Violet Rish joined the Australia Indonesia Centre in March 2018 as a Senior Research Officer.
Most recently Violet held the position of Vice-Consul at the Australian Consulate-General in Makassar, promoting trade and investment ties between Australia and eastern Indonesia, with a focus on education.
Violet has a background in international development, working for the UN and Oxfam prior to working for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade between 2012 and 2018. She completed an undergraduate and master’s degrees in International Relations at the University of Sydney, with her master’s thesis on peace-building in Aceh published as a chapter in Forming a Culture of Peace, by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
An early career highlight was making documentary film Swapping Lives for SBS television, set in Yogjakarta in 2005, to promote cross cultural understanding. Violet remains committed to furthering Australia-Indonesia relations, innovative and collaborative approaches to program design and making a positive contribution to an environmentally sustainable future.