Gemma Dabkowski is a fourth-year student at the Australian National University studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of International Security Studies. Gemma is originally from Melbourne and recently completed the Certificate in Transnational Law at the University of Geneva, highlighting her passion for public international law. Gemma is fluent in the French language and has strong leadership experience as the former Vice President of the CAP Students’ Society.


Deputy Director

Originally from Wollongong, Isaac moved to Canberra to undertake a Bachelor of International Relations and after graduating in 2019 is now currently studying a Master of National Security Policy at the National Security College. Isaac worked alongside Gemma within the Education portfolio for ACSS 2020, serving as the inaugural Research Officer before his appointment to Deputy Director for 2021. Currently, Isaac is looking forward to beginning his subthesis in the new year and commencing his research internship with the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation in the Summer.


Head of Crisis Operations

Max is originally from the Peninsula in Melbourne and studies a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of International Security Studies degree. Being fluent in French and learning Indonesian, his studies have given him a passion for the Asia-Pacific, and how Australian can play an important developmental and security role in the region. This especially developed during his studies in Mongolia in 2019. He currently works as a Parliamentary Assistant in the Department of the House of Representatives and has recently started interning for a foreign ambassador in Canberra.



Phoebe is a final-year student at ANU, studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Bachelor of International Relations. In her role of Head of Education and Research, Phoebe will be creating the educational outcomes for delegates, curating podcasts and the ACSS journal to prepare the 2021 delegates.


Head of Delegate Experience

Originally from Sydney, Genevieve moved to Canberra to study a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of International Security Studies at the ANU. She is currently working for the Department of the Senate and is completing a summer internship with the Youth Law Centre ACT. This year, she has worked as a Senior Resident on-campus, so she understands the importance of well-being and is looking forward to implementing these skills into the Delegate Experience portfolio. Combining her passion for national security and expertise in events management and wellbeing, Genevieve is looking forward to maximising the delegate experience in 2021.


Head of Marketing and Communications

Kearly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminology, from the University of Melbourne in 2019. She is now currently studying a Master of National Security Policy at the National Security College. She has a strong interest in crisis management, counterterrorism, and strategic and security studies. She has also assisted senior academics in a number of research projects and publications related to risk management, social cohesion and national security. In her role as the Head of Marketing and Communications, Kearly will be managing all outreach from the ACSS team to prospective delegates and stakeholders for 2021.



Connor currently studies a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration. With a strong passion for cybersecurity and technology, he brings a unique perspective and skillset to the team. Connor has significant experience with technical and engineering-based project management, and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Adept Canberra while also managing robotics and software development projects.


We are also very pleased to welcome to our wider team for 2021:

Tobias Tasker, Jiafa (Ben) Liu, Sebastian Gui, Shelby Bassett, Olivia Turner, Elias Raptis, Gen Thompson, Gabriel Watchman, Catriona Corby, Alice Read, Ingrid Mao, Edwina Morton, Jacob Paget, William Eustace, Isabel Bremner, George Cross, Olivia Ireland, Alexi Heazel, Jack McKay, Robert Knowles, Jessica Hodgson, Ally Barron, Elena Hunt, Jack Williams, Lachlan Obaydin, Cameron Jackson, Liam Fisher, Matthew Williams, Liam Taylor, and Angus Brooks.