Class IX (2011-2012)

5. Lucindia Garrido

Sponsor Club: Grovedale, District 9780


Lucinda grew up in Geelong, Victoria and has been actively involved with Rotary District 9780 for over 14 years. The Rotary Club of Grovedale and District 9780 have been a constant support to Lucinda’s educational and professional development. Lucinda was firstly a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Canada; she has participated in both RYPEN and RYLA, and Lucinda is now a Rotary World Peace Fellow.

Lucinda studied International Relations, Development Studies and History at the Australian National University in Canberra; she completed her Honours in Development Studies and History at the University of New South Wales in Sydney; Lucinda began her Masters studies at the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina, and she will complete her Masters of International Studies (Peace and Conflict Resolution) at the University of Queensland. Lucinda is also fluent in Spanish and speaks basic Bangla and French. Lucinda has previously worked on a microfinance project in Bangladesh as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development; managed housing reconstruction projects in Southern India for CARE Australia’s Tsunami Response Program; spent a short time in AusAID’s Research Thematic Group; and prior to her Fellowship, Lucinda worked in relationship management strategy at a member-owner bank.

Lucinda's current research focus is on the impact of the War on Terror on Pakistani religious and ethnic relationships. Her focus is on the relationships between the Pakistani government and Baloch and Pashtun ethnic groups, which is also overlaid by religious tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims. After completing her studies, Lucinda intends to work in humanitarian diplomacy and conflict resolution at the international level, with a focus on South Asia and the Middle East. As a trained mediator, Lucinda aims to personally facilitate conflict resolution dialogue and is interested to work with the United Nations and other non-government organizations to achieve peaceful resolutions to conflicts.