Leonie Barnes DSJ

Programme Manager of the Ordnance Disposal Office, for the United Nations Mine Action Service, United Nations and African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

Session #8 – Fireside Chat: High-Performing Women in Defence and National Security in Tackling Wicked Problems

Daughter of a crocodile shooter, child of the Northern Territory, martial artist and musician and one of the first ever female graduates of Australia’s Royal Military College, Duntroon. Dame Leonie Barnes is a leading specilaist in the field of Humanitarian Mine Action across many continents.

Now back in Australia after 20 years with the United Nations including service with Peacekeeping Missions in Sudan, Kosovo, Eritrea and Ethiopia, and Sri Lanka; Leonie presents her life stories; her systems, her values and her philosophy – “focused on International Training, Development, Evaluation and Monitoring (in-TanDEM).

“Inside the disaster zone” –From a Red Cross refugee in Cyclone Tracy, to her experience of New York on September 11, to knee deep in latrines after the tsunami, Leonie shares her observations of resilience inside disaster…

“On managing men in a man’s world” … “and then the boss said, “radio in once a week, and try not to get yourself killed, the paperwork is a nightmare…