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UNAAV Young Professionals Committee

Monica Lillas

As a legal counsel at Telstra, Monica provides advice on dispute resolution and risk; the company's whistleblowing policy and domestic and international intellectual property matters. She is also on the Telstra pro bono committee, provides email advice to young people around Australia in conjunction with community legal centre Youth law Australia and coordinates a legal education program at Lalor High School. Monica previously worked at international law firm K&L Gates where her work focused on enforcing and defending intellectual property rights. Monica received the K&L Gates National Managing Partner's Women's Achievement Award in 2014 and the K&L Gates Achievement in Community Service in 2018. Monica previously served on the board of Youthlaw, Young People's Legal Rights Centre, and was chairperson from 2012 to 2016. She is a member of Victorian Women Lawyers and participates annually as a mentor in their mentoring program.  Monica is a recipient of the 2020 Victorian Government Women's Board Leadership program scholarship. Together with Kathryn Smith Monica is co-president of the UNAA Victoria Young Professionals Network.

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn has experience in Government and not-for-profit (NFP), currently working at Safer Care Victoria as a project officer and volunteering as the evaluation manager at CHASE, a NFP that focuses on improving heath literacy for disadvantaged students in Victoria. She has a Graduate Certificate in Public Health and her strengths are in project management, evaluation and innovation. She is interested in the intersect between Government, NFP and private working together to achieve more sustainable outcomes and passionate about human rights, particularly women’s rights, and standing up for disadvantaged communities: that no one is left behind. 

Elsie Gong

Elsie is a Chartered Accountant, working in the government sector. She is also a Treasurer of the Victorian Young Professionals at the United Nations Association of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Information Systems (The University of Melbourne), and a Master of Business Administration (Melbourne Business School).

Nadia Han

Nadia Han is the Secretary of the UNAA Victorian Young Professionals Network. Nadia is currently balancing her work as a Policy advisor in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria with post graduate studies in policy at the University of Melbourne. Nadia has experience working as a property lawyer and also in project management at a not for profit organisation focused on achieving educational equity in Australia. Nadia is passionate about empowering vulnerable members of our society and was a recipient of the 2019 Victorian Government Women’s Board Leadership scholarship. As a Chinese Australian, Nadia is a strong advocate of the benefits that diversity brings and often suggests bonding activities with friends and colleagues that involve yum cha and bubble tea.

Mat Tinker

Mat is a leader in digital learning with a Masters in Digital Education. His background is corporate training and higher education. His interest is preparing youth and life long learners for a future of work that's uncertain and ever changing. Mat's passion for the UN began with a Study Tour to UN HQ in New York, and now works with a number of UN Youth Groups and UN Agencies across Asia Pacific designing online learning and advocating for climate justice and future skills.

Olivia Aib

Olivia Aib is an Urban and Regional Planner; think SimCity, but with real people, real places.  Olivia believes that as cities grow there are countless upgrades that need to occur, but not at the detriment of people, the environment, or thoughtful structure planning.  Navigating planning and environmental legislation, Olivia successfully leads and coordinates a number of key planning and environmental approvals to support the facilitation and delivery of large scale transport and energy infrastructure projects - ensuring to avoid and minimise impacts to native biodiversity - protect human health - and allow for truly sustainable outcomes.  In her role in the UNAA Victorian Young Professionals Network, Olivia aims to assist others in understanding how to create a better balance between cities, people and the environment in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Maeve Martyn

Maeve Martyn is a communications professional with experience in the healthcare and education sectors. Maeve currently works as a Communications and Events Officer for Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium and is studying the Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. Maeve has lived in Italy and speaks Italian, and is currently learning French. In addition to her interest in languages, Maeve is passionate about policymaking for social justice. She has a keen interest in the relationships between global economic systems and international governance and law.

Callum Jones

Callum Jones is the Communications Coordinator of the United Nations Association of Australia Victoria Division Young Professionals Committee. Callum is a PhD student, published academic and researcher. His research primarily focuses on ideological extremism, especially with regard to its presence and structure in online spaces, and its generation of both online and offline violence. Callum has also worked extensively in non-profit organisations across a range of sectors including violence prevention, international aid and youth mental health. He has held communications and policy and research positions as well as youth leadership, campaigning and advocacy.

Victoria Yutronich

Victoria currently works for the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, a partnership for better health between Diabetes Victoria and Deakin University. As the centre’s Communications Officer she manages its websites, social media, monthly e-newsletter, and design work. Victoria first came to Australia in 2014 as an exchange student at The University of Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) from Saint Mary’s College of California, USA (2016) and a Master of Media with Distinction from RMIT University (2019). Victoria is thrilled to join the UNAAV YP Committee as the Communications Coordinator and to advocate the UN’s 17 SDGs.

Sahana Ganesh

Sahana is the Events Manager of the UNAA Victorian Young Professionals Network. She also works as a Project Manager to deliver infrastructure projects within Victoria's water industry. With more than 5+ years experience in the water industry, Sahana is passionate about ensuring environmental sustainability is central to all infrastructure projects. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master of Engineerings Science.

Amy Mulder

Amy Mulder is a communications professional with experience across the charity, research and fashion sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and Management, from La Trobe University. Amy currently works as the Communications Coordinator at Multiple Sclerosis Limited. She has a keen interest in psychology, philosophy and human rights, particularly children's rights. Her strengths are project management and science communication, and she has a love of photography.

Nina McLean

Nina McLean is one of the Events Coordinators of the UNAA Victorian Young Professionals Network. Nina is passionate about environmental sustainability and development and will complete her Honours at the University of Melbourne exploring environmental politics, corporate social responsibility and business ethics. Nina is also fluent in Vietnamese having grown up in Vietnam where she witnessed inequalities first-hand. This has inspired her to ensure that everyone has access to their basic human rights and are granted equal opportunities whether that be through policy or community work.

Chris Renwick

Chris Renwick is an Automation Consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Australia, specialising in robotic process automation and strategy. On weekends, he will often be working on his Migration Agency business at one of the many cafes in Melbourne. Having completed his undergraduate degree in Information Systems and Chinese language, he has been fortunate enough to live abroad as an English teacher in China, Thailand and Costa Rica. Chris is passionate about economic development, humanitarian and refugee advocacy and education. 

Abby Thevarajah

Abby is a paediatric physiotherapist with extensive experience in the community, private and public sectors. She has been involved in developing and implementing policies including change management. She is currently the company secretary of Ondru and has previously held board director roles at the Collingwood Children’s Farm, Extended Families Australia and membership committee of the YWCA. Abby holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne, Graduate Certificate in International Health from Curtin University, Diploma of Management within the framework of women’s leadership through the YWCA and is completing a Masters in Humanitarian Action and Sustainable Development at Deakin University. With a passion for languages and culture, she speaks Tamil, French and is currently learning Spanish.

Angela Shen

Angela is a communications specialist with particular interest in change projects. With experience in retail, transport and education spanning across government and corporate sectors, she has worked on major change projects that effect the lives of everyday Melburnians, notably the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project and enabling online learning and teaching at RMIT University. She has previously worked with international youth-organisation AIESEC and the UN Global Compact - Cities Programme for sustainable development. Angela is passionate about bringing together young people and giving them space and opportunity to engage in current affairs and become active and informed citizens. She believes in the power of communications to give people a voice and applies this in her role as the Membership Coordinator at UNAAV Young Professionals to connect young people to their values and passions.

Laiza Garcia

Laiza is the Partnership lead member of the United Nations Association of Australia Victoria (UNAAV) Young Professionals Committee and is passionate about making a difference within the social sector by developing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability strategies based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to support responsible business practice. With 12+ years’ experience as a consultant as part of Accenture Commercial Consulting and Accenture Development Partnerships practice; she has focused on international development sector applying private sector approaches across government, non for profit, and corporate to deliver sustainable outcomes for social impact.  In 2015 she led the implementation strategy for the National SDGs tracking platform in Mexico for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Laiza is currently engaged with a feasibility study project to control Malaria in Papua New Guinea.

Fran Grossi

Fran has recently joined the UNAA Young Professionals Network in Victoria as the Partnership Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of International Development and is currently studying a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies.  She is passionate about community based peace building, intercultural development and supporting interfaith dialogue. Fran has experience working in the non for profit and government sectors; previously working in refugee and asylum seeker services, before securing a position as the Intercultural Project Officer at Melton City Council.

Casey Temple

In joining the UNAA as Partnerships Coordinator, Casey hopes to contribute to realising the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and create a real difference to those in need within our global community. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and a Diploma of Languages in Chinese from Monash University. He recently completed his Honours thesis in International Human Rights Law and is interested in the way diverse cultures, human rights and the law interact.

The Young Professionals Committee meets every month to discuss and plan upcoming events and activities. The committee includes around 20 young professionals from various sectors and industries, all volunteers, some of whom are profiled below. Co-Leads Monica Lillas and Kathryn Smith also sit on the board of the UNAA Victorian Division to represent the Young Professionals.

For all enquiries, please email yp@unaavictoria.org.au.

Leadership Team

Monica Lillas

Kathryn Smith

Elsie Gong

Nadia Han

Advocacy and Projects

Mat Tinker

Olivia Aib

Communications and Marketing

Maeve Martyn

Callum Jones

Victoria Yutronich

Events and Programs

Sahana Ganesh

Amy Mulder

Nina McLean

Operations

Chris Renwick

Abby Thevarajah

Angela Shen

Partnerships

Laiza Garcia

Fran Grossi

Casey Temple