Kirsten is an experienced businesswoman, director and lawyer. She has over 20 years’ experience in the private, government and not for profit sectors, including as general counsel for some of Australia’s top companies including Australian Unity, Sigma Pharmaceuticals and Smorgon Steel Group. She has worked extensively overseas in Asia, the Pacific and former Soviet Union, giving her a strong passion and understanding of the needs in these communities to advance women’s human rights and break down the structural barriers to equality.
Kirsten is Chair of the Victorian Reproductive Treatment Authority, a director of rt Health, Swinburne University and Peninsula Health, and is a former director of the Law Institute of Victoria and Women’s Circus. Kirsten holds a Masters of Law from Melbourne University and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Risk Management Institute of Australia.
Sandhya has a diverse executive career spanning more than 25 years across international organisations including Australian Red Cross, Boston Consulting Group, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Ingersoll-Rand. Previous experience with non-profit boards and finance committees includes the National Association of Women in Operations and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Sandhya is currently a board member and treasurer of Link Community Transport.
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.
Linda has worked widely in community and international development since the late 1980s, including senior management positions with World Vision and Oxfam Australia. Linda has a strong interest in effective development practice and how to research and assess such practice. Her specialisations include monitoring and evaluation, community development, gender, inclusive practice, international non-government organisational development and capacity building. She has been the Director of Praxis Consultants specialising in strategic management, program design, research and evaluation for international and domestic organisations since 2001. In 2014 she became a co-director of the Institute for Social Change at La Trobe University.
Bronwyn has a deep practical and theoretical knowledge of the community sector with over fifteen years’ experience in non-profits. She is passionate about development practices that drive systemic change. Bronwyn has particular expertise in fundraising, advocacy and digital engagement, and is currently Deputy CEO at the Foundation for Young Australians and Board member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
Gemma Hardie is a marketing and fundraising professional, with over 15 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in a range of charities including World Vision, Heart Foundation and Guide Dogs Victoria. She is currently Head of Fundraising for Wesley Mission. Gemma has spent time travelling and working overseas with World Vision and Australian Volunteers International which gave her an interest in sustainable, community-led development, and an insight into how an investment in girls and women can transform communities. She has also spent time living and working in remote Indigenous communities in central Australia, which encouraged her dedication to justice and equality. A committed advocate for the not-for-profit sector, she is passionate about community engagement and mobilisation and has a strong background in volunteer management, advocacy and public education activities.
Susan is an Associate Professor at Griffith University Law School, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and an Adjunct Reader at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the ANU. She has more than 15 years’ experience as a lawyer, researcher, campaigner and policy analyst, most of which has been in the human rights, refugee and women’s sectors. She was previously the Manager of Advocacy and Development Practice at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Justice, Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU. Susan has previously worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Parliamentary Library. She was a board member of UN Women National Committee Australia and has previously been president of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. Susan is currently on the board of the Refugee Council of Australia.
Philippa is an experienced and successful non-executive director and advisor to boards and leaders within the corporate, government and non-profit space. She is also an experienced business leader in enterprise wide initiatives across culture, leadership, governance, sales, corporate effectiveness and information systems. She is also currently a director of Western Leisure Services Limited and a mentor to a number of boards through Leadership Victoria. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
Chief Executive Officer
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Master of Women’s Studies (Gender and Development)
Bettina has been the CEO of International Women’ Development Agency since late 2017. Joining IWDA in 2012 as IWDA’s Director of Communications and Fundraising, led the transformation of the organisation’s brand identity, significantly improved the media profile and designed and implemented a five year communications strategy. Under her leadership, IWDA was awarded two Fundraising Institute of Australia awards, and ran the organisation’s most successful fundraising appeal to date. Over 28,000 new supporters joined IWDA under Bettina’s leadership during this time. Most recently, in her role as Director, Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM), Bettina lead a team implementing a world-first, gender-sensitive and multidimensional measure of poverty. Bettina’s role included representing the IDM at global events, driving the communications strategy, forming international networks, and managing it’s implementation in several new countries. Before joining IWDA, Bettina held a number of executive roles with Oxfam Great Britain, working across a team of 5000 staff in 90+ countries and she has also worked with UNHCR in Canberra.
- Executive Coordinator: Taryn Branagh
- Director, Strategic Engagement: Alison Hill
- Director of Finance: Rochna Banerjee
- Senior Manager, People & Culture: Jessie Pritchard
- Director of Programs: Donna McSkimming
- Director of Research, Policy & Advocacy: Caroline Lambert
- Director, Individual Deprivation Measure: Bettina Baldeschi
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