Erika grew up in Kobe, Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, with a double major in Geography & Environmental Science and Urban, Regional and International Development. She has also completed a Masters of Sustainability with a double specialisation in International Development and Corporate Sustainability Management. Erika has a diverse range of professional experience, working across the Asia-Pacific as an interpreter, copywriter and marketing assistant. She has also worked in the government and NGO sectors in disaster recovery, economic development and community engagement.