Since our founding, Global Voices has attended over 70 diplomatic events in 24 countries, offering over 260 young people across Australia unparalleled access to international negotiations and a network of future leaders, game changers, and change makers.  

All of our alumni have a strong sense of civil engagement and social justice, using their skills and experience to make a positive difference in their communities.

Many of our alumni go onto work for the Australia Public Service, including roles at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Department of Defence. Others enter the private sector, including in roles at Bain & Co, Unilever, Goldman & Sachs and AT Kearney. Some of our young leaders have joined teams in the not-for-profit sector or else establish their own social enterprise or start-ups to help make a difference in their local community.

Life after Global Voices

  • Global Voices 2018 Y20 Summit alumnus Darcy Small, founded a social enterprise with business partner Brody Smith. The Bugisu Project uses Australians’ love of good coffee to support Ugandan communities and our environment.

  • 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.

  • 2013 IMF & World Bank alumnus Nick Taylor founded 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.

  • COP19 alum Madeline Green, founded Otlet, a sample-sharing platform for research scientists around the world, designed to increase collaboration and knowledge sharing.

  • CSW60 alumna Lamisse Hamouda became the first Muslim woman to run Australia’s Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement program.

  • 2013 IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings alumna Alumni Haweya Ismail founded Mud & Musk, a social enterprise sourcing raw cosmetic ingredients sustainably and ethically from African farmers

   About 55% of our alumni identify as female.

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. 

Around 35% of our alumni are from regional or remote backgrounds.

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.' 

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.