Larrakia Country, Darwin, Northern Territory.
Vienna Senima Richards is an experienced communication, engagement and public relations specialist with more than 20 years of working in the Asia Pacific region.
She brings broad and diverse industry sector experience across government, health, education, community, radio and television news broadcasting, print media, parliamentary legislative processes and film and TV entertainment. This included overseeing translation processes, video production, digital and social content creation and supporting indigenous First Nations language revitalisation programmes and projects.
She has experience in agile project management and running sprints as a scrum master, product owner and developer.
In 2004, Vienna trained in the crisis, risk and emergency communications program run by USA's Centre for Disease Control (CDC). In turn, she helped train Aotearoa New Zealand's medical officers of health in public health emergency communications in that initial year at the request of the Ministry of Health.
Since then, she has conducted countless crisis risk emergency communications, media training, project management and governance skills workshops with not for profits including health promotion agencies, boards of trustees, community networks, drug and alcohol and mental health services, public health units, clinicians, schools, businesses, and government employees.
Vienna has fulfilled emergency communications response roles in natural disasters (earthquakes) and communicable disease outbreaks including for measles, pertussis (whooping cough), HINI Swine Flu, EBOLA and COVID-19. She has also studied the impacts of the SARS epidemic in the Asia region. She is a former radio and TV news journalist with experience as a print columnist and chapter writer.
Stakeholder and partner engagement, including advocacy, community and government relations, threads the projects and programmes that Vienna has worked in over the past 20 years.
A graduate of Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand, Vienna holds a bachelor's degree in communications studies (2001). Majoring in broadcast radio and television journalism, she also studied digital technology, multimedia, video production, political studies, intercultural relations and writing papers.
Trained in auditing business processes in 2004, she has also completed papers in Agile Project Management and Global Supply Chain and Operations through the USA BYU-Idaho online degree programme.
Working full time in the health sector on COVID-19, Vienna is also studying part-time towards a second bachelor's degree, this time in professional studies.