Sonia Arakkal is a Policy Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre. In addition to planning and coordinating a range of program and research initiatives, Sonia directs the Centre's India programs and convenes policy workshops focussed on Australia-India relations.
Sonia was previously a political staffer for state and federal parliamentarians. In these roles she provided strategic advice to politicians on state and national level policy priorities, maintained and managed relationships with multinational business, peak body and academic stakeholders and formed a sophisticated understanding of parliamentary processes in Canberra.
Prior to this Sonia was a Management Consultant in Nous Group’s public policy practice in both Melbourne and Perth. There she led complex research, analysis and policy development projects for government clients across Australia. She also has experience in lobbying having worked at Hawker Britton as an analyst, providing strategic government relations briefs for corporate clients on financial policy, regulatory reform and cross-jurisdictional analysis of economic policy.
Sonia’s opinion pieces have been published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and online. She offers commentary in the media, most recently on ABC Radio National and ABC’s The Drum. Sonia has a degree in law and international relations with honours from the Australian National University.