Elizabeth O'Brien is ISSAT’s Performance Management and Reporting Officer. She is responsible for developing and implementing the performance management plan to ensure that ISSAT is continually improving how it works. Additionally, she coordinates internal and external reporting, including the provision of updates to Governing Board members.
Before commencing with ISSAT, Elizabeth conducted research on Gender and Security as a Government Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Before moving to Geneva, she was a Policy Officer with the Australian Department of Defence, where she worked in the Directorate of Operations and International Law and the Middle East Operations and South Asia teams within the International Policy Division. In these roles, she developed strategic policy, facilitated intra- and inter-governmental relationships, and managed large security sector reform projects. She also worked for the Carter Center on the South Sudanese Independence Referendum.
Elizabeth holds a Master of Public Policy (International Policy) and a Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University. She also holds a Master of History and a Bachelor of History from Trinity College Dublin, and has qualified as a Barrister in Ireland through the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin.