Lena Duchene is program manager at Asia Society Australia. As program manager, she drives Executive Briefings, the organisation’s curated events presented by diplomats and business leaders from the region, and supports the work of the Asia Society Policy Institute in Australia. Since 2021, Lena also leads the annual Asia Briefing LIVE Forum and this year’s edition of Disruptive Asia, focused on women and girls.
She was previously a Program and Speaker Junior Officer at the OECD, where she contributed to the construction of the OECD Forum. Prior to that, Lena worked in L’Oréal’s international development team.
While she remains French at heart, Lena has spent most of her life abroad, living in Germany, Italy, the United States of America, and South Korea. This multicultural upbringing cultivated her interest in cross-cultural relations from a young age.
She obtained a Master of Economics and Business (Cum Laude) from Sciences Po Paris in 2019. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sciences Po Paris, majoring in Political Science and Asian Studies, and spent a year studying at Korea University in South Korea.