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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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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.

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.

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.

Currently recruiting
Currently recruiting
Grants and Partnerships Specialist

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.
Currently recruiting
Currently recruiting
Monitoring, Evaluation & Knowledge Management Specialist
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.
Angus Mitchell
Angus Mitchell
Technology Development Coordinator
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EWB Education

Alison Stoakley
Alison Stoakley
Senior Manager - Engineering Education
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Currently recruiting
Currently recruiting
Volunteer Mobilisation and Chapter Coordinator
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.

Luke Barbagallo
Luke Barbagallo
Training Lead

Luke is a passionate learner, and he brings diverse perspectives gained from his near constant search for new knowledge. After several years of travel, work and false starts at university, he completed a Bachelor of of Business at RMIT, majoring in Entrepreneurship. His fascination with non-compliant small and family businesses and ‘black’ markets, led him to working with an Australian/Indian Social Business that supports women entrepreneurs in urban India and rural Nepal. Through leading programs in India, he engaged with communities that face major environmental and socio-economic risks, which prompted him to commence further studies at RMIT in the Master of Disaster, Design and Development.

Erin Wicking
Erin Wicking
Chapter Engagement Lead

Erin is passionate about global sustainable development and seeks out every possible opportunity to empower people to take action in their communities. She has put her undergraduate degree in Media Communications and Australian Indigenous Studies and Masters of International Development into good use, working across a wide range of community and international development organisations. In her spare time, Erin is a Lead Volunteer with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, coordinating global girl-led advocacy and empowering the next generation of young change-makers.

Cambodia

Many Dy
Many Dy
Country Manager
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Mariny Chheang
Mariny Chheang
Technology Development Specialist

Mariny holds a masterʼs degree in Environmental Engineering at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) and a bachelorʼs degree in Water Resources Engineering and Rural Infrastructures at ITC (Cambodia). She has experience in working in water/ wastewater treatment, air pollution, and hydrology. As a Technology Development Specialist with EWB Australia in Cambodia, Mariny focuses on developing, trialling and delivering appropriate technology for communities in rural areas, to improve water in Sanitation in Challenging Environments and mobility.

Chanrika Keo
Chanrika Keo
Engineering Education Project Officer

Chanrika graduated in bio-engineering in 2019. She has been involved with EWB since 2018 through participating in the EWB internship program with ATEC Biodigesters. As an EWB alumni, Rika also attended the EWB design workshop and critical thinking course in 2019. With a passion for human-centred design skills and critical thinking, Rika volunteered to co-facilitate school outreach workshops and was a leader of the critical thinking team in 2019 and 2020. She always starts her mornings with 15 minutes of yoga; and the perfect weekend is spending the whole day with family in their home town, cooking and trying new dishes together – and playing with the dogs and kittens.

Prak Pin
Prak Pin
WASH Project Manager - Sanitation in Challenging Environments (SCE)

Pin has over 20 years’ experience in project implementation and management of humanitarian, water and sanitation and hygiene. He has extensive general WASH techniques and tools including PHAST, CLTS, WASH education, incorporate Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness in WASH.

Timor-Leste

Jack Nugent
Jack Nugent
Technical Advisor
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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
Country Manager - 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.

Steve Tarimaemae
Steve Tarimaemae
Technical Program Manager
As Technical Program Manager, Steve drive the scoping and implementation of EWB Technology Development projects in Vanuatu. Steve is a Ni-Vanuatu civil and structural engineer who came back to Vanuatu after studying for four years in Auckland. Steve’s family comes from the island of Ambae, North of the country and he came to Efate (the island where Port Vila is), for his last three years of high school. His older brother is a mechanical engineer too – engineering seems to be in the Tarimaemae blood!
Terry Firiam
Terry Firiam
Partnerships Manager

Terry brings to EWB great experience working with volunteer organisations such as the Peace Corps and the Australian Volunteers Program, where he has worked as a cultural, language and technical trainer. Terry is also an actor and has previously worked as an actor for a theatre company, facilitating awareness campaign sessions in Vanuatu. He also has experience in general program management in the NGO sector.

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 First Nations
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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.

Alesha Printz
Alesha Printz
Board Member

Alesha’s passion for engineering was discovered whilst volunteering in a remote Mongolia community, convincing her of the importance of engineering to provide equitable lives for all. Several years later, in 2005, she joined an ambitious new organisation  – Engineers Without Borders.

Alesha’s EWB journey has been career-defining. During her two-year term as Chapter president (2008/09) she was awarded Young Professional Engineer of the Year (2009) by Engineers Australia. Other significant leadership roles include past Victorian President of Engineers Australia (2018) and she is a current board member of the Industry Capability Network, Victoria.

She is a Chartered Professional Civil Engineer and her early career focused on the delivery of water infrastructure projects. Her current role as General Manager, Victoria at Engineers Australia provides a unique opportunity to positively impact the profession.

Alesha is committed to the engineering profession and working with EWB to influence and drive change in the sector. She believes that diversity, social inclusion and developing the capability of the profession to deliver great outcomes for the community and society at large is essential.