Australia awards alumni and former oil industry official’s burning passion for education

Australia Awards alumni Cristina Yuri Rebelo dos Santos Costa joined the oil and gas industry after she graduated but always had a burning passion for education. She set up a school for 4-6 year olds in Dili, Timor-Leste and also has a successful career as a Senior Adviser for Trade Invest Timor-Leste in the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Small Grant Awardee’s quest to increase food production

Timor-Leste is a fertile country yet many people don’t have enough nutritious food to eat. Current farming practices aren’t maximising crop production, a high percentage of food is imported and child stunting due to poor nutrition persists. Marcal Gusmao, Australia Awards alumni and UNTL researcher and lecturer, is on a quest to change this.

Lourdes Lay, Physiotherapist at Dili National Hospital

Australia Awards Alumni Lourdes Lay values the opportunity to help people get better from any sickness they have. She likes working as a physiotherapist at Dili’s National Hospital because it’s focused on providing an active program of treatment rather than a passive one.

Ismael Barreto, Executive Director, National Health Laboratory TL

“My skills and experience from the course have served as a foundation to build this new direction for the National Health Laboratory. I feel more confident with daily management, and making decisions about changes,” Ismael says.

Angelina Baptista Branco – ENI Timor-Leste Country Representative

“As part of a management team in one of the top 10 oil and gas companies in the world, I can maintain the same work ethic and professionalism as any other international employee. My time in Australia taught me that hard work and dedication is crucial in every aspect of our lives,” Angelina says.

Umbelina Maria Soares Rodrigues

“Having the right knowledge and skill set is one thing but it is also very important to have the right attitude, looking at the world through other people’s eyes, be realistic but open to new experiences and treat everyone with respect and dignity,” Umbelina says.

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