Jo Buldeski

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Senior Consultant (Social & Impact Assessment)
Brisbane, Australia
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What are you famous for?

My work in the international development sector as a social scientist, development practitioner and engagement consultant.

Tell us about your Cardno journey so far:

It’s been quite a winding road. I came back to Australia in 2007 after volunteering in Vanuatu as a Youth Ambassador for Development (AYAD), and I decided I wasn’t going to go back to my role in advertising and media. Instead, I went back to university to complete a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in International Development.

While I waited for the first 2008 UQ semester to begin, I started contracting to Cardno as an administrator on the South-East Queensland Bulk Water Infrastructure Project. This led to other opportunities at Cardno where I was offered the flexibility to work 25-hours a week to fit work around my studies.

Upon graduating, other opportunities became available where I could put all my skills into practice, and I started working on engagement and social planning projects. Since then, I’ve gained a lot of experience working on projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu, and I’m now a senior international development consultant.

Why did you join Cardno?

In my case it’s not why I joined, it’s why I stayed.

I’ve stayed because Cardno has a great culture, management have always been very supportive of everything that I have wanted to achieve, and my role gives me a chance to collaborate and learn from so many interesting and inspirational team members who are working on different projects around the globe.


How are you, your team and Cardno making a difference?

We work in developing countries and everything that our international team does, makes a difference; especially through good project management, transparency, and capacity building underpinning our physical infrastructure works. We work with multilateral donors, which use aid funds to address key problems in communities.

However, sometimes we don’t see the difference straight away by building a bridge or a road, but these projects have huge impacts on the communities around them, as they lead to poverty alleviation, access to education, employment, and social services (health), which can improve the quality of life for thousands of people.