Contributors

DR. OSCAR ALMEN is a senior researcher at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI). He previously worked as an associate professor of political science at Uppsala University, Sweden. He finished his doctorate in 2005 on China’s local people’s congresses. His research interests include Chinese politics, political participation and security politics. He has been published in peer review journals such as Journal of Contemporary China and Democratization, and he co-authored the 2019 book Greening China’s Urban Governance.  Featured on Page 24


KIRSTEN SAYERS is CEO of RedR Australia. She has experience in international commercially oriented government, corporate and advisory roles. Sayers has held senior diplomatic and commercial appointments in Paris, Bangkok and Taipei, as well as senior public and private sector roles in Australia. She has served as Australia’s chief negotiator and delegation leader to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women Leaders’ Network meetings and the APEC Gender Focal Point Network, and she participated in Australia’s delegation to an APEC CEO Summit.  Featured on Page 42


WING COMMANDER JENNIFER ATKINSON joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a psychologist and has deployed in support of missions in the Pacific and the Middle East. With over 20 years of service, she is now the gender advisor for the New Zealand Defence Force tasked with implementing the New Zealand National Action Plan.


SQUADRON LEADER LIBBY REARDON has served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force since 2015 and previously was a New Zealand Army officer. She deployed with the New Zealand Defence Force to the Middle East and Timor-Leste and to nonoperational deployments in Thailand and Vietnam. Most recently, she spent two years in Suva, Fiji, establishing a Pacific Defence Gender Network, connecting members across Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu. Her doctorate work examines the utility of United Nations Security Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in the Pacific.


KATE MCMORROW is assistant director of the Gender, Peace and Security Directorate at the Australian Department of Defence. She leads the international engagement and strategic policy portfolio, contributing to progress cooperation on U.N. Security Resolution 1325. Her previous roles include international policy officer at the Department of Defence for relationships with India, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. She earned first-class honors in international relations, specializing in Indonesian studies, and has studied in Indonesia and South Korea.


SHARON GOUVEIA FEIST is the first gender advisor at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), serving as principal advisor on women, peace and security within the Indo-Pacific. Under her leadership, the Office of Women, Peace and Security designs programming, directs implementation, and mainstreams a gender perspective throughout policy, planning and operations to improve security outcomes. She previously led USINDOPACOM’s Combating Trafficking in Persons program for over a decade and has worked with nongovernmental organizations to aid human trafficking survivors, particularly women and girls, in Hawaii and Southeast Asia.  Featured on Page 52