Dr. Namita Wahi is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and Founding Director of the Land Rights Initiative. She is also a Global Fellow at the Centre for Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen and Visiting Professor at National Law School, Bengaluru. Namita has published and taught extensively in the areas of human rights and state accountability at Harvard University, European University Institute, University of Bergen, and National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Namita’s scholarship has informed her extensive policy engagements with the Indian government, including with the Prime Minister’s Office. Previously, Namita was a litigator with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York City. Namita holds a doctorate in juridical sciences (S.J.D.) and LL.M. degrees from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the Laylin Prize for the “Best Paper in International Law”, and also served as the Founding President of the first university-wide Harvard India Student Group. She also holds B.A. and LL.B. (Hons.) degrees from National Law School, Bengaluru, where she graduated first in her class and received several gold medals for her academic achievements.
Sonia Arakkal is a Policy Fellow at the Perth US Asia Centre. Sonia directs the Centre’s India programs and supports policy development through publication and advisory work on Australia-India relations. Sonia is also the co-founder of Think Forward, a lobbying group that seeks to address intergenerational inequity in Australia.
Sonia was previously a political staffer for federal and state parliamentarians in Canberra, Melbourne and Perth. Prior to this she was a management consultant for Nous Group and an analyst for political lobbying firm Hawker Britton.
Sonia’s foreign policy commentary has been featured in local and international media outlets. Her opinion pieces have been published in The Australian, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and she is a regular panelist on ABC’s ‘The Drum’. Sonia has a degree in law and international relations with honors from the Australian National University.
Sarah Greenbaum works for Julian Leeser MP, the Federal Member for Berowra and Chair of Parliamentary Friends of India. Before that Sarah worked at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi, first in the political team where she was responsible for reporting on cyber and maritime security and then as Consul where she worked on the COVID repatriation effort. Before joining DFAT, Sarah worked for the UN Development Programme supporting the ‘Access to Medicines’ agenda and was a researcher for Michael Kirby in his role as Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Abuses in North Korea.
Eloise Dolan is Program Manager at Asia Society Australia, driving the design and delivery of the organization’s Victoria-based programming. She also leads Asia Society’s ‘Generation Asia’ pillar, an initiative spotlighting younger voices on and from Asia. Passionate about intercultural learning and youth engagement, Eloise has served as a board director and qualified trainer for AFS intercultural programs, regularly conducting workshops on global competence.
Named a 2021 young woman to watch by ‘Young Australians in International Affairs’, Eloise holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.
Amy is an Australian diplomat, currently First Secretary (Geoeconomic) at the High Commission in New Delhi, driving growth in economic, climate and energy ties. Amy previously served as Second Secretary covering political and parliamentary engagement at the Australian Embassy to Indonesia, and was deployed to manage the Consulate-General in Makassar.
Prior to joining DFAT, she worked in the NSW Government and as a political consultant in the UK and Sydney. She speaks Indonesian, French and Spanish, and holds a First Class Honours degree in International Studies from the University of New South Wales, including a year at Sciences Po, Paris.
Aman Gaur is a political staffer in the Victorian state government. Working for the Victorian Premier, he has been advising primarily on economic policy since 2019. Previously he has worked as a Judicial Associate in the Federal Court of Australia, as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills and the Penington Institute, a progressive drug policy research institute. He holds a Masters of Public Policy (Economic Policy) from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Law/Economics (Hons 1) from the Australian National University. In the UK, he worked as an advisor for Labour MP Mary Creagh and as a researcher at the International Growth Centre, an international development NGO at the LSE.