Thao started her role as a Principal Strategic Partnerships Officer in December 2022. Within the Global Strategy and Partnerships team, Thao coordinates the flagship joint PhD program between UQ and the Indian Institute of Technology Dehli (IITD). She also supports partnership development with the University’s Enabling Partnerships Scheme (EPS). She has extensive experience in international education and the community development sector. Thao first joined UQ in April 2021 in the Graduate School, followed by working with the Future Students International team.

Thao earned a Doctor of Philosophy at UQ in 2016 and a Master of Community Planning and Development in 2009.