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Our People

EWB's people are the heart and soul of our organisation. Together they form a community of changemakers working to achieve sustainable, long-lasting change.

Driven by a team of changemakers

Our people include the staff, board, members, volunteers and supporters. They bring a diverse set of skills and experience, yet all share an unwavering passion for creating change through human-centred engineering.

Operations

Eleanor Loudon
Eleanor Loudon
Chief Executive Officer
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Shane Korosec
Shane Korosec
Digital Operations Lead
Shane now runs our digital operations and enjoys music, travelling and expanding his awareness of the universe around him.

Miho Yoneyama
Miho Yoneyama
Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Miho is inspired by people and organisations who make a difference in the world, such as EWB.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance, including more than 10 years at a global foundation in New York, and working with start-ups in London and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne. Miho is a qualified Australian Chartered Accountant, a US qualified Certified Practicing Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.

William Rivera Ramirez
William Rivera Ramirez
Finance and Operations Lead

William is a finance professional who has worked in a variety of roles across government agencies and departments. William’s most recent roles, prior to joining EWB, were as a Senior Advisor in VicRoads International and a Cost Controller at Major Road Projects Victoria. William holds a Bachelor of Accounting/Arts (International Relations) and was a Global Voices Scholar. William is a full member of CPA Australia. Outside of work, William enjoys reading, running and trying to train his new puppy Rosie.

Nevil Kadawartha
Nevil Kadawartha
Accountant
Nevil hails from Sri Lanka, where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce at Colombo University. After a junior accounting role in the construction industry, Nevil was eager to explore some work/life balance and spent three years as the accountant at a Maldives hotel – think Pina Coladas and P&Ls and togs & COGs. Nevil harboured another dream – of living in Australia – and made that happen in 2010, heading to Adelaide for a role with a food importer before moving to Melbourne to work with a union organisation. A casual role at EWB Australia quickly morphed into a full-time role as our Accountant, a role Nevil has held since 2016. Nevil loves EWB Australia’s culture and people. On the work front, Nevil’s favourite task is managing accounts receivable – it’s much more exciting to see the money coming in than going out.
Nevil relishes being a dad to his two young children, and spends spare time with friends desperately trying to improve his cricket batting average (it currently sits at 15). Nevil is a CPA Associate Member and hopes to complete his full CPA in the very near future.
Matt Tyne
Matt Tyne
Quality Assurance Lead

Matt has worked in international and community development for about 25 years in Australia, South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He has qualifications in international development (RMIT) and theatre (Melbourne). Much of his work has focused on organisational development and communities most affected by HIV.  Following an inspiring lecture by a liberation theologian in the late ’90s, Matt quit his job in palliative care in Melbourne to volunteer in Sri Lanka, in HIV advocacy and prevention. While there, he worked with local activists from the LGBTIQ community and theatre practitioners. This led to facilitating applied theatre projects in Sri Lanka with a range of community groups. Recently, he combined these passions in his soon-to-be-completed doctoral thesis (Sydney). He has a deep interest in participatory approaches and concepts of meaningful inclusion in development practice.

Marketing & Fundraising

Llawela Forrest
Llawela Forrest
Senior Manager – Marketing and Communications
With over two decades’ experience in marketing and brand communications across media, lifestyle brands and social enterprises (including running her own communications agency), Llawela arrives at EWB Australia full of passion and purpose to apply her skills more abundantly to the for-purpose sector. A love of great narrative and sound strategy combined with a passion for social justice ensures Llawela crafts and shares our stories of impact with creativity and intent. Llawela tries hard to fit in yoga, boxing, reading, theatre-going, piano-playing and wine drinking, alongside raising an energetic seven year old (where the wine is extra useful).
Craig Goddard
Craig Goddard
Fundraising & Data Specialist
Melanie Audrey
Melanie Audrey
Engagement Program Manager

Melanie has fostered a fierce determination to protect the natural environment since the earliest of ages. After establishing a career in the Arts she returned to study in 2008 and completed a Bachelor of International Development followed by a Master of Environment in 2016. Melanie is a campaigner for positive change. Working in politics between 2014 and 2017, she sought to contribute to the movement for a more compassionate world. Melanie also delights in the unconventional and colourful and seeks to capture this through her performance, photography and cooking.

Gillian Bent
Gillian Bent
Grants and Partnerships Specialist

Gillian Bent has twelve years’ experience working across fundraising, marketing and project management for organisations including Zoos Victoria, Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and Oxfam.
A dedicated relationship builder, Gillian‘s focus at EWB will be on developing strong relationships with industry partners and private trusts and foundations and connecting them with our community.
Gillian‘s happy place is at the beach with her dog and a coffee (ask her about the merits of decaf!).

EWB Engineering

Gaetano Romano
Gaetano Romano
Senior Manager – EWB Engineering
Gaetano left Italy with a masters degree in engineering, strong experience in the education sector, and a genuine curiosity for the rest of the world – he has still not gone back. His international career began as a volunteer in a vocational training centre in Cambodia. He went on to specialise in water, sanitation and hygiene, realising that contributing to improved access to water and sanitation was what he wanted to do. He spent 20 years working side by side with communities, mostly in Cambodia and Myanmar but also in Chad, Uganda and Bangladesh. Now, while working with EWB Australia, he likes to continue connecting his engineering skills with his passion for international development.
Santi Phongsavan
Santi Phongsavan
Monitoring, Evaluation & Knowledge Management Specialist
Santi is a skilled international and community development practitioner, with more than 15 years’ experience across the Asia Pacific region. He has worked in areas including public health, sustainable livelihoods, capacity building and education. Santi has undergraduate qualifications in economics and asian studies, and a Master of International and Community Development and a Master of Information Management.
Community outcomes, systems and program improvements are Santi’s passion, working collaboratively with teams to ensure the objectives of the organisation and programs reflect and respond to community priorities.
George Goddard
George Goddard
Research, Learning & Influence Specialist
George joined WaterAid UK in 2008 and worked there for six years before moving to Cambodia, where he first worked for Engineers Without Borders. Inspired by his experiences George moved to Melbourne to study a Masters of Environmental Management and Sustainability and teach International Development Practice, conducting research on energy transitions for Monash and the Australian Conservation Foundation. George re-joined EWB in 2018 and loves working in an organisation that really walks the talk on equity and sustainability.
Beatrix Neville
Beatrix Neville
Program Officer

Beatrix holds a double degree with Bachelors in International Development and Ecological Management. Most recently she has been working as an Account Manager and Training Coordinator with Our Community, managing stakeholder relations in Australia and New Zealand. On the weekend you will find her playing touch rugby, walking her dog Charlie or frequenting her favourite cafes and restaurants.

Kim Axworthy
Kim Axworthy
WA – Regional Lead & Engineering On Country Specialist
Kim is a humanitarian engineer who is committed to a career that achieves enduring, positive social and environmental impacts. What luck that she found EWB!
Kim has over 15 years’ experience in engineering, community development and program management across Southeast Asia and Australia. She has established and managed EWB programs and projects in Timor-Leste, Cambodia and Vietnam, and is now managing projects more locally through EWB Connect and our Engineering on Country program in WA. Kim loves working collaboratively on programs that build communities, social justice, quality of life and great places.
Andrew Drain
Andrew Drain
Technology Development Lead

Andy leads the design and implementation of the new Human-Centred Engineering Approach, a formal technology development process aimed at improving project scalability, meaningful collaboration and positive impact. Andy also leads several technology projects, focused on the design of medical and assistive technologies for rural communities in Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia.

Andy has a background in product development engineering, with experience in product and process design, manufacturing, qualitative and quantitative research (real-world and controlled environments) and participatory approaches for technology development. Andy holds a PhD in Engineering, focused on collaborative approaches to humanitarian technology development, and has previously worked in academia and medical device design.

Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins
Head of Education, Research & Technology Development

EWB Education

Alison Stoakley
Alison Stoakley
Senior Manager - Engineering Education
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Sarah Herkess
Sarah Herkess
Education Program Coordinator

Sarah is an environmental engineer who has pursued work and experiences which explore connection: between people, community, and place. Sarah has worked in environmental engineering consulting, outdoor education, and immersive training programs, both overseas and in Australia.

“I’m driven by the lived experience that connection to land and community leads to happy, healthy people and environments.”

Sarah brings to EWB Australia a love of creative education, reflexivity, a penchant for fun, and a belief that engineering exists to serve community.

Shenuka Peiris
Shenuka Peiris
Volunteer Mobilisation and Chapter Coordinator
Ipshita Dewan
Ipshita Dewan
Education & Research Officer
Ipshita joined EWB Australia in 2018 and really loves working with an organisation that passionately advocates for human-centred approaches. Ipshita started her career in the International Aid and Development sector when she joined the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bangladesh in 2012. Afterwards she joined the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO) in 2013. These experiences have led Ipshita to Melbourne, where she has completed her studies in Masters of International Development.
Grace Roberts
Grace Roberts
Challenge Series Coordinator

Grace is driven by the intertwined relationship between the technical and social – and helping engineers navigate the complex social world they shape through engineering. She has an interest in participatory approaches, believing in the power of people to contribute to their own journey of development.

With an undergraduate degree in 3D Design and a Master of International Development, Grace moved to Cambodia as an EWB Australia Field Professional in 2019 before moving back to Perth. Prior to this she spent 6 years in the not-for-profit education space in Australia in promoting the inclusion of disadvantaged groups in the community.

Cambodia

Many Dy
Many Dy
Country Manager
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Socheat Nhip
Socheat Nhip
Education Manager
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Timor-Leste

Jack Nugent
Jack Nugent
Technical Advisor
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Francisco dos Reis
Francisco dos Reis
Mobilisation Lead
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Elsa Ximenes
Elsa Ximenes
Program Support Officer
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Dulce Soares
Dulce Soares
Women in Engineering Program Coordinator
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Chandra Ximenes
Chandra Ximenes
Women in Engineering Project Officer
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Vanuatu

Stephanie Hamel
Stephanie Hamel
Program Lead: Sanitation in Challenging Environments - Vanuatu

Stephanie is an environmental engineer and has been working since 2006 either for NGOs in Uganda, Timor-Leste, the Solomon Islands and now Vanuatu, or in consulting and local council in Australia. Through her studies and experiences, Stephanie learnt that to be working efficiently in the water sector, one has to tap into a wide range of skills and behaviours in order to respond to the ‘wicked problems’ of today’s world. She is therefore constantly looking for opportunities to grow her own technical, social and leadership skills, as well as those of colleagues and partners, in order to ultimately create healthier and more resilient living places.

Gavin Blakey OAM
Gavin Blakey OAM
Chair
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Margarita Moya
Margarita Moya
Vice Chair
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Mike McCreadie
Mike McCreadie
Appointed Finance
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Shane Kennelly
Shane Kennelly
Appointed Indigenous
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Lily Zhang
Lily Zhang
Company Secretary
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Peter McArdle
Peter McArdle
Board Member
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Kelsie Clarke
Kelsie Clarke
Board Member
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Dr Simon Bradwell
Dr Simon Bradwell
Board Member
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Professor Arun Kumar
Professor Arun Kumar
Board Member

Professor Arun Kumar has over 50 years of international experience in civil engineering, project management, construction, research and education. Arun has worked with governments, communities and universities in Australia, the USA and India.

Arun’s international work as an adviser/consultant to the World Bank for over 20 years spans several countries (China, India, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Africa), engaging with communities and working on civil projects, training, sustainability and institutional strengthening. He is well conversant with the need for appropriate technology relevant to communities in developing countries. He has over 20 years of teaching experience, developing curriculum and reviewing degree programs as Professor, Head of School, at RMIT, and Professor at Queensland University of Technology.

He is an expert reviewer for curriculum, educational institution governance for Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Australian Government. He has been a member of the Boards of Engineering and Board of Education of the Institution of Engineers Australia. He has been Chair of the Management Branch of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and served as a member of several committees of the Institution. He is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Arun is an Emeritus Professor at RMIT University and Editor-in-Chief, Infrastructure Asset Management Journal, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK.

Sonya Rand
Sonya Rand
Board Member

A Chartered Chemical Engineer, Sonya has held advisory roles with the Australian Attorney General’s Office and DFAT, addressing issues of human trafficking and modern slavery in supply chains and the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She is currently a member of the Modern Slavery Expert Advisory Group with the Australian Department of Home Affairs. Sonya is also a Board Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and a member of the Royal Children’s Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee. Sonya joined Bunnings as Head of Sustainability and Community in early 2020, bringing with her extensive knowledge in the sustainability space gained from more than 20 years’ experience in retail, consumer goods and manufacturing industries. Specialising in stakeholder engagement, policy development and risk management, Sonya’s role sees her leading the growth of existing sustainability and community programs and finding new opportunities to drive positive long-term change across the business.