Dr Elise Stephenson is an award-winning researcher, social entrepreneur, and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Policy Innovation Hub at Griffith University, Australia. She regularly consults on public diplomacy, national security, entrepreneurship and gender equality across Australia and the Indo-Pacific region. Her research focuses on gender and sexuality in international affairs, as well as entrepreneurship and Asia engagement. Elise is recognised as one of 25 ‘Young Women to Watch’ in international affairs. She is also the curator of the Young Entrepreneurs & Leaders Speaker Series, a public diplomacy program run in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.