Vanessa is a Director in the Pacific Division at the Department of Defence. She has spent a decade specialising in strategy, policy and engagement in the Indo-Pacific. She has served as a trusted advisor to a number of senior military and Defence leaders, including Chief of Army and Deputy Secretary Strategy, Policy, and Industry. Vanessa is passionate about staff development, and supporting CALD colleagues in the national security sector. Vanessa has a Master of Military and Defence Studies and is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College. She is a Cantonese heritage speaker.