Jack is an International Development Specialist with nearly 10 years of experience on a range of different aid and development programs throughout the pacific. This includes work in Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Master of Social Science (International Development) both from RMIT University in Melbourne.
In previous roles, Jack has managed logistics for malarial clinical trials in the Solomon Islands with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Program Managed remote healthcare patrols in provincial PNG with Australian Doctors International, while more recently was engaged by the World Health Organisation as Incident Manager throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Port Moresby. He has also consulted on DFAT and the World Bank Group funded programs.
Recently, Jack joined ABV as Programs Director (PNG) and is ready and committed to growing ABV's programming and influence throughout the country and wider Pacific Region.
|Natascha is a dedicated community developer with over twenty years of experience in the Tweed Shire, NSW. Her passion for building community resilience was most notable in 2020, when she served as the Community Resilient Team (CRT) leader and gained invaluable first-hand experience.|
In February 2022, Natascha led her community through a challenging period when they were hit by three successive flood events that caused devastation and left them isolated for two weeks. In her capacity as a CRT leader, she played a decisive role in coordinating with care and combat organisations to provide medicines, supplies and assistance in the search for missing persons.
Natascha is an accomplished secondary teacher with experience across all levels of the education system, both in Australia and the Solomon Islands. She has been an active coach and mentor for small businesses via her work in the Murwillumbah and District Chamber of Commerce and her coaching business.
Natascha strongly believes that resilient communities pave the way for more capable and peaceful individuals, and this is crucial as we chart a course for the future.
Oscar is trained as an international lawyer with a keen interest in world cultures, languages, and sports. Through his work in Latin America, Middle East, Asia and The Pacific region, he has gained extensive experience in program design, project management and nurturing partnerships in cross-cultural settings, providing him with unique insights into the strengths people bring to local and global challenges and how different stakeholders can partner together to achieve long-term impact.
In some of his previous roles, he managed the Volunteer Program at the Asylum Seekers Centre in Sydney, enabling the organization to achieve its overall vision and strategic goals, while providing practical and personal support to people seeking asylum in the community. As an International Business Advisor for various international consultancy firms, he helped companies expand their operations in Turkey, Bulgaria and Vietnam. He worked with clients to develop strategies for entering these emerging markets, advised them on how best to adapt their ideas or services to local laws and customs and also assisted in the creation of new business relationships.
Oscar has partaken in projects across the volunteering sector and local councils in Australia with the aim to harness the collective goodwill of volunteers towards shared community goals. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the NSW Excellence in Volunteer Management award in 2019 and he was appointed as a Board Director at the NSW Centre for Volunteering in 2021. He's also a member of various football advisory groups where he provides his knowledge to First Nations teams and encourage more Indigenous youth to participate in the sport.
Recently, Oscar joined ABV as a Program Director and is ready to bring his wealth of experience to ABV's programs.
Hayley is a passionate community and international development worker with over 10 years experience working for NGOs across the Asia Pacific region. For 9 years Hayley worked in Cambodia for anti-human trafficking organisations as a teams and volunteer manager and later mentored and worked with senior leadership to mitigate the effects of compassion fatigue and secondary trauma. More recently Hayley has been working remotely coordinating a mental health program for refugee and asylum seeker communities in Indonesia. Hayley holds a Masters in International and Community Development. Hayley joined the ABV team in March 2023 as People Mobilisation Lead.
Hitolo completed secretarial studies at Port Moresby Business College in 1996 and after graduating, she had her first ever job employment with ANZ Bank and moved on to PNG Banking Corporation in 1997 and joined Bank South Pacific when the banks were merged in 2003. Whilst with Bank South Pacific, she attained an Australian Aid scholarship in 2012 to study Diploma in Human Resource Management at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.
Hitolo successfully completed her studies and returned back to Bank South Pacific and in 2014 was appointed to the role of Training Manager. In 2015, she pursued her interest to study Bachelor of Management at Divine Word University and successfully graduated in 2017. After completing her studies, she decided to venture into other industries to explore new job opportunities as part of her professional goal to gain exposure and experience and enhance her skills and knowledge to be a better manager and leader. Over the years of employment with different organizations, Hitolo has gained professional skills, especially in Human Resource Management.