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

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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; 2016 Singapore Management Consultant of the Year; & 2016 WA Multicultural Recognition Awards.  Sandy earned her PhD in Info. Systems (2003) and has over 15 years’ experience leading International Business, Strategic Communication, and Strategic Alliance projects across public-listed, private & non-profit organisations.  An active contributor of the SDGs, Sandy strongly believes that education & leadership are key to economic empowerment for youths & women. Appointed the Auspire Ambassador for the Australia Day Council, Ambassador for the Valuing Children Initiatives, State Director for Australian Harvard Women, and a working group member of the Special Olympics World Games, 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 for Strategy

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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 for Membership

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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 provide legal services in commercial, contracts, wills. estates, as well as migration and citizenship. A contract specialist since 2012, Randhir has represented clients at the Magistrates, 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. Currently, Randhir also serves as a Human Rights Convener for the UNAAWA. 

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Treasurer

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Manisha Bhudia CPA ACGMA

Manisha Bhudia is a Financial Adviser by profession, and it is what she loves to do because she gets to create a conscious positive impact. She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Enrolled in Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and self-taught the course on a correspondence basis, she obtained her CIMA certification in 2006 and immigrated to Australia in 2007. Shortly after arriving in Australia, she obtained CPA designation and worked for various corporate organisations. In 2012. She believes Education equates to Economic Empowerment which leads to Freedom to making informed choices.  She is 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. She has also completed Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and earned a Certificate in Behavioural Money Coaching.

Executive Members

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Chief of Communications

Aisha Parker

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Chief of Communications (Executive Committee)  
Vice Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals Committee (SDG Business Forums)
 
Aisha completed her 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 - Environment Committee

Melissa Arias

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Melissa Arias is driven by the pursuit of sustainability in Western Australia. She is a passionate advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals and mitigation of environmental degradation, and believes that each one of us that makes a small change, can make a greater difference. Melissa completed both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business, and testament to her passion for the field, topped her class in Managing in Sustainability following with an award from the Department of Communities. Melissa hopes that through advocacy and engagement with communities, schools and corporates, we can identify the opportunities aligned with adopting the SDGs and targets.

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Convener for Gender Equality Committee

Nirri Shah

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Nirri Shah is a community-minded person with a passion for social impact and commitment to leading the way. She was born and raised in Kenya which continues to influence who she is today. It is a country and a region troubled by poverty and inequality, but with enormous human potential and strength of spirit. It has always inspired her to be socially active and she is passionate in bridging the inequality gap. Nirri has over seven years of professional experience, with a Graduate Diploma degree in Psychology and a Double Degree in International Economics and Commerce. As Strategy Consultant within the Talent & Organisation team at Accenture, her professional experience has seen her worked within many industries and lead projects and teams that involve Leadership Development, Change Management, Capability Development, Learning, and Diversity and Inclusion.

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Convenor for Education Committee

Zaina Debouch

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Zaina is a Historian and a Teacher with a passion for education and arts. She was born in Brazil and have been living in Australia for four years. For the past two years she has been working in schools as an Education Assistant with students with special needs, especially autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Growing up in Brazil provided her the perspective on social disparity and the necessity of working towards minimizing the effects of social injustices. Zaina has done volunteer work building houses in the Brazilian slums (favelas) and teaching Brazilian folklore to kids in disadvantage. She also has many years of experience with events production and hospitality.

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UNAAWA Global Representative

Joeseph Caruso

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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. 

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Chair of UN Day Organising Committee

Dr S Zaung Nau

Dr S Zaung Nau is a Lecturer in the School of Management, Curtin University and a fellow of Higher Education Academy. Her research interests are sustainable transportation in Western Australia and  geospatial analysis on socio-economic, and public health. She is passionate about "Education for Equality and Equity" and has been advocating, liaising and advising the community-based educational projects in Myanmar. She is currently running the Homework Help program to provide education support for children in WA Myanmar community. She has also been an advocate for the settlement needs of humanitarian migrants, liaising the job readiness training for migrant women and assisting them to set up small businesses in WA. With her passion to preserve heritage, she has been organising and fundraising for Myanmar cultural events. As a Cultural Ambassador by the City of Canning, she has been contributing to the connection of diversity and enhance the sense of belonging in the community.