Program Director, Asia Region
What are you famous for?
I am known as an international development professional with expertise in the implementation of large programs across the Asia Pacific region. My background is in program management and business development. During my time at Cardno, I have overseen the implementation of several flagship, Australian government-funded investments including the $57 million Australia-Asia Program to Combat Human Trafficking, $83 million Basic Education Sector Transformation Program, and the $31 million Basic Education Assistance to Muslim-Mindanao.
Tell us about your Cardno journey so far:
My journey at Cardno over the last 11 years has been unbelievable. Since joining Cardno, I have undertaken long-term assignments in the Philippines and PNG and undertaken short-term inputs in countries across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. I have held a variety of roles including Country and International Development Assistance Manager Philippines, Program Director and Recruitment and Retention Manager, and I have worked in a range of sectors including developmental leadership, law and justice, education, counter-trafficking in persons and women’s economic empowerment.
I am surrounded by exceptional people, who are committed to ensuring positive outcomes for the communities in which we live and work. I have great colleagues, many of whom I will call friends for life, which is one key reason why I have stayed at Cardno for so long.
There is no shortage of exciting opportunities within international development, and I can honestly say that no day is ever the same!
Why did you join Cardno?
Prior to joining Cardno’s International Development team, I was undertaking a short-term contract within a federal government department. One day a recruiter contacted me and mentioned Cardno was looking for someone with my skill set to work support recruitment activities in PNG. I thought it sounded fascinating and after a series of interviews, I was selected for the role and have never looked back!
How are you, your team and Cardno making a difference?
My team and I are making a difference in our work by providing high-quality program management support to the implementation of an outstanding program focused on boosting the capacity of the criminal justice response to countering trafficking in person across the ASEAN region. The program aims to reduce the incentives and opportunities for Trafficking in Persons, which is a truly heinous crime that affects the most vulnerable.