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.
Communications and Marketing Lead
Maeve is a marketing specialist with 8+ years of experience in the education and sports sectors. Having completed the Master of Marketing in 2020, she is currently the Content Specialist at the University of Melbourne, previously working for organisations including Asialink, Tennis Australia and Netball Victoria. With a passion for equality and innovation, Maeve is excited to join the United Nations Association of Australia Young Professionals (Vic) committee to support the mission of creating a safer, fairer and more sustainable world with talented, like-minded peers.
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Emma has been working as clinical dietitian for nearly 10 years – both in acute Melbourne Hospitals and in London. She was redeployed to work in intensive care twice during the first two COVID waves in the UK which was extremely eye opening. She was responsible for looking after the British Prime Minister when he had COVID which was a pretty crazy career experience! Emma is currently working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital as a specialist diabetes dietitian and also currently studying a Masters of Public Health through the University of New South Wales. She is a massive foodie and loves trying new cuisines and also a very keen runner! She has done a couple of marathons both in Australia and internationally.
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Elly currently works for DELWP in the forest fire and regions sector as a firefighter and project officer. She is passionate about the environment and lives in an off grid tiny house near Healesville. She has also founded a not for profit called AusRegen which helps landholders regenerate their property by implementing works to restore the water cycle.
Divina's career as a civil engineer has given her the privilege to be able to work on city shaping and community building infrastructure and property development projects over the last 10+ years. Her experiences have allowed her to gain an appreciation of how projects influence the way communities are developed, how we go about our daily lives, and the long term economic opportunities generated for communities. This has naturally led her to become very interested in sustainable development and how we can unlock a better standard of living, and in some cases basic human rights, for people across the globe.
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 Operations Lead at UNAAV Young Professionals to connect young people to their values and passions.
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.
Sam is an established membership and program leader with over 10 years progressive and diverse experience in professional services and human rights, including not-for-profit organisations, peak member bodies, access to justice, and law reform bodies. He holds a Masters of Human Rights Law from Monash University, as well as Bachelors of Laws (Hons) and Arts (Media and Communication). He is a former Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Global Intern, working with the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva. He is passionate about building and expanding the capacity of the UNAA Young Professionals to create positive social change.
Mannie Kaur Verma
Mannie Kaur Verma is an award-winning lawyer by profession and an intersectional feminist by nature. She is the principal lawyer at Regal Lawyers and sits on the boards of Refuge Victoria, YWCA Australia and her own non-profit organisation, Veera Brave Girl which empowers victims of gendered violence. Through her professional work and advocacy Mannie seeks to empower migrant communities through voice, agency and leadership.
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.
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.
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 Tony Luo and Chandra Parihar also sit on the board of the UNAA Victorian Division to represent the Young Professionals.
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