2021 Fellows

Alexandra Flynn

I am a graduating student from the University of Notre Dame in
Fremantle, currently on my way to completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science, International Relations, and Journalism. I love educating others about issues that are important to me, especially through my news presenting with RTRFM 92.1K and I also value learning about the experience of others, for example through my time volunteering with community outreach groups. I believe in advocating alongside those without a platform to share their perspective and I am passionate about issues that affect women. My background in political science has showed me that the most powerful way to make impactful and lasting social change in through public policy, hence my eagerness to become a part of the world of politics. My up bring in Southeast Asia helped me developed a worldly view, teaching me empathy from a young age and gaining invaluable cultural knowledge. This experience is what drove my curiosity and motivated me to explore the benefits of diversity.

Apu Karajagi

I am an Injury Prevention Officer, currently working at Injury Matters in workforce engagement and development, advocating for safer people and places in WA. I have been working in health promotion and in the public health sector for approximately two years in various capacities. I am passionate and advocate for diversity within the health sector, particularly surrounding decision making. I completed my Masters in Public Health and Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion in 2019. I have been involved in multiple projects including exploring disability in Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities as well as health consumer involvement in a healthy weight program. I have spent countless hours volunteering for the Keep It Safe Summer Leavers program with WA Aids Council, am a part of the Youth Reference Group for the Youth Educating Peers Project, and recently, I had the opportunity to be part of the Catalyst Youth Summit for Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network WA.

Clare Langford

I am passionate about all things politics and government. After taking Politics and Law in high school, I yearned for a job in this field. I went on to study a Bachelor in Political Science and International Relations, and a Master of Public Policy. I am currently working in digitisation, and enjoy volunteering in my spare time. My hobbies include writing fiction and poetry, dancing, gaming and music. I want to see change in our governance, particularly regarding the representation of people with disability and/or neurodiversity. Participation in all levels of government is sparse, most notably in the upper echelons of power. I am thrilled to be a part of breaking down the barriers to equity in our democracy.

Gabrielle Trenbath

I am a public servant, board member and a disability advocate. I have sat on boards in the Not-For-Profit and government sector and is driven to work with the community to make it more inclusive place, especially for women and people with disabilities. My passion for governance and campaigning which is underpinned by by completion of the AICD’s Company Directors Course and the Australian Progress’ National Campaigning Fellowship. I have spent many years working in the healthcare sector and in hospitality while studying. I hold degrees in Diplomacy and Trade, Social Impact and Applied Corporate Governance.

Heather Cattani

I am a final year Nutrition and Health Promotion student at Curtin University. I am president of the student branch of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Health Promotion Student Association at university. Throughout my final year of studies, I have been a participant in the John Curtin Leadership Academy which had me working on the Curtin Reconciliation Action Plan at the start of the year and currently I am working with Opportunity International; a micro-loan charity that helps people out of poverty.

Jazlyn East

I am studying a Bachelor of Health Science at Curtin University and I have been inspired by what I have learnt so far during this degree and have developed a keen interest in public health and working with marginalised and disadvantaged populations. I am so passionate about social justice and equality & I want to be a part of this incredible global movement driving gender equality in the political realm and in other prominent leadership positions.

Madelaine Cannell-Lunn

I am a recently admitted lawyer, and currently work as a Judge’s Associate at the State Administrative Tribunal. I graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Juris Doctor in 2018. I completed my practical legal training at the Environmental Defenders Office, and I hope to practise Environment and Planning law. While working towards my legal career, I have continued following my political interests by volunteering and working with The Greens (WA), and was involved with my local government’s Youth Advisory Council for nearly three years.

Meleva Thorn

I am a third year student at Murdoch University, where I am studying journalism, literature, and Indonesian. I completed a 12-month Rotary Youth Exchange to Italy in 2018, and received a 2019 Murdoch Rural Journalism Scholarship. I have volunteered and interned for a variety of organisations such as RTRfm, The Jakarta Globe, Rotex WA, and the West Australian Quidditch Association. I took part in the 2020 ASSYP Indo-Pacific Future Leaders Program, was a delegate to the ANU’s 2020 Asia Pacific Week Conference, participated in the 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and was the Midland representative in the 2021 WA Youth Parliament. I currently work as the student careers ambassador for the Murdoch University Careers and Employability Centre. I also work as a cadet reporter for WAMN News.

Saba Rahi

I am currently a Secondary School Teacher at Joseph Banks Secondary College. I am also running for local council for the Central-East Ward of Wanneroo. ​I have worked in education and training for over ten years starting my career as a lecturer in UWA teaching undergraduate medical students. I have worked at all levels of the education system in WA, including childcares, schools, TAFE, universities and other higher education providers. I have worked in the not-for-profit community services sector and project management consulting. I have volunteered for various charity organisations. ​I am passionate about education and training, mental health, climate change, sustainability and the environment. I am currently working towards my Doctor of Education at UWA.

Veronika Gobba

I am a second-year student at Curtin University studying International Relations and Economics. I am passionate about foreign affairs and economic policy and thus want to utilize these passions to make a difference in the public sector. Once I complete my degree, I aim to complete a Master of Public Policy at UWA. I also have much love for the visual arts and have volunteered for the Perth AWESOME Arts Festival and Perth Sculptures by the Sea. I currently enjoy spending my time at Curtin as Vice-President of ‘Steven’ Club running fun, nonsense events that aim to get people from all disciplines to gather and bond. I also am Secretary of the Curtin Labor club, where we aim to get more university students engaged in politics.

Amber Ugle-Hayward

I am a proud Noongar yorga with family ties to Ballardong, Whadjuk, Mineang and Wilman country. I began my professional career by completing the Public Sector Commission’s Aboriginal Traineeship Program in 2020. In 2020 I successfully graduated from the WAALI Emerging Aboriginal Leader’s Program and the Public Sector Commission’s (PSC) Aboriginal Traineeship Program . With the skills gained from both program’s in 2021, I spoke at the 2022 PSC Aboriginal Traineeship Program induction, became a Swan Districts Football Club Aboriginal Advisory Committee member, was a part of the National Reconciliation Week Panel for Swan Districts Football Club, spoke at the ATCO National Reconciliation Week event and became a member for the WAALI Emerging Aboriginal Leader’s Alumni Committee. I was awarded the Swan Districts Football Club’s Women’s Best on and off field player, the WAFL-W Community award and recently became a finalist for Western Australia Trainee of the Year.

Chantal Turner

I am completing my Master of International Development this semester along with undertaking an internship at the Centre for Social Impact and a Parliamentary Research Program. I am passionate about tackling injustice and inequality and am currently researching mechanisms to champion more affordable living in our state’s regional towns. Prior to commencing my master’s, I worked as an English teacher, working with international students from all over the world. I spent two and a half years working in Vietnam, a year in Japan, and worked in Perth for the University of Western Australia. I love working in diverse settings and hope to pursue a career that allows me to tackle some of the big issues facing our society both locally and internationally.

Ebony Short

I am a student at Murdoch University, studying a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. I currently work part-time as a research officer for Lorna Harper MLC. I am extremely passionate about educating women on being financially independent and protecting and preventing women from economic discrimination. It’s especially important to me to be an advocate for those in our community who do not have a voice in our parliaments. I am excited to obtain the skills to help make positive change in WA.

Hannah Razak

I am a full time Psychology PhD student at the University of Western Australia (UWA), conducting research on emotional resilience. I also work part-time at the Arts and Law student office at UWA where I deliver high-quality student services. Additionally, on a casual basis, I work as a Research Officer for a recently published book called “The Resilience Shield.” I graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours majoring in Psychological Science and Psychology in Society. I’m incredibly passionate about Psychology and wish to dedicate my career towards improving mental health at a collective level.

Hema Wedwa

I am currently working as ‘Remote Monitoring and Digital Engineering Services Managers, ANZ’ . I am passionate in driving development of the engineering industry, creation of innovative and practical solutions that increase efficiency and enhance safety for both projects and production operations.​I was recognized in the top 25 migrants by the ‘Skilled Migrant Professionals’ summer magazine issue in 2017. I was invited as a keynote speaker at the 2018 graduation ceremony of the prestigious University of Western Australia. I have been awarded Chief Executive Women in STEM 2021 scholarship. I was also awarded ‘Women in Leadership’ award on International Women’s Day in 2021 by Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA), Perth. I was nominated for 2021 Women in Technology WA award. I am an elected board member and office bearer of Society of Underwater Technology. I believe in ‘pay it forward’ opportunities by mentoring PhD students and recent graduates.

Karess Dias

I am a government lawyer currently in my second year of practicing. I hold a Bachelor of Laws (Hons)/Bachelor of Behavioural Science from the University of Notre Dame. I currently serve as a Board Director for Volunteering WA. I have been a Soroptimist International member with the Fremantle Club since 2017 and co-founded the Young Soroptimist Club at Notre Dame. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement advocating for human rights and gender equality. Between 2019 and 2020, I was the President of the Soroptimist Fremantle Club and am currently heading up a Modern Slavery Advocacy Project. I am also a member of the Joint Law Society/Women Lawyers Committee and have also been a member of the Young Women’s Advisory Group, which is part of the Equality Rights Alliance.

Maggie Leung

I am a Journalism and International Relations student at Curtin University who is passionate about making a positive change in our community and developing women leadership. I am interested in the causes of women rights, equality, education and multiculturalism. I also see the need to enhance diversity in media and government representation. I have been active in our community through volunteering with different not-for-profits. I enjoyed being a mentor for new students and being part of the John Curtin Leadership Academy at university.

Reyhana Malekoo

I am in my fifth year of Criminology and Global Security Studies at Murdoch University. I recently completed a one-year exchange program in the US, at UNC Chapel Hill. Upon returning, I was selected as a 2021 New Colombo Plan Scholar by DFAT to undertake political science studies, internships and language training in the Indo-Pacific.
Prior to this, I operated the LOVE Foundation and worked with a committee to raise funds for micro-financing Indonesian women in poverty. I was involved with the Murdoch Criminology Society as a Liaison Officer. I have volunteered at Banksia Hill Detention Centre and interned with the City of Mandurah, Australian Federal Police and Walk Free. I have been a myMurdoch Mentor for first year students and a MEXSA Buddy Program leader, where I partnered with study abroad and exchange students at Murdoch.
I have engaged in student leadership roles, as the Sustainability Representative in the Guild and played an important role in negotiating and organising welfare measures during the COVID-19 crisis. My commitment and passion toward ensuring female representation in politics can be reinforced by receiving the May Holman Prize in Politics for the highest academic achievement by a female student in Politics at Murdoch.

Sabina Kellie

I am currently a Policy and Research Officer at Department of Communities, having recently completed their 2020 Graduate Program. In 2018 I graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of International Relations, majoring in politics, history, and Indonesian language. I was a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant recipient, undertaking a semester exchange in Indonesia and intensive language study. In 2018/2019 I participated in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP). This was a foundational experience in reaffirming the importance of intercultural understanding, the value of community-led solutions to challenges, and the impact people can have if they are willing to show up, listen, and learn.

Yulia Ismayilova

I am a year 12 student from Shenton College. My current goal is to be accepted into the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at UWA. I am also a member of School Strike for Climate and am considering joining the Global Shapers in the future.