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Melissa has a background in visual arts having completed studies in photography and painting at the Canberra School of Art, ANU. She also completed a Master of Sustainable Heritage, Development & Management, ANU, focussing on arts, heritage and human rights locating culture at the centre of community development activities. She has worked in the arts and cultural sectors managing exhibitions and collections projects across a range of institutions in Australia, New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong including the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Whitney Museum of American Art, Canberra Contemporary Art Space and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Melissa also spent three years in the Kingdom of Tonga as a cultural heritage management advisor, capacity building and managing projects to preserve and promote Tongan culture.
Project Officer, ARC Laureate Research Program, Experience & Empathy Lab