Regional Alumni Workshop 2024

Bridging the gender gap and supporting local women leaders 

22-24 April 2024, Thimphu, Bhutan

The 2024 Regional Alumni Workshop (RAW) will bring together alumni from South Asia & Mongolia for a program of professional development and networking.

In line with Australia Awards Global Strategic Framework 2021–24, the theme ‘Bridging the gender gap and supporting local women leaders’ will allow alumni to share their experience of responding to gender equality, showcase their successes, highlight their challenges and strengthen their professional networks across the region.

Alumni will be joined by representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australia Awards program.

We look forward to welcoming you to Thimphu.

Workshop Program

You can download the Regional Alumni Workshop Program here.

Workshop Venue 

The Regional Alumni Workshop sessions on 22-24 April will be held at the Pemako Thimphu. Most participating alumni will be staying at the Hotel Druk, with those unable to be accommodated at the Druk will stay at the Pemako.

On the evening of 22 April there is a networking reception at a different location. On 24 April participants will take part in site visits and cultural activities around Thimphu.

Workshop photos

Access all photos of the Regional Alumni Workshop 2024 here.

You can view all of the presentations on this page.

Map of Indigenous Australia | AIATSIS – this is the map of Indigenous Australia referred to by Alice Tamang on day two of the RAW.


Workplace Equality & Respect Standards

This document is from Our Watch and features the workplace equality and respect standards discussed on day one of the RAW.

Travel Information for RAW Participants

This document contains details of emergency services, health information, accommodation and transport details and interesting sites in Thimphu.

Information sheet on sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment

This information sheet provides information on what to do if you feel unsafe or experience sexual harassment or abuse.


Workshop documents

Male privilege-what it looks like

Archetype strategies

Male allies-pledges


You can view the details of other participants on our virtual photo board. If you have not included your details, please do so soon.


How do I access my visa to enter Bhutan?

For participants from Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka: The Australia Awards team in your country will have details of your visa if they have not already been provided

For participants from Bangladesh, India and Maldives: You will apply for a visa on arrival. The Australia Awards team in your country can advise on the documentation you will require.

How do I get from the airport to the Hotel?

The Australia Awards Team will arrange transfers between the airport and the hotel for all participants. A transport operator will be inside the arrivals hall of the airport with the names of the travellers.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for Monday 22 April is national dress or business dress. There is a networking function in the evening, so we suggest you wear warm outerwear and footwear.

The dress code for Tuesday 23 April is business dress.

The dress code for Wednesday 24 April is neat casual, with clothing that covers your arms and legs because we will be visiting a museum, along with sensible shoes for walking.  There will be some outdoor elements, so please consider bringing an umbrella or raincoat if rain is forecast.

How will I know if my presentation has been accepted for the Workshop?

We thank all participants who submitted presentations. Unfortunately, not all can be featured in the Workshop. The participants’ whose presentations will be featured will be approached by the Workshop organisers.

All the presentations are available online at this link –  RAW 2024 presentations

The purpose of networking is to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with industry professionals. Networking is a two-way process: you need to think about how you can help others before you can expect help in return.

Below you will find a list of tips to use during a networking function.

‘How to work a room’

Diana Carroll, Managing Director at DIANA P.R. offers the following 10 top tips for managing the mingling:

1. Be prepared – Know the who, what, when, where and why of the function. Why are you going? Who do you want to talk to? What do you want to achieve? Remember to take your business cards and a pen.

2. Practice – Create an engaging self-introduction and practice it at every occasion. Be open, be interesting and be sincere.

3. Arrive early – Have a chat with the organisers; rescue a wall flower (is anyone standing alone?)

4. The three Es – Energy, effort and enthusiasm. Look like you want to be there; look like you’re having fun. Be positive, be friendly, and make everyone feel special.

5. Say something – Have the courage to converse. Plan conversation starters and know how to find areas of interest. Remember, everyone loves to talk about themselves.

6. Be positive – Negativity is never attractive. So, never criticise the speaker, the venue, or the food – you could be talking to the caterer.

7. Be polite – Good manners open doors. Always RSVP (respond to the event invitation); remember to thank the host; always follow-up.

8. Act as a conduit – Invite the person with you to meet others.

9. Avoid the sleaze factor – Dress appropriately; behave properly; leave on time.

10. Thank you and goodnight – Know when to leave a person, a group, a function. Use something like: ‘It’s been lovely talking with you; enjoy the rest of the evening’.

Remember that the most important aspect of networking is to follow up the contacts you have received. Place a phone call, send an email, or book a lunch and the person you just met will get a more lasting impression; this shows professionalism as well as respect for the time the other person took to meet you.

Environmentally-friendly principles

Workshops and conferences are contributors to the global carbon footprint, with travel as a major source of events-related carbon emissions. Other ways by which events add to the carbon footprint are single-use plastics, excessive use of paper / printed materials, and food.

We will make a conscious effort to reduce and offset the carbon footprint created by the Regional Alumni Workshop, including:

  • Arranging direct flights where possible
  • Arranging for meals on one day to be vegetarian to reduce their carbon footprint
  • Arranging group transport to and from the airport and encouraging participants to use ridesharing where possible
  • Minimising the use of non-biodegradable and non-recyclable products
  • Reducing the use of printed materials

We encourage you to take proactive steps to ensure the Regional Alumni Workshop is a green event and to think about implementing similar practices when organising activities in your workplaces, communities or in your personal life.