I am an experienced communicator, science enthusiast, project manager, facilitator and mum based in Naarm/Melbourne.
My family were subsistence farmers in Bosnia and migrated to Australia in the 70’s to seek new opportunities. I was born and raised on the beautiful lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and now am lucky to call Boon Wurrung Country home. I acknowledge that these lands were stolen from the First Peoples who never ceded their sovereignty. I have a deep respect for Elders, past and present, from across the Kulin Nations and do my best to acknowledge and honour their wisdom, their struggle and their survival in my life and work. One of the ways I try to do this is by Paying the Rent as a beginning step in the process of making reparations with First Nations people.
Like most humans, I have always loved stories. This passion has taken me on many adventures – I have worked with physicists in Melbourne, climate scientists in Paris, foresters in Indonesia, journalists in Southeast Asia, and agricultural entrepreneurs across Africa to help them tell their stories in a way that better impacts policy and public opinion. I have also helped young farmers around the world access mentoring and investment for their ideas, ran Australia’s first virtual reality hackathon on urban sustainability, and co-coordinated a national movement to help thousands of Australians welcome newly arrived people into their homes and communities.
I hold a first class honours degree in neuroscience, a diploma in Indonesian language from the University of Melbourne, as well as an advanced diploma of group facilitation.