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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 humanitarian engineering

Operations

Eleanor Loudon
Eleanor Loudon
Chief Executive Officer
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Santi Phonsavan
Santi Phonsavan
Impact Analyst
Santi is a skilled international and community development practitioner, with over 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 organisation and programs reflect
and responds to community priorities.
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.
Jackie Kerr
Jackie Kerr
Partnerships & HR Coordinator

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 over 25 years experience in Accounting and Finance, including more than10 years at a global Foundation in New York, start ups in London and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne. Miho is a qualified Australian Chartered Accountant, US qualified Certified Practicing Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.

Lorraine Walker
Lorraine Walker
Senior Accountant

Lorraine has worked in the finance and operations sector for almost two decades. Before joining EWB Australia, Lorraine worked as the Operations Support Manager at the Salvation Army Social Housing and Support network and in Finance at Superfriend – a national mental health promotion foundation.

As our Senior Accountant at EWB Australia, Lorraine plays a key role in our financial reporting, risk and policies, partner financial due diligence and budgets.

Nevil Kadawartha
Nevil Kadawartha
Accountant Coordinator
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 the 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 is 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.
Llawela Forrest
Llawela Forrest
Communications Manager
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).

Community Programs

Heidi Michael
Heidi Michael
Head of Community Programs

Heidi has over 12 years’ experience in the sustainability, water and sanitation industries in a variety of contexts in Australia and Asia Pacific region. She is passionate about using participatory approaches to lead, manage and deliver quality, sustainable and appropriate solutions to communities. She has a Bachelor of Engineering (Environment) (Hons) and an MSc in Water and Waste Engineering (WEDC), with research on accessible WASH facilities.

Gaetano Romano
Gaetano Romano
Senior Program Manager: WASH
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.
Monica Chong
Monica Chong
International Program Effectiveness Lead
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Claire Mercer
Claire Mercer
Community Program Quality Assurance Coordinator

Claire is charged with ensuring EWB’s Community Program is comprehensively compliant with our internal and donor requirements, and also works with our Community teams overseas in implementing and managing systems and processes. Claire has a strong background in compliance and systems development. She has worked with St Vincent de Paul Society NSW in varying roles including as Child Safe Risk & Support Officer, an Engagement Advisor and a Youth Officer. Claire also had experience as a volunteer with AVI in Nepal with Independent Living Centre for Persons with Disabilities, Kathmandu, supporting strategic and organisational development. Claire has a Bachelor of Social Science and Masters of International and Community Development. On her days off, you’ll find Claire savouring good food, practicing her downward dog, or tramping through a national park. 

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 South East 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.

Training and Mobilisation

Janet Cameron
Janet Cameron
Head of Mobilisation and Training

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Melanie Audrey
Melanie Audrey
Key Relationships 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 –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.

Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
Training Programs Manager
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Sarah Herkess
Sarah Herkess
Humanitarian Design Summit Officer

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.

Beatrix Neville
Beatrix Neville
Training 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.

Anna Cain
Anna Cain
Mobilisation Manager
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Shenuka Peiris
Shenuka Peiris
Volunteer Mobilisation Coordinator

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Education, Research & Technology Development

Sam Perkins
Sam Perkins
Head of Education, Research & Technology Development
George Goddard
George Goddard
Research Program Lead
George joined WaterAid UK in 2008 and worked there for 6 years before moving to Cambodia where he first worked 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.
Alison Stoakley
Alison Stoakley
Engineering Education Manager
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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 International Aid and Development sector when she joined United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bangladesh in 2012. Afterwards she joined 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.
Andrew Drain
Andrew Drain
Solution Development Lead, Cambodia

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.

Cambodia

Socheat Nhip
Socheat Nhip
Engineering Education Program, Program Manager
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Many Dy
Many Dy
Sanitation in Challenging Environments, Program Manager
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Samnang Chhouk
Samnang Chhouk
Sanitation in Challenging Environments, Project Manager
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Angus Mitchell
Angus Mitchell
Field Professional, WASH (WaterShed)
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Timor-Leste

Jack Nugent
Jack Nugent
Country Manager
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Francisco dos Reis
Francisco dos Reis
PSD, Program Coordinator
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Elsa Ximenes
Elsa Ximenes
PSD, Program Assistant
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Dulce Soares
Dulce Soares
Women in Engineering Program Coordinator
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Chandra Ximenes
Chandra Ximenes
Women in Engineering Technical Assistant
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Abigail Neave
Abigail Neave
Field Professional, WASH Program Quality Mentor (WaterAid)
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Alex Harden
Alex Harden
Field Professional, WASH Field Support Mentor (Plan)
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Eva Cheng
Eva Cheng
Field Professional, Gender & Strategy Mentor (EWB)
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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 in NGOs in Uganda, East Timor, 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 had to tap into a wide range of skills and behaviours to try to respond to today’s world ‘wicked problems’. She is therefore constantly looking for opportunities to grow her technical, social and leadership skills as well as those of colleagues and partners, in order to ultimately create healthier and more resilient living places.

Daniel Pires
Daniel Pires
Field Professional, Environmental Health & Sanitation Mentor

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 Scott Daniel
Dr Scott Daniel
Board Member
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Dr Simon Bradwell
Dr Simon Bradwell
Board Member
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