Thom Woodroofe is a Climate Policy & Communications Advisor with Independent Diplomat, which works with the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to help it to navigate the international negotiations on climate change.
Previously, Thom has interned with then-US Congressional Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as then-Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and was the youngest member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. The founder of both Left Right Think-Tank and Global Voices, Thom was recognized as the 2009 Young Victorian of the Year. He has also been named one of the ‘Top99Under33’ foreign policy leaders by Diplomatic Courier, awarded a NATO Transatlantic Research Award, and is an alumni of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Thom holds a BA Global (Honours) from Monash University where he graduated with the Sir John Monash Medal, a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne where he was recently recognized as the 2015 Rising Star Young Alumni, and a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford. His two previous theses have focused on campaigns for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council. He has also spent time studying at the University of California and the Graduate Institute of International Affairs in Geneva. Thom is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.