Erin Watson-Lynn


Asialink Diplomacy

Erin is the Director of Asialink Diplomacy at the University of Melbourne, a centre for diplomacy innovation, Track II dialogues, and research on Australia’s engagement with Asia. She is Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education and is Co-founder of DICE (Digital, Innovative, Creative and Entrepreneurial) Kids.

Prior to joining Asialink, Erin was an academic at Monash University where was a lecturer and researcher in entrepreneurship and South Asia studies. During her time at Monash, Erin was an Australian delegate to the G20 Youth Summit and Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance. Erin has also worked at United Nations ESCAP in New Delhi and at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Erin is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships. Erin was a finalist in the not-for-profit category of the Women’s Agenda Emerging Leaders Awards, won the Australian Government’s Policy Hack, a Global Voices Scholar, and a visiting library scholar at NYU Abu Dhabi. Erin has published in China, India, and Australia.

Erin’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Science, a Diploma in Management, a Diploma in Business Management (HR), and is currently completing her PhD at Monash University. Erin speaks colloquial Hindi and uses her spare time to train for her next Ironman.