Global Voices has travelled to 45 diplomatic events in 18 countries, offering nearly 200 students across Australia unparalleled access to international negotiations.  


Our alumni represent over twenty Australian universities and have produced policy papers related to sustainable development, trade, gender equality, urban planning and environment.

Many of our alumni go onto work for the Australia Public Service, including roles at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Others have entered the private sector, including work with Bain & Co, Unilever, Goldman & Sachs and AT Kearney. 

Our alumni have a strong sense of social justice, using their skills and experience to make a positive difference in their communities. Some examples: 

  • After their experience at COP22, Ian Lieblich, Mark Loong and Sophie Whitehead collaborated to initiate Climate Policy Watch, a small NGO that assists developing and small island states engage in international climate forums and events, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • Nick Taylor started the non-profit organisation Allume Energy which offers renewable energy technologies for Australian communities.
  • Inspired by her experience at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Renee White started a Girl Guides group for young indigenous women in rural Queensland.
  • Lamisse Hamouda became the first Muslim woman to run Australia’s Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement program. 

DELEGATES SIT IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE AT A CANBERRA PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING (2014)

DELEGATES SIT IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE AT A CANBERRA PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING (2014)

     55% of our alumni are women. 

DELEGATES MEETING WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE IMF, MR BARRY STERLAND (WASHINGTON, 2016) 

DELEGATES MEETING WITH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE IMF, MR BARRY STERLAND (WASHINGTON, 2016) 

our Delegates sharing their opinions at an interactive workshop at the oecd forum (paris, 2016)

our Delegates sharing their opinions at an interactive workshop at the oecd forum (paris, 2016)

The experience gained from GV was unlike anything I have been exposed to during my undergraduate degree. We were placed in real world situations with some of the most influential people of our time. I learnt many things not only about my conference but about the importance of geopolitics and how to handle myself in high pressure situations and influential meetings.
— Madeline Green, James Cook University, UNFCCC Warsaw, 2013

Ethan Bowering
Griffith University

Ethan participated in the 2011 delegation to the UNFCCC in Durban. Ethan has gone on to work in the Australian Public Service, first as a Policy Officer of Infrastructure and Regional Development and then as a Senior Policy Officer for the Department of Environment. In 2015, Ethan received the Cambridge Australia A. P. Platt Scholarship to undertake a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. He is currently an Advisor of Fiscal Policy for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Rebecca Barrett 
The University of Sydney

Rebecca attended the 2011 APEC Summit in Honolulu, Global Voices’ first ever delegation. After completing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, Rebecca was selected to participate in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department’s Graduate Program. She subsequently worked on the international arbitration on Australia’s plain packaging laws, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse and the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. Rebecca is now a Senior Associate to Victorian Supreme Court Judge, her Honour Justice Ferguson. 

Mark Loong 
National Scholar

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Economics, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Mark attended the UNFCCC COP20 in 2014. Inspired by the experience, Mark founded the NGO Climate Policy Watch. The organisation provides support and diplomatic resources to Pacific islands engaged in international climate negotiations. Mark’s team partnered with delegations from Niue, Palau and the Pacific Alliance at COP21 to provide support for negotiations and partnerships between island states and aid agencies.  

Anna Kosmynina
Macquarie University

Anna attended the 2015 OECD Forum representing Macquarie University. As part of the Global Voices Research Fellowship, Anna undertook an analysis of women in STEM and provided recommendations to increase workplace participation in related industries. Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts and went on to win Gold for her work on synthetic biology at the International Genetically Engineered Machine Jamboree. Anna has also worked with the University of Sydney’s Professor Harry Messel International Science School, which runs residential science camps for senior high school students. Anna was also ranked as a top 20 speaker at the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships and competed at the World Universities Debating Championships in 2016. Anna is currently a Media Offer at the Australian Science Media Centre, an independent non-profit service for journalists.

OECD delegates meeting with Former Prime Minister of Finland Mari Kiviniemi (paris, 2016)  

OECD delegates meeting with Former Prime Minister of Finland Mari Kiviniemi (paris, 2016)

 

You gain international exposure to organisations most people rarely experience and become part of a vibrant alumni community.
— April Wenke, Queensland University of Technology Business School, WTO Public Forum Geneva, 2014

Patrick Mayoh 
Australian National University

Patrick attended the APEC summit as a Global Voices delegate in 2011. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Asia-Pacific Studies. He has worked and studied in China and gained a Graduate Diploma from Peking University as a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Scholar. Patrick has worked as a legal clerk at Clifford Chance (Hong Kong), Davis Polk & Wardwell (Hong Kong), Mallesons Stephen Jaques (Hong Kong) and TransAsia Lawyers (Beijing). Patrick is actively involved in the community and has undertaken extensive volunteer work. He was involved in house-building projects in Cambodia, planned cultural exchange programs with Australian indigenous communities and is a member of ACT Law Society’s Equalising Opportunities program.

official australian delegation to the Y20 at the foreign ministry of china  (2016)

official australian delegation to the Y20 at the foreign ministry of china  (2016)

Jacklin Molla
Griffith University

Jacklin attended Y20 Turkey in 2015. This year Jacki was awarded the runner-up position for Australia in the Queen’s Young Leaders awards and attended the Young Diplomats Forum in London. Today she holds the role of Events Director of the Griffith University Red Cross Society while she completes her Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Government and International Relations.Jacklin says her experience 'helped me realise how much I enjoy the international relations field – so much so that I have since completely realigned my career goals. Thank you for a truly life-changing experience.' 

Global Voices aims to connect young people with the world and I can attest from personal experience that it really does do that. GV offers a fantastic platform for young students to provide their voices on issues which are central to their experiences within a specific field/sector, and conducting policy papers and opinion pieces really do provide advocacy tools when engaging with stakeholders.
— Ankur Verma, James Cook University, OECD Paris, 2015
 
HABITATIII Delegates meeting australian permanent representative to the united nations, gillian bird (Quito, 2016) 

HABITATIII Delegates meeting australian permanent representative to the united nations, gillian bird (Quito, 2016)