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Meet our Board

Ronald Zhang

Deputy Chair

Ronald is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) with Honours from The University of Melbourne. He is passionate about global development and the power of young people to lead social change, and previously served as Oaktree's Head of Marketing and Fundraising.

James O'Sullivan

Chair of Finance Sub-Committee

James is currently the Director of Finance and IT at WaterAid Australia. He holds a CA and a MBA (Law).

Shani Cain

CEO

Shani commenced as CEO in February 2019 and has formerly worked as the Multicultural Youth Worker and Case Manager (UHM) in the Ballarat office for the Centre of Multicultural Youth (CMY). She has also worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, World Vision and has gone on placement to a number of countries. Shani has also recently completed her Masters of Humanitarian Assistance with Deakin University and has a passion for working in direct crises response to help society’s most vulnerable people. She is passionate about female and youth empowerment, sustainability, and equality. In her own words, she is "someone who loves life and believes in the ability to change the world and actively seeks opportunities to do so". 

Dhanush Girish

CFO 

Dhanush joined Oaktree in November 2017 with a passion to provide all young people with the opportunity to thrive.  Prior to Oaktree, he worked as a Tax Consultant at Ernst and Young as part of their Private Client Services practice and had worked there for two years whilst studying a Bachelors of Commerce degree at The University of Melbourne. He has been volunteering as the Director of Finance and executive board member of the Strive Student Health Initiative and as a Project Consultant at the Global Consulting Group.

Máiréad Doyle

Chair of Risk and Compliance Sub-committee 

A chartered mechanical engineer and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders, Máiréad has over thirty years' experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Máiréad is currently the Executive Director of Corporate Services for the Victorian Electoral Commission. She has extensive experience at the executive level with national charities including the National Stroke Foundation and Australian Red Cross Disaster Services.

Máiréad received the Governor-General’s National Emergency Medal, the Australian Red Cross Meritorious Service Award and the New Zealand Red Cross Emergency Management Medal for her work in disasters.

Heidi Michael

Chair

Heidi Michael has over 12 years’ experience in the sustainability, water and sanitation industries. She has a Bachelor of Engineering (Environment)(Hons) and an MSc in Water and Waste Engineering (WEDC), with research on accessible WASH facilities. Heidi currently is Director of Community Programs for Engineers Without Borders Australia.

Matthew Nguyen

Director

Matthew Nguyen is the Co-Founder of Action for Health, a civic engagement initiative that explores issues at the intersection of urban planning and public health. He holds a Science degree from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing his Honours thesis researching vaccination policy at the Burnet Institute.

Jan Cossar

Chair of the Development Sub-Committee 

Jan Cossar has worked in the international aid and development sector in the Asia Pacific and Africa regions for more than twenty five years. Jan runs a small consulting company, Strategy Matters, that specialising in program design and monitoring and evaluation. She has a Masters in the Social Sciences is regularly engaged as a facilitator and trainer throughout the sector. She is a Board member of the EcoCentre and an adviser to the Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing in WA.

Su-Kim Macdonald

Director 

Su-Kim Macdonald is a Consultant in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team at EY in Melbourne. Su-Kim completed her Master of Commerce (Management) and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Management) at the University of Melbourne. She's passionate about the intersection between climate change and poverty, and the important role youth engagement can play in fighting poverty and injustice.

Susan Pizzati

Director 

Susan is currently the Head of Philanthropy at Save the Children Australia and holds a Masters degree in Social Investment and Philanthropy. With a diverse background in both corporate and social sectors, Susan has a wealth of senior management and executive experience across functions including Fundraising, Operations, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Community Engagement and Communications.

 

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