Boot camp for the future

Alumna essay

Alexandra Clare, LLB ’12, was honoured as the University’s 2019 Young Alumna of the Year for her contribution to humanitarian advocacy through creating opportunities for youth in conflict-affected countries across the Middle East. She is the co-founder of Re:Coded, which runs coding boot camps and creates professional opportunities in the technology industry.


I would never have imagined that just three years after graduating from the ANU College of Law, I would find myself in Iraq watching one of the worst humanitarian  and displacement crises unfold before my eyes.

I arrived on 10 June 2014 – the day ISIS took over the city of Mosul. In the ensuing weeks, millions of people desperately attempted to flee the city for safety in nearby Erbil, where more than 500,000 displaced Syrians were already living as a result of the ongoing civil war.