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ASPI-YAIA Speed Mentoring

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA) are delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming 'Speed Mentoring' event in Canberra. 

YAIA is an Australian not-for profit organisation committed to engaging young Australians in international affairs and foreign policy, and to building the high calibre leaders necessary to navigate Australia's future in the Indo-Pacific Asian century. ASPI is proud to support the mission of YAIA through co-hosting an event that provides meaningful advice to young Australians interested in a career in international affairs.

Participants will have access to mentors working across several different fields, including intelligence and national security, cyber security and STEM, international aid and foreign policy, politics, international trade policy, industry and defence. 

Confirmed mentors include:

  • Angela Macdonald, Assistant Secretary, Middle East, Americas, North Asia, Russia and Turkey Branch, International Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Bridi Rice, Director, Australian Council for International Development
  • Callie Zorzi, Group Manager, Australian Public Service Commission
  • Candice Meszes, Chief of Staff to the Associate Secretary, Office of the Associate Secretary, Department of Defence
  • Dr Carl Rhodes, Director, RAND Australia
  • CAPT Chris Aulmann, Director Future Military Commitments, Military Strategic Commitments, Department of Defence
  • Deborah Warren-Smith, SO1 Workforce Plans, Army People Capability Branch, Department of Defence
  • Fergus Hanson, Head of International Cyber Policy Centre, ASPI
  • Gai Brodtmann, Former Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security & Defence
  • Grant Sanderson, Chief Executive Officer, Defence Systems Group
  • Greg Moriarty, Secretary, Department of Defence
  • Hamish Hansford, First Assistant Secretary, National Security and Law Enforcement Policy, Department of Home Affairs
  • Ingrid Southworth, Deputy Head of Mission, British High Commission Canberra
  • Lisa Sharland, Head of International Program, ASPI
  • Lucienne Manton, Assistant Secretary, EU Political and Strategy Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Margaret Twomey, Assistant Director-General, Office of National Intelligence
  • Dr Martin Hess, International Operations, Australian Federal Police
  • Mercedes Page, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Young Australians in International Affairs
  • Michael Shoebridge, Director, Defence & Strategy, ASPI
  • Mike Gallagher, Strategy Director, Northrop Grumman Australia
  • Paul Longley, Principal Consultant, Operations and Delivery, QinetiQ
  • Rajiv Shah, Managing Director, MDR Security
  • Colonel Robert Sanders, Director Land-Army, Department of Defence
  • Sian Phillips, Director, Women Peace & Security, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet


Mentoring sessions will be structured, and we will provide sufficient guidelines to all participants prior to the event. 

A drinks and canape reception will conclude the event.

This event is generously supported by Young Australians in International Affairs