Brigitte has 20+ years’ experience in education and training, stakeholder engagement, strategic project and program development and implementation and leadership.
She has extensive experience within the tertiary education sector leading University wide human centric strategies and large-scale programs with multiple partners across institutions, Government, community and industry within Australia and New Zealand.
With a Master’s in Education, Brigitte recently completed her post graduate studies in Climate Change Adaptation at Griffith University
Recently transitioning her experience and capabilities to contribute to the climate change adaptation and sustainable development sector Brigitte comes to ABV with a deep appreciation of empathetic and human centered perspectives and is inspired by people who work to make a difference.
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.