Professional Summary

I am a global development consultant with experience leading high value projects, managing policies and systems, engaging stakeholders, driving business development and growing teams. I am highly adaptable, diplomatic, flexible, with effective interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. I thoroughly enjoy analytical and report writing work, which plays to my strengths. As my CV highlights, I have experience in planning, managing operations, designing and delivering projects, reviewing and establishing grants, and implementing technical work particularly in relation to scholarship programs. My work is underpinned by my personal values and a strong foundation in theory and knowledge across social impact and community development topics. 

Geographic focus

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu. 


Project Management  Community and Stakeholder Engagement

Communications and Public Diplomacy    Analysis and Reporting
Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion  Monitoring and Evaluation  Training, Capacity Development and Workshop Facilitation

Work Experience Snapshot


Deputy Team Leader, The Palladium Group

I lead a team of 12 people across 7 countries to deliver the Australian Aid funded Pacific Secondary Schools Scholarships Program. 


Team Leader and Manager, Coffey International

2019-2020: Team Leader position for the Australian Aid funded workforce strengthening program called Australia Awards Fiji and Tuvalu, based in Suva. 

2017-2019: Manager position for the Australian Aid funded workforce development program called Australia Awards Papua New Guinea, based in Port Moresby. 


Independent Consultant

Various adviser positions for clients including Abt Associates, AECOM, Coffey International, The Palladium Group, the Laos Businesswomen's Association, and the University of Queensland. Services included grant management, institutional capacity development, monitoring and evaluation capacity development, project start-up management, proposal writing and business development, report writing, scoping paper development, and training counterparts in project management. 



Graduate Certificate in Evaluation


Master of Social Science (International Development) with Distinction

RMIT University, Australia


Bachelor of Commerce Honours 


I'm both personally and professionally interested in impact investment and the role we can all play in achieving a lot more (social) bang for our buck! (If you don't know about impact investing yet, check out the GIIN website.)  I've been micro-investing my own money in small businesses around the world through the organisation Kiva since April 2017. With a total deposit of $539, Kiva has enabled me to lend those funds more than 2 times over, with loans of $1,325 made to 50 small business owners in 23 countries across 11 sectors, with a low default rate of 4.1% (only $26.63 defaulted). Amazing!

I love the outdoors, travelling and trying new languages. I lived in Hokkaido, Japan for 3 years in my 20s, but have since hung up my snowboard boots and cross-country skis :). I continue to enjoy hiking and camping. Hiking highlights have been climbing Mount Fuji's old pilgrim route in 2008 and Spain's Camino Way in 2016. The next major walk I would love to accomplish is the Kokoda Track.

If you're interested, check out my hiking pics here. 

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