Ihlara is a Music and Law student at Otago University. She is passionate about public policy, women’s empowerment, and Aotearoa’s relationship with our Asia-Pacific neighbours.
Ihlara has composed music for orchestras and written film scores. She teaches piano, and started a student-driven initiative, called The Wave, which aims to foster young people’s interest and involvement in classical music.
Ihlara is the marketing manager for the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal, and Student Ambassador for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
In 2018 Ihlara was the Head Delegate of the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Ihlara loves skiing, tramping, running, yoga, kayaking and road cycling