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Kristine Tay: The Rotary Foundation’s theme of Peace and Conflict Resolution

Kris Tay is Second Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Myanmar, steering Australia's gender equality aid program and foreign policy priorities. After the military coup and COVID-19 pandemic, Kris ensured assistance to women for sexual and reproductive healthcare, psychosocial support and refuge from gender-based violence. She developed DFAT's flagship gender equality investment in Myanmar, supporting women at the grassroots to deliver essential services and elevating marginalised voices.

Kris's career has focused on the rights of racial and ethnic minorities, women, and LGBTI people. At OutRight Action International, New York, she represented Global South LGBTIQ leaders at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. At the Australian High Commission, South Africa, Kris founded a partnership working on hate crimes against queer women in black and coloured townships, and analysed institutional racism and intersex human rights.

Kris has held roles in Cambodia (LICADHO), UK (Fair Trials International), Mozambique (LambdaMoz), Canada (UBC Indigenous Community Legal Clinic), and Australia (DFAT, Minus18, Castan Centre for Human Rights.

Kris is a proud Chinese-Malaysian Australian. She won the Leadership in Government Graduate of the Year Award and the Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Kris holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours), Bachelor of Science and Diploma of International Affairs with Monash University, and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from ANU.