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Amelia Rhodes Chief Executive Officer

Amelia is studying a Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) at Monash University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Global) in International Relations and Political Science from Monash University and the University of California. She has previous experience working in both the media and non-profit sectors. Amelia also attended the 2011 APEC Summit as Global Voices’ first-ever National Scholar. During her time at the Brotherhood of St Laurence she worked with the HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters) program where she developed English language classes for women in Melbourne's Sudanese community. Amelia is passionate about food and the way it can bring people and cultures together, she is also an avid newsreader.

 
 
 
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Elizabeth Dymock Economics and Development Program Manager

Elizabeth is currently studying a Masters of International Relations with a Masters of International Trade and Commerce Law, at Macquarie University. She also holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne. Elizabeth has experience in working with youth organisations and most recently with asylum seekers through the Australian Red Cross. Elizabeth has also spent two years living and working in rural Malawi, where she developed an interest in development and international relations.  

 
 
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Romy Ladowsky Communications and Grants Manager

Romy holds a Master of International Relations from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from Monash University. Romy was previously a Speechwriter at the United Nations in New York, where she drafted speeches delivered by Ambassadors, diplomats, and high-level MPs at the Security Council and General Assembly. Romy’s experience in the not-for-profit sector has also taken her around the world, including South Africa, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. With a key interest in international security and nuclear disarmament, Romy is also working with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to prepare for negotiations on a global Nuclear Ban Treaty at the United Nations in 2017.

 
 
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Matt Pucius Environment and Sustainability Program Manager

Matt is studying a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester. He has previously interned at the Clean Energy Council, the Moreland Energy Foundation, as well as a fellowship with social enterprise Pollinate Energy. He is a current committee member of the Australian Institute of Energy Melbourne Chapter and a Climate Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Change Leadership Program. Matt is passionate about technology and its ability to change and improve people’s lives.

 
 
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Martina Ucnikova Security and Defence Program Manager

Martina Ucnikova works as an Advisor of Government and Public Affairs for Minderoo, an organisation encompassing all philanthropic and private business holdings of Australian philanthropist and businessman Andrew Forrest. Previously, Ms Ucnikova worked as a Fund Analyst for an anti-slavery organisation Walk Free where she led the research into anti-slavery spending in international development. She was seconded to lead the organisation’s engagement at the Vatican, culminating in the historic meeting of 12 faith leaders, including His Holiness the Pope, on the eradication of modern slavery. She also worked as a Sessional Academic in Politics and International Relations at the University of Notre Dame in Australia. Martina has held several strategic communications and external outreach roles, including as an Executive Officer with the Australian Institute of International Affairs. Martina began her career as Marketing and Communications Manager for an Australian premier retail agency. Her role was focused on the development and implementation of communication and marketing strategies for the Australian and overseas markets. She has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Western Australia.