Award-winning journalist and former political media adviser Sarah Whyte has been appointed Head of Strategic Communications at the Australia India Institute (AII), the University of Melbourne’s centre dedicated to promoting support for and understanding of the Australia-India relationship.
Ms Whyte’s appointment will build capacity across the Institute and the University to help shape opportunities for India engagement and assist in building a strong and robust bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Australia India Institute Director Lisa Singh said Ms Whyte’s appointment will be crucial in helping deliver the new strategy for the AII.
“As a national research and policy think tank on Australia India relations, Sarah’s role is pivotal to developing our national and international profile,” Ms Singh said. “Sarah will be an important conduit between researchers and external stakeholders and I am looking forward to her joining the AII team as we enter the next chapter of the Institute’s growth.”
Previously, Sarah worked with the Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC and until recently was media adviser to Federal Independent MP, Zali Steggall OAM.
She is the recipient of two joint Walkley awards for her work on the Bangladesh garment sector and an investigation on the Australian immigration system. A four-time finalist for the NSW Kennedy Awards, in 2015, she was also named as an Australia India Youth Dialogue Fellow.
Sarah will commence in her new role on 1 November.