Dr Elise Stephenson’s career is littered with seemingly unrelated projects and pursuits. Only, they are related. Elise seeks to find critical junctures across industries and portfolios – all for the sake of research, practice or policy interventions that can help to ensure equality (gender, sexuality, cultural, etc.) in various aspects of international affairs.
Elise’s projects push for synergistic partnerships, the development or leverage of deep evidence bases, and creative solutions. She has travelled by road over 75,000kms over the past five years chasing her passion for empowering women and driving social change, resulting in her being at the forefront of many ‘first of their kind’ initiatives across Australia and the Asia Pacific.
Working from the heart of the Western Desert in the Northern Territory, to the Sydney foreshore and all across the region, she continues to bring her strength in communication, leadership, practical foresight, and the ability to be empathetic and connect with others to help wildly varying projects that are making the most social impact and leverage across Australia, Asia and the Pacific.
PhD (gender, international affairs, diplomacy & national security)
BAsIntSt (Asian Studies), BComn (Intercultural Communication), BGovIntRelHons(I)
3x medalist: Chancellor’s Medal, University Medal, & Politics, Asian Studies and International Relations Medal
– women’s leadership
– diversity in international affairs, diplomacy, intelligence, (outer) space & national security
– public diplomacy & foreign policy
– social entrepreneurship and impact entrepreneurs
– gender equality
– LGBTI+ rights and inclusion
– creative problem-solving
– climate justice
– circular economy
Regional expertise including: Australia-Asia Pacific; Australia-US; Southeast Asia; Indo Pacific.