Claire Maizonnier attended BDC from 1999 to 2004, representing the college in State Cross Country and then moving to TAFE. She completed a BA in Social Science, Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland, as Support Services Assistant at the Library and becoming involved in the Responsibility to Protect Student Coalition as President.
In this role she was responsible for event planning and management, coordinating meetings with the steering committee, coordinating with the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect regarding the co-hosting of seminars and other events. Claire held educational events around topical issues such as mass atrocity prevention, the protection of civilians against genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. She undertook a research internship writing a report on sexual and gender-based violence in West Papua.
In 2014 Claire studied for a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Uppsala University in Sweden, joined the Association of International Affairs and elected to the Board of Peace and Conflict Studies as Student Representative. Concurrently, Claire researched the role of women in indigenous water resource management and community participation of the Andean people in the Apurimac region of Peru under the auspices of the Centro Bartolome de las Casas, Cuzco.
In the following year, Claire spent 7 months working for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the UN Secretariat in New York. Here she provided assistance to colleagues in the Branch in relation to its work on the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. She covered a number of official meetings during the high-level week of the General Assembly and the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit and prepared informal summaries for senior management. Claire was chosen as a Rotary Peace Fellow and as such, was elected as a Global Peace Index Ambassador in 2016.
Back in Australia, Claire was a Policy Graduate for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Canberra. and currently has been posted to Ghana as Third Secretary at the High Commission in Ghana, that is, as an Australian diplomat. This will be her role for the next three years.
Another BDC success story – congratulations on such achievements!