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Marketing

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Jamie Morrison

Marketing Officer

Jaime is a recent Master of International Relations graduate from the University of Melbourne. She also previously completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, a component of which she undertook at Georgetown University in the United States. Her graduate studies emphasised international political economy issues, which was enhanced through professional experience working in international trade policy for the United Nations. She has a broad interest in international affairs and foreign policy issues, as well as an interest in the interconnection between history and contemporary international affairs matters.

 

Connect with Jamie here.

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Victoria Jagger

Marketing Officer

Victoria Jagger is currently studying a Bachelor of Law and Arts, majoring in Human Rights at Monash University. As a New Colombo Plan Scholar, she is currently located in Singapore interning with the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE). She is interested in exploring how international relations and foreign policy decisions impact both individual and collective rights.

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Nícolas Buitrago

Marketing Officer

Nícolas Buitrago holds a BA in International Studies and French from RMIT University. His interests in post-conflict reconciliation and migration movements were influenced by his passion for travel, photojournalism and participation in international development projects, focused on the complexities of creating an environment for sustainable peace in Bosnia and Colombia, and the displacement challenges facing tribal communities in India. Nicolas has further study interests in climate change policy and youth’s role in peacebuilding processes, particularly in countries emerging from conflict.

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Strategy & Operations

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Lance Lee

STRATEGY OFFICER

Lance is currently completing his Bachelor of International Relations and Bachelor of Arts at the ANU, majoring in Anthropology. He is also presently a National Office intern with the Australian Institute of International Affairs. His key interests lie in the Central Indo-Pacific region and issues regarding human security. Beyond IR, he has project management and organisational change strategy experience from his time at KPMG and as a project officer for MARSS Australia Inc. 

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Our Team

Publications

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Cameron Smith 

SENIOR EDITOR

Cameron is the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of the Australia-Pacific Youth Dialogue, Managing Editor of the Journal at World Affairs at UCLA , Councilmember of the US Embassy: Youth Advisory Council, and is currently working full-time for the Australian government. Cameron is passionate about promoting youth voices in international affairs and is keen to help empower and develop the next generation of writers in the space.

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Isabella Baker

SENIOR EDITOR

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.

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Eliza Wilson

EDITOR

Eliza is currently completing a Bachelor of Asian Studies at The Australian National University and is studying abroad at Kansai University, Osaka. Within her studies, she focuses on Asia-Pacific Security Studies, Gender Security and Japanese language studies.

 

Eliza is particularly interested in investigating international affairs through a gendered lens. Further, she focuses on intersectional studies such as gender security post-conflict, and gender issues that arise due to the impacts of climate change.

She wants to raise awareness of these issues and promote effective ways for Australia to respond.

Connect with Eliza here. 

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Hayley Bedson

EDITOR

Hayley is a Juris Doctor law student at the University of Melbourne. Hayley’s interests lie in the areas of criminal and media law, particularly principles relating to freedom of speech and information, public interest law and legal protection of human rights, and their application to the media across the globe.

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Iona Walton

EDITOR

Iona is excited to be joining YDS after completing an undergraduate in International Studies (Politics & Economics) and a Master in Bioethics. She is passionate about national and global health and how this is impacted by global political states and conflicts.

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Kate Langley

EDITOR

Kate Langley is a Masters of International Relations student at the University of Melbourne, with a specific focus on Asia-Australia relations. She is a passionate volunteer working in various roles for World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, Amnesty International, Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, AIIA SA, YDS and various International NGO’s.

Connect with Kate here. 

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Jack O'Donovan

EDITOR

Jack O'Donovan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies from Federation University with First Class Honours in Politics from Deakin University. He currently works for the Victorian government as an information analyst, and has future study interests in law and democratic policymaking in Australia.

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Milena Marjanovic

EDITOR

Milena is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, recently completing a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in International Relations. Alongside her studies, Milena is currently a Careers Officer at Young Australians in International Affairs, and a Programme Coordinator for the GIR Symposium since its foundation.

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Patrick Hession

SENIOR CORRESPONDENT

Patrick Hession is currently undertaking a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne, having completed an undergraduate degree with a double-major in Politics and Asian Studies. Patrick has a keen interest in Australia’s international affairs, particularly within the Asian region, and believes in the importance of promoting discussion around Australia’s responses to these events. 

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Nicolas Buitrago

REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT (EUROPE)

Nícolas Buitrago holds a BA in International Studies and French from RMIT University. His interests in post-conflict reconciliation and migration movements were influenced by his passion for travel, photojournalism and participation in international development projects, focused on the complexities of creating an environment for sustainable peace in Bosnia and Colombia, and the displacement challenges facing tribal communities in India. Nicolas has further study interests in climate change policy and youth’s role in peacebuilding processes, particularly in countries emerging from conflict.

Connect with Nicolas here. 

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Declan Hourd

REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT (AUSTRALIA & THE PACIFIC)

Declan holds a master of international relations where he graduated with excellence from UNSW in 2020. He is keenly interested in the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific. He was a correspondent for the Organisation of World Peace and contributed to its Crisis Index. As Regional Correspondent for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, he aims to shine a light on issues within, and surrounding the region.

Connect with Declan here. 

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Dominique-Dee Jones

REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT (MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA)

Dominique (she/her) is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, majoring in History and Politics/International Studies. Her main interests lie in soft power and geopolitics.

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Shajara Khan

REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT (NORTH AMERICA)

Shajara Khan graduated from UNSW with a Master of International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts (Korean Studies). During her master's, she worked on her dissertation analysing how ideology plays a major role in U.S. politics, which has led to the role of North American correspondent.

Connect with Shajara here. 

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Samuel Ng

REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT (EAST ASIA)

Samuel Ng is currently in his final year of a dual Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of International Business at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. He is also a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholar for Taiwan, previously studying at the National Chengchi University having undertaken units in Taiwanese international relations, diplomacy, and political history.

Connect with Samuel here. 

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Soni Porwal

REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT (SOUTH & CENTRAL ASIA)

Soni Porwal is a recent IR graduate working in Marketing and Business Development for a telecom conglomerate. She is passionate about sustainability and climate change. Inclines strongly to South Asian politics and security issues.

Connect with Soni here. 

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Evangelia Wichmann

REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT (LATIN AMERICA)

Evangelia Wichmann is currently engaged in humanitarian work in Thailand, focusing on improving access to safe drinking water in Myanmar. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in International relations/politics and French at the University of Melbourne as well as a Diploma in Chinese Studies. Fluent in German, French, and Italian, Evangelia spent the first six months of 2023 in Taiwan to further improve her Chinese skills. In August, she will relocate to Paris to pursue a dual Masters degree in International Development and Political Economy through Sciences Po and the London School of Economics. Her ultimate goal is to work in the field of international women's rights and climate change.

Connect with Evangelia here. 

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Dannica Batoon

REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT (SOUTH EAST ASIA)

Dannica Eirren Batoon is a Master of Strategic Communications Management student from Monash University in Australia. She served as a political science lecturer at a Philippine state university upon graduating with BA in Political Science at De La Salle University-Manila (Cum Laude).

Connect with Dannica here. 

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