Lauren is a Country Director of Vriens & Partners’ Jakarta office, leading and managing advisory services for Clients. This includes developing and supporting government affairs strategies, particularly in the areas of energy and health.
Before joining Vriens & Partners, Lauren worked as a journalist for more than a decade for a variety of online, print and radio news organizations.
She moved to Indonesia in 2016 as the Southeast Asia correspondent for Australian Associated Press (AAP), managing the newswire’s Jakarta office and reporting across the region on politics, security, the economy and crime. Her experience in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia, has seen her build strong networks across government, the media and civil society. Through her reporting on conflicts, international summits, trade talks, social upheaval, domestic politics and court cases, Lauren has developed an extensive understanding of the political and legal frameworks in the region.
During her career, Lauren has focussed on international news, politics and the justice system.
In her hometown Sydney, Australia she was the national newswire’s Chief Court Reporter, coordinating coverage across NSW’s civil and criminal court. She was also NSW parliament’s state political correspondent.
From 2009 to 2010, Lauren lived in Mumbai and travelled throughout India as a freelance reporter, producing radio packages focusing on the country’s development challenges.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, specialising in Journalism, from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).