I am an environmental engineer working in the areas of climate change adaptation, water resource management and vulnerability assessment, in Asia and Pacific. I work for the International Centre for Environmental Management and based in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Currently I am working on a number of climate change projects to including a project to Develop the Capacity of Pacific Countries to Respond to Climate Change.
My current occupation allows me to experience new cultures and live in a dynamic region whilst working on innovative and extremely important projects with a focus on sustainability.
I have recently moved to Hanoi to continue my career as an environmental engineer, working in international development. Being based in Asia gives me the opportunity to work in a technical role on environmental management projects as well as working directly with communities and partner organizations in managing the design and implementation of these projects.
I studied environmental engineering as it provided the opportunity to combine my aptitude for problem solving with my passion for the environment. After finishing my undergraduate study I worked for a consulting firm in Adelaide, this provided the opportunity to further develop technical skills on a wide range of environmental and water resource management projects. At Adelaide University I became involved with Engineers without Borders which increased my awareness and interest in international development or ‘humanitarian engineering’. To pursue this interest I completed a role with UNESCO as part of the Australian Youth Ambassador Scheme working in Hanoi for 15 months in 2006 -2007 in the Natural Science Sector. Following this role I completed a stint back in Adelaide before undertaking a Masters Degree at Oxford University, my research on Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security in Bangladesh allowed me to combine my interests in international development and environmental management. Following this study I worked in Adelaide, as a Project Manager in the Development Assistance Group at KBR before moving back to Hanoi.
I am a chartered environmental engineer with experience in Water Resource Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainability Assessment. I have experience managing projects in South-East Asia, Australia and the Pacific. I received a high commendation as one of Australia’s most inspiring young engineers in 2010 and a British Council Chevening Scholarship in 2009.
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