Australia

Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown

Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Adelaide
B.A. in Economics, Politics and International Relations, University of Adelaide

Australia | Harvard Kennedy School, Master of Administration, International Development 

Thomas is passionate about addressing the serious health and educational inequalities that exist for young children globally. He spent four years in Indonesia working on a range of health and education programs as a research analyst with the World Bank and the manager of a grassroots NGO. At Harvard Kennedy School he intends to deepen his knowledge of economics and policy-making in developing countries to find innovative solutions to complex human capital challenges. 

Isaac Chan

Isaac Chan

M.D., University of New South Wales, Sydney
B.Med, University of New South Wales, Sydney
B.Sc (Med) (Hons I), University of New South Wales, Sydney

Australia | T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH

Isaac is a doctor with interests in communicable diseases and global health. At Harvard, he will explore the structural drivers of health inequity, and policy approaches to infectious diseases of public health significance.

William Chua

William Chua

B.A. (First Class Honours) in Politics & International Studies, The University of Melbourne

Australia | Harvard Kennedy School, Master in Public Policy

William hopes to bring a multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach to policy development. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne, where he also held the Chancellor’s Scholarship. At Harvard, William intends to deepen his understanding of international relations and multilateral institutions.

Aden David Knaap

Aden David Knaap

B.A. (First Class Honours) in History, University of Sydney
LL.B., Sydney Law School

Australia | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of History, Ph.D. in History

Aden specializes in global and international history, with a focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century intellectual, political and legal history. He is fascinated by cosmopolites and internationalists, theorists and pragmatists, and the varied ways in which they conceived of the world in bygone eras. His time at Harvard will expose him to new historical fields and methodologies, while training him for a career in academia. 

Matthew  Lilley

Matthew Lilley

B. Econ. (Honours), The University of Sydney

Australia | Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in Business Economics

Matthew Lilley received a B. Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney in 2012. He worked in the Research Department at the Reserve Bank of Australia, and then as a research assistant for Economics faculty at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. His main interests are in empirical microeconomics, including behavioral and development economics, and political economy.

Geoffrey Liu

Geoffrey Liu

B.Sc (First Class Honours) in Statistics, Australian National University
B.A in Economics, Australian National University

Australia | Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Master of Science in Data Science

Geoffrey is passionate about improving the robustness and safety of artificial intelligence systems in business and government processes. He is particularly interested in the failure modes of modern machine learning algorithms and their downstream implications. At Harvard, he will explore the robustness of modern machine learning algorithms and how these algorithms capture uncertainty and bias in the data.

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Tai Mitsuji

Tai Mitsuji

M.St. in History of Art and Visual Culture (Distinction), University of Oxford
B.A. in Art History (1st Class Honors), University of Sydney

Australia | Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. in History of Art

Tai Mitsuji is a writer and art historian who is interested in disrupting the thematic and temporal modularity of art history. Rather than being pinned to a single era, his work seeks to track ideas across both time and culture – drawing a line, for instance, between the salons of 19th century France and the windows of department stores today. Alongside his academic pursuits, he works as an art critic publishing in a variety of prominent international and domestic publications, and was formerly the Deputy Chairperson of Runway Journal. Through this work, Mitsuji has continually sought to represent diverse perspectives and detail the various cultural contours of Australian and global communities.

Hannah Morris

Hannah Morris

B. International and Global Studies, University of Sydney
JD, University of Sydney
M.Teach, Deakin University

Australia | Graduate School of Education, Master in Education (Education Leadership, Organizations and Entrepreneurship)

Hannah is passionate about finding innovative new ways to address the biggest challenges facing education in the 21st century, and empowering teams and organizations to reach their full potential. Whilst at Harvard she will be focusing on learning how different forces in the education ecosystem can work together to close student academic achievement gaps, how social and emotional learning can equip students with the skills to create a more just, fair, and inclusive society, and how entrepreneurial leadership can motivate diverse teams of stakeholders to achieve common goals.

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Liam O'Brien

Liam O'Brien

LLB (Hons) & BA (Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Arts in Political Science), Monash University

Australia | Harvard Kennedy School, MPP

Liam is interested in structural economic reform to unlock Australia’s productive potential, mitigate the climate crisis and address socio-economic and intergenerational inequities.  At Monash University he wrote his Honours Thesis on Constitutional Law. During his time at the Kennedy School he will focus on political economy while sharpening his economic, quantitative and policy design and delivery skills.  He is also interested in trade, security and geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific.