I was born and raised in Australia, but I've had the privilege to live, work and be inspired by people all around the world - in China, east and west Africa, Europe and the UK, and Latin America. These days I'm proud to live in Brooklyn.
A recovering lawyer, today I work for the United Nations University. We try to help ensure that global policymakers at the UN have access to the best available evidence, research and analysis.
I believe in seeing the world as it is, warts and all. But I also believe in working with people to help us all achieve our full potential.
That means being smart and strategic, working across cultures and traditions, and bringing theory and practice closer together. It means protecting the value around us, even as we build more.
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