OUR TEAM

Aminata Conteh-Biger
Founder, CEO & Director

Growing up in Freetown, Sierra Leone with her father, Aminata had a blessed life and was known as the girl who lived in the big yellow house on the hill.

Morlai Kamara
Programme adviser

Morlai Kamara has over ten years experience in development and in advancing the human rights of vulnerable communities in Australia and Sierra Leone.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Penny Gerstle
Director & Chair

Penny holds masters degrees from the University of Sydney in International Law (Refugee and Human Rights Law), Arts (Japanese) and a Master Development Studies.

Anthony Zwi
Director

Anthony Zwi grew up and was schooled in South Africa where he also studied Medicine (MB BCh Witwatersrand), occupational health (DOH Wits), and tropical health (DTM&H Wits).

Kat Hartmann
Director

Kat Hartmann is a change agent. She helps brands transform social, content and digital through strategy and insights.

Kim Stewart-Smith
Treasurer & Company Secretary

Kim is currently the Oceania Corporate Services Leader at Ernst & Young.

Ros Horin
Director

Ros Horin, director, dramaturg and writer has been an important figure in Australian theatre.

Simon Vaughan
Director

With ten years of experience, Simon is a fundraising professional who has worked across a broad swathe of fundraising areas, raising millions for the organisations he has worked for. He currently works in the philanthropy team for Oxfam Australia.

Yolanda Saiz
Director

Yolanda is currently the Executive Director, Commercial Enterprise, Fundraising and Communications, Vinnies NSW. She has close to 25 years’ experience in commercial operations, communications & media, fundraising, strategy development and implementation, community engagement.

BOARD EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Pauline George

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Michael Dwyer: CEO, First State Super, Board Director, Australia for UNHCR

Ruth Layton: Lawyer

Joe Skrzynski: Director, Champ Equity

Ian Buchanan: Champ Private Equity, World Chinese Economic Forum, Nantien Institute

Mark Davidson: Managing Director, Work Inc

WOMEN’S COMMITTEE

Jo Hyde – Chair

Electra Wiggs

Kim Veitch

Kate Swinney

Lou Birt                                  

Anna Curran

Erin Booker                         

Jenny Pridham   

VOLUNTEERS

Gemma Mcfarland - PR Assistant

Erica Sufani - Digital and Social Media Strategy Lead

Fabiana Eisenmann - Social Media Manager

Sophie Roden - Website and Content Producer

Eloise Cansdell - Events Co-ordinator

Ruth Nzeribe - Administration Assistant

Gabi Atchison - Creative Strategist

Elena Di Palma - Fundraising and Relationships Manager