A transnational, inter-disciplinary and intersectional discourse on women and leadership.

Leading Together is a collaboration between undergraduate students at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and undergraduate students at four institutions across India comprising Testo College in Nagaland, Stella Maris College in Chennai (affiliated with the University of Madras), Savitribai Phule Pune University in Pune and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. This is a place for students in India and Australia to connect with each other and discuss the role of young women and leadership across health, technology, education and sustainability.

Four areas of discussion

Modelled off themes within the Sustainable Development Goals, students focus on the impact of women in the areas of health, sustainability, technological innovation and education.

Get Involved

Please download the participation form here, and send through your:

1. filled out form

2. self-composed work

and email this to our Project Co-ordinator Kirsty | kirsty.mckellar@unimelb.edu.au

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Conveners

A/Prof Kate MacNeill

A/Prof Kate MacNeill

Kate MacNeill is the Associate Dean Education and Students in the Faculty of Arts. Her PhD is in Art History and she has been teaching in the Arts and Cultural Management program. A frequent visitor to India in recent years, she co-convened the Women and Leadership Symposium at Stella Maris College Chennai in 2019. Kate is super excited about this project, and looking forward to the opportunity to engage more with the amazing students she has met on these visits.

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Dr. Dolly Kikon

Dr. Dolly Kikon

Dr. Dolly Kikon is the Deputy Associate Dean (India Strategy) in the Faculty of Arts, and the Senior Research Advisor (SRA-Governance) at the Australia India Institute (Melbourne). She holds a PhD in Anthropology and teaches Anthropology and Development Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences. Along with Associate Dean Associate Professor Kate MacNeill Dr. Kikon participated at the Women and Leadership Symposium at Stella Maris College in 2019. The vibrant conversations and reflections inspired us to envision the 2021 Leading Together event. It has been a joy to plan and coordinate this event, and I am looking forward to engaging and be inspired by the participants.

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Kirsty McKellar

Kirsty McKellar

Kirsty McKellar is the Project Co-ordinator of the Leading Together Dialogues for 2021. Her Master’s at the University of Melbourne was in Development Studies. As part of her studies she wrote a dissertation on floods in Bihar, India, looking specifically at how they are envisaged, prepared for and responded to by communities, policy makers and policy implementers. In 2019, she worked with a humanitarian organisation RedR India as an intern on their post-flood disaster restoration and recovery project in Maharashtra. She is also currently working on an art auction fundraiser to support two civil society groups fighting gender-based violence in Dimapur, Nagaland. Kirsty would like to continue working with amazing partners in India, and is incredibly excited to be working on this collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the four partner institutions in India.

Yasmeen Hassan

Yasmeen Hassan

Yasmeen Hassan is the Project Coordinator for the Arts Teaching Innovation at the University of Melbourne. She supports pedagogical projects delivered by academics under the Education and Students portfolio in the Faculty of Arts. Yasmeen holds a Master of Public Health specialising in evaluation, which involved a research project evaluating the impact of state-collected community health and wellbeing data on public health priorities and polices at a local government level. Yasmeen is delighted to be working on this project and is looking forward to the rich dialogue and important co-creation of knowledge between colleagues in India and Australia.

Wajeehah Aayeshah

Wajeehah Aayeshah

Wajeehah Aayeshah is a Lecturer in Curriculum Design (ATI). She explores pedagogical knowledge and practices, co-creates innovative learning and teaching spaces, and activates student voice and agency. Wajeehah is passionate about identifying and grooming diverse forms of leadership capabilities through creative narratives. She likes drinking tea and collecting lived stories.

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