Sarah Agnew – Peace Fellow
 
Sarah Agnew is a human rights lawyer from New Zealand. Sponsored by the Port Nicholson Rotary Club of Wellington, Sarah received the 2013-15 Rotary Peace Fellowship, attending Uppsala University, where she graduated with a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. 
Originally from the UK, Sarah immigrated with her family to New Zealand and settled in to the kiwi life. Here she attended the University of Otago, and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Spanish and Japanese), completing two exchanges to Japan and Spain during that time. Following her studies, Sarah pursued her passion for human rights, working as a Human Rights Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Justice, and a Barrister/Solicitor specialising in criminal and civil matters. 
 Wanting to pursue her passions even further, Sarah learnt about the Rotary Peace Fellowship and received great support from the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson in Wellington, who sponsored her application. Sarah was successful in receiving the 2013-15 Rotary Peace Fellowship, and went on to complete a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at Uppsala University. For her Rotary Applied Field Experience Sarah undertook an internship at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia, in the Office of the Co-Prosecutor in Phnom Penh. This was followed by a further internship at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia. 
 After graduating from Uppsala University in 2015, Sarah returned to New Zealand to work as a Senior Human Rights Advisor at the Ministry of Justice. She was then offered a position with the United Nations, and went on to work as a Human Rights Officer in Guatemala at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 
Sarah is now back in New Zealand, where she works as the Government Relations and Advocacy Manager at Amnesty International New Zealand. She is based in Wellington.