Youth council

Afeeya Akhand is a Researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Her research interests include South Korean and Bangladeshi foreign policy, climate change and cultural diversity in national security. She attended the 2022 IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Washington DC as a Global Voices Scholar and was an Australian delegate to the 2022 QUADMIN Emerging Leaders Dialogue.

Dominic Dwyer is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Youth National Security Strategy. He is completing a PhB at the Australian National University. His research is focused on the intersection of economic, political, and strategic dynamics in Asia. Alongside his studies, Dom has worked in parliament, in government, and at a think tank active in aid and development.

Timothy Hobbs is an admitted lawyer with a background in government and the private sector. He has worked for a rocket launch startup, served as an Associate Adviser to the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and advised the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade in the Australian Parliament. He founded the Australian Crisis Simulation Summit, a national security initiative preparing emerging leaders for the challenges of the 21st century.

Claudia Muller is an imaginative and strategic thinker and relishes wicked problems. She helps technical and senior executive audiences across Australia to better understand their cyber risk. In 2020, she spearheaded the first private sector cyber intelligence capability specifically focused on Australia and New Zealand. In under one year, Claudia set the foundation for the team to become the region’s pre-eminent intelligence provider.

Nick Neales is an Advisor with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has experience working in private and public organisations to support Australia’s national security and wider national interests. Nick has worked with a range of Commonwealth agencies to help develop their strategic direction, policy design and implementation, with a particular interest in the design and implementation of transdisciplinary skills in early career professionals, particularly across the Australian Public Service. Nick is also a former member of the Australian Rowing Team.

Kevin Robb is a research associate and PhD candidate at the National Security College (NSC). His research interests span across two areas. The first is Australian and United States foreign policy in Asia. The second is the politics of international criminal law, specifically the politics of the International Criminal Court. Kevin’s research has been published in the International Criminal Law Review, The International History Review, and the Australian Journal of Politics & History (forthcoming). Prior to joining the NSC, Kevin gained experience in think tanks in D.C. and London and the U.S. Congress.

Atul Sharma is a recent medical graduate from the Australian National University Medical School now working for NSW Health. He was a cofounder of the ANU Democracy Society, a non-partisan student society discussing democratic values and how to sustain and strengthen Democracy. He previously worked with a Cabinet Minister in The Australian Parliament House, as part of the Australian National Internship Program. He is an active researcher in the health impacts of Climate Change, with broad interests in Science and Health Policy.

Laura Sobels is an experienced national security and political professional, having worked for government departments, and been an Adviser to senior national security Cabinet Ministers throughout her career. With a particular focus on intelligence and major capabilities, Laura has shepherded sensitive issues and legislation through Government, and staffed leading members of the Australian national security community on both domestic and international affairs. Laura has represented Australian youth internationally, including at the G20 and CHOGM.

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