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Meet our Board

Heidi Michael


Heidi has over 15 years’ experience in the sustainability, water and sanitation industries in a variety of contexts in Australia and Asia Pacific region, and is passionate about using participatory approaches to lead, manage and deliver quality, sustainable and appropriate solutions to communities. She is an Engineering Executive of the Institute of Engineers Australia, 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 Head of Community Programs for Engineers Without Borders Australia.

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.

Nick Taylor

Director / Company Secretary

Nick is passionate about economic development and poverty alleviation. He has worked across Asia Pacific and North America with organisations,  governments and NFPs on strategic and operational issues and brings this experience as an investor and management consultant to the Oaktree board.

Shani Cain


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". 

Jan Cossar

Chair of the Development Sub-Committee 

Jan 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.

Hayley Cull

Chair of the Fundraising Advisory Committee 

Hayley is currently the Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement at Plan International, Australia. 

Matthew Nguyen


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.



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