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 focused 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 bodies and academic stakeholders. Prior to this Sonia was a Management Consultant in Nous Group’s public policy practice in Melbourne and worked in lobbying at Hawker Britton in Canberra.