Dr. Perry is the Manager Strategic Policy at Settlement Services International.

Astrid has over thirty years experience working in the multicultural and settlement sector both in government and in NGOs. She has held senior leadership positions for most of this time with a focus on capacity building and enabling mainstream organisations to better respond to their multicultural clients and communities.

Astrid has held numerous positions on advisory councils such as Australian National Council of Refugee Women, National Program Group on Resettlement Department of Human Services and Police Advisory Council on Ethnic Communities, to name a few.

Astrid holds a PhD in Sociology. Sociological thinking is what drives Astrid in that she believes that real change only occurs with changing a system using a holistic approach.