Natasha Kosev is an International Policy Officer within the Australian Department of Defence, where she also chairs the Strategy, Policy and Industry Group Women’s Network. She has a keen interest in the intersection between international security and the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and is an Australian Defence Force-accredited Gender Focal Point.
Prior to joining International Policy Division, she worked in the Department of Defence’s Gender, Peace and Security Directorate throughout the development of Australia’s second National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security, and engaged with a range of international partners throughout the Indo-Pacific in pursuit of its aims.
She holds a Bachelor of International Relations and a Master of Diplomacy (Advanced) from the Australian National University, where her research on an iterative approach to peacebuilding in Afghanistan earned her First Class Honours. She has previously written for the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ Australian Outlook publication on the role of women’s voices as a force multiplier for peace, and volunteered for UN Women Australia.