Rida Ahmed

8 years’ experience in programme management and event delivery, for federal government organisations, as well as multi-sporting international tournaments.


Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Business Management, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Work Experience

Total Years of Professional Experience:  3 

Senior Program Officer, Australian Federal Government, Canberra, Australia

  • Stakeholder engagement and liaison officer for international dignitaries and VVIPs including Heads of States and members of the Diplomatic Corps
  • Organising committee of high-profile international projects with responsibilities including event delivery, procurement, media & marketing, and speech writing
  • Secretariat experience working with Federal Government Ministers and Representatives

Conference Convenor, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

  • Lead on delivering a successful 7-day conference bid on behalf of the host city
  • Managing the planning and coordination of the event featuring 800 participants from across the Asia-Pacific region with a budget of $500k AUD
  • Supervising and leading a team of 95 staff and volunteers with 11 direct reports including Delegate Affairs, Event Logistics, Venue Operations, Finance & Sponsorship, Guest Security & Protocol, Marketing & Promotions

International Team Liaison, Hockey Australia

  • Responsible for administrative and logistical needs of international teams before and during tournaments including transport, accommodation & meals, training fixtures, and security
  • Working closely with athletes, team officials, technical officials and representatives of respective NOCs and Organising Committees to ensure the best Games experience
  • Tournaments include FIH Champions Trophy (2012) and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games (2018)

Outstanding Achievements

Recipient of the AISTS Future Female Leader in Sport, Scholarship
Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award (Youth)
Pakistan Ambassador’s Community Achievement Award

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