Organising team bios

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Owen Hutchison

Owen Hutchison is in his third year of a combined Economics/Asia Pacific Studies degree, majoring in Chinese and Security Studies, at the Australian National University. He is the Deputy Director of Asia Pacific Week (APW) as well as Media, Marketing and Communications.

Previuosly Owen assisted with the 2011 Australia China Youth Dialogue run by the Australia China Youth Association (ACYA). He also holds the position of Treasurer in the ACYA ANU chapter and is looking forward to spending next year studying in China.

Owen works in macroeconomic research for the Australian Bureau of Statistics and plays for the ANU Aussie Rules team.

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Bryce Kositz

Bryce Kositz is the Content Director for APW, he is in the second year of his master’s program at the ANU, and is currently writing a thesis on propaganda in China during the 1950s.  He plans to pursue a PhD after the completion of this thesis in June.

Bryce also studied at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the China University of Petroleum Beijing, majoring in history and Chinese language respectively.  At UAF he received accolades for history student of the year.

As an Alaskan, he likes ice hockey, fresh salmon, and wilderness camping

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Harry Wall

Harry Wall is the Sponsorship Director for APW, is in the second year of his Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies/Arts Degree. His interest with the Asia-Pacific was ignited by a school trip to China in year nine and since then he has slept on wooden planks with chicken at his feet, eaten battered cockroach and skated down the gutters of the Summer Palace in Beijing.

Harry has represented Australia at the Inaugural High School Chinese Bridge Competition and received a scholarship from the Confucius Institute to study Chinese at the Beijing Language Culture University.

Currently, he is majoring in Asia-Pacific Politics and Mandarin Chinese. He is also the president of Mahjong United, a student society that likes to play Mahjong and talk about dumplings.

Jayson Buchanan

Jayson Buchanan

Jayson Buchanan is a student at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. His areas of interest include information warfare, modern military hardware of East Asia and the historical maritime development of China. He also endeavors to attain fluency in Mandarin.

Prior to his arrival at the ANU, Jayson was a political operative in the United States, having worked on campaigns at state and federal levels. In 2008, Jayson did an internship with the Brookings Institution having worked on the Opportunity 08 project.

Jayson has a passion for sailing, skydiving, and hiking.

Ashleigh Ralph

Ashleigh Ralph

Ashleigh Ralph is the Business Communications Director of Asia Pacific Week 2012. Ashleigh discovered her interest in all things China when studying a Bachelor of Economics. During this time she also discovered that she couldn’t speak ‘maths language’ and consequently switched to a combined Bachelor of Arts/Asia-Pacific Studies degree where she could instead focus her energy on easier languages like French, Chinese, Spanish and Russian.

Ashleigh’s love of languages has led her to teach English and French in Australia, Russia, Mongolia and China. She has pursued language studies at Beijing Language and Culture University and National Taiwan Normal University as well as undertaken a student exchange program in Belgium. After starring in a French theatre production this year, she looks forward to launching a Chinese-language theatre group at the ANU.

In her spare time Ashleigh enjoys watching documentaries and keeping up with all things K-pop.

Sarah Llewellyn

Sarah Llewellyn

Sarah Llewellyn is in her third year of a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies, majoring in Chinese language and Chinese studies. She is the Media, Marketing and Communications Liaison Officer for Asia-Pacific Week 2012.

Sarah is an active member of the Australia-China Youth Association and is looking forward to starting post-graduate studies in China in 2013.

Sarah currently works at the Australian Department of Defence and volunteers with the Federation of Chinese Community of Canberra Saturday school.

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Tiffany Sleep

Tiffany Sleep is a student at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Her areas of interest include ancient Chinese warfare, US grand strategy and game theory. She also studies Chinese and is satisfying the entry requirements of the Certified Practicing Accountant program by completing her electives in commerce.

Prior to coming to the ANU, Tiffany was a qualified Lender for a large Australian bank. After two promotions she was awarded a scholarship with which she chose to complete industry qualifications in risk management and compliance.

Tiffany has a passion for Body Combat and Karate. She was ANU Swimming Club’s 2011 member of the year and is participating in the 2012 Australian Dragon Boat Championships.

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Dorea Ho

Dorea Ho is in her second year studying a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Politics, Japanese)/Law at the Australian National University. She is Delegates Director for APW2012.

Before beginning her degree, Dorea spent 2010 studying at Ritsumeikan Uji High School (Kyoto, Japan) under the Rotary Youth Ambassador Scholarship and represented Japan in the Japanese Korean Peace Conference (Seoul, South Korea).

In 2011, Dorea organised campaigns against poverty for NGO organisation Oaktree as a recipient of their Generate internship. She also volunteered at Alexander Maconochie Centre (Canberra) to promote legal literacy among prisoners and assisted in running summer camp for refugee children.

Angharad (Hari) Lodwick

Angharad (Hari) Lodwick

Angharad (Hari) Lodwick is starting her sixth year of Bachelor of Law/Master of Asia-Pacific Studies. She majors in Indonesian, but has also studied Tetum and Tok Pisin.

Hari grew up in Indonesia during the Suharto era, and has been interested in the region ever since. In 2009, she did an internship at a Malaysian law firm. In 2010, Hari spent a year studying and researching in Indonesia.

Hari volunteers with the Red Cross mentoring refugees, and has contributed articles to student magazines. She is interested in minority rights, ethnic conflict and development, and enjoys drawing, playing music, travelling, writing and reading.

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John Tu

John Tu is the Finance and Co-Sponsorship director for APW, he is doing his Masters of Asia and Pacific Studies at ANU, focusing on Chinese Philosophy. Having completed his Ba.Commerce in 2011 at ANU John realised there is more to life than economics and creating wealth (hence the switch to Philosophy).

John has worked at one of the central pillars of the Australian government at the Department of Finance and Deregulation and one of Australia’s largest budget spenders, Centrelink, where his role was to handle internal budget functions that serve millions of Australians everyday on their welfare payments.

In his spare time John enjoys the outdoors, intellectual discussions with friends, plenty of exercises and keeping the mind, body and soul healthy to stay happy.

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Belinda (Bel) Miller

Belinda (Bel) Miller is a 5th year Asia-Pacific Studies/Law student at the ANU, with a major in Chinese. Bel's interest in the Asia-Pacific began as a small child when a visiting Chinese friend taught her the words for 'dog' and 'cat' in Mandarin. After a 6 month exchange to Kyoto, Japan in high school, Bel had a brief flirtation with the European languages before commencing her studies in Chinese during her second year at the ANU.

Bel was a Senior Resident at John XXIII College in 2009, and at the same time served as a General Representative on the ANU Students' Association. After completing a year in the Chinese program at Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2010, Bel is currently the Communications Director for the Australia China Youth Association (ACYA) as well as being part of the organising committee for the ANU APW.

Bel has an unfortunate love of 'creative' cooking and enjoys a good coffee in the sun.

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