Organising Committee


 Anne Louise Thorbecke

Project Manager, Meld Community 

Anne Louise is a final year master of clinical psychology student, contemporary dancer, and a semi-full time baker since lockdown. She has worked with international students in Victoria for six years, and joined Meld as a project coordinator in 2017 to work on the Melbourne International Student Conference. Anne Louise is passionate about multiculturalism, gender equality, mental health, and LGBTIQA+ rights. Having lived in The Netherlands, Norway, eSwatini, and now Australia, Anne Louise loves to meet new people from all walks of life, and is a strong believer in the vital role international students and graduates play in making Melbourne the vibrant and culturally rich city it is.


Samantha Chew

Project coordinator, Meld Community, Managing editor, Meld Magazine 

Samantha is a Journalism and Media Communications graduate who has a strong involvement in the international education and NFP sector. When she’s not stressing out about assignments  or binging true crime Netflix documentaries, she wears the hat of Managing Editor for Meld Magazine and Director of Communications for Oaktree. She has also previously taught Campus Newsroom workshops with institutions such as Trinity College and StudyGoldCoast. Aside from a focus on international students, she is also passionate about mental health, equality, intersectional environmentalism, and feminism.



Ulan Manaloto

Project officer, Meld Community, Digital media producer, Meld Magazine

Ulan is a strong believer in the capacity of storytelling to enact change. She is passionate about cultural representation and environmental sustainability, and is dedicated to supporting these actions by elevating voices and stories. In her final year of studying a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University, she produced a Korean-Language Australian short film that went on to screen at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2018.

As an international student from the Philippines, Ulan’s time in Melbourne has become a driving force in her commitment to providing support for the international student community. She now manages the visual production team at Meld Magazine, and works as a contractor in digital media management to help promote the growth of socially responsible businesses in any way she can.






 Gary Lee

International Education Project Coordinator, City of Melbourne  

Gary Lee is a passionate advocate for international education. Dynamic, creative and forward thinking, he specialises in the areas of high level strategic planning; policy development and advice; design and delivery of complex projects (including festivals and arts programming) and student wellbeing initiatives.

Gary is the International Education Project Coordinator at the City of Melbourne. Having earned a reputation as an affable and versatile collaborator, Gary has worked on many award-winning projects and programs including the EDGE International Student Leaders’ Program; which subsequently evolved to become the Melbourne International Student Conference (through a partnership with Meld Community); which he has been involved with since its inception.

In January 2016, Gary was recognised by the Australia Day Council as the ‘New Australian of the Year’ for his contributions in empowering culturally and linguistically diverse communities through dance, sport and volunteering.

In 2018, he was the recipient of the prestigious IEAA ‘Distinguished Contribution to International Education’ award.