Nicola is Director of the Law and Justice Section in the Development Policy Division in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra. With a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Nicola started her career as an academic, teaching history and sociology at universities in Australia and Albania.
Since crossing into international development 14 years ago, she has worked for UN agencies, international NGOs and, since 2011, for AusAID then DFAT. Her particular areas of interest in development include conflict and peacebuilding, gender, governance and social inclusion. Nicola has lived in the UK, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Australia and Indonesia. From 2014 to 2018 she was Counsellor for Poverty and Social Development at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.