2020 Fellows

Taylah Sewell

I am a peer facilitator and advocate with Perth Inner City Youth Service (PICYS), and I am in the process of becoming an official PICYS member.

I was a volunteer on the Marriage Equality YES Campaign in 2017 and decided after this to study further to become a politician.

I’m studying Anthropology and Sociology at Curtin to accompany my mental health peer support certificate and experience. I have dedicated my time to turning my personal experiences with mental health and homelessness into consultancy work and to fighting for the survival of the public services that helped me become who I am today.

Katherine McKenzie

I am an energy policy specialist and commercial lawyer with a passion for promoting climate change mitigation and gender diversity.

As Principal Policy Adviser to the WA Energy Minister, I advise on energy policy and major investment decisions by Government-owned energy businesses.

I also serve as President of the National Board of the Australian Institute of Energy, Vice-President of the UN Association of Australia (WA) and member of the WA Government’s Energy Transformation Taskforce and Renewable Hydrogen Council.

In 2015 I founded Women in Energy (Perth) – a network that connects, supports and inspires women in the energy sector.

Nyat Mulugeta

I recently graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA), majoring in Political Science and International Relations and French Studies. I have since commenced Master of International Relations. This year, I am the Vice-President of the UWA Student Guild Women's Department where I develops projects and campaigns to uplift and empower women and non-binary students of UWA.

In 2018, I was awarded the Outstanding Youth Award in recognition of my involvement you Diaspora Downunder – a youth group that liaises with community organisations to provide essential support to Ethiopian and Eritrean youth relating to mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Maddison Kelly

I am a Law and International Relations student at Curtin University, as well as an intern at the US Consulate in Perth. I am in my fourth of five years, so am set to graduate at the end of 2021. I also currently work at RAC organising roadside assistance.
Last year I studied International Commercial and European Union Law in London and Belgium. I was also a weekly volunteer at a community legal centre, the Citizens Advice Bureau in Perth, for over a year.

Isidora Apsari

I am a community engagement specialist and an experienced policy advisor. I completed my bachelor degree in political science majoring in International Relation from Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia. I also graduated from University College London for my master of science in social development practice.

Before moving to Australia, I worked in the Indonesian Parliament for nine years as a senior political advisor for both Senator and The Member of Parliament. I also worked in a political consultancy as a political analyst where I was working along with some high-level politicians in Indonesia.

After my migration, I try to build my career from scratch. I spend my time volunteering in United Nations Association Australia in WA and also Victoria Park Centre for the Arts. I have a strong passion for women empowerment. As an immigrant with a political background, I feel the urge to help women from cultural and Linguistically diverse background, particularly those who feel voiceless, powerless and excluded.

Georgie Carey

Georgie is a young leader who isn’t afraid to question the status quo. She is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of young people in positions of decision-making at a local level and on the global stage. Georgie is also a part-time sock designer, dog enthusiast and religiously brings Vegemite with her if she has to travel.

Georgie currently serves as a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of WA and in 2019, was selected as Australia’s representative at the G(irls)20 Global Summit in Toyko. Here she co-authored a Communique highlighting policies to promote young women’s economic inclusion that was presented to G20 world leaders.

Three years into her four-year term as a councillor at the Town of Mosman Park, Georgie was elected at age 21 which makers her one of the youngest councillors in Australia. As a UWA Fogarty Scholar, Georgie has a Bachelor of Commerce, with First Class Honours in Marketing.

Amy Bowdrey

I am a young professional working as a Program Support Coordinator at DVassist – a not-for-profit supporting those experiencing domestic and family violence in regional, rural and remote Western Australia. I graduated from the University of Western Australia with a major in Political Science and International Relations, and Law and Society.

I have a strong passion for social justice, in particular for those impacted by family and domestic violence, youth rights and women’s rights. I also sit on the Youth Advisory for Perth Festival to provide advice on how to increase participation of young people in the Festival and to advocate for youth related issues.

Natalie Saeed

I currently work at the Department of Training and Workforce Development across the international education and migration sector. I am a Board Member of SCOOP Australia, and volunteer with the Australian Red Cross and TEDxPerth.

With a background in Anthropology and International Development, I have worked in the Asia and Pacific region for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. I also currently work alongside a group of international female consultants on international development projects under the title Fem Collab.

My experience includes development of gendered policies and programs related to the Sustainable Development Goals, youth and refugees in urban contexts.

Ana Forjaz

I am currently working as a Marketing Specialist with the GSMA Mobile for Development team. I am responsible for the strategy and delivery of digital campaigns, disseminating research learnings and developing partnership relationships to influence stakeholders to develop new solutions and favourable government policies.

Previously I have worked with a number of charities and social enterprises including launching and managing a successful crowdfunding campaign for a renewable energy start-up. I have worked on a wide variety of projects in both professional and voluntary capacities with experience across brand development, social media strategy, press, web development, events and business development.

I hold a Masters of Commerce in Finance and Marketing from the University of Western Australia, along with a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and International Relations) and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Management) from the same university.

Abbey Mardon

I am a Gender Studies and Anthropology & Sociology student. I also work full time as an Associate at the WA Industrial Relations Commission and I am on the advisory board for Parity Education, a company that provides financial literacy education to young Australians.

I have learned to speak French fluently and I love how languages allow us to better connect to each other as global citizens. I have worked as a paralegal in a community legal centre, been a state director for World Vision Youth WA, been a World Vision youth ambassador and in 2012 I presented at the International BioGENEius Challenge in Boston, USA as one of two Australian finalists.

Hiba Alsoeady

I am in my second year of a Bachelor of Science at Curtin University. I am currently working part time as an Electorate Officer for my Local Member of Parliament in addition to being a Pharmacy Assistant.

Coming from a culturally and religiously rich background, my involvement and commitment in the community is personally very crucial to me.

I am a member of various Not-for-profit organisations, most of which are targeted at helping migrants, refugees and the less fortunate.

I am a very driven individual who always strives for the best in addition to being a strong advocate for change.

Lena Hee

I am an electorate officer for a Member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia. I speak three languages and have lived in Malaysia and Hong Kong, which is why I am passionate about social issues that affect people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University in 2020, and intend to pursue an Honours in Indigenous Australian Research. I trained in classical ballet for nine years and have also appeared in theatre performances staged at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and the Republic Cultural Centre Theatre, Singapore.

Sadeqa Sarvari

My name is Sadeqa Sarvari and I am a final year Occupational Therapy student and hope to specialise in paediatrics. My hobbies include spending time with my family, fashion and taking lots of photos. I am particularly interested in raising awareness about key issues that are prevalent within today’s society. Being female and coming from an Afghan background it is never easy to voice opinions on topics that go against cultural norms, however I am passionate, motivated and empowered to be the one to step forward and build a bridge for future women who will lead, create change and bring a difference to this world.

Natalie Eastwell

I am a digital marketing professional with a background in the not-for-profit sector. Since completing a Bachelor of Commerce with first class Honours in 2017, I have worked at the Telethon Kids Institute in the digital marketing team, where I currently oversee digital engagement.
I am also a keen volunteer leader and coach at Edmund Rice Camps WA, where I have spent over five years helping to run both camps for disadvantaged and at-risk kids and personal development programs for young adult leaders.

Jo-lene Kashkooli-Ellat

I am a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) specialist, currently working as a Principal Practitioner at Stopping Family Violence, the peak body in Western Australia for perpetrator interventions. During my career I have worked across a number of family law services and have had oversight of a state wide men's behaviour change program funded through the Department of Justice. In addition, I have had the opportunity to sit on the Child Safe Organisations Committee, Reconciliation Action Plan Committee and the Ending Family and Domestic Violence Committee. I am currently sitting on a reform committee through the Department of Communities.

I have a sound academic background completing a Bachelor of Arts Education from Edith Cowan University, a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies from Curtin University and a Masters of Counselling from the University of Notre Dame this year. I am passionate about pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work and Social Policy in the future. I have a special interest in cultural diversity and competency when working with families from a diverse background. I also have an interest for further preventative research within the DFV sector.

Isabella Leunig

I am currently working as a Research Officer for a member of WA State Parliament, whilst undertaking my Masters of International Relations at the Australian National University.

Previously, during my undergraduate degree, I was selected as a participant in the Vermont Legislative Research Program in the United States in which I conducted research for members of the Vermont State Legislature on a wide range of topics including the intricacies of the US healthcare system. I subsequently graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations and Communications and Media Studies and gained experience in both the Governmental and Think Tank Sector before undertaking my current role.

Carla Basden

I am an Energy Professional, passionate leader and Diversity and Inclusion advocate, with over 17 years of Industry experience across the Energy and Electrical Network value chain.

In my current role at Western Power, I manage a team of technical experts, accountable for managing the operation of the in-service Transmission network. I am Chair of Western Power’s Women’s Employee Network Committee, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee reporting to the CEO. I enjoy volunteering, mentoring and seeking out new adventures and opportunities.

I hold a double Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Law and Management, from Edith Cowan University, where I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Engineering Science – Electrical Power and Renewables. In addition to this I am a registered Project Management Professional (PMP) and certified in various Process Improvement disciplines.

I have two young children, and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of a full life and full career.

Aleksandra Miller

I am an Australian lawyer currently working at the State Solicitor’s Office (WA). I am a committee member of the Law Society of Western Australia’s Young Lawyers Committee and Joint Law Society / Women Lawyers Committee.

I graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2016 with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Psychology). Prior to commencing at the State Solicitor’s Office, I had worked as a Judge’s Associate at the Supreme Court of Western Australia, as a paralegal at Chelmsford Legal, and had also volunteered at the Mental Health Law Centre.

Emily Harrison

I am a research analyst currently working at Minderoo Foundation. In my role I support the “research pillar” of the organization and work across initiatives on a range of research projects – modern slavery, overfishing, early childhood education.

I graduated in 2017 from the University of Western Australia where I completed a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree and a Masters in International Relations. After university I worked at UWA as an academic tutor teaching undergraduate politics courses.
Prior to my current role I worked for the Department of Premier and Cabinet as a Research officer.

Alison Morley

Alison is a geologist by training and has degrees in Geology and Applied Finance. She has worked in variety of roles - from underground geologist to CEO - for numerous companies (Pasminco, Xstrata, SRK, Iluka, Western Power, Rio Tinto) in the resources and energy sectors in locations across Australia and the world, and currently manages a global team in a major mining company. She has skills in pragmatic problem solving, strategy, business development, valuation, negotiation, building consensus and team alignment.

Alison is married and has two teenage daughters who currently attend high school. She has always been active in leading teams and contributing to the community and has sat on numerous pro-bono boards and committees in the arts (WA Youth Theatre Co), professional societies (Finsia, AusIMM) and research space (MRIWA, EV Council).

Alison is also a Churchill Fellow and a Cranlana Colloquium Alumna.

Katherine Ong

I am a youth worker and a first-year student studying a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia. Additionally, I hold a Diploma in Youth Work and Diploma of Community Services Work from North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE, respectively.

As a person who is passionate about social justice and human rights, I hope to advance my skills to work in an area where I can contribute to public policy and make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Ailee Salter

I am currently in my final semester of an undergraduate Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and International Relations and Spanish Studies. Next year I will be starting my Honours in Public Policy.

I am passionate about making a positive change in our community and empowering those marginalized to achieve their goals and live a great quality of life. This passion has led me to volunteer in a variety of settings. Currently, I volunteer weekly as a mentor with 12 Buckets and as a management consultant for not for profits with WAUC.