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Aparna Balakumar

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PASSION FOR DIGITAL • Excel in social media management and creating engaging and relevant digital content for varied audiences. • Provide creative and customised solutions for clients to meet their diverse business needs. • Experienced in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Analytics, Chartbeat, Facebook Business Manager, Search Engine Optimisation, Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy, varied Content Management Systems. SELF-DRIVEN • Spearheaded engagement between students, community leaders and politicians as a Young Lions Club volunteer to fundraise for a school in East Timor I established after I worked as a United Nations Ambassador there. • Represent interests of students from minority ethnocultural backgrounds and work with university to better empower diverse communities as an Ethnocultural Officer for the Student Representative Council. • Have successfully represented Australia as an international ambassador to India, Korea and East Timor, promoting harmonious relations and cross-cultural understanding between nation states. • Selected as a 50th Anniversary of the 1960s Freedom Rides Delegate, traveling to remote Indigenous communities with student leaders to understand where gaps in health and education outcomes remained and then communicate these findings back to the student body. • Graduated from The Leadership Institute after receiving a fully funded place from UCLA. LET'S COMMUNICATE • Confident public speaker; delegate in the Model United Nations Conference, host of in-conversation talks at Sydney Ideas speaker series with world-acclaimed guests, radio announcer on SURG FM. • Have had articles published in the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Online, SBS News. Indian Link and beyond. • Appeared as commentator on Channel 9’s MORNINGS, Channel 7 News, ABC’s Hack and 730 Report.

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Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications)

University of Sydney, Australia

Jan 2014


Study Abroad

University of California, Los Angeles

Aug 2016 - Mar 2017
  • Los Angeles, United States


Study Abroad

St Xavier's College

Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
  • Mumbai, India
  • Indian History



Sally A White Prize for Investigative Journalism

Journalism & Education Research Association of Australia


New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


International Exchange Outbound Scholarship

University of Sydney


Merit Scholarship

University of Sydney


Long Tan Leadership Award

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


First in NSW: Society and Culture

Board of Studies Australia


Marie Bashir Peace Award

National Council of Women of NSW


Sol Encel Prize

Society and Culture Association of Australia