Nicole M. Forrester
Nicole is the Director, Intergovernmental and Philanthropic Partnerships for CSIRO US and located in Washington, D.C. She joined the team in 2018. As an Australian diplomat, industry adviser, international non-profit CEO, and Indigenous community advocate, Nicole brings to CSIRO over 15 years of diverse leadership experience in Australia, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific.
Nicole spent four years as President and CEO of Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), before which she was program director at Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has been awarded the East-West Center's Asia-Pacific Leadership Fellowship, the Amanda and Natalie Ellis Women Leaders Scholarship Award, the WSD-Handa Research Fellowship and was recognised by the U.S. Congress for her leadership and contributions to cross-cultural relations, education in policy making, and facilitation of inter-generational dialogues.
In 2004, Nicole joined the Australian diplomatic service and was appointed Consul for Political and Economic Affairs in Los Angeles and later, Acting Director of the United Nations and Commonwealth Section in Canberra.
Nicole has a Master of Public Health degree from Queensland University of Technology.
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