Jessica Lees (Jess) has been working in humanitarian response operations in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region over the past 10 years. Most recently, Jess has been coordinating Australia’s contribution to Red Cross aid operations in East African countries facing drought and famine. Jess has also deployed to Darfur, Sudan and coordinated aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 and Cyclone Winston which ravaged Fiji in 2016. Since starting in the humanitarian sector Jess has worked for a range of humanitarian and development focussed non-governmental organisations, as well as the United Nations World Food Programme and most recently with Australian Red Cross. Jess holds a Bachelors degree in International Studies from RMIT University in Melbourne and a Master of International Crisis Management from Monash University.