Nanumi Starke is the Deputy Director (Finance) for the 2019 Asia Pacific Week Conference.
She is currently in her final semester of a double degree in a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies, with a major in Economics and Japanese Language.
What issue in the Asia-Pacific region are you most passionate about/intrigued by?
Being half-Japanese, I am deeply concerned by the falling birthrate and aging population in Japan. This potent combination of phenomena will have dire economic consequences for Japan in the decades to come.
What are your top three favourite ways to chill out/ relax?
Being a massive nerd, I love to play board games, video games and Dungeons and Dragons. My favourite video game of all time is Luigi's Mansion on the Nintendo Gamecube.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am actually a pretty good cook, especially when it comes to Japanese food. My mum (who is Japanese) is a phenomenal cook and taught me everything I know.
What has been your favourite part of your degree?
As part of my Asia-Pacific degree I completed a one-year exchange at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and I absolutely loved it. I studied economics and global affairs in Japanese which wasn't without its challenges but it improved my Japanese language skills immensely.