Alison De Luise
Alison De Luise
Alison De Luise is an Australian ex-pat who has been living in Rome, Italy for the past 5 years but in August 2017 will move to Philadelphia for the next four years, accompanying her husband on a work posting. Anticipating this move, Alison has just finished up her role for the past four year of Manager of Strategic Partnerships at an international agricultural research for development organisation called Bioversity International (Part of the CGIAR system of international research centres). The role focused on developing and managing strategic partnerships to support the mission of delivering scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. Prior to that Alison worked for the Australian government aid program (AusAID) as Manager of Food Security Policy, and prior to that as Australian Regional Representative in the Papua New Guinean Highlands for AusAID. Before her time with the government Alison spent 3.5 years in Swaziland, managing community development and social enterprise projects for a local NGO.
Alison has an undergraduate double degree in Arts and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Masters degree in International Development from RMIT. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Food Security Policy Development from the Australian National University.
Alison is a passionate traveller, enjoys physical activity, especially that which involves being in nature. She is an avid reader and enjoys learning new languages. Career wise, she is very interested in exploring how to optimize human/nature interactions so that both benefit sustainably. Duke’s DEL-MEM masters will help her to fill in some of the gaps on the environmental side of this interest, having worked more directly within the food sphere for some time.