The IDC Advisory Committee Member for South Asia is Julia Mayerhofer who works for the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) – an open and growing network consisting of 160 civil society organisations and individuals from 22 countries committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific Region. More.
Julia Mayerhofer joined the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) in 2011 and is currently the Interim Executive Director.
Julia’s passion and interest to work with refugees goes back ten years when she was volunteering on the Thai-Myanmar border. This very personal experience inspired her to establish her own organization supporting scholarship programmes for refugee children on the border. Julia also worked with a refugee community centre in Hong Kong where she supported fundraising, project development and also community outreach. After Hong Kong she moved to Bangkok to join the APRRN Secretariat as the second paid full-time staff member. Since then she has been instrumental in advancing the work of the young Network and initiated several projects and activities. Julia is particularly keen on working with national NGOs, supporting them in their on-going initiatives but also exploring how their capacity could be strengthened to respond to the many protection challenges.
Julia is an Austrian national and has a BA in educational sciences and a MA degree in Development Studies. In addition she has participated in various trainings related to human rights and refugees. Julia also has a strong interest in social enterprises and won the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge in 2011.