Jonathan Lim

Editor

Jonathan Lim
Editor

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Kelsey Buchanan
Editor

Elle graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Justice (Criminology & Policing) from QUT and currently the Middle East & North Africa Correspondent and an Editor for Young Diplomats Society. She is admitted as a lawyer in Queensland and has studied abroad in India, Japan and the US where she furthered her interests in counter-terrorism, religious extremism, modern weapons and international law. During her undergraduate studies, Elle also attended two United Nations conferences and received a New Colombo Plan Scholarship to study in India. You can reach Elle here.

Elle Greaves

Editor

Elle Greaves
Editor

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Sanjay Balakumar is a fifth-year student at the University of New South Wales, studying a Bachelor of International Studies and a Bachelor of Laws. Apart from his work at YDS, Sanjay is an editor for Politik, the student-run UNSW International Affairs Review. He also interns with the Australian Institute of International Affairs NSW, and was previously a Grants Officer at the United Nations Association of Australia NSW Division. Sanjay’s research interests include economic and political security in the Indo-Pacific, the dynamics that shape countries’ elections, climate politics and technology’s impact on informed public discourse. You can reach Sanjay here.

Sanjay Balakumar

Editor

Sanjay Balakumar
Editor

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Nimaya Mallikahewa graduated with double Bachelors degrees in International Studies, majoring in International Relations, and Media (Public Relations & Advertising) from UNSW in 2020. She is currently in her Honours year in Politics & International Relations at UNSW. Her thesis focus is on the United States foreign, defence and aid policy in Sri Lanka and will analyse the evolution of Sri Lankan attitudes towards the U.S. over the last twenty years. You can reach Nimaya here.

Nimaya Mallikahewa

Editor

Nimaya Mallikahewa
Editor

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Sarah is an honours student with the University of Sydney’s Government and International Relations Department, finishing off her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations). She is also an analyst with maritime security firm Dryad Global, and has a strong interest in geopolitics, security and foreign policy, particularly in Eurasia, the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific. You can reach Sarah here

Sarah Knight

Editor

Sarah Knight
Editor

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Hamah graduated with a Bachelor of Global Studies majoring in International Relations and Human Rights, as well as completing a Diploma of Languages in French. She is currently undertaking her Honours Degree with a thesis using discourse analysis to analyse how security threats shape French national identity. Apart from her work at YDS, Hamah is also the President of the Monash International Affairs Society, writes for Pivot, and volunteers her time at Alex Makes Meals. You can reach Hamah here.

Hamah Hosen

Editor

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Hamah Hosen
Editor