Our team

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Our team is committed to getting aid and development right.

BrendanRigbyBrendan Rigby (@bjrigby)

Managing Director and Co-founder

Brendan is a education specialist currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Brendan is studying the literacy practices of out-of-school children in Ghana, using participatory photography to document their transition through a Complementary Basic Education program into formal schooling. He is also a consultant for Plan International, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and UNICEF. Formerly, Brendan was an Education Officer with UNICEF in Ghana and Director of Venture Support for StartSomeGood. He is obsessed with American football, Chinese tea and running.

Jennifer Ambrose (@jeneambrose)


Jennifer currently works as an International Research Analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, contributing to research on international aid and evaluations of development interventions. She’s also a contributor at Development Intern, a blog for young professionals and aspiring aid workers. Previously, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, where she taught English and helped implement projects in community health and financial inclusion. Jennifer is particularly interested in aid effectiveness, ethics in development, narratives of developing countries and African cultures. She recently earned an M.A. in International Development from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and is living in Boston.

1371351_10151689502062654_2042726203_nJessica Meckler

Global Partnerships Coordinator

Jessica is a Master’s candidate at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focuses on economic development and NGO management. She also currently works at the Akanksha Foundation as an American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellow, assisting with impact assessments, curriculum design, and system creation in schools for children from low-income communities. Previously, she taught English in South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and she has interned at multiple community development organisations in the USA, South Korea, and Bangladesh. Jessica is particularly interested in sustainable development, monitoring and evaluation, organisational learning, and education.

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Project Manager – Colab m

Jennifer currently works as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, and is a regular tutor for the subject ‘Musics of the World’ at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She has recently completed a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, and wrote her thesis on Chinese soft power towards the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia. She is interested in international development efforts taking place in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the customs, cultures and people of China and Indonesia. Jennifer currently volunteers for Save the Children’s African Reading Club. She was a participant of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program in 2012-13, helping to lead a community development project in Sermo Village, Yogyakarta. She speaks Mandarin and Indonesian, and enjoys Chinese tea, tai chi and piano.

Sonja LarsenSonja Larsen

Communications Coordinator

Sonja is currently studying a Master of International Development Practice at Monash University in Melbourne. She works as a Marketing Coordinator for Asian Aid, where she has helped lead and implement a variety of new communication strategies and initiatives. She has an interest in development-related initiatives and challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly within Melanesia, where she spent most of her childhood. With her development and communications background, Sonja hopes to use her skills to expose and create stories – through creative participatory storytelling approaches – that catalyse action on social issues. She speaks Bislama, enjoys writing and photography, and is a lover of food and believer in justice.

WhyDev_profilepicMichelle Ferns

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Michelle is a vibrant and tenacious human rights advocate. Based in Melbourne, Michelle is currently working as a freelance consultant for the Refugee Council of Australia. After a whirlwind of internships stretching over the past 18 months Michelle has worked with Amnesty International New Zealand and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) Secretariat in Bangkok. Michelle has also worked as a volunteer with Asylum Access Thailand and In Search of Sanuk working with Bangkok’s urban refugee population. Michelle is Graduate from the University of Auckland, New Zealand where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in International Relations and Human Rights.

jc_colorJia Chee Lee

Web Developer

JC is a full stack web developer. She has recently completed her full time Web Development course in General Assembly and is starting her new job soon.  She has a range of IT related experience in various fields from web development, IT operations and support, graphic designs to Audio and Video Editing. JC has previously volunteered as a web developer for Ministry of Mines in Ethiopia. The experience in Ethiopia changed JC’s perspective in life. Since the trip to Ethiopia, JC has taken special interest in development country related issues and projects. She wants to be able to use her professional skills and help make a difference.


Founding members

Brendan Rigby, Weh Yeoh, Ellie Wong, Stuart Meney, Sam Porter, Rachel Szekely, Ross Wortham and Sally Crawshaw

Logo design

Stuart Meney

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