People

Board

Kristen Wallwork

Co-Chair

Kristen is a highly experienced social justice leader and a lawyer who has dedicated more than 20 years to serving local communities. She is currently the Executive Director of the South-East Monash Legal Service, where she leads an impact-driven team providing legal support, social support, community development and advocacy for marginalised communities.

Vacant

Co-Chair

 Tinai Colawai

Ms Colawai is an experienced Human Resources professional and a social impact entrepreneur. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a specialist and strategic business partner in HR with ANZ Banking Group. She has worked in Australia, Asia and the Pacific in Fiji, PNG and American Samoa in a range of HR roles encompassing governance, industrial relations, change, strategic planning and leading teams. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management & Finance) from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji and is an Associate Member of the Career Development Association of Australia.

Carolyn Ireland

Carolyn has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of senior Finance and Treasury roles. Carolyn is currently Group Treasurer at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. She has previously worked across a number of sectors including accounting, banking and finance, venture capital, funds management, health insurance, and private hospitals at organisations including KPMG, Macquarie Bank, Australian Unity  Ltd, and Epworth Healthcare. Carolyn is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 Ivy Josiah

Ms Josiah is a gender consultant, trainer and facilitator, writer and producer who lives in Malaysia. She has deep and extensive experience in promoting and advocating for women’s human, civil and political rights in the Asia Pacific region and in global forums. Her work has been recognised through many awards including Woman of Courage, U.S. State Department (2007) and Her World Malaysia, Woman of the Year (2008).

Posed photo of a smiling womanShehani Noakes

Ms Noakes is an experienced international strategic leader with a career that has spanned Asia, Europe and Australia. She has a strong commercial and strategy background having worked across the Financial Services, Retail and Technology sectors for some of the largest multinationals globally.  She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD.

Susan Wnukowska-Mtonga

Susan is a human rights lawyer with a deep commitment to gender justice. She currently works for the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s TrialWatch initiative, which is focused on monitoring criminal trials of minority groups and advocating for victims of injustice. Previously, she was the Global Public Service Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

She commenced her legal career in commercial law working in both private practice as well as in-house for an international company. Susan holds an LLM from Columbia Law School, where she graduated as a James Kent Scholar. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.

Sharon Parker

Sharon Parker is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience and is currently a Lead Partner at Fordham Business Advisers, a Chartered Accounting Firm which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Perpetual Limited. Sharon provides advisory services to Private Business Owners and Aboriginal Communities located across Australia.   These services include, succession planning, working with clients to improve financial literacy, structuring advice, tax advice, managing growth, assistance with complex family matters and reporting on family and community distribution programs.

Kar Mei Tang

Chantelle Stratford

Staff

Nayomi Kannangara

Chief Executive Officer

Nayomi joined IWDA as CEO in February 2024.

Nayomi brings a wealth of experience and expertise to IWDA, having built a distinguished career in international development. Her previous role was Head of Global Programs at Save the Children Australia, based in Melbourne, where she demonstrated a strong commitment to feminist principles and a proven track record in driving impactful change.

Nayomi has over two decades of impactful leadership experience in the non-profit sector, marked by a consistent focus on results, strategic growth, fostering innovation, and diversifying donor partnerships. Prior to her role at Save the Children Australia, she honed her expertise across diverse organisations including Save the Children International, Plan Australia, Oxfam, and ChildFund US, holding key technical and leadership positions in each. This strategic acumen was complemented by her unwavering dedication to driving organisational cultural shifts towards greater gender and diversity inclusivity.

Nayomi arrived in Australia from Sri Lanka on a prestigious AusAid scholarship for academic excellence as a young adult. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from Monash University of Australia and a Master’s degree in International Development from Deakin University of Australia.

  • Director, Systemic Change & Partnerships: Dr Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence
  • Director, People, Finance and Operations: Gemma Hardie
  • Director, Knowledge Translation & Equality Insights: Joanna Pradela
  • Director, Resource Growth and Communications: vacant
  • Company Secretary: Sarah Barker