Building the Future

INA provides those passionate about eradicating global poverty an International Development Platform through which you can be informed and involved.  

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Our Vision

A just world where all people are treated equally to reach their God-given potential.

Our Mission

We are committed to building innovative partnerships for community well-being and empowering women and children in our work.

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What We Do

Global poverty is complex and worsening through the impact of COVID-19. COVID-19 drove an additional 97 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, according to World Bank estimates. 3.1 million children die each year through poor nutrition. 9.2% of the world survives on less than $1.90 a day.

International Needs Australia (INA) is an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) accredited international aid and development organisation. INA’s vision is for a just world where all people are treated equally to reach their God-given potential. INA has been committed to building innovative partnerships for community wellbeing and empowering women and children in their work for almost 50 years.

INA works in South-east Asia, South Asia & Eastern Africa with local, innovative partners focusing on three key areas: Education, Health and Livelihoods. We work with the poorest communities in our identified regions, regardless of affiliation, to eliminate poverty and its causes.

INA also supports online and face-to-face education programs at all levels in Australian schools and in all states to help students identify and act on their purpose through alignment with the Australian Curriculum. Programs use real data, video and other materials to bring the Sustainable Development Goals to life so that students can develop a personal understanding for global poverty and their place in the world.

We manage funds carefully, and over 81% of our funds are spent on international programs and community education.

International Needs Australia (INA) is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and donor-funded and accredited International Development organisation that works with the poorest and most marginalised communities, especially women and children, to eliminate poverty and its causes regardless of affiliation. INA is different in our approach to International Development and our engagement with Australian supporters because INA:

  • Focuses on women and children in three key areas: Education, Health and Livelihoods,
  • Works in Southeast Asia, South Asia & Eastern Africa (currently Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines),
  • Is grounded in Christian values and strives for a just world where all people are treated equally to reach their God-given potential,
  • Commits to in-country project localisation with innovative partners and work through local staff and volunteers. We believe this is respectful and supports the development of more substantial and sustainable partner organisations and community outcomes,
  • Believes in poverty alleviation through a cross-sectoral and holistic approach to community development. This approach lets us partner with donors and other agencies committed to holistic poverty alleviation, focusing on community-prioritised needs
  • Conducts national education programs with Australian students that align with the Australian Curriculum to help youth clarify their personal purpose and increase empathy and understanding of global poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals,
  • Brings our funding contributors and in-country partners closer together to easily co-design projects with all stakeholders to support innovation and alignment of programs, and
  • Is efficient and allocates over 83% of funds to overseas projects or community education programs.

our CORE VALUES

We are a child safe organisation committed to protecting children and promoting child well-being through our work.

We are Christian

We are motivated by the example of Jesus, reaching out to the poor, marginalised and oppressed of the world.

We are a voice for the poor, the disadvantaged and the oppressed

We advocate for just actions that bring positive change to the lives of the poor.

We value and respect people of all ages, gender, race and creed

We do not discriminate against any person but treat all equally and with dignity.

We are stewards of natural, human and financial resources

We are transparent and accountable, at all times striving to maximise our impact and effectiveness.

We are committed to empowering local communities

We promote self-reliance and community ownership; participation that is both inclusive and genuine.

We demonstrate integrity and commitment

We are ethical and passionate about meaningful and quality partnerships, both in Australia and abroad.

The Team

Amanda Southwell

Amanda Southwell

Community Engagement Manager

Amanda is responsible for engaging and building partnerships with donors and the community. She is also in charge of developing bequest initiatives with donors as well as communicating the impact of INA’s work to donors and the community in Australia. Apart from that, Amanda also cares deeply about connecting donors to on-the-ground projects in Eastern Africa, South and Southeast Asia.

Amanda is interested in education, gender and disability inclusion, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives. As part of the International Programs team, Amanda works with an INA’s partner in India to support them in project design, and monitoring and evaluation.

Amanda holds a Master’s Degree and postgraduate diploma in International and Community Development from Deakin University, and a postgraduate diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Monash University. She is also on the board of Operation Toilets Australia, which serves to ensure girls and their communities are supported through sanitation programs.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 03 9877 7177

Corlien Heijnen

Corlien Heijnen

Education Officer

Corlien leads INA’s education strategy as Education Officer. She is passionate about helping Australian students find their place in the world through learning to better understand other cultures and the complex nature of poverty in developing countries.

Helping students to find and act on their purpose is a theme of the workshops. She has worked to expand the poverty awareness workshops and programs for primary and secondary schools for implementation in all states in Australia. Programs, such as Just Like Me, workshops about the importance of girls’ education and a workshop and program on Health and Human Development/Global Health, all focus on linking the Australian Curriculum directly to the real-time experiences of an international development NGO working in East Africa, South and Southeast Asia.

Corlien has a long history of living and working in rural areas of African countries. A truly global educator, Corlien has worked in Zambia and France and taught senior years in England and Australia.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 03 9877 7177

David Ensor

David Ensor

Chief Executive Officer

David is the newly appointed CEO of International Needs Australia (INA). He has felt called to the work of INA as a place to respectfully help the poorest and most marginalised communities and individuals in South and Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa.

Originally from Southern Africa, where he led a rural education NGO for six years, David moved to Australia in 1999. This work in South Africa was recognised by then-President Nelson Mandela (when presenting him with the Presidential Education Award – one per annum), noting that, “One significant strength… is that, in its endeavour to meet new challenges, it has realised the imperative for re-evaluation, re-invention and re-structuring to ensure its effectiveness in delivery.” David subsequently led the parliamentary transformation program funded by the European Union to support transition of the newly democratic South African parliamentary system.

David has been a Chief Operating Officer and head of strategy at Australian universities. In his most recent role as a director in a government department of education, he was responsible for managing over $320m in funding to schools for marginalised youth, non-government and ethnic and community language schools, higher education engagement, stakeholder engagement and working with key education leader associations to help them and departments achieve shared outcomes for education.

David currently chairs the University of South Australia Education Futures Advisory Board and serves on school wellbeing committees and a national advisory board of Education Horizons. He holds a Masters degree in Adult Education with a focus on adult basic education in rural areas.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +61 (0)3 9877 7177

Emmanuel Geschier

Emmanuel Geschier

Digital Strategy and Communications Officer

Emmanuel is our digital communicator and is the Co-Founder of a Melbourne based consultancy specialised in creating digital ecosystems for sports clubs in Australia. Emmanuel has also focused on assisting professional accountants and accounting students realise their potential as a member advisor at CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accountancy membership organisations. Emmanuel has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Melbourne.

Email: [email protected]

Tel 03 9877 7177

Kade Berman

Kade Berman

Education Officer - ActYourPurpose Coordinator

Kade leads INA’s strategy to support school students to find purpose within the ActYourPurpose program. After being school captain of Mount Scopus Memorial College (2018), he chose to spend a year volunteering in impoverished communities within Uganda, Tanzania and Cambodia – working with schools, social groups and local charities.

Kade has had experience working with marginalised groups in and out of Melbourne, and has a passion for harnessing his privilege to help others, trying to always empower youth through community service and education.

Kade is currently studying Advanced Science — Global Challenges (honours) at Monash University. Prior to INA, Kade has worked as a Program Coordinator in a local charity, a VCE English Tutor, and a disability support worker, independently and in a high-school setting.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 03 9877 7177

Pam Winstanley

Pam Winstanley

Finance and Administration Manager, Company Secretary

Pam ensures that we run a tight ship to ensure that over 83% of our funds are directed to projects. She is a qualified CPA accountant who has worked as a CFO and finance manager in various industries, including not-for-profit, commercial and retail sectors. Pam has a proven track record of being able to develop and implement efficiencies and procedures for timely and accurate financial and management reporting. Pam also has experience in compliance, human resources, OH&S and internal audit along with proven people skills and experience in managing IT. Pam is committed to helping our staff and overseas projects consistently meet the needs of the communities we exist to support.

She helps us keep on track to achieve goals and meet deadlines. Pam has a Bachelor of Commerce (Deakin University) and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (Swinburne) as well as Small Business Management and other relevant qualifications.

Email: [email protected]

Tel +61 (0)3 9877 7177

Sanva Saephan

Sanva Saephan

International Programs Manager

Sanva leads INA’s International Programs strategy and team. He oversees INA’s relief and development programs across countries in Southern and Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. Sanva is committed to localisation of development planning and implementation, and the meaningful partnerships that underpin this. He is the key contact for INA’s engagement with DFAT and the ANCP program, and works to align donor support with INA program activity in the countries we serve.

Before joining INA, Sanva worked as a Development Consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, UNDESA, UNFPA, UN Women and the EU with key specialist areas in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), public-private sector collaboration, process engineering, stakeholder engagement and policy reform.

Sanva is a current PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne with his research focusing on quality TVET teachers. Sanva holds a Masters of Public Administration in International Development from Tsinghua University and a Double Degree in Bachelor of Accountancy and Economics from Singapore Management University.

Besides other publications, Sanva is the author of “Transition: A Journey in Laos” and “Stateless: Diary of a Spirited Boy at Napho Camp”, with the proceeds of the books going towards constructing a vocational training centre for less fortunate females and a much-needed primary school in Laos. His passion in development work saw him being awarded the Asia Development Fellowship (2019).

Email: [email protected]

Tel +61 (0)3 9877 7177

Serene Tan

Serene Tan

Accounting Officer

Serene is an accomplished finance professional and a central member of the INA Finance team who supports all financial systems and donor database management. She supports important finance and compliance functions such as the annual audit and budget processes, DFAT submissions, reviewing project audits and assisting in data analysis. Serene has worked for more than 15 years in roles including Finance, Funds Management and Treasury, and Tax and Superannuation Consulting at various financial services companies.

Serene has been a qualified accountant for over 20 years and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from The University of Adelaide. Serene is purpose-driven and belongs to the Welcome Team at her local church.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +61 (0)3 9877 7177

Tim Mason

Tim Mason

Donor and Community Relations Officer

Tim is the first point of contact for INA and leads donor care and supports marketing, communications and fundraising activities, and is leading a program to ensure that all of our wonderful supporters receive the information they want, when and how they want it.

Tim also leads the ChildLink child sponsorship program aimed at linking donors to children and communities to improve their education outcomes and the SHE program, focused on equity for girls and women. He cares for the connection between donors and our overseas programs.

After a role as a Victorian Electorate Officer, Tim has pursued his interest in international development work after achieving a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Affairs) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Email: [email protected] 

Tel: 03 9877 7177

INA AMBASSADORS

Lincoln Younes

Lincoln Younes

Ambassador ChildLink program - Helping kids be who they can be

One of Australia’s leading actors, Lincoln recently completed filming the highly anticipated ABC drama Barons and the crime thriller After The Verdict for Channel Nine.  Both are set to premiere in 2022.

Following this, he has been cast as the titular character John Ibrahim in Last King of The Cross for Paramount Plus, opposite the acclaimed Ian McShane. Production is underway currently.

In 2019 Lincoln starred as Danny in Grand Hotel for ABC US, executive produced by Eva Longoria, before being cast in the coveted role of Benjamin in the television adaptation of The Lost Boys for THE CW which ceased production due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First appearing on Australian television screens in the role of Romeo Kovac in the celebrated Foxtel series Tangle opposite Ben Mendelsohn, Lincoln received the 2013 ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his performance.

His other television credits include Tom in the fifth and final season of Channel Nine’s Doctor Doctor, as well as roles in the special event SBS drama Dead Lucky, Channel Nine’s Love Child , ABC TV’s Hiding, Channel Seven’s City Homicide and his portrayal of ‘River Boy’ Casey Braxton in Seven’s Home and Away garnered national and international acclaim.

Heralded for his starring role as Hassim in Abe Forsythe’s feature Down Under, Lincoln also appeared in The Wedding Party and in Forsythe’s latest feature Little Monsters alongside Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad.

Lincoln is the inaugural ChildLink Ambassador for International Needs Australia.

Visit  https://www.ina.org.au/childlink/

Missy Lancaster

Missy Lancaster

Ambassador SHE program – Empowering women and girls

Singer/Songwriter • 2 x CMC Award Nominee • 3 x Golden Guitar Award Nominee • ARIA #1 Aus Country Album •

Missy Lancaster is an Australian country singer-songwriter performing artist.

Missy released her first self-titled EP independently, which led to a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment Australia. Missy released her debut album Piece Of Me in January 2018. Recorded in Nashville, with tracks produced by Josh Kerr has Australian producer Lindsay Rimes. Missy quotes “Nashville is such an inspirational place. It is the most amazing place I’ve ever been to”‘Piece Of Me’ charted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Artist Charts, #1 on iTunes Country Album Chart and #2 on the ARIA Country Chart. The first single ‘Forget’ and second single ‘Heatwave’ reached #1 on the CMC Charts and #2 on Radio Airplay Charts.

Missy is the inaugural SHE Ambassador for International Needs Australia which saw her visit Uganda in early 2018.

Visit  https://www.ina.org.au/she/

Volunteers and Interns

Dr Ali Abusalem

Dr Ali Abusalem

Advisor Digital Education

Ali is a passionate professional, leader, and mentor, who engages with people and staff in interactive partnerships and leveraging innovative IT solutions to cater for a range of different learning styles and in turn bettering customer experience. With a passion for continuous learning and development, he has completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Media and Communication, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Professional Education (MPE) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I also hold a Master of Business Administration (Marketing Management) and a Graduate Diploma of Management.

With extensive experience in the higher education sector, Ali has led the development on online digital resources for INA’s school education programs.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 03 9877 7177

Madeleine Maren

Madeleine Maren

Education and International Programs

Maddy works as an intern in the Education team and International Programs team, responsible for education and programs design. She is committed to justice, empowering change, and solving complex challenges. She is also keenly interested in development issues related to human rights, international law, and education.

Maddy has a Bachelor of Global Studies Degree with a major in International Relations and minor in Politics and a Diploma of Languages (French) from Monash University, Australia. Maddy has been an active Monash International Affairs Society (MIAS) member.

Email: [email protected]

Tel 03 9877 7177

Michel Stevens

Michel Stevens

Advisor Business Engagement

Michel actively engages with her world as an idealist and a realist to inspire innovation, find solutions to challenges, mobilise action and impact future legacy.  She believes in working with agile purpose, acknowledging that the ripples of words and actions have far-reaching consequences.  A director of businesses and foundations, Michel is a business sociologist with postgraduate qualifications in International Development and International Business.

Email: [email protected]

Tel 03 9877 7177

Sean Carroll-Taafe

Sean Carroll-Taafe

International Programs

Sean works in the International Programs team as a programs and compliance intern. He has a particular passion for sustainable development, especially the Sustainable Development Goals and post-conflict security. He is also interested in development policies and the interplay between compliance and development work on the ground.

Sean has a Master’s Degree in International Development Practice and a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Affairs) from Monash University, Australia.

Email: [email protected]

Tel 03 9877 7177

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