Responding to the announcement that she has been honoured as a 2018 Fellow of Australia’s foreign policy think tank, the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA), Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr Helen Szoke AO said:
“It’s an honour to be recognised by the Institute. These awards not only acknowledge my contribution to the international development sector but, importantly, the efforts of the many talented people with whom I’ve been privileged to work alongside.
“It takes many hands and many moving parts to achieve Oxfam’s vision, which is a just world without poverty. This is no small feat, and I’m honoured to be part of a global community that displays so much grit and compassion in the face of the challenging work we do.
“I feel especially privileged to be recognised among such a high calibre of individuals, each of whom have made outstanding contributions in their fields of work.”
Dr Szoke will be awarded as an AIIA 2018 Fellow alongside the Hon Julie Bishop, Emeritus Professor Peter Boyce AO, Sean Dorney, Linda Jackson, Paul Kelly, Professor Tim Lindsey AO, Murray McLean AO and Professor Michael Wesley.
The AIIA selection committee chooses Fellows annually based on their strong connection to Australia and their achievements in, and contribution to, international affairs.
AIIA National Executive Director Melissa Conley Tyler said:
“The Australian Institute of International Affairs is proud to honour Helen Szoke for her contribution as a leader in combatting poverty, inequality and discrimination and in promoting human rights.”
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