Alumni Profiles and Achievements
CPACS alumni are employed by various United Nations agencies including UNICEF and UNHCR, while others work for governments and for non-government organisations such as Austcare, the Quakers, International Women's Development Agency and Nonviolent Peaceforce.
Some have chosen to undertake further study including for a PhD, while others are pursuing careers as journalists, social workers, researchers, teachers, or conflict resolution trainers and practitioners.
Andrea Ottina, MA (Research) 2011
Andrea Ottina from Italy, who graduated with Distinction in absentia, has completed a Master of Arts by Research in 2011 and a Master in Peace and Conflict Studies in 2009 at CPACS. While his thesis was under examination, Andrea completed a six months internship at the United Nations University (UNU) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. There, Andrea supported a research project on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the armed forces of Sub-Saharan African countries and co-authored the introduction and one chapter in the book HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa published by UNU Press. Upon completion of his internship, Andrea travelled to Liberia, where he supported the work of a local NGO over a period of two months. In Monrovia, Andrea conducted capacity building workshops targeting university students, professionals and former combatants on themes such as conflict analysis, peacebuilding, and community development. In February 2012, Andrea started working in Lusaka, Zambia, for LFS Financial Systems GmbH, a German consulting firm specialised in micro- and SME finance for developing countries.
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom, LLB LLM MA (PACS) 2008
After completing his MA (PACS) in 2008, Tim commenced internships at the Lowy Institute for International Policy and the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney. At the Lowy Institute he was soon offered the opportunity to become a Research Associate at the Institute’s HIV/AIDS program, in which he was instrumental in building the foundations for the high-level advocacy organisation Pacific Friends of the Global Fund. During the same period he researched food security and land grabs at his internship with Centre for International Security Studies. His food security research gained momentum in the wake of the Global Food Price Crisis in 2008 and allowed Tim to expand his research by starting a PhD at the Centre in 2009.
Tim’s PhD research concerns the area of ‘food security’ and examines the relation between food, conflict and foreign agricultural investment. In 2011, he conducted fieldwork in Kenya to evaluate the impact of foreign agricultural investments; while working as Research Associate at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies in the University of Nairobi. After his return in mid-2011, he commenced his final year of his PhD research at the University of Sydney and returned at Pacific Friends of the Global Fund as Program Coordinator, now located at the University of New South Wales.
Tim blogs at http://www.state-of-affairs.org about his research and international security, he can be followed on Twitter @TimSVH
Mike Otterman, MLitt (PACS) 2006
In 2006, Mike was appointed as a Visiting Scholar with CPACS to work on turning his 30, 000 word Master of Letters treatise “Debility, Dependency and Dread: The Development, Deployment and Defense of American Torture, 1945-2005”, into a book. An expanded text and selection of documents based on his treatise was published in February 2007 by Melbourne University Press, in conjunction with Pluto Press (London and Ann Arbour, Michigan), titled American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond. He is also author of the forthcoming title, Collateral Carnage: The Human Cost of the War in Iraq, with Dr Richard Hil and Dr Paul Wilson. Mike spent much of 2007 promoting the book in Australia, Europe and America, with the assistance of Amnesty International, and continues to be a Visiting Scholar at CPACS.
Luke Fletcher, BA (Hons) 2005
Luke completed two postgraduate units of study with CPACS (PACS6902 Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation and PACS 6909 Cultures of Violence) as part of his Honours year with the Department of History. After completing his BA (Hons) degree, Luke was appointed National Coordinator for Jubilee Australia, a non-government organisation working to support Third World debt relief. Luke’s article “Turning Interahamwe: Individual and Community Choices in the Rwandan Genocide” based on his Honours thesis (co-supervised between CPACS and the Department of History) was published in the Journal of Genocide Research. In 2007 Luke took up a Rotary scholarship for postgraduate study in Peace and Conflict Studies with the University of California, Berkeley.
Dilnaz Boga, MA (PACS) 2004
After completing her MA (PACS) degree, journalist Dilnaz Boga returned to India to work for the Times of India publication, the Mumbai Mirror. But she also continued work on her passion, building on her MA dissertation research about the children of Kashmir who are suffering from the ongoing conflict in the region. With co-director and fellow journalist, Aliefa Vahanvaty, Dilnaz made the documentary film Invisible Kashmir: The Other Side of Jannat. The film has been shown at numerous colleges, film clubs and film festivals in India and abroad, and has received support and praise from both Muslim and Hindu Kashmiris for its depiction of the alienation felt by many young people in Kashmir.
Kevin Chang, MA (PACS) 2003
Kevin is currently Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal, supporting Nepal’s path toward peace and democracy after a decade of armed conflict. Prior to Nepal Kevin was based in Geneva working for UNDP Headquarters’ Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, supporting UNDP’s worldwide efforts in peacebuilding, conflict prevention, early recovery and natural disaster risk reduction. Since completing his MA (PACS) with Merit, Kevin has also worked for: the Fijian Ministry of National Reconciliation and Unity promoting national reconciliation; the Australian Government on Indigenous policy including reparation for the Stolen Generations; and for the UN Refugee Agency on an emergency humanitarian assignment in Kashmir, Pakistan. Kevin has also completed a Graduate Diploma in International Law and has published his research on Fiji’s search for justice and reconciliation download article, based on his MA (PACS) dissertation and subsequent work in Fiji.
Silje Gerhardsen from Norway was the first CPACS research degree graduate. Silje was awarded the Master of Arts (Research) in absentia in December 2007 for her thesis Play with Water and You'll Get Burned: How Scarce Natural Resources May Internationalise Internal Wars: The Case of Sudan, Egypt and the Nile.