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WIIS-A is an Australian affiliate of WIIS Global, the premier organization in the world dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. 

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MEET THE TEAM

WIIS AUSTRALIA STAFF

Ash holds a double MA in International Relations/Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her areas of interest are gender equality, non-violent conflict resolution, diplomacy and peacebuilding initiatives with a focus on local empowerment and collaboration.

PRESIDENT

ASH LAYTON

Shannon is a lecturer and Doctoral Researcher at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

DEPUTY PRESIDENT 

SHANNON ZIMMERMAN

Sarah Boyd is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, after graduating from the Mid Career Masters in Public Administration in 2019. She is an Australian Fulbright Scholar, working to advance feminist foreign policies through improving women's rights and representation in politics and international affairs

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER 

NATIONAL DIRECTOR FOR VIC

SARAH BOYD

Dr Elizabeth Buchanan is a Research Fellow at the ANU Centre for European Studies. Her areas of expertise are Russian foreign energy strategy and Russia’s global polar strategy. Dr Buchanan completed a PhD on Russian Arctic strategy under Vladimir Putin and holds an Honours degree in Russian-Ukrainian natural gas relations.

CHAIR OF THE ADVISORY BOARD

ELIZABETH BUCHANAN

Luisa Ryan is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Queensland, studying the ramifications of the UN Stabilization Mission to Congo’s (MONUSCO) Force Intervention Brigade on protection of civilians, and wider peacekeeping doctrine. Her thesis builds on her former position as MONUSCO’s Policy and Best Practices Officer.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

NATIONAL DIRECTOR FOR QLD

LUISA RYAN

Maria Rost Rublee is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Monash University, with expertise in constructivism, nuclear politics, maritime security, and diversity in security studies.  

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

MARIA ROST RUBLEE

Matilda is currently undertaking her honours program in Political Science and International Relations, at the University of Queensland. Her thesis will discuss the relationship between transnational climate governance and the maintenance of the liberal international order. Her other research interests include UNSCR1325, Early-Warning-Early-Response modelling and techopolitics.

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