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SHONA FITZGERALD

PROJECT FACILITATOR - SANITATION IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS, CAMBODIA

JULY 2018 - DEC 2019

Shona is the Technical and Strategy Mentor for EWB’s Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE) initiative based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project supports collaboration, advocacy, and identifies synergies for improving sanitation in challenging environments such as floating, flood-prone, high ground water and riverside locations where traditional latrines are not suitable.

Shona grew up in Adelaide before moving to Sydney to complete a Masters in Water and Wastewater Treatment. She has since been working as a water and wastewater treatment process engineer at Sydney Water in diverse projects across research and development, treatment operations, risk management and treatment facilities planning.

Shona has also been involved in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) research and raising awareness of WASH issues. She completed a research placement with the United Nations University, Institute for Water Environment and Health examining the role of water sensitive urban design to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6 and 11. She has also been a member of the Australian Water Association WASH Specialist Network Committee, World Toilet Summit 2017 Program Committee, UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab 2017.

SHONA FITZGERALD

 

 

Bill Grover

Sanitation Technical & Business Mentor, Live & Learn, Vanuatu

AUGUST 2018 – aPRIL 2019 

Bill will be an Engineers Without Borders field professional working in Vanuatu, supporting the local partner organisation Live & Learn. He is looking forward to working in a cross-cultural context and building community capacity.

Bill has seven years’ experience consulting in the construction industry on building services projects and studied his mechanical engineering degree in Melbourne.

He became motivated to complete an international field placement following his experience in a group carrying out construction work in refugee camps in Greece.

 

BILL GROVER

 

 

ANITA STEELE

WASH TEHCNICAL MENTOR

AUGUST 2018 - AUGUST 2019

Anita will be working with the Australia and Timor-Leste Partnership for Human Development (PHD) on the WASH Infrastructure and Behaviours Sustainability Project in Bobonaro Municipality, Timor-Leste.

Anita’s interest in humanitarian engineering began back during her undergraduate engineering degree which resulted in her writing a Capstone Project on the management of decentralised wastewater systems in developing countries. Throughout her international career, living and working in Australia, the Middle East and Canada, Anita worked on a variety of water and wastewater projects. In Australia and the Middle East her roles broadly involved the assessment and design of water and wastewater infrastructure, water conservation and efficiency.  Her role in Canada focused on the hydrotechnical design of watercourses with fish habitat complexities, and management of surface water, including flooding. A growing interest in better and sustainable solutions which benefit communities, the environment and projects developed.  Anita briefly volunteered as a water and wastewater consultant in Guatemala before returning to Australia in early 2017 when she commenced studying the Masters in International Public Health at the University of Sydney, part-time while continuing to work as a consulting engineer. Prior to joining EWB, Anita has been living and working remotely in  a predominantly indigenous community in north-west Queensland.

Anita has a passion for discovering new places and experiencing new cultures and is looking forward to learning more about one of Australia’s closest neighbours, Timor-Leste.

ANITA STEELE

 

 

DULCE SOARES

Project Co-Ordinator – Women In Engineering, Timor-Leste

Sep 2017 - current

Dulce coordinates the Women in Engineering in Timor-Leste group, which is known locally as Feto Enginhera (FE).The objective of the group is to empower and support women in engineering to create a better future for the development of Timor-Leste. The group supports the mapping of barriers and provides opportunities for technical and engineering career pathways for women in Timor-Leste. She is also supporting EWB’s mentoring program where she is now as a mentor for five mentees from universities in Timor-Leste.

Dulce graduated from Victoria University in Australia, with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and for 4 years she worked at Plan International Timor-Leste managing the WASH in Schools (WinS) project. She was responsible for planning, designing, implementation and monitoring of the WinS component of the WASH program, working with partners to implement hygiene promotion via the child to child methodology and with contractors for the construction of new WASH facilities.

Outside of engineering, Dulce is also known as a local singer in her home country, singing together with her partner. She also loves to travel, hang out with friends, sharing and exchanging experiences and also loves to try different foods from around the globe. Art and design is one of her passions and she expresses that through her own house which was designed and built with her own supervision right after her graduation year.

Dulce Soares
 

JOÃO SOARES

ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR – PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT, Timor-Leste

Sep 2017 - current

Joao’s professional background is in architecture and engineering.

After graduating from the Universidade da Paz, Timor-Leste in 2015, Joao began working for the local NGO MVS (Multi Vision Studio), training local engineering students in architectural and engineering software such as Sketch Up, Rhinoceros 3D, AutoCAD 2D and Corel Draw. He has also worked as a freelance architectural designer.

Joao is now the PSD Assistant Program Coordinator, supporting the Program Coordinator in running the mentoring program and workshops, managing university partnerships and supporting the establishment of EWB Timor-Leste.

Joao is passionate in shaping the future direction of architecture in Timor-Leste, and is keen to share his knowledge and skills in order to create social impact towards designing better infrastructure. He believes that the core of good design is about developing problem-solving skills to create better solutions.

Joao is the oldest of 3 brothers and 2 sisters, and likes playing basketball and listening to music. He also loves to travel both locally and overseas in order to seek out panoramic views and to experience different cultures.

João Soares

 

 

PAVI KIRUPAKARAN

Technial Mentor - ATEC* Biodigesters, Cambodia

Oct 2017 - Nov 2018

Pavi will be working with ATEC* Biodigesters, a social enterprise in Cambodia determined to bring clean energy to Cambodia. She will be supporting her Cambodian colleagues in their current projects of improving and upscaling their product.

Pavi graduated from Melbourne University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and for the past 5 years has been working at a Visy Paper Reclyling plant in Melbourne as a Reliability Engineer. During her time there she has been fortunate enough to have many technical mentors, who helped her develop her manufacturing and reliability engineering skills. She can't wait to pass on her knowledge to her ATEC* colleagues as well as get to learn new skills from them too.

When's Pavi's not working crazy hours, she enjoys doing random things with friends (recently it's been Silent Discos), playing board games and eating her way through Melbourne. Pavi can't wait to work in Cambodia so she can experience their beautiful culture and also to try all their delicious dishes!

Pavi Kirupakaran

 

EMILY WARD

Project Facilitator - Inclusive Design & Accessibility, Agile Development Group, Cambodia

Oct 2017 - Nov 2018

Emily Ward grew up in the capital city of Wellington, New Zealand. She will be taking on the role of Inclusive Design Project Facilitator supporting Agile Development Group to strengthen the Accessible Cambodia program, which aims to improve accessibility in the built environment for people with disabilities in Cambodia through awareness raising initiatives and development of assistive/inclusive products and services.

Emily has been involved in an EWB New Zealand chapter for a year. It was her involvement in the chapter as well as holiday to southern countries of Africa that sparked the idea of sharing her skills abroad. She studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury and also spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Alberta, Canada. For the last five years she has worked in the aviation industry as an engineering manager. Her focus has been on managing the maintenance of aircraft and their supporting equipment.

Outside of engineering, Emily enjoys being in the outdoors, especially hiking and snowboarding. She also loves to travel, drink tea and listen to podcasts. She is looking forward to embracing the Cambodian culture and taking on a new challenge.

Emily Ward

 

mARY CLAIRE SHERIDAN

Project Facilitator - Sanitation In Challenging Environments, Cambodia

Jul 2017 - Oct 2018

Mary Claire will be taking on the role of Project Facilitator – Sanitation for Challenging Environments based in Cambodia. She will be working together with Co-Project Facilitator Piseth Kim to promote collaboration within the Cambodian WASH sector on sanitation challenges faced in Cambodia by floating, flood prone or high ground water communities.

Mary Claire’s hails originally from Ireland where she studied Environmental Engineering. After working for 3 years as a Design Engineer, Mary Claire made the move to Australia via South America, where she spent 6 months travelling. She has spent the last 5 years in Melbourne and Tasmania working as an Environmental manager for construction companies and as a Project Manager for Melbourne’s water authority.

Mary Claire loves to travel having now lived in 3 different continents. From growing up in the most beautiful place in Ireland; County Donegal, she enjoys the outdoors and loves to swim.  She is looking forward to learning about the Cambodian culture and working towards improving sanitation for Cambodian communities living in floating villages and flood prone areas.

Mary Claire Sheridan

 

JIMI METCALFE

WASH Technical Mentor, RainWater Cambodia 

Jul 2017 - Aug 2018

Jimi will be taking on the Wash Technical Mentor position working predominantly with local NGO, RainWater Cambodia (RWC). His role involves providing technical advice and support to RWC, working alongside RWC’s management team to continue building their capacity. Jimi will also be supporting EWB on the Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE) project, working with Mary Claire and Piseth on the innovation and iteration of existing designs.

Jimi has been working in the power industry over the past few years, specifically working on the overhaul and maintenance of onsite pumps at Adelaide’s Torrens Island Power Station; he is particularly interested in the ongoing development of renewables. Jimi was a member of EWB during his studies, however taking part in this placement will be his first endeavor into the broader spectrum of humanitarian engineering.

Outside of engineering, Jimi is an avid soccer player, rock climber and adventurer, always looking forward to the next big challenge.

Jimi Metcalfe

 

Sophearithnora (NORA) Chum 

Project Assistant - Professional Skills Development, Cambodia

Nora is from Kompong Cham province, North-East of Phnom Penh. He graduated with a Bachelor of International Business at the National University of Management in 2015 with a strong interest in agriculture, education and rural development. Since then, he has been working in sales and administration in the Premier Informatic Center and later as a project volunteer at Rainwater Cambodia.

Nora is currently working with EWB as Project Assistant in the Professional Skill Development (PSD) initiative based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project aims to improve the Professional skills, both technical and ‘soft’ skills, in a range of partners across Phnom Penh.

Apart from work, Nora loves traveling, running, and going on adventures. He's been to every province of Cambodia and he really loves staying in the country side.

Sophearithnora Chum

 

DANIEL MILLER-MORAN

WASH Field Support Mentor, Plan Timor-leste

AUG 2017 - Aug 2018

Starting in August 2017 Daniel will be working with Plan Timor-Leste in conjunction with local NGOs as the WASH Field Support Mentor. Daniel is excited to work with Plan Timor-Leste as they build capacity of local communities in the WASH sector and ultimately empower those communities to drive change leading to a better quality of life.

Daniel is a mechanical engineer by trade and is experienced in manufacturing both in Australia and abroad. However, Daniel has always had a passion for humanitarian engineering and driving social change: he is a RedR UK affiliate member and has been an active member of EWB Australia since graduating university.

Attending the 2015 Asian Humanitarian Engineering Design Summit was the catalyst in becoming a field professional with EWB and he can’t wait to get started!

Daniel Miller-Moran

 

TARA BARTNIK

wash program quality Mentor, WaterAid, Timor-Leste

aug 2017 - Aug 2018

Tara is starting a placement with EWB's local partner organisation, WaterAid Timor-Leste, as a WASH Program Quality Mentor. She is looking forward to working with the organisation to build their capacity in planning and managing community water and sanitation projects.

Becoming a field professional has long been a goal for Tara, who completed a Masters in Sustainable Water, Sanitation, Health and Development and has been involved in EWB local chapters both during her studies and while working as a civil engineer.

Tara's passion for discovering new places, cultures and languages has taken her all over the world, most recently spending three years in Norway. She is looking forward to learning more about Timor Leste and learning to speak Tetun!

Tara Bartnik

 

RAMY LOVERIDGE

Professional Skills Development Mentor, Timor-Leste

Nov 2016 - Dec 2017

Ramy will be supporting both CNEFP vocational training centre and EWB Timor-Leste to build their capacity and strengths in project management and improving pathways for students to feel confident moving from studying to the workplace. This includes strengthening professional skills such as communication, planning, problem solving and presentation skills.

Ramy has a background in both engineering and education fields. He has previous experience teaching robotics and programming to school students and teachers, as well as working in the water industry maintaining systems and ensuring projects were delivered to standards. Ramy is looking forward getting to know the rich culture and history of Timor. Outside of work he enjoys football (soccer), running, eating, socialising and travelling.

Ramy Loveridge

 

MATT KING

Project Facilitator - Sanitation in Challenging Environments, Vanuatu

Nov 2016 - Jul 2018

Beginning in November 2016, Matt is very excited to be Project Facilitator and Technical Mentor- of the Sanitation in Challenging Environments Initiative based in Vanuatu.

Matt’s involvement with EWB started with EWB New Zealand at the 2015 Conference at Auckland University where he presented on ECT- Emergency Compost Toilets. As the founder of ECT, Matt spends a lot of time talking about toilets and is often referred to as “the Pee and Poo Man”!

Matt has a background in social science and community development as well as being a qualified builder. Previously, Matt has worked with SurfAid International in Indonesia on shelter reconstruction and appropriate technology programs. Including the design and construction of pig toilets based on traditional community systems. 

Matt King

 

MELISSA McCREERY

Product Design Mentor - Inclusive Design and Accessibility, Agile Development Group, Cambodia

Nov 2016 - DEC 2017

Melissa is a Mechanical Engineer from a farming town in Western Australia. Her interest in the disability sector started in university through work she did with the organisation, Rocky Bay. She has been involved with EWB in a local capacity for a few years through knowledge hubs and local programs. Since graduating she has worked in the Construction Industry on a variety of projects including a Mining Port Wharf, Railway construction and, more recently, with maintenance machinery modifications.

Melissa is passionate about creating a sustainable future and using engineering to contribute to the improvement and protection of the world and each and every community in it. She is very excited for the opportunity to learn more about Cambodia, the disability sector and the opportunities that can be investigated throughout her placement with EWB. 

Mel McCreery

 

BRIAN READING

Steel Fabrication Curriculum & Teaching Mentor, CNEFP, Timor-Leste

Nov 2016 - Dec 2017

Brian will be working with CNEFP, a local vocational training centre, to establish a steel fabrication and welding training course and facility, which aims to improve the supply and opportunities for the locally trained workforce in Timor-Leste.

Brian is a person driven by challenges and has had a productive career in community development. During his life, he has been a Farmer for more than 15 years, travelled through Europe, Asia and America. Brian returned to University and graduated with a Science Degree in Aquatic Resources and Fisheries Management. He has also run a commercial marine tourist business and most recently been the owner director of an engineering business in remote NW of Western Australia. Brian looks forward to the challenges and impact he can have volunteering with EWB on this placement. 

Brian Reading

 

MATT SANT

Technical Mentor - ATEC* Biodigesters, Cambodia

Nov 2016 - SEP 2017

Matt is excited to utilise his process engineering background to progress rollout of biodigesters for Engineers Without Borders and ATEC*. Working in Cambodia will be very cool! (most likely hot!)

Matt grew up in Mackay and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from James Cook University. After graduation, he was lucky to work in Incitec Pivot’s Graduate Program at the Gibson Island Ammonia and Urea plants and the Mt Isa Sulphuric Acid Plant; he very much enjoyed process development and operations. Matt most recently worked with Mackay Regional Council as a Process Engineer, and had the opportunity to work with other more experienced personnel through the commissioning of a new wastewater and water treatment plant.

Matt applied for a field placement with EWB as he is a firm believer of sustainability principles and practices, which are key to making the world a better place. He is very excited to be able to contribute to this aim.

Matt Sant

 

FRANCISCO GUTERRES DOS REIS

EWB Timor-Leste

Francisco Guterres Dos Reis, originally from Timor-Leste, is the founder of EWB Timor-Leste and is responsible for coordinating the Mentoring Program as part of the Professional Skills Development (PSD) Project.

Francisco has lots of experience from multinational organisations prior to EWB, having worked for Plan International as a WASH Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Care International as a Database Officer and Movement Control assistant at United Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) in 2009. Recently, Francisco was awarded a scholarship from EWB Australia to study a bachelor of Civil Engineering at Dili Institute of Technology (DIT) in Timor-Leste.

Francisco has always been community oriented and very interested in positions that interact closely with communities. He gained extensive experience in Monitoring & Evaluation methods in the WASH sector with Plan International and has contributed lots of important ideas and feedback for the projects that he has worked on with many rural communities. Furthermore, through his experience, Francisco acts as a good role model for young engineers in Timor-Leste.

Francisco do Reis

 

 

PISETH KIM

Lead Facilitator, SCE Project, Cambodia

Piseth is Co-Project Facilitator for EWB’s Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE) initiative based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The project supports collaboration, advocacy, and identifies synergies for improving sanitation in challenging environments such as floating, flood-prone, high ground water and riverside locations where traditional latrines are not suitable.

Piseth is from Kompong Speu province, South-West of Phnom Penh. He graduated with a Bachelor of Water Resource Engineering and Rural Infrastructure from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) in 2013, before going on to study for his Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Indonesia. Piseth was then selected to join a two-week German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) summer school on Water and Health in Urban Systems in Germany in late 2015.

Before stepping up to be the SCE project facilitator, Piseth volunteered as a project coordinator in the WASH sector for WISE, an organization based in Indonesia seeking collaboration with local NGOs in Kompong Cham and Battambang province in Cambodia. In late 2015, Piseth led a project raising awareness on the importance of improving solid waste management practices at two secondary schools in Kompong Speu province supported by the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP). He has previously had a lot of involvement with EWB during a four-month internship as part of EWB’s Professional Skills Development (PSD) project in Phnom Penh in early 2016.

Apart from working, Piseth loves to play football and go travelling. 

Piseth Kim

 

FATIMA SHEHATA

Project Facilitator - Professional Skills Development Cambodia

Aug 2016 - Dec 2017 

Fatima is the facilitator for the Professional Skills Development Project in Cambodia, and will be based in Phnom Penh. The project aims to improve the Professional skills, both technical and ‘soft’ skills, in a range of partners across Phnom Penh. The aim is also to promote STEM as a viable career pathway amongst those looking at further study, and increase women’s representation in STEM disciplines.

Fatima recently graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Chemical and Process Engineering (Hons), and has since then been working in project management as part of the continuous improvement team at Tegel Foods Ltd in New Zealand.

Outside of work, Fatima has been actively involved with local EWB and Amnesty International groups, to try to effect change to help those most in need. As a result, she is very excited to be joining the EWB AU team, and is ready to roll up her sleeves and apply her skills to help out.

In her spare time, Fatima loves going on adventures, in the bush, on the mountains, in the sea or anywhere else. She loves playing soccer, even when her team is getting thrashed, and loves eating, talking and sleeping. 

Fatima Shehata

 

ANDREW KOOLHOF

project facilitator - sanitation in challenging environments, phnom penh

aug 2016 - Jul 2017

Andrew was Project Facilitator – Sanitation for Challenging Environments based in Cambodia. He worked to promote innovation and collaboration to tackle some of the complex sanitation challenges faced in Cambodia by floating, flood prone or high ground water communities.

Andrew’s journey with EWB started out in Tasmania before he moved to mainland Australia for work, where he took on the role of ACT Region President for two years. He has also previously been part of two study tours to Cambodia including being a mentor on a Design Summit in February 2016.

Born and bred in Tasmania, Andrew studied mechanical engineering because of his interest in renewable energy.  Andrew loves to spend time in the outdoors and is a keen skier, cyclist, bushwalker, kayaker and more! Growing up in Tasmania gave him the opportunity to really appreciate the wilderness and he greatly enjoys going ‘off-grid’ into the wild for a week or more at a time. Before coming to Cambodia Andrew spent a number of years working on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. In the future he hopes that the engineering sector will grow to be more receptive of social value.

Andrew Koolhof

 

LACHLAN GUTHRIE

Technical Mentor, RainWater Cambodia

aug 2016 - aug 2017

Lachlan will be working with Rainwater Cambodia (RWC) as a Technical Mentor to assist in the implementation of water supply and sanitation solutions in challenging environments. His roles include providing technical advice to improve upon existing designs and facilitate internal capacity building through development of knowledge sharing resources.

Lachlan is a civil engineer with several years experience in the water sector. Lachlan is close to completing a PhD investigating Integrated Water Management strategic planning processes at RMIT University in Melbourne. Lachlan was already involved with EWB and the WASH sector, previously working as EWBs Risk Manager for Engineers and chairing the Australian Water Association's WASH Specialist Network.

Outside of work Lachlan enjoys running, cooking, and appropriately mitigating hazards.

Lachlan Guthrie

 

FRASER GOFF

WASH Program Quality Mentor
WaterAid, Timor-Leste

May 2015 - MAY 2017

Fraser worked as a WASH Programme Quality Mentor with EWB’s partner organisation WaterAid Timor Leste. WaterAid Timor-Leste partners with local community organisations in Liquica and Manufahi districts to bring safe water and sanitation to people in a country where three in ten people lack safe water.

Fraser, an experienced civil engineer, supported the WaterAid team working in Liquica district, 40km west of the national capital, Dili. He worked with the teams to strengthen their capacity to plan and manage projects in community water and sanitation. A key aspect of his 13 month placement was assisting with the development, training and implementation of an innovative smartphone app. The mWater app will enable efficient and reliable collection of data about access to water and sanitation in rural communities.

After completing his EWB placement, Fraser moved to Cambodia to take on the role of Program Manager Sector Strengthening with WaterAid Cambodia. 

 

SOPHIE JORDAN

Technical Mentor & Project Facilitator, Community Development Empowerment Team, Cambodia

Aug 2016 - Apr 2017

Sophie was a project facilitator and technical mentor based in Phnom Penh. Her position focused on two parts - working with Community Empowerment and Development Team (CEDT), a local NGO, and facilitating the Integrated Housing Solutions cluster. She will support CEDT in their community engagement work with urban and rural communities, and will help NGOs in Phnom Penh to share knowledge and information through the cluster.

Before joining EWB, Sophie worked in local government as an urban planner. She is especially interested in housing and community engagement, and how planning can contribute to a more equitable society. She loves working with groups and recently completed training in facilitation.

Sophie loves to explore new things and seeks challenging experiences. She plans to never stop learning!

Sophie Jordan

 

ALI SAIKAL

WASH Field Support Officer
Plan International, Aileu, Timor-Leste

Feb 2015 - MAY 2017

Ali worked as a WASH Field Officer with Plan Timor and their partner organisations in the Aileu District, just south of Dili. Plan Timor, in collaboration with their partner organisations, aim to provide a range of rural communities with clean water and socially sustainable sanitation. Ali has a background in mechanical engineering and international development. With a strong passion in participatory approaches to community development, he is also keen to work with local communities and establish some long lasting connections. 

Outside of work, Ali enjoys the outdoors and does a lot of camping, kayaking and fishing. He also enjoys cross cultural immersion as a means of challenging his own personal identify and values.

From June 2017, Ali has taken up a staff position at Plan Timor-Leste as Rural Infrastructure Specialist, working with a team of engineers in their WASH technical team.

 

REBECCA WATTS

Facilitator - Appropriate Technology & Design Project, Cambodia

Nov 2015 - Nov 2016

Rebecca was the Cambodian Project Facilitator for the Appropriate Technology Initiative. She worked on innovative, appropriate and sustainable technologies with EWB’s community partners, particularly Solar in rural communities.

The selection of the position was the culmination of quite a journey with Engineers Without Borders! Like thousands of first year engineering students, Rebecca took part in the EWB Challenge. This sparked an interest in humanitarian Engineering and while studying a combined degrees of Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Commerce at the Australian National University, she was an active member of the ACT EWB Chapter. She also studied the Engineering for a Humanitarian Context university course, the first of its kind in Australia.

She was a participant in the EWB Design Summit in January 2015 and visited a rural beachside community in Cambodia. She was particularly struck by the opportunity for solar energy technologies in rural Cambodia and this experience inspired her engineering honours thesis project. Collaborating EWB and BabyTree Projects, a solar energy project was established to investigate the potential for solar energy at the household level in rural Cambodia. Returning to Cambodia as a mentor on the EWB Design Summit in June 2015, with the community she installed two solar home systems and ran a solar energy education program. The feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive and in her new role, she is excited about expanding the project.

Rebecca is a keen soccer player and enjoys travelling, outdoor activities, surfing, swimming and all things challenging. Including riding a scooter around Phnom Penh! 

Becky Watts

 

SHAUN AZZOPARDI

vocational Training & Teaching Development Mentor, CNEFP, Timor-Leste

Nov 2015 - DEC 2016

Shaun was a Vocational Curriculum and Teaching Development Mentor in East Timor. The opportunity to work at Centro Nacional de Emprego e Formacao Profissional’ (CNEFP) in Tibar provided him the opportunity to mentor and work alongside the young men and women of Timor as they learn valuable skills in contruction and project management. Shaun is passionate about humanitarian engineering and wanted to bolster CNEFP’s positive impact in the wider community.

Before joining EWB, Shaun studied Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales through the Australian Defence Force. Since graduating he has worked in construction management in the public and private sectors.

Outside of work Shaun is looking forward to getting outdoors and exploring all that Timor-Leste has to offer.

Shaun Azzopardi

 

LACHLAN HARRIS

ATEC* Biodigesters Technical Mentor

Nov 2015 - Nov 2016

Lachlan graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Construction) from Curtin University in Perth in 2008.  Since then he has worked for private consultacies on land development and civil infrastructure projects in both metropolitan and regional Western Australia with his last 3 years being based in Broome.
 
Lachlan worked with ATEC* Biodigestors in Cambodia as a Technical Mentor.  The team aims to develop, market and ultimately deliver affordable biodigestor units to residents in rural areas of Cambodia in partnership with other NGOs and social enterprises.  Lachlan's work sees him based in Phnom Penh with regular travel to regional Cambodia.

Living in Cambodia allowed Lachlan to continue his passions of travel, experiencing new cultures, and food!

Lachlan Harris

 

BEN GARNOCK

Infrastructure Planning Mentor

Community Empowerment and Development Team (CEDT), Cambodia

Sep 2014 - Aug 2016

Ben graduated with BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He has worked within infrastructure design and project management in Canberra since 2012 and has experience in residential construction.

Ben worked with the Community Empowerment and Development Team (CEDT) in Cambodia on a two-year placement as an Infrastructure Planning Mentor. The Team aims to strengthen urban poor communities to improve their housing conditions, security of land tenure and ultimately realise their housing rights. He is part of the Community, Mapping, Planning and Upgrading Program (CMPUP) and contributes in building the capacity of the Team and community in participatory design, cost-estimation and the development of low cost housing and infrastructure.

Ben was based in Phnom Penh with regular travel to the regional centre of Battambang to support the communities and local authorities in on-site upgrading of their existing facilities. He enjoyed exploring Cambodia, meeting new people and trying new foods. 

 

MEGHAN WILLIAMS

Project Facilitator - Assistive Technology Livelihoods Project, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jun 2015 - Jun 2016

Meghan was Facilitator for the Assistive Technology Livelihoods Project for EWB in Cambodia. The project aims to empower people with disabilities through improved access to affordable and appropriate assistive technologies to enable safe access to sanitation facilities. The project also explores the options for increasing the livelihood opportunities for people with disabilities and their support networks.

Meghan studied International Studies and Development at UNSW, and was working in Cambodia for 8 months at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs as an Administrative Advisor when she joined EWB. Prior to the move to Cambodia she was working in the Community Service sector in Australia. 

When she can escape the heat and traffic of Phnom Penh, Meghan enjoys trips to the beautiful river town of Kampot for a nature fix, as well as reading and doing yoga. 

 

VLASTA JEFTIC

Project Facilitator - Professional Skills Development Project, Timor-Leste

June 2015 - Jul 2016

Vlasta was a Project Coordinator based in Dili facilitating the Professional Skills Development Project. This project aims to increase professional skills, both technical and managerial, within Timor-Leste, thus increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of future EWB and partner organisation projects. Her role included the development and facilitation of mentoring programs, internships, demographic specific industry groups and developing training programs to fill identified skill gaps.

Vlasta is an emerging architect with professional experience in a variety of sustainable architecture projects, both in Australia and Europe. Her passion for travel and adventure, and admiration of cultural diversity and languages, has over time transformed itself into a vocation. She is currently completing her post-grad studies in Masters in International Development at RMIT, with focus on participatory development and capacity building approaches.

Her spare time is filled with music, friends / family, arts and adventures. Vlasta is looking forward to learning a new language, meeting new people and immersing herself in the culture of Timor-Leste.

 

ADAMIS ASPROPOTAMITIS

Construction Project Support Officer 
Community Housing Limited, Suai, Timor-Leste

Feb 2015 - Feb 2016

Adamis will be in Timor Leste for 13 months working with Community Housing Limited (CHL) in capacity building role supporting their Construction Manager. Based in Suai on the southern coast of the country, Adamis will assist his partner organisation in ensuring quality construction in the delivery of 150 new homes to allow for the redevelopment of the regional airport. The program will employ members of the local community for the construction of the houses, and will provide training in a new form of sustainable construction. 

Adamis is an Architect who has worked in Australia and Europe. He is continuing his work in the development sector following a placement in Sierra Leone in 2014. Outside of work, he enjoys sports, reading, and is a keen backgammon player. He is also keen to explore Timor-Leste on the back of a motor bike!

 

DOUG RUUSKA

Project Manager - Assistive Technology Livelihoods Project
EWB, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jan 2015 - Jul 2015

Doug facilitated the Assistive Technology Livelihoods project for EWB in Cambodia which aims to provide people living with a disability affordable and appropriate technology to enable safe access to sanitation facilities. Additionally, the project also aims provide increased livelihood opportunities for people living with a disability.

Doug is a Civil Engineer from Melbourne and has previously worked in the field with EWB as a Water and Sanitation Advisor with Plan Timor Leste during 2010/11 and is looking forward to working on this exciting project.

Outside of work, Doug likes to go mountain bike riding, skiing, hiking and tend to his balcony veggie patch.

 

CORINNE WALLIS

Project Manager - Professional Skills Development Project
EWB, Dili, Timor-Leste

Feb 2015 - Aug 2015

Corinne was in Dili for 6 months as a Project Manager for the Professional Skills and Development Project. This project aims to increase professional skills, both technical and managerial, within Timor Leste, thus increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of future EWB and partner organisation projects. Her role includes the development and facilitation of mentoring programs, internships, demographic specific industry groups and developing training programs to fill identified skill gaps.

Corinne is an Electrician, turned Electrical Engineer, turned Project Manager who found her passion for volunteering while travelling around the world. She has recently completed her MBA and is looking forward to learning Tetum. Outside of work she loves adventure travel and plans to dive the islands and climb the mountains around Dili.

Corrinne is now a member of the EWB Board.

 

VANH MIXAP

Facilitator - Professional skills development project cambodia

Nov 2015 - May 2016

Vanh has a very diverse professional background in international development. While doing her Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Newcastle, she worked as a Social Scientist Researcher for the sustainable development of Fairtrade Coffee, then after finishing university she became an AusAID Water Resources Management Officer and Gender Focal Point, a Lao TV Channel 1 English Program TV host, and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Hospitality Industries Trainer and Sustainable tourism and Trade Coordinator. 

Vanh was an intern with the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm for 6 months while working on her thesis focusing on strategies for emerging leaders to use to achieve water and energy nexus in urban wastewater management. In 2015, Vanh graduated from Master of Integrated Water Management, the University of Queensland, Australia. She is working on her own mission called “Everyone Matters” as well as working closely with a leadership coach to empower emerging leaders. 

Vanh loves travelling and eating, especially dessert! Her day won’t be complete without writing her diary and singing her favourite songs!

Vanh Mixap