Class of 1998
Assistant Director, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Travelling the world as an Australian representative working on international relations is all in a day’s work for Dr Alicia Mollaun Bartlett, whose love of travel was sparked during a school trip with John Paul College to Europe in 1995.
Her passion for politics and economics was fostered at JPC through the teachings of Mrs Lindel Mountford. Following a change from mathematics, Alicia changed her projected career from medicine to foreign affairs.
Alicia’s curiosity and passion have driven her love of political challenges, having recently worked in the Indian political team, briefing the Foreign Minister on the Australia–India relationship.
‘Working at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade throws up a lot of different challenging opportunities to do new things and to travel, which I love to do!’ Alicia says.
After spending a decade with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Alicia undertook her PhD through the Australian National University in Pakistan, researching the United States of America foreign policy in Pakistan and how it used aid for non-development outcomes.
After graduating from university, Alicia joined the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet working on fiscal and international policy and worked within the office of then Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Julia Gillard.
‘It has been great to see both sides of policymaking’ says Alicia. ‘Working on international issues at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet was fantastic, no two days were the same.’
In 2020 Alicia will take up a diplomatic posting in New Delhi, India, working in the economic team. She looks forward to the opportunity and the experiences it will create for her two young sons experiencing a new culture and language.
Following her posting, she hopes to continue working in South Asia or the Middle East with a desire to become High Commissioner to Pakistan or Ambassador to Lebanon in the future.
Notable moments for Alicia include working on the Australian World Trade Organization (WTO) policy and accompanying the Trade Minister as a part of the delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) meetings in Paris. In addition, Alicia was involved in Australia’s delegation to the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi where a historic agreement was reached among 163 members to abolish agricultural export subsidies.
Despite losing touch with other Alumni, she greatly enjoyed catching up with friends and teachers of the College at the 20 year reunion in 2018, reminiscing on her time as a Prefect in 1998.
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