Biography

Vafa Ghazavi

Vafa Ghazavi

DPhil in Public Policy Student (2017)

I am a former Australian diplomat and have served in Kabul and Vienna. In Vienna, I covered the UN’s drugs and transnational crime agenda, the OSCE, as well as relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. I have also worked on trade negotiations with ASEAN, for the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and on the foreign ministry’s Iraq Taskforce. More recently, I was International Cyber Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s department. I have a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences with First Class Honours and the University Medal from the University of Sydney and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, where I studied as a Fulbright Scholar and did research under the supervision of Amartya Sen. At Oxford, I am a John Monash Scholar. My research interests include political theory, philosophy and public policy, digital policy, the ethics and governance of AI, and foreign policy.