Kim Ong-Giger’s ANU story is one of love, banter and friendship.
Kim joined the ANU in 1991 starting a Master of International Relations. It was the beginning of an ANU journey that would lead to her PhD, and meeting her soul mate.
During her time at ANU, Kim stayed at University House. “The weekly University House dinners was where we (the student residents) had wonderful times partaking in good food and wine, and lively banter.”
Her time at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) and University House helped to form friendships based around a joy of learning and challenging ideas, all with the sense of humour that so many at CAP seem to possess. Amongst this all, Kim would meet her husband-to-be at University House. She would fittingly have her wedding at the Old Canberra House, current home of the Crawford School of Public Policy.
“It was a glorious time of interacting with very sharp minds with a great sense of humour. I made some of the best friendships that have endured to this day,” Kim said.
During her PhD, Kim had extensive support from her supervisors Professor John Ravenhill, Professor Harold Crouch and Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki. She said they “not only supported me to grow intellectually, they were also available to talk through non-academic issues.”
Kim’s Masters and PhD in international relations would form the basis of her career, helping her develop her logical thinking and build a vast network across the world. “As the IR program at the ANU attracted a diverse group of students and practitioners of IR, it was tremendously enriching experience to attend seminars and lectures and hear the different perspectives on geopolitics,” Kim said.
Kim’s ANU experience would hold her in good stead for her future, building a confidence that helped her flourish throughout her career. “I felt my experience at ANU helped me build the self-confidence that served me well at international fora.”
Currently, Kim is a Regional Government Relations Advisor (Asia-Pacific) at Shell. Kim began her career in a government think-tank shortly after her PhD, before moving on to multiple roles in the private sector.
On top of her busy professional life, Kim also gives back to CAP, serving as vice-chair of the CAP Singapore Alumni Ambassador Council. The CAP Singapore Alumni Ambassadors help promote the research, advocacy and philanthropic interests of the College in Singapore as well as promoting engagement and networking between our alumni.
Kim finds participating in the council invigorating, particularly working and connecting with the other council members and said it was the most rewarding engagement she had with ANU since graduation. “The council members are simply awesome and great to work with.”
To the current students of ANU, Kim shares the following tip: “Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, doubts - there’s always someone who can help. “
“It’s a privilege to be admitted to ANU. Make it a point to work and play hard, to challenge assumptions, and most of all to be proud of being an alma mater when you’re done with your formal studies.”