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UNAAV Young Professionals Committee

Tony Luo

Passionate about urban planning and policy development, Tony is a Policy Manager at the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (Victorian Government). Tony holds a Bachelor of Environments with majors in Property, Urban Design, and Planning at the University of Melbourne. In 2020, Tony was appointed as an UN SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellow for Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities. Working with other young urban innovators, Tony developed cross-cultural experience in co-designing and co-implementing programs that champion local pathways to sustainable development. With a research interest in smart cities, Tony strives to apply creative thinking in developing city-shaping solutions. Tony aims to further the UN’s SDGs and enhance the liveability, resilience, and interconnectedness of neighbourhoods in Australia.

Chandra Parihar

Melida Majaros

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.

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.

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.

Ximena Ávalos

Events Manager

Yihan Li

Events Officer

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 PhD candidate with the Australian Catholic University investigating and evaluating adapted bike riding for children with disabilities. 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 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.

Subin Kim

A recent International Relations graduate from Monash University, Subin is passionate about humanitarian justice and advocacy both internationally and in our local communities. With a background in community healthcare, she is also interested in public health promotion and protection of vulnerable communities.

Elise Coorey

Elise graduated a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Economics, from the University of Melbourne in 2019. She is incredibly passionate about international affairs, and this led her to her current studies of a Master of International Relations. Alongside her studies she interns at the Australian Institute of International Affairs and is on a work placement at the British Consulate.

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.

Learn more about the UNAAV Young Professionals Network here.


Leadership Team

Tony Luo

Chandra Parihar

Melida Majaros

Advocacy and Projects

Mat Tinker

Olivia Aib

Communications and Marketing

Victoria Yutronich

Callum Jones

Events and Programs

Ximena Ávalos

Events Manager

Ximena Ávalos

Events Manager

Yihan Li

Events Officer

Yihan Li

Events Officer

Operations

Chris Renwick

Abby Thevarajah

Angela Shen

Partnerships

Subin Kim

Elise Coorey

Casey Temple