Class XIV (2016-2017)

5. ALEXANDRA SAJBEN

Sponsor Club: District 7255, New York, USA 

Host Club: Rotaract Club of South Brisbane, South Brisbane, AUS, District 9630 

Alexandra hails from District 7255 in New York City, USA. Before coming to the University of Queensland, Alexandra worked as the Regional Programs Liaison with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court - a network of over 2,500 civil society organizations. In this role, she assisted with advocacy and coordination efforts in offices around the globe, including Thailand, Benin, Morocco, Belgium, the Philippines and Peru. Initiatives undertaken at the Coalition included tasks such as the implementation of the Rome Statute into national legislation in various countries, ensuring victims' rights and civil society participation with the Court. 

In addition, she consulted for an anti-trafficking campaign with a focus on facilitating dialogues about controversial issues in the anti-trafficking community. Recent topics include sensationalist fundraising, preferred legal frameworks for trading sex, and how to ensure that survivors are not marginalized. Previously, Alexandra worked as a UN Advocacy Associate for a small faith-based NGO. She monitored social development, human trafficking, and women's and girls' issues in the 2nd and 3rd Committees of the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations. 

Alexandra graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature and a supplementary major in Peace Studies. Before graduating, Alexandra interned at Asylum Access, a refugee rights organization, as well as a small non-profit organization focused on education efforts for girls in western Kenya. Alexandra is proficient in French and is currently studying Arabic.