Maryanne Crooks – Local Lead QLD
Background studies: Bachelor of Business and now pursuing a Master of International Relations at the University of Queensland
Bio: Maryanne is currently studying a Master of International Relations at the University of Queensland and has been a Research Assistant at the University of Sydney’s Centre of International Security Studies working on Professor James Der Derian’s Project Q. The purpose of the Q Symposium was to explore how the future of quantum computing will impact global peace and security. In addition, she has also worked with global non-profit The Hunger Project Australia as a monitoring and evaluation intern where she edited investor reports for epicentre projects in Malawi, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Bangladesh while providing field updates on a range of maternal health, education, and community empowerment goals. Prior to this, she worked in both finance and recruitment.
In February 2016, Maryanne joined the UNAA QLD division as a social media officer before co-launching the UNAA Young Professionals Network in Queensland in March. Maryanne has a Bachelor of Business where she majored in Marketing and minored in Applied Economics.
Wali Rahman – Vice Team Leader QLD
Background Studies: Bachelor of Government and International Relations (with a specialisation in Asian Studies) and Master of International Relations (current student at UQ)
Ingrid Valladares – Social Media and PR Manager
Background Studies: Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Education (Ecuador) and completing a Master of International Relations at UQ
Bio:Ingrid hails from Ecuador where she obtained a dual Bachelors Degree in Economics and Education (completed at the Universite Pierre-Mendes and Grenoble, France). There she also studied English, French and Portuguese. With her strong language skills, Ingrid soon gained a role in the Foreign Affairs Department of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador and this experience encouraged her to get involved in global affairs. She then decided to pursue her Masters of International Relations at the University of Queensland in order to build knowledge and experience at an internationally top-ranked school. Currently, she is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager on our board and looks forward to working with an international organisation that focusses on human rights and humanitarian aid or to become a diplomat in her home country.
Natalie Coleman – Events Officer
Background: Marketing, Public Relations and Events
Bio: Natalie has 10 years experience in corporate and strategic communication, change management, marketing, public relations and event coordination across a wide range of sectors. Her industry experience ranges from manufacturing and safety to business services and not-for-profit. Natalie specialises in building and maintaining strong relationships, bringing together professionals from different fields and backgrounds to produce effective results.
Natalie is passionate about equipping young professionals with the networks and knowledge they need to make a positive difference in their field, and providing support and resources to encourage creative solutions from local communities to expand through international platforms.
Joshua Gallagher – Events Officer
Background: Bachelor of Business, Masters of International Relations and International Law
Bio: Josh is a Business Graduate from Queensland University of Technology, and is currently studying a dual Masters of International Relations and International Law and The University of Queensland. Upon completing his Business Degree, Josh spent a considerable amount of time working in the NGO sector across South America, Africa and Fiji, and in the process awakened his deep interest in international political affairs and development. Josh aspires to move into the public sector after completing his Masters, and gain work in policy development through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or AusAID.
Miguel Cañizares – Membership Manager
Background Studies: Bachelor of Engineering (Ecuador) and Master of Business (current student at UQ)
Seyi Oladapo – Finance Manager
Background Studies: Chartered Accountant; Bachelor of Business with Extended major in Professional Accounting at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Joel Lindsay – Editor-in-Chief, Subject Matter Expert
Background Studies: Bachelor of International Studies – Major in Peace and Conflict Studies and French at UQ; Currently studying a Master of International Relations at UQ.
Bio: Having spent a good portion of his childhood living outside of Australia, it is not surprising that Joel chose to study a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Queensland. Majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and French, Joel followed his interests in language and global politics to France, where he studied Middle Eastern politics and history at Sciences-Politiques Paris, Menton campus. After developing a love for travel and global learning, Joel decided to pursue a Masters of International Relations back at UQ, and hopes to share his passion for writing about international affairs as the Editor-in-Chief for UNYP Queensland.
Isabella Benfer – Subject Matter Expert
Background: Genetics, Masters in International Relations
Hi, my name is Isabella and I’m studying my Masters in International Relations but I also have a background in genetics and I am particularly interested in the effects that science and technology have on international relations. I grew up in Brisbane and despite finding the summers sometimes unbearable, I love riding my bike along the river in the mornings. I speak French and before I started my Masters I spent three months working in a science museum in Paris.