Alumni Voices

UNICEF Advocacy Consultant - Harriet Riley BA(CommSt) ‘09

June 24, 2019

Harriet is a climate specialist and award-winning writer who works in Communications and Advocacy for UNICEF at the UN. Prior to this, she was a senior strategist with Purpose, a consultancy advising NGOs like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Doctors of the World, and UN Environment on challenges from international development to renewable energy. She was a consultant on Years of Living Dangerously, James Cameron’s Emmy-winning series about climate change, and has written five screenplays for TV /film projects about social and environmental themes.

She holds a Masters in Investigative Journalism from Columbia University in New York and studied International Security and Intelligence at Cambridge University under former head of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove, where she addressed the response of the intelligence community to climate change. As an undergrad at UWA, she spent a year abroad at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and completed her Honours at ANU.