EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The executive committee is made up of dedicated individuals accountable for the strategic operation of the organisation.

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Office Bearers

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President

Dr Sandy Chong Yee-Ling

A Harvard alumna, Sandy is the winner of 2020 Australia Community Citizen of the Year; 2020 US Stevie International Business Award for Executive of the Year; 2019 Asia’s Top Sustainability Women of the Year; 2019 Exceptional Women of Excellence Award, Women Economic Forum; 2016 Singapore Management Consultant of the Year; & 2016 WA Multicultural Recognition Awards.  Sandy earned her PhD in Info. Systems in 2003, Sandy has over 15 years’ experience leading International Business, Communication, ICT, Governance and Strategic Alliance projects across public, private & non-profit sectors.  An active contributor of the SDGs, Sandy strongly believes that education & leadership are key to economic empowerment for youths & women. Appointed State Ambassador for Australian Harvard Women, Ambassador for the Valuing Children Initiatives, Global Ambassador of The Inspiring Rarebirds, and the International Mentor of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Sandy has represented Australia as a delegate at the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN HQ in New York, and served as Special Rapporteur for Youth Workers at the 105th International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference in Geneva.  Her passion in connecting business with philanthropy helped raise funds for UN Women, Special Olympics Australia & Homeward Bound. In addition to serving on boards & mentoring high achievers, Sandy is an avid traveler, composer & painter.

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Vice President

Katherine McKenzie

Katherine is a commercial and regulatory lawyer with extensive experience in the energy sector. Katharine was named ‘Young Energy Professional of the Year’ at the 2017 Western Australian Energy Awards and was also named in the 2016 Doyle’s Guide National Energy & Resources Rising Stars Ranking. A Director of the Australian Institute of Energy and Founder and Chair of Women in Energy, a successful network that connects and supports women in the sector. Her passion in helping disadvantaged women has led her to participate in UN Women’s Trek for Rights in Fiji and its annual fundraising event, International Women’s Day Breakfast, since 2014 to raise funds for women in the Pacific region.

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Vice President

Hannah Brown

Hannah is a registered psychologist trained in organisational development, with experience across public, private and not-for-profit organisations. In her current role, Hannah works on strategic initiatives and projects  aimed at enhancing individual, team and organisational effectiveness. Hannah holds a master’s degree in industrial and organisational psychology with High Distinction, and has written theses on female leadership development, as well as fairness and motivation in the workplace. Hannah’s passion for social justice and equality led to her involvement with the UNAAWA and role in the Executive Committee. In her spare time, Hannah facilitates a community networking group dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women in Metropolitan WA.

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Secretary

Thijs Roos

Thijs has been involved with various NFP’s organisations, both in business and community outreach programs such as assistance for the homeless and Radio Lollipop. He understands all aspects of working in and with NFPs through his past roles as an active volunteer; being the founder of an NFP fund and a volunteer coordinator. Professionally, Thijs has an extensive background having worked in WA’s main industries; mining, hospitality and tourism and Marketing. He is passionate about providing assistance to those in need, and sees it as his duty to give back to the community with time, effort and energy; and as a parent, to leave this world a better place for his children and their friends. Thijs strongly believes in the power of a smile and how this can affect change in a person’s life, but that actions are required to make the change sustainable and accessible to all.

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Treasurer

Manisha Bhudia CPA ACGMA

I am a Financial Adviser by profession, and it is what I love to do because I get to create a conscious positive impact, one life at a time, daily. I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. I decided to educate myself enough to be able to move to a country that would provide my future children an opportunity to thrive and have every access to equal opportunities in life. To fulfill this aspiration, I decided to enrol with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and self-taught the course on a correspondence basis. I obtained my CIMA certification in 2006 and immigrated to Australia in 2007. Shortly after arriving in Australia, I obtained CPA designation and worked for various corporate organisations. In 2012, I decided to sidestep and pursue a career in financial planning as my acquired skills and experience complimented my passion for wanting to financially empower people and educate on the importance of mindset towards money. I believe Education equates to Economic Empowerment which leads to Freedom to make informed choices.  Because I am a knowledge seeker, I am enthusiastic about learning and gaining new skills so that I can create a positive impact and empower people to achieve their financial aspirations.  I am a current Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), Certified Public Accountant (Australia), Financial Planning Association Australia, SMSF Association of Australia and Tax Financial Adviser. I have completed Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. I have also completed a Certificate in Behavioural Money Coaching.

Executive Members

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Convenor - Environment Committee

Jonathan Oon

Jonathan is a Manager of Strategy at RMIT University, responsible for shaping the University’s strategic priorities and leading projects to find solutions to its most pressing strategic and operational challenges. He has recently designed innovation programs to support researchers in developing the skills they need to implement their breakthrough ideas and is currently working on developing the University’s next 5-year strategic plan where he is focused on embedding the SDGs as a key priority for the University. Jonathan is intrigued by the potential of Universities, research institutions, innovation ecosystems, industry and government collaborating to design and deliver innovative solutions towards all of the SDGS. He has a particular interest in the circular economy, sustainable food systems and new models of economic and business development and distribution.

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Chief of Communications

Aisha Parker

Chief of Communications (Executive Committee)  

Vice Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals Committee (SDG Business Forums)

 

Aisha is a postgraduate student at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She is currently completing a Masters Degree of International Relations and National Security, specialising in Energy Security. In her Bachelor’s Degree she majored in History with minors in Professional Writing and Literature. Aisha is passionate in all aspects of communications, sustainability and national security. Aisha is also the Vice Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals Committee where she has thoroughly enjoyed implementing the SDGs into Business Forums since 2018. She loves volunteering and regularly participates in community volunteering events to improve the environment and the visibility of the SDGs.

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Convenor - Human Rights Committee

Randhir Amoganathan

Randhir completed his Law degree in 1992 in United Kingdom, with an MBA in 1993 at Keele University and an MSC (Econs) from the London School of Economics in 1994. He specialised in software contracts management in UK and was an In-House Legal Counsel in Singapore. Migrating to Australia in 2008, he is admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the High Court of Australia and the High Court of New Zealand. In 2018, he founded Obvia Legal to further provide legal services in commercial and contracts, wills & estates, as well as migration & citizenship. A contract specialist since 2012 Randhir has represented clients at the Magistrates and District Court in Perth and Bunbury, and Federal Magistrates Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Perth. He is currently a member of the Business Network International (BNI), a Board member of the College of Law (WA) Alumni Association. and the Secretary of the WA-Singapore Business Connect Inc (WASBC). He is most passionate about migrant and refugees issues. In his spare time, he likes to read, especially on Greece and Rome, catch up on foreign films and spend time with his family

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Chair of UN Day Organising Committee 

Henry Thai

Henry Thai is a passionate supporter of the UNAAWA and has been an active member since 2019. He has served on the UN Day committee since 2019 as the communications officer as well as other ad hoc duties.

 

Henry is a third-year mechanical engineering student at Curtin University with a diverse portfolio, including experience in public policy as a former intern at the Department of Transport, is currently a delegate in the Indo-Pacific Future Leaders Programme run by the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership, and also has years of experience as a journalist and presenter for 107.3FM, The Wire National Current Affairs, and Startup News. A passionate advocate for STEM, he is the incoming chair for the Perth branch of peak industry body Royal Aeronautical Society and is currently completing various projects for Curtin’s Space Science and Technology Centre

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Convenor for Peace Portfolio

Manita Beskow

Trained as a Psychologist and Jungian Analyst, Manita is also a Yoga and Meditation teacher and has taught in this field for over 40 years. She is a member of the UNAAWA Executive, representing the Universal Great Brotherhood, Dr de la Ferrière Foundation. Manita lives in the Perth Hills, in a Spiritual Community, and likes to continue contributing to a more consciously peaceful world where the physical (including environment), psyche and spirit are integrated into each person’s personal development. Manita leads the Education for Peace portfolio in the Education Reference Group (ERG).

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UNAAWA Global Representative

Joeseph Caruso

One of our longest-serving Executive Member, Joseph has served as Secretary and Acting President of the UNAAWA. The Founding Member of the St. John of God Coronary Care Foundation, Joseph travels internationally to support a various number of charities  and causes for environmental and climate change. An invitee to UNESCO meetings in Iceland and Scandinavia,  Australian industry Defence Network delegation, annual RSL ANZAC Day Service and Remembrance Day, Joseph is also a proud Patron for the Miracles in London.