Mercedes Page is a Fellow with the Schmidt Futures International Strategy Forum (Asia). She previously worked for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she held a number of roles. Prior to DFAT, she worked for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, was a non-resident WSD-Handa Fellow at the Pacific Forum and worked in the Australian defence industry. She is the founder and former CEO of Young Australians in International Affairs.
Mercedes holds a Masters in International Studies and undergraduate degrees from the University of Adelaide.
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