australia & new zealand
fiji & the pacific islands
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
Consultant, Ngunnawal Country
Kate’s expertise is in leading collaboration and co-design processes that build shared strategy and practical frameworks to drive collective action in the international development space. Kate has built sector-wide and specialist communities-of-practice and has extensive experience working with technical, inter-governmental and community committees, many producing evidence-based advocacy and innovative learning resources for practitioners, such as a Systems Thinking and Collaboration toolkit for working with complexity and implementing the SDGs as a transformational agenda. She recently worked with Pacific and Australian partners to co-create ‘How-To’ Tools and Reflection Questions for practitioners wanting to engage personally and professionally in decolonization and locally-led development. Kate has a postgraduate qualification in international development and emergency practice with a focus on conflict transformation and peace building.
Natalia is a Canberra-based consultant, with significant experience leading gender equality and social protection evaluations for government and multilateral organisations. She is passionate about evidence-based aid and development, and supporting clients to establish collaborative and sustained solutions to wicked problems, and has worked and volunteered in Borneo, China, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. Natalia was previously A/g Director, International Gender Equality Policy at the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she led Australia’s implementation of the UN Women, Peace and Security Agenda, and advised on gender equality positioning within the UN Human Rights Council and General Assembly. She led aid and development programming for Australia’s national Behavioural Economics Team, and supported the Prime Minister’s strategic engagement with numerous multilateral forums including the G20, G7, APEC, and ASEAN. She holds a postgraduate qualification in international affairs and was named Global Winner of the Global Undergraduate Awards in 2016 for her research on the intersection between peace and gender equality. She speaks French and Mandarin.
Communications & Visibility Manager, Australian Humanitarian Partnership Support Unit
With more than 15 years experience in strategic communications and policy analysis, focusing on development issues across Asia and the Pacific, Ashlee is an experienced communications and visibility manager. Previously, Ashlee was Manager at the Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, supporting the centre’s growth, policy influence and visibility for a decade while coordinating a range of research-driven projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Areas of focus in her work include gender, humanitarian aid, Australian aid policy, media development and climate change. She brings applied skills in web development and multimedia production to her projects to support clear, impactful messaging.
Partnership Director, Australian Humanitarian Partnership Support Unit
With 20 years’ experience in international development, Jason spent 16 years working in Indonesia specialising in disaster risk management, disaster risk reduction, disaster response, risk governance, community development, and participatory monitoring and evaluation. During this time, he worked with the Australian Government (AusAID/DFAT), INGOs and for managing contractors on bilateral development programs. Jason is passionate about disaster risk management, climate change adaption and conflict resolution and believes collective efforts are required across government, international agencies and civil society partners to ensure that at-risk and vulnerable communities and groups are adequately protected from the ever-increasing challenges they face. Fluent in Bahasa Indonesia, Jason implemented and managed an array of disaster management and development programs across the archipelago. Between 2009 – 14, he was Training and Outreach Manager for the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction. This was the flagship disaster risk reduction partnership between the Australian and Indonesian Governments and engaged with a wide range of Indonesian government agencies, national civil society partners, international NGOs and UN agencies. Jason has postgraduate qualifications in international and community development.
Maria is driven by a passion for understanding different dimensions of inequality, and her professional interests include global poverty, gender justice and public health issues. She draws on significant experience in logistics and supply chain management in the private sector mainly in Peru, her home country. Maria speaks Spanish and English and holds postgraduate qualifications in development.
Ryan has more than 10 years’ experience working in the international development sector across Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific. His roles have included program implementation, research, activity design, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation. He has worked extensively with NGOs and CSOs in the design, delivery and monitoring of activities and projects, and has experience in program management roles in the governance, community development and rural development sectors. Ryan has a degree in international politics and post graduate qualifications in International and Community Development.
DELFORCE, Dr. Julie
Julie is a development professional and economist with nearly 40 years’ experience, including 22 years with the Australian Government. Her experience includes providing technical leadership across Australia’s overseas aid program as DFAT’s Senior Sector Specialist, Agricultural Development and Food Security. Her expertise extends to trade, market systems development, women’s economic empowerment, and labour mobility. Julie’s career has included periods as Economic Adviser to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Director of AusAID’s Pacific regional and Asia transboundary programs, and Senior Analyst with the International Economy Branch of Australia’s Office of National Intelligence. Julie’s writing experience includes authorship of reports for Australia’s senior Ministers, working papers and journal articles, and numerous policy papers and briefs. Julie holds PhD and Masters degrees in agricultural economics and an undergraduate qualification in social anthropology.
Chief Operating Officer
Thomas is an experienced executive and worked closely with the Founder to establish the company in Asia Pacific, growing it from a micro-enterprise to a medium-sized organisation. His technical expertise spans all aspects of corporate management including overseeing and managing growth, strategic planning and day-to-day functions for business development, human resources, finance, procurement, and policy development. He has worked on a variety of donor funded programs and tenders. Thomas is passionate about corporate ethics, impact investing and market systems development, and holds a postgraduate qualification in social policy.
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Quality, Learning & Performance, Australian Humanitarian Partnership Support Unit
Laura is a monitoring and evaluation specialist, with 15 years applied international development experience and a focus on the Pacific region. Her career spans multiple sectors including labour mobility, gender equality, governance, disaster risk reduction, disaster response, natural resource management, climate change and the environment, across government, international NGOs and the private sector. Laura’s passion lies in poverty reduction, gender equality and environmental sustainability. Her technical expertise includes all areas of monitoring and evaluation, including data collection, analysis, reporting, learning events and products. She has experience promoting evidence-based decision making and learning in large programs to promote continuous improvement and progress toward outcomes. A seasoned program manager, she also has experience leading geographically dispersed technical teams. Laura holds postgraduate qualifications in evaluation, international development and environmental management.
Beatriz joins Alinea’s Operations Team as an Administrative Assistant based in Melbourne. She brings over 5 years of knowledge and experience in business support and customer management. Inspired by social justice, she believes in the importance of equality for all communities in systems, structures, and institutions. Her experience accounts for an associate degree in Community Services and certified qualifications in Business Development between Australia and Brazil.
Melissa (she/her) is an experienced corporate professional with extensive history working in the social purpose sector across India, Thailand, Myanmar and Australia. She holds a Master of International Conflict and Security and a Bachelor of Media and Communications, and is skilled in capacity development, impact assessment, incident management, training, and operations.
Most recently, Melissa has provided executive-level support at Life Without Barriers to assist company Directors and stakeholders to drive continuous improvement in their service delivery, and in their engagement and empowerment of client voice.
Melissa feels extremely passionate about inclusion, and lives and works by the guiding principle that relationships and collaboration are key to creating effective and sustainable change.
David is a development specialist and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience working as a lawyer, mediator, consultant, aid practitioner and small business owner in South-East Asia and the Pacific. His background includes 10 years with DFAT designing, leading and reviewing large strategic programs; and 5 years as a lawyer and environmental consultant advising institutional investors on Environment, Social and Governance matters.
In Timor-Leste, David led Australia’s engagement on decentralisation reforms with the Government of Timor-Leste and coordinated monitoring activities and impact evaluations for Australia’s market system development activities including in emerging sectors of cocoa, adventure tourism and manufacturing. As Innovation Director within DFAT’s innovation hub, David designed Australia’s first development accelerator and helped DFAT win its first innovation medal after successful deployment of e-health technology in the Pacific that supported Australia’s subsequent COVID response.
In Solomon Islands, David established Solomons first public private partnership in food fortification to combat malnutrition and established twinning arrangements between Solomon Islands and five Australian hospitals. His areas of experience span health system reform, public financial management, private sector development, working in partner systems, women’s economic empowerment, safeguards, monitoring & evaluation, and labour mobility. David has founded several businesses in Australia and the region and has led several humanitarian responses for Australia. He holds post-graduate qualifications in law and development.
Jo-Hannah draws on more than 20 years’ experience in management, operational and policy roles in Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the US. She led drafting of Australia’s foremost humanitarian policies, including its previous humanitarian action policy and protection in humanitarian action framework. She advised the Australian Government’s Mission to the UN on humanitarian issues during its time on the UN Security Council, managed multi-million dollar partnerships, and contributed to global policy development in roles with the United Nations. Jo-Hannah also worked as an Executive at Humanitarian Advisory Group, leading research, design, monitoring and evaluation projects—bringing fresh thinking to challenge the status quo of humanitarian aid. Her operational background with UN OCHA, UN World Food Programme and NGOs includes designing, establishing and managing country-level response teams and programs delivering cash for work, conflict sensitivity, community engagement and feedback mechanisms and implementing multi-donor grant funds. She has also worked at DFAT’s innovationXchange, partnering with Google and Atlassian to identify transformative solutions to intractable development problems using technology. She holds a postgraduate qualification in international law and is a member of the RedR Australia expert pool.
Disaster Ready MEL Coordinator, Australian Humanitarian Partnership Support Unit
India is passionate about people and sustainable development. She has experience across a wide range of cross-cutting issues and sectors, including capacity development, labour mobility, environmental and social safeguards, monitoring and evaluation, community support services, transport and youth unemployment. She has a sound understanding of development theories, perspectives and approaches, with experience working closely with the Sustainable Development Goals. India has experience supporting delivery of monitoring and evaluation products and services for large program units. She holds a postgraduate qualification in international development.
Senior Communications Specialist
Tim joins Alinea with over 15 years’ experience in the sector working largely in humanitarian communications roles. He has worked at both Australian based INGOs that are partners of AHP, and in country and regional offices implementing humanitarian responses including Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Iraq, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and South Sudan. Tim is committed to implementing safeguarding practices in humanitarian communications and has designed and run multiple online trainings to ensure that colleagues and partners are properly representing the communities while adhering to the ‘do no harm’ principle.
Georgia is an experienced development practitioner with a specialist focus on gender equality, social inclusion, women’s and girls’ empowerment, safeguarding, and equity in education. She is experienced and skilled in program management, organisational governance, qualitative research foregrounding feminist and localised methodologies, relationship management, and capacity building. Georgia has delivered programs and supported diverse stakeholders in the development and education sectors in Australia, East Africa, and the Pacific, including international NGOs, grassroots and community-based organisations, and the private sector. Her experience includes periods living and working in Kenya, Malawi and Vanuatu. Georgia has postgraduate qualifications in Africa and international development studies.
Operations Manager for the AHPSU
Craig has worked in development for over twenty years. He worked for Oxfam, CARE, Save the Children and Mines Advisory Group, with long spells in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Myanmar and shorter assignments across Asia, Africa and South America. Most of his roles have been focused on organizational and operational leadership. Originally from the UK, Craig is qualified as Chartered Accountant having started his career with KPMG and has also substantial experience in program management. Prior to coming to Australia, Craig worked as a Director of Myanmar Education Consortium, a multi-donor program working with civil society organisations supporting the education of children unable to access government education, especially in conflict-affected areas.
Lucy is a social scientist with 10 years of professional experience in international development and sustainability. She brings skills in program administration, project management and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). Lucy has provided tangible consulting services and capacity building support to private, government and NGO clients. She has substantial experience also in direct delivery and partnership support to projects funded by donors AusAID/DFAT, USAID, AFD, EU and private investment groups. Lucy has lived and worked in Mauritius, Australia and France over the course of her career. She has carried out fieldwork in South Africa and Fiji and supported in-country partners, operations and projects across Africa, South-East Asia and Indo-Pacific regions. She is fluent in English and French.
Christina is a highly accomplished humanitarian specialist with over 25 years in the sector, including 15 years field experience in senior management roles for non-government organisations in Africa, Afghanistan, Turkey and Vietnam. She is experienced in research, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs in fragile and developing contexts. Her specialty focus is on programs for women and girls in conflict-affected and fragile contexts and the localisation of aid programs. Christina initiated and led the nationalisation of senior NGO management teams in Afghanistan and Turkey and undertook mentoring assignments with leaders from national and community based organisations in Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria and Bougainville. Christina holds postgraduate qualifications in humanitarian and refugee studies.
O’FARRELL, Sue Ellen
Lead, Quality, Learning & Performance, Pacific Labour Facility
Sue Ellen is a design, monitoring, evaluation and research specialist with more than 15 years’ experience implementing international development programs. She is experienced leading monitoring, evaluation, research and social inclusion activities for large donor-funded programs, and is passionate about undertaking evaluation and research in an inclusive and culturally-sensitive way. She has worked across a variety of modalities and multiple sectors including labour mobility, water and sanitation, infrastructure, social protection and human rights. Sue Ellen is drawn to working in partnership with stakeholders to address complex development programs, and has worked in Government (AusAID/DFAT) and for the private sector. She loves collecting data and converting it into knowledge products that inform policy and programming. She holds significant experience working in Indonesia and is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia. Sue Ellen holds a postgraduate qualification in evaluation.
MEL Manager, Australian Volunteers Program
Jake is a monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist with a passion for questioning the causes of inequality and injustice, and working to understand processes of social change. He is committed to participatory approaches, accountability and transparency, and to supporting processes of organisational learning and using evidence to improve programme quality. Jake has experience leading monitoring, evaluation and learning for large global programs and managing teams of MEL experts. He has previously held monitoring and evaluation advisor positions with the NGOs ActionAid and Plan International, where he was involved in a range women’s rights and gender equality programs, education, governance, resilience building and humanitarian response programs. His experience includes working in Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan and Sierra Leone, and supporting colleagues and partners in several other countries particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Jake has a postgraduate qualification in the anthropology of development.
With more than 10 years of experience working in Development, Elsa has worked on various programs in Timor-Leste in the areas of community development, women’s empowerment, peacebuilding, gender equality and election, decentralization and local power, and ending violence against women and girls in Timor-Leste. Elsa’s previous works also focused on governance initiatives including as a Decentralization Adviser with DFAT under Governance for Development (GfD), and Counterpart International’s USAID-Ba Distrito project. She also has undertaken a few consultancy projects on gender equality and ending violence against women and girls in Timor-Leste; including a review of DFAT’s Nabilan Program in Timor-Leste, and providing technical support to UN Women’s Spotlight Initiatives, gender equality and election. Elsa has a postgraduate degree in International Community Development from Victoria University-Australia and a specialization in Peace and conflict studies from the National University of Timor-Leste.
David’s passion lies in social change and environmental sustainability. With a background in animal welfare, David brings more than 15 years’ experience working in the not for profit sector where he designed and facilitated education programs and community engagement initiatives across two Australian states, New South Wales and Victoria. David has been involved in supporting agricultural system evaluations, village development and municipal administration program designs, and gender and social inclusion evaluations throughout Asia and the Pacific. David holds qualifications in development and environmental sustainability, and in business management and social enterprise.
Disaster Ready Coordinator
Liam is a global operations and grants management specialist. He is passionate about contributing to making projects work well, meeting and working with great people and engaging with important international issues. His experience includes management of a variety of Australian Government funded projects with a focus on disaster response and risk reduction in the Pacific region. He has held a variety of other roles including working in government procurement and international banking, trade and finance. Earlier in his career, Liam worked for a small NGO in Vietnam in microfinance. He holds a postgraduate qualification in development studies.
Erin is a Monero Ngarigo woman and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working within the private sector and the Aboriginal community promoting social justice, self-empowerment and holistic, culturally safe supports. Erin is passionate about inclusive and culturally safe programs, gender equity and justice, and sustainable, climate informed development. Erin also has a special interest in Asia programming, having worked as an English teacher in Japan and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Asian studies. Erin fosters an inclusive team culture, leads the induction of new staff and oversights corporate processes. She supports data entry and processing, logistics, procurement, and office management. She previously completed a Certificate IV in Community Services, delivered through the Aboriginal cultural lens.
Joel has 14 years’ experience promoting innovative approaches to evidence in aid, with a particular focus on monitoring, analysis, design and remote management in complex and protracted crises. Joel has worked across government, NGOs, the UN and private sector. He spent 10 years in the Middle East, including as Head of Cooperation for the Australian aid program to Palestine, leading ACAPS’ analysis hub in Yemen and supporting programming in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. More recently, he has trained Papua New Guinea’s Provincial Disaster Committees on post disaster needs assessment and analysis and advised aid organisations in Myanmar on how to adapt to a challenging delivery context. Joel is a Canberra local, with a degree in Asian Studies and Economics from the Australian National University. He speaks English and Arabic.
Mia has more than 15 years’ experience in international development, specialising in gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) and social development. Prior to joining Alinea International, Mia was based in Hanoi for eight years, serving in senior advisory roles for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). This included as the gender equality and social development adviser to the embassies in Vietnam and Myanmar, and as Australia’s first regional social development adviser to mainland South East Asia and the ASEAN Mission. Mia is experienced in providing advice to donors and partners on women’s economic empowerment, gender equitable leadership, and ending violence against women and children. She has participated as GESI specialist on over 20 design and evaluation missions, spanning a range of sectors including human resource development, humanitarian assistance, education, economic growth and trade, livelihoods, labour migration, human trafficking, peace programming, and infrastructure. She has published on a range of contemporary social issues in South East Asia, and has recently led a multi-agency country gender assessment in Vietnam as a baseline on women’s status at the onset of COVID-19. Mia holds qualifications in humanities, law and social sciences (international development), and speaks basic Vietnamese and Mandarin Chinese, and conversational French.
WHITELUM, Dr. Bernadette
CEO, Alinea International (Asia-Pacific)
Bernadette is CEO, Alinea International (Asia-Pacific) and founder of the Whitelum Group, which joined the Alinea family in 2020. Her commitment to building thriving communities and responsive governments spans more than 25 years. She specializes in supporting organizations and programs to apply adaptive management principles and practices to their work and utilize evidence to inform policy and practice directions. Bernadette’s background includes working within the Australian community development sector, NGOs, Australian Government aid program and United Nations Development Program. Her notable roles have included Counsellor for the Aceh Reconstruction Program in Indonesia in the wake of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami; Head of the Poverty Reduction Unit for UNDP overseeing the Papua Development Program and HIV/AIDs portfolio; and Program Director for the Australian Civilian Corps Deployment Support Services.
DR. WULANDARI, Primatia Romana
With over 15 years of monitoring and evaluation, program design, research, knowledge management and learning experience, Prima is passionate about ensuring development programs generate and use evidence to improve their effectiveness. Her experience ranges from community-level engagement, working in international NGOs, USAID and DFAT funded programs. Prima has worked on a variety of programs in the areas of humanitarian response, community development, maternal health, GEDSI, poverty reduction, bureaucratic reform, governance and knowledge-to-policy. She also has experience leading dispersed teams with technical acumen and an innovative mindset. She earned her PhD in policy learning and politics from the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne. She also holds a Master of Arts in Management and Development, with a specialisation in social inclusion and gender, from Van Hall Larenstein-Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
FIJI AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS
Regional MEL Coordinator
Linda is a results driven professional with more than 15 years’ experience working on international programs, with a focus on volunteering and education initiatives. She has led education and scholarship activities for universities and bilateral funded programs across the Pacific region. Her experience includes as Fiji Country Manager for the DFAT-funded Pacific Secondary Schools Scholarships Program and Awards and Alumni Coordinator for Australia Awards Fiji and Tuvalu. Whilst Scholarships Coordinator for the University of the South Pacific, she managed 12 government and university-funded private scholarships. Linda is passionate about learning and education, drawing on more than a decade’s experience as a high school teacher in Fiji. She holds postgraduate qualifications in education and gender studies.
Tala has extensive Consulting experience across multiple sectors with key areas being Education, Climate Change and Safeguards. She had a leading role developing the first ever Samoa Education Sector Climate Change and Disaster Resilience Strategy and has produced Environmental Impact Assessment Comprehensive reports, Strategic Plans and Project Evaluation reports, showcasing her thematic interests and skills. She has significant research experience, having worked with UN Women, WHO, World Bank, and with our own team in the QLP PLF as a Social Researcher. In addition, she’s been a Researcher for academic institutions including University of the South Pacific, University of Sydney and the University of NSW.
Team Leader, Australian – Solomon Islands Governance Project
Leone is a monitoring, evaluation and learning, capacity development and program management specialist with more than 15 years’ experience working with civil society, private sector, bilateral and multilateral programs in the Indo-Pacific. They are passionate about empowering vulnerable groups and marginalised communities to realise their full potential, and advocate for locally driven development to achieve sustainable and equitable results. As a Pacific Islander, they bring first-hand experience and deep understanding of designing and delivering development programs and MEL systems across multiple countries in resource constrained settings. Leone’s experience includes advice and support to the Australian Volunteers Program, the DFAT-funded Fiji Civil Society Engagement Program, and Fiji Community Development Program. As ADRA Fiji’s Programs Director, they designed and delivered projects in disaster risk management, WASH, sexual and reproductive health and rights, community development, economic empowerment and youth empowerment. Leone holds postgraduate qualifications in governance.
INDONESIA & ASIA
Jack is an international development professional with versatile analytical and writing skills. Recently, Jack was a consultant with the World Bank’s social development team in Indonesia, providing upstream ‘Gender Tag’ support to cross-sectoral task teams during project design and performing various analytical work, including on the care economy and gender-based violence. He also led preparation and implementation support to a recipient-executed pilot project to increase vulnerable groups’ access to social protection programs and legal identity documents. Previously Jack was a consultant with the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (MAMPU) and prior to that worked with the Indonesian National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) in Jakarta. He has been published in several Indonesian and international media outlets and worked as an Indonesia analyst providing services to government. Jack is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia and has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in International Relations.
With more than 45 years of experience in international development, Don has managed governance and civil society projects and designed and evaluated poverty reduction and institutional strengthening programs in several Asian countries, including China, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. He has extensive program experience in Sri Lanka, including as Field Manager of the National Languages Equality Advancement Project. Don’s background includes working as Director for Canada’s Tsunami Results Monitoring Project; Local Government Policy Advisor to the USAID-funded Transparent and Accountable Local Governance Project; Senior Advisor to the GAC-funded Sri Lanka Canada Development Fund; and Field Coordinator for Canada World Youth.
Consultant & Team Leader for Technical Assistance to Support Carbon Farming
Buddhi Kunwar is an agroforestry and rural development expert. He has more than 25 years’ experience in community development in developing countries. Prior to joining Alinea, Buddhi was the Senior Agroforestry Expert at GOPA Worldwide Consultants for EU/BMZ funded Partnership for Sustainable Agroforestry program in Timor Leste. He was previously the Deputy Chief of Party (Program) and Senior Director at the Sustainable Action for Resilience and Food Security (Sabal) project funded from USAID in Nepal. In addition, Buddhi brings project management experience with the projects and program funded from the European Union, USAID, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Australian Aid and Department for International Development (DFID), UK in Nepal and Timor Leste. He holds degrees in tropical agriculture, ecology, environment and plant science.
Alberto Correia brings 14 years’ experience in the monitoring, evaluation and research of development programs in Timor-Leste, including for ADB, DFAT, USAID, UN, and EU. He specialises in the development of MEL Systems and results-based management, project evaluations and reviews, research (including qualitative and quantitative analysis) and M&E capacity building. Alberto has extensive experience in a range of sectors including democratic governance, institutionalisation, policy advocacy, community development, agriculture, workforce, water and sanitation, poverty reduction, and gender equality. He has hands-on experience providing contextually relevant, strategic advice. Notably, Alberto has some extensive experience in leading and supporting different qualitative and quantitative research and evaluations with different projects. Alberto provided consultancy services for some of the ADB’s master plan projects. In his previous work experience with USAD’s Civil Society Strengthening project in Timor-Leste, he provided intensive training on Qualitative and Quantitative Research and Analysis to 8 CSOs in Timor-Leste (Fundasaun Mahein, JSMP, BELUN, MAHON, ADTL, CBRNTL, PROSPEK, FHTL). Alberto was previously an M&E Adviser at the M&E House ‘Buka Hatene’ Project funded by DFAT, where he provided technical M&E advice across Australian aid investment programs in Timor-Leste. This includes development of M&E systems and provide support to different program evaluations and reviews funded by DFAT. He is also a founding member of the Timor-Leste National Engineers Association, and Timor-Leste National M&E Group.
Regional MEL Coordinator
Nimesha is a monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in development, relief and emergency, and rehabilitation contexts. She has extensive experience in handling multi-disciplinary NGO, multilateral and bilateral programs covering many thematic areas including volunteering, child focussed programming, monitoring and evaluation systems, capacity development, landscape studies and trend analysis, baseline studies and evaluations,. Nimesha is passionate about evidence-based programming and adaptive management as key drivers of success. She is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative data analysis and dedicated to applying data driven system approaches in project management. Nimesha holds a postgraduate degree in organisational development.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer for PARTISIPA
Paul M Pinto has over five years of experience in a wide range of development sectors in Timor-Leste such as good governance, basic education, agriculture, and health. He has been involved in donor reports (USAID, EU, UNICEF, MFAT, and DFAT) and evaluation activities: bassline studies, mid-term evaluation and final evaluation. He is passionate about M&E skills in analysing qualitative and quantitative data and designing MEL framework on how to measure the level of success and MEL plan describing how monitoring plan works. He holds a degree in communication and minor in political science.
Queentries comes to Alinea International with nearly a decade of experience in effecting change at the nexus of gender, business, and investment. Provision of technical advisory, diagnostic assessment, training, facilitation, and conducting of mixed methods research on gender and market-based development are among her fortes. Queentries previously worked with America-based and Europe-based consulting firms as a Gender and Business Expert, international NGOs, donor agencies, and social enterprises. She has solid experience in supporting local and international organisations, and businesses in advancing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) through the delivery of more than 50 tailored trainings and facilitations on gender sensitization and strategy, gender lens investing, women economic empowerment. Additionally, she has co-produced various knowledge assets such as gender mainstreaming tools and frameworks, practical GESI guidelines for business, advisory reports and case studies to a multi-range of clients including impact investors, UN bodies, SMEs, and governments at the Southeast Asia level. Queentries holds a postgraduate qualification in social policy development with specialization in poverty studies.
Chief Technical Officer
With more than 20 years of experience designing, managing and implementing development programs, Kate is Chief Technical Officer of Alinea International (Asia-Pacific). She specializes in social development, gender equality, service delivery governance and community development programming in Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia. Kate has extensive experience with program design, strategy and implementation, developed through her team leader roles with the MAMPU Program (Australia – Indonesia Partnership for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) and the KOMPAK Program (service delivery governance). Most recently, she held the role of Senior Social Development Specialist and Gender Coordinator for the World Bank Indonesia and Timor Leste. Kate is a member of several gender-focussed Civil Society Networks across Southeast Asia.
Regional MEL Coordinator
Huong has over 15 years’ experience working in the development sector and has supported the delivery of aid programs in Cambodia, China, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Vietnam through national execution and managing contractor models. Her work has included strengthening East Asian countries’ capacities in public finance, public health, education, governance, justice, agriculture, transport, and climate change resilience. She is experienced in generating evidence to inform decisions that improve program performance and is familiar with systems and processes of the major donors (DFAT, DFATD, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and World Bank). Huong has been involved in client satisfaction surveys in urban water and sanitation services and in public health services at disadvantaged communes, mid-term evaluations, final evaluations, situation analysis, and public expenditure reviews at provincial and national levels. She holds a qualification in economics, majoring in international trade, and undertook training with The Evaluators’ Institute.
TRIYANANDA, Athina (Lupi)
Regional MEL Coordinator
Lupi is an experienced monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist, with strong experience working across a wide range of issues including volunteering, sanitation, food security, governance, and renewable energy. Lupi is skilled in monitoring and evaluation practice including development of frameworks, outcome harvesting, theories of change, data analysis and reporting. She is passionate about accountability mechanisms, community group participation and social inclusion, and has experience contributing to NGO, bilateral and multilateral programs. She holds a postgraduate qualification in governance and development policy.
Naomi specializes in programme planning, designing, implementation, and evaluation using gender transformative, feminist principles, and human rights-based approaches. She also has a strong understanding of research, including monitoring and evaluation.
She has in-depth and hands-on experience working with community-based, grassroots initiatives in communities across Asia and the Pacific. Also is a strong human rights advocate, with a wide network in the region. She’s co-led the design and expansion of the World YWCA’s core leadership program called Rise Up! Young Women’s Leadership Initiative in Asia and Pacific and co-developed a global toolkit for the program to go beyond the YWCA.
Naomi Woyengu holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors Degree in Political Science from the University of Papua New Guinea. She has more than 7 years of experience working in the gender, youth, and development space, first starting in Papua New Guinea and most recently in the Asia-Pacific Region.