I am a former New Zealand diplomat and qualified lawyer with post‐graduate credentials in international law. In addition to research and publishing experience, I have a strong record of international work experience in both the government and non‐government sectors.
Since 2006 I have worked in an official capacity formulating and implementing foreign policy for the Government of New Zealand and on behalf of the U.S. Permanent Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Indonesia. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, I lived and worked for two years in New Delhi, India, with a Washington DC-based international NGO, from which I acquired invaluable experience in applied professional research, advocacy and lobbying.
By way of further background, I have a Masters in Law with Honors, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and am officially admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand since 2004. I am a citizen of both New Zealand and the United Kingdom and a Permanent Resident of the United States. I recently left the Foreign Service to move to the U.S. with my husband, a U.S. diplomat, and am interested in pursuing opportunities in the public policy or legal fields.
I have particular interest in international security issues and have acquired unique experience in emerging security threats and political architecture in the East Asia-Pacific region. I can bring to bear a dynamic range of skills in research and analysis, policy development and implementation, consultation and negotiation, organization of international events, program and fund management, and public diplomacy.