Sam Bissett (Investment Advisor at Austrade)

Sam Bissett

Investment Advisor at Austrade

Sam is an Investment Advisor at Austrade, where he supports productive foreign direct investment into Australia in the health and renewable energy sectors. He landed this role after completing the 2022 Austrade Graduate Program, gaining experience across a variety of areas in trade and investment from agribusiness to international education.

Sam is also the CEO of the Australia Latam Emerging Leaders Dialogue, a youth-led organisation that seeks to strengthen ties between Australia and Latin America. Previously, he worked as Director of Fundraising at Oaktree and Member Services Manager at the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce.

Sam holds Bachelor of Global Studies and Diploma of Languages from Monash University, where he served as the Vice President of Oxfam at Monash and was the recipient of several scholarships including the Walter Mangold Trust. Outside of 9-5 work, Sam juggles a passion for singing with keeping up his German and Spanish and running walking tours of Melbourne on the weekends.

Jerry Nguyen (President at Monash International Affairs Society (MIAS))

Jerry Nguyen

President at Monash International Affairs Society (MIAS)

Jerry is in her final year of a Bachelor of Global Studies (specialising in International Relations) and a Diploma of French at Monash University. She migrated to Australia from Vietnam when she was 11 years old, and her interest in international affairs became largely driven by a passion for making the political sphere socially and economically accessible to ethnic minorities and youth.

She is currently serving as the elected President of Monash International Affairs Society (MIAS). Previously, she was instrumental in the management of national youth consultations for the Global Compact for Migration Asia-Pacific Regional Review as the Asia-Pacific Regional Director for the Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP). She co-designed one of the official stakeholder consultation roundtables, in partnership with UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and Pacific.

Jerry has also been key in significantly growing MYCP's network of young migrants and leaders in migration policy in Asia and the Pacific, where a large proportion of discussions have focused on the effects of and recovery from COVID-19.
She was chosen as one of UNESCO & Women@DIOR Asia-Pacific’s 2022 mentees and a two-time recipient of Monash University Community Leaders Scholarships.

Dr. William Stoltz (Policy Director of ANU National Security College)

Dr. William Stoltz

Policy Director of ANU National Security College

Dr. William A. Stoltz is a Lecturer and Expert Associate at the Australian National University’s National Security College and a Senior Manager at Cyber CX, Australia’s leading cyber security firm. He has previously worked across Australia’s defence, intelligence, and law enforcement communities developing strategic policy, legislative reform, and strategic intelligence assessments.

He writes extensively on national security and intelligence policy reform as well as Australian foreign policy.
Stoltz is a Visiting Fellow at the Robert Menzies Institute at the University of Melbourne and an Associate Member of the Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions and Terrorism (SUIT) at the University of Nottingham.

He holds a PhD and Advanced Masters of National Security Policy from the Australian National University as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.