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The IPAA WA Young Professional (YP) Advisory Committee invited young professionals (aged 35 and under) from across the sector to join them for a special presentation from Social Entrepreneur Fergus Hanson, hosted at the ETRO Bar & Bistro, Perth.

The aim of this event is to inspire and encourage young professionals in the public sector to take an interest in the political environment in which they work.

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Fergus Hanson
Director of Fund Design and Innovation
Walk Free Foundation

Fergus is the Director of Fund Design and Innovation at the Walk Free Foundation. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Described by the BBC as “one of the world’s leading experts on e-diplomacy,” Fergus has been at the forefront of understanding how new technologies are affecting governments and social and political movements the world over. He joined the team from the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the Lowy Institute in Sydney, where he was Program Director for Polling and produced the Institute’s flagship Lowy Poll since 2008.

Fergus was the 2011 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Professional Fulbright scholar based at Georgetown University, focused on new technologies and innovation. He worked at DFAT from 2004 to 2007 and served at the Australian Embassy in The Hague from 2005 to 2007 where he was responsible for Australia’s relations with five international legal organisations.

Prior to joining DFAT he was a fellow at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law. Fergus was a Vasey Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Pacific Forum from November 2010 to January 2011.

Want to find out more about joining as a Young Professional Member – click here.

What delegates have had to say about former YP series events

Hearing insights from a knowledgeable and experienced presenter with a broad range of experience at a senior level in the Public Sector is a great benefit.

Informal nature of the presentation, discussed topics that were of relevance to me, small group gave opportunity to ask questions and to easily mingle.

Fantastic event – let’s have more of these

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