Azure Hermes Australian National University Canberra, Australia
Azure Hermes is from the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people, traditional custodians of the Cairns area. After eight years as a Navy Medical Sailor, Azure has made a career of bridging the gap between policy intention and policy implementation affecting Indigenous Australians. Working with Centrelink’s Remote Service Team based in Darwin and travelling widely throughout the Northern Territory, Azure was responsible for matching Indigenous customer needs with appropriate services, within government guidelines and with cultural sensitivity. As an Investigations Officer for the Commonwealth Ombudsman Office, Azure investigated and resolved complaints in relation to Indigenous programs of the Australian government.
As NCIG’ Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator Azure is playing a central role in communicating to donors and their communities the story of the NCIG Collection and its potential benefit.
Azure has participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on a number of occasions, and the World Indigenous Peoples Forum on the Environment. She was a Mentor for the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership. She was awarded the Humanitarian Medal for service in the Tsunami crisis in Indonesia whilst she was a member of the Australian Defence Force.