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National Director - Naomi Steer

naomi-steer-bio-pic-1Naomi is the founding National Director of Australia for UNHCR, which raises funds for the international humanitarian programs of the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In this capacity Naomi has travelled to many refugee situations and conflict zones including Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Chad, Somalia and the DRC to report back on UNHCR’s operations and to tell the stories of the many refugees and displaced people she meets.

In addition to her role with UNHCR, Naomi is a Trustee and Board member of First State Super in Australia. She is an Advisory Member to the Faculty of Arts and Science at UNSW.

naomi-steer-bio-pic-2Naomi is a former diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with postings to the United Nations in New York and India. She has held a number of senior positions in the trade union movement including with the Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance and the NSW Labor Council. She has a BA (Hons - Political Science) and an LLB from the UNSW and is a graduate of the Harvard University Executive program.

She presents regularly and is widely published on global humanitarian issues, and in particular the impact of conflict and displacement on women and girls.

Naomi can be followed on Twitter at @NaomiCSteer

To keep up to date with Naomi and the work of Australia for UNHCR please visit our blog at http://unrefugees.blogspot.com/