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University of Queensland
Bachelor of Social Science (International Development) /
Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Environment Studies)
I was born in Japan in 1983 and moved to Brisbane, Australia in 1988. I applied for the Graduate Program to gain further experience in international and domestic climate change policy, Indigenous engagement in natural resource management, and regional cooperation on environmental matters.
Before joining the Public Service, I was actively involved in the non government sector. Most recently, I served as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Cambodia. As an organisational development officer, I assisted a local community organisation liaise with international donors, developed funding proposals with project managers, and monitored and evaluated various community development projects. Prior to this, I worked as the Environment Officer for the University of Queensland Student Union. I have also volunteered in various capacities as a researcher, campaign coordinator, and team member for the Wilderness Society, Oxfam, and the Oaktree Foundation. I have also worked with Indigenous Australians in advocacy and community projects.
In other pursuits, I have worked full-time in Japan, backpacked in Central America for six months, worked as a Japanese speaking tour guide in Cairns and Central Australia, hitchhiked across Europe and studied on exchange at the University of Oslo in Norway.
In my spare time I am a keen sportsman, hiker, and motorbike rider. I particularly enjoy practising the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, and my travels have brought me to various parts of the world.
I applied for the Department's graduate program in 2007 and commenced in February 2008.
My first placement in the Bilateral and Plurilateral Partnerships team in the international division of the Department of Climate Change was an instructive starting point for working in the public service. Working on the Australia- China Bilateral Climate Change Partnership ('the Partnership'), while preparing briefings for the Minister and Prime Minister as part of a global tour, I was exposed to high-level international meetings and strategic considerations at the bilateral and multilateral level. Working on existing and ongoing projects under the Partnership, I was involved in stakeholder and contract management work. I also gained invaluable experience in cross-agency coordination work and effective communication through coordinating briefing for the 16th meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Development and a divisional response to an OECD survey. In addition, I drafted a number of ministerial replies concerning international climate change issues.
My second placement was in the Indigenous Partnerships section within the Australian Government Land and Coasts division. As part of a joint team comprising officers from both the Departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and DEWHA, I was exposed to a divisional restructure process. Much of the first half of the rotation involved reactive work, adapting to shifting priorities and funding commitments as budget time approached. This included working on a cabinet submission regarding programs in the Caring for Our Country initiative, supporting procurement and financial acquittal processes, and organising the accommodation and venue for a national Indigenous information management workshop. Once funding and priorities were confirmed, I organised a briefing to the Indigenous Policy Branch by the National Water Commission on Indigenous interests in the National Water Initiative. As a final project, I drafted governance guidelines for the administration and delivery of the Partnering Indigenous Communities Initiative, a program awarding small grants to Indigenous groups involved in natural resource management work.
As part of the Energy Emissions Reduction team, I developed advice for the Prime Minister, Minister for Climate Change and Water, and DCC Executive on low emissions technology policy. In collaboration with the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and teams across DCC, I prepared ministerial briefs, drafted a position paper for the Government's White Paper, and engaged with whole-of-government processes on energy efficiency. Much of the work involved high level analysis and engagement with the national policies team and across the Department on energy policy issues.
The Pacific Adaptation Team has primary responsibility for our Department's delivery of the $150 million International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (ICCAI) - which we co-manage with AusAID. The ICCAI aims to meet high priority climate adaptation needs in vulnerable countries in our region, with primary geographic emphasis on Australia's neighbouring island countries. As part of this ongoing work, I have organised a regional consultation workshop with 15 partner island countries, and expect to manage our partnership with CSIRO for the rollout of the information and communications component of the Pacific Climate Change Science Program.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'