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Class 8 (2009-2011)

Luisa Ryan, Australia

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Media and Journalism

Luisa Ryan graduated from the University of Queensland in 2003 with an Arts degree (Majors in French, Spanish and International Relations) and a Sociology degree with Honors. After graduation, she participated in a tolerance education program in Poland, interned with the Australian Mission to the UN in New York, and worked as a research assistant for International Crisis Group in Brussels and Nepal before commencing work with the United Nations. Luisa worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in remote communities in Nepal with UNFPA before joining the United Nations Mission in Nepal’s Office of Civil Affairs to monitor Nepal’s fledgling peace process. In 2008, Luisa returned to Australia to lead Australian Red Cross Queensland’s International Programmes department, before taking up her Rotary fellowship at the University of North Carolina. In the future, Luisa hopes to continue her humanitarian efforts with organizations such as the United Nations.