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.
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.

Career Interests

Cities, Green Infrastructure, Sustainability


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Environmental Leadership
Nicholas School Student Council 2018 Representative
Supporting Philadelphia Office of Sustainability on range of research tasks 
Certificate of Graduate Studies, 2011-2013
Australian National University, Australia
Concentration: Food Security/Rural Development
Master of International Development, 2003-2007
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia 
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts 1995-1999
University of Melbourne, Australia
Awarded exchange placement for final semester at Boston College USA

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Additional Information

Languages: English (MT), Advanced Spanish and Italian, Intermediate Tok Pisin, Basic Portuguese

Dedicated sustainable development professional with 13 years international working experience in Southern and Eastern Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Italy. A strong intellect demonstrated through masters-level study in International Development and Environmental Management, applied in the development and execution of aid policies and programs.

Graduation Date

May 2019

Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government


program management
water resources management



Preferred Location