Denise Cauchi is the Executive Director and founder of Diaspora Action Australia. Since its inception in 2008, Diaspora Action Australia has been pioneering the field of diaspora engagement within the development and humanitarian sector in Australia, by supporting diaspora-led initiatives and promoting the inclusion of diasporas in policy discussions relating to their countries or origin.
Denise is a human rights and development advocate and practitioner, with a particular focus on armed conflict. She has worked in the protection of human rights defenders in Colombia with Peace Brigades International, and as a human rights researcher with a Colombian women’s NGO. She has also held positions with Oxfam Australia and the Human Rights Alliance of Australia.
Denise is currently a member of the Advisory Group on Africa Australia Relations, which provides advice to the Australian Government. She sits on the board of the Australian Council for International Development and the International Council of Peace Brigades International.
Denise has a Master of Development Studies (University of Melbourne).