Meet Our Team

We are passionate group of young people from across ASEAN and Australia committed to enhancing trust, understanding and connections between the region’s next generation of leaders. 

Directors

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Hayley Winchcombe

Chair

Hayley is a UWA Fogarty Scholar writing her Honours on low-wage migration in Southeast Asia under the Bachelor of Philosophy. Hayley was the inaugural New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow in 2018. Hayley has advocated for enhanced regional trade and investment with AustCham ASEAN and published articles on Southeast Asian culture with the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. She has interned with the Australian Mission to ASEAN and the ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta.

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Thomas da hose

secretary

Thomas is a RMS Scholar and Dr. Chau Chak Wing Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Diploma in Engineering Practice (First Class Honours). Thomas is currently a Project Engineer at AECOM managing road infrastructure projects and has a range of professional experience including with UNISDR. His project Masy Solar received RDI Network funding to empower rural communities in the Philippines in 2018.

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CAMERON Allan

operations

Cameron is a Hawker Scholar and National University Scholar at the Australian National University. As the 2019 New Colombo Plan ASEAN Fellow, Cameron is currently studying politics and Bahasa Indonesia at Universitas Gadjah Mada and working as a research intern at the UGM ASEAN Study Centre. In 2018, Cameron worked in the Strategic Communications Division at the ANU and interned at the Australian Institute of International Affairs and Thales. He was Australian Group Leader at AIYEP in 2019.

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NASH MESQUITA-MENDES

TREASURER

Nash is currently finishing his Accounting and Computer Science degree at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2018, he was the New Colombo Plan PwC Scholar for Singapore. His 6-month internship with PwC’s Growth Markets Centre exposed him to multi-territory cross-border strategic analysis with an emphasis on creating impact in emerging markets. During his time in Singapore Nash studied at the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University.

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Patrick stafrace

partnerships

Patrick is an international trade and investment professional with a deep understanding of business and public policy in Southeast Asia. Patrick helped establish the public policy practice at a global consulting firm serving Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and NGOs. He has delivered workshops on community development, provided communications counsel to international forums and briefed international media about issues affecting Southeast Asia.

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leonie nahhas

delegates and welfare

Leonie is currently a recipient of the NSW Department of Education School Counsellor Metropolitan Sponsorship Program. Leonie received the 2018 Global Youth Award for her work organising the inaugural Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders 2018 at the UN in Bangkok. Under the 2030 UN SDGs in the areas of Quality Education and Good Health and Wellbeing she has experience with local communities, social enterprise and NGOs across Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia.

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Lauren wilkins

education and careers

Lauren is a final year Bachelor of Justice student majoring in Criminology and Policing and International Relations. As a 2017 New Colombo Plan Scholar she studied International Relations and Bahasa Indonesia for two semesters in Indonesia. Lauren has a background in human rights and development, with experience at The Asia Foundation, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Consulate-General in Makassar, Indonesia.

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Nguyễn Đăng Đạo

publications

Dao Nguyen is currently a researcher with a think tank of Vietnamese government, and a national advocate of UN SDGs Action Campaign. He has completed his study across various Asian countries such as Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Thailand, bringing a strong understanding of the region to his outlook. Dao has experience working with leading international relations institutions such as UNICEF, UNDP, European Union Delegations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

aidiel mat isa

communications and marketing