Our people are the lifeblood of our organisation and we are privileged to have a team of passionate and highly talented individuals from across the world.
Founder and Executive Director
A systems thinker and our fearless leader. He grew up across Malawi, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and now calls Australia home. He's also an author and a poet!
A Founding Director of the organisation and an expert in governance. She's a mediator and an absolute foodie!
A Founding Director and a self confessed finance nerd! James is passionate about social business and is always full of ideas. He's modest but he's quite the musician.
Social Media Manager
Manages our social media accounts all the way from Brazil! She's a communications specialist with a deep interest in how social media can be used to make a positive impact across the world. She constantly using Whatsapp to get new media right from our project teams at the grassroots!
A passionate activist. He's studying Communications and handles all our press releases. He supports Thaylise and is always on the look out for a great story angle to raise awareness and support for our mission.
Social Impact Analyst
A management consultant who is passionate about using her skills to make a difference. Emma manages our social impact and donor reporting processes. She is also part of our project research team.
Our lovely Marketing Coordinator is also a highly talented graphic designer. Her commitment and attention to detail is mighty impressive. Adores dogs!
Engagement Manager (Melbourne)
A serial changemaker! Shek is passionate about a wide range of issues. When she's not organising events and negotiating partnerships for our tribe, she's organising huge social justice rallies in Melbourne ...no big deal.
Engagement Manager (Sydney)
Kelly has been a core part of our team since 2011. She is a sustainability consultant with a deep appreciation of our project approach. She is an absolute trooper and she's constantly exploring potential partnerships to take our organisation to the next level.
Community Banking Specialist
Jason is an Investment Analyst and works alongside our project team in Malawi as a remote consultant for our community bank projects. He's passionate about our commitment to build local capacity and is focused on ensuring these cooperatives run smoothly
A passionate change maker with a background in Environmental Science. Having started as a volunteer in 2010, he is now the leader of our growing movement in Malawi.
One of the founding directors of Empower Malawi. A childhood friend of Shanil, he's an engineer, a successful businessman and golf addict. The team benefits from his financial acumen and his ability to mobilise support for our mission.
He's one of the most endearing people you will ever meet! Bright is a true team player and is deeply committed to grassroot development. We all admire his can do attitude and the support he gives our project staff.
Admin and Accounts Officer
Enthusiastic and diligent, Kathy provides our team with vital admin support and keeps our finances in order.
Field Coordinator (Kapita)
Based in Kapita, Lusako iis able to leverage his great interpersonal skills to forge deep connections with community members and support their action plans.
Tinah is our resident permaculture expert and is already building the capacity of our team and partner communities to be systems thinkers.