Building the Future

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


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.


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.


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 Executive Team

David Ensor

David Ensor

Chief Executive Officer

David is the newly appointed CEO of International Needs Australia (INA).  He has felt a calling to the work of INA as a place that is focused on respectfully helping the poorest communities and individuals of the most marginalised areas of the world.

Originally from South Africa – where he ran a successful education NGO working in rural community education and development in the poorest rural areas and correctional services in South Africa for 6 years.  This work was recognised by the 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.”   

He has been a Chief Operating Officer and Head of Strategy at Australian universities.   His most recent role has been Director (External Relations) in the South Australian Department for Education responsible for, amongst other things, funding to Special Assistance 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 the associations and departments achieve shared outcomes for education.  David subsequently led the parliamentary transformation program funded by the European Union to support transition of the newly democratic South African parliamentary system.

David currently chairs the University of South Australia Education Futures Advisory Board and serves on the Westminster School Education and Wellbeing Council Committee. 

He holds masters degree in Adult Education with a focus on adult basic education in rural areas of southern Africa – a region with adult illiteracy of over 60%.

Phearak Svay

Phearak Svay

International Programs Manager

Phearak is an interim International Program Manager at International Needs Australia (INA). He oversees INA’s relief and development programs across eight countries in Asia and Africa. Before joining INA, he worked with Singapore-based Asia P3 Hub as Senior Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) and Partnership Advisor where he built and managed multi-sector partnerships across Asia and the Pacific. Phearak has been in the NGO sector for over 27 years, having worked with large organisations such as Save the Children and World Vision in Australia and overseas.
Phearak holds a Masters degree in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Bachelor degree in Education from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Pam Winstanley

Pam Winstanley

Finance Manager

Pam is a qualified CPA accountant who has worked as a CFO and Finance Manager in various industries, including Not-for-Profits as well as 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, HR, OH&S and Internal Audit along with proven people skills and experience in managing IT. Pam is committed to motivating staff to consistently 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.


Preeti Anand

Preeti Anand

Donor Relations Officer

Preeti has worked as INA’s Donor Relations Officer for three and a half years. She originally joined the team as a volunteer in 2016 before becoming a staff member in 2018. In her role, she is responsible for donor care and supporting marketing, communications and fundraising activities. Preeti also plans and takes minutes for INA’s Development Committee. Her major highlight was visiting INA’s project in the Philippines along with Programs and Compliance Officer, Catherine. She received a Bachelor of Arts (Global).

Corlien Heijnen

Corlien Heijnen

Education Officer

Corlien has been at INA since August of 2018. As the Education Officer, she has worked to expand the poverty awareness workshop called Just Like Me, which she teaches in primary schools. She has also developed a workshop about the importance of girls’ education and one on Health and Human Development for secondary schools. Corlien got a Masters of Food Science before working in rural Zambia for three years. She then worked for two years in France before moving to England and retraining as a Food Technology teacher. Corlien came to Australia in 2008 and taught for 10 years at Penola Catholic College. She has a certificate in commercial cookery and enjoys cooking lunches for the Pony Club, as well as cakes for INA staff member’s birthdays.


Catherine Middleton

Catherine Middleton

International Programs and Compliance Officer

Catherine is an International Development professional. In her current role of Programs & Compliance Officer at INA, she works with partners in South and East Asia on child rights, education and women’s empowerment projects. Her highlights in this role include visiting INA projects and meeting children who are excited and empowered to make a difference in their community. She has volunteered with Campaign for Australian Aid, Hogar de Christo and INA, where she has been employed for the last 7 years. She studied at Australian Catholic University and Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Chile) and has Bachelor’s in Arts and Global Studies.

Jenny Nicholls

Jenny Nicholls

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Jenny has worked in Not-for-Profit fundraising, marketing and communications for more than 10 years, with the last three being at INA. In her role, she is responsible for copywriting, producing end-to-end fundraising campaigns, social media channels and the website. She also oversees graphic design, video production, web development, and communications interns. Highlights from this role include concepting, writing, and producing record Tax Appeals in 2020 and 2021. She earned an Associate’s Degree of Arts in the US and has lived in Australia for 16 years.

Amanda Southwell

Amanda Southwell

Community Engagement Manager

Amanda has a wealth of experience in the adult education and the Not-for-Profit sectors, and holds a Masters and Post-Graduate Diploma in International and Community Development, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Amanda has worked with INA for nearly 7 years, and is currently responsible for ensuring the effective development of programs to raise major gifts and develop partnerships to support this. She manages the major donor and bequest initiatives, communicating and networking with current and potential stakeholders. With an interest in gender inclusiveness in WASH initiatives, Amanda is also on the board of Operation Toilets Australia, which serves to ensure girls and their communities are supported through sanitation programs in Eastern Africa and Southern Asia.

Serene Tan

Serene Tan

Accounting Officer

Serene has worked at INA for the past five years, where she works in the Finance team. In her role, she processes donations, manages the database, performs month-end reconciliations and supports various functions including the annual audit and budget process. Prior to coming to INA, Serene worked more than 15 years in various roles in financial services, including Finance, Funds Management and Treasury. Serene holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), having been a CPA for over 20 years. Serene belongs to the Welcome Team at her local church.

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