The Australian International Development Network


The AIDN was launched with a Manifesto during the Philanthropy Australia Conference in Melbourne in September and a month later in Sydney 2018.

Financial Supporters

AIDN is very generously supported by

  • Cubit Family Foundation
  • Vasudhara Foundation
  • Dawn Wade Foundation
  • Ripple Foundation
  • Cooper Investors Philanthropy


Philanthropy Australia supports AIDN’s purposes and activities. AIDN operates as a Chapter of Philanthropy Australia and Philanthropy Australia provides marketing and communications support and will also receive tax deductible donations to further the work of the AIDN Chapter.

AIDN Chapter Committee Members

A diverse Advisory Committee of sector leaders was recruited to provide leadership and government to the development phase of the AIDN and a part-time executive, Julie Rosenberg was appointed

Simon Lewis

- Chair

Simon is a professional advisor and non-profit director based in Melbourne and was a catalyst in bringing about the formation of the Australian International Donor Network in 2019. Simon brings a unique combination of skills, experience and networks to help organisations and foundations find clarity on their social purpose and to design and implement strategy to make change happen.

He is a co-founder of GoodWolf Partners, a professional advisory group supporting for purpose organisations, Director of Justice Connect and Outward Bound Australia, Trustee of the Reichstein Foundation, and Director of a new social purpose company called Park Social Soccer Co. with its pass-a-ball concept supporting an international community. He is passionate about issues of social justice and connecting Australian donors to projects and opportunities internationally.

Mark Cubit

Mark resigned as Managing Director, Australian Equities at Merrill Lynch Equities after 15 years’ service and entered the not for profit world in 2003. He volunteered at The Smith Family for three years and served on the boards of Good Beginnings Australia and Beacon Foundation. In 2005 he, and his wife Amanda, established Cubit Family Foundation, initially with a focus on support of the education sector but now more broadly focused on offshore projects. In 2008 he assisted Maureen and Tony Wheeler in the establishment of Planet Wheeler Foundation and has served as a trustee to this day.

Mark now spends six to eight weeks a year visiting projects offshore projects for both his family’s foundation and Planet Wheeler Foundation.

In 2008 Mark helped form the board of The East African Fund (EAF), the Australian support arm of The School of St Jude Tanzania. Today he is chair of that board and a member of the Tanzanian board of The School of St Jude.

Mark is also Chair of the Investment Advisory Committee of Monash University and Partners for Equity.


Since 2015, Linda has been the Executive Officer of Partners For Equity, an Australian charity which provides aid (via its international partners) to communities that are disadvantaged or living in poverty in low and middle income countries. She also works part time as Grants Manager for the Planet Wheeler Foundation.

Prior to the establishment of PFE, Linda was the General Counsel and Company Secretary of fund manager, Cooper Investors, for 14 years; and before that worked as a commercial and finance lawyer in Sydney and London for more than 12 years.

Linda is a Director of Igniting Change, a purposely small Australian organisation, that is passionate about sparking big, positive change with people doing it tough in our communities.

Marc Purcell

Marc Purcell has 25 Years’ experience in the community, international development and human rights sectors in Australia. Marc has headed the Australian Council for International Development ( ACFID) , the peak body for around 140 Australian organisations working in international development since 2009.

He is also a Director of the Community Council for Australia and the Campaign for Australian Aid Executive Committee.

Clay O’Brien

Clay O’Brien works as a consultant in access to finance and economic development. He has been based in Myanmar since returning there in early 2019 to take up the role as CEO of a Microfinance Institution. Clay’s previous positions include: the Managing Director of AYANI Inclusive Financial Sector Consultants; over two years in Indonesia running an Agricultural Finance project; as the Senior Sector Specialist for Financial Inclusion at AusAID/the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and various roles with the global microfinance network, Opportunity International. In total, Clay has worked in international development for over 18 years. Prior to that he was the CEO of an investment bank and began his career as a lawyer.

Rachel English

Rachel English, twenty-six, is a trustee of her families ‘English Family Foundation.’ She talks about contributing to positive change while continuing to preserve and grow capital.

Through the English Family Foundation that we started in 2010 in Australia, we support the growth and development of social entrepreneurs and social businesses locally and in South East Asia. Our international giving often takes the form of microfinance loans that enable small businesses to grow, and domestically we support social businesses through grants and investment. Having a strategy that supports this type of business model which is social enterprise rather than pure charity means that the causes can vary a lot. We work on anything from poverty alleviation to LGBT advocacy to refugee and asylum seeker support.

Jeremy Stringer

Jeremy is an International Development professional at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing aid program activities, including projects to bolster public service delivery in Timor Leste; improve law and justice institutions in Cambodia; and catalyse community economic development to improve food security in Indonesia. Jeremy led development of DFAT’s Operational Framework for Private Sector Engagement, and worked with Philanthropy Australia to develop the Australian International Philanthropy Award in 2018.

Jeremy speaks fluent Indonesian and barracks for the Fremantle Dockers in the Australian Football League.

Julie Rosenberg

- Executive

Julie Worked with Mark Cubit and Simon Lewis to establish the network and she is now responsible for its administration.

Prior to launching the network she worked with Mark Carnegie as Director of his Foundation developing and implementing a form of venture philanthropy.

Simultaneously she founded and is the Director of the International Fistula Alliance, a representative organisation whose members support the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin in Ethiopia and now in Uganda. Julie has had over 30 years’ experience in a range of senior roles in the commercial and for purpose sector throughout Australia and internationally.

Cathy Sowden

Cathy has wide experience as a fundraiser and philanthropy specialist in the Not for Profit sector, primarily in international development and was previously on the board of Australian Doctors International. Until January 2020 she was Head of Fundraising at Good Return, building a corporate, philanthropic and impact investing support base and was a keynote speaker at Saleforce’s global Dreamforce conference in 2019.

After leaving Good Return Cathy set about trying to gain a broader understanding of the different perspectives within international philanthropy in Australia, by working with the both NonProfit Alliance and AIDN. She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to build a cross sector organisation, which creates a bridge between stakeholders through improved trust, information and knowledge. She is currently head of Major Donors and Bequests at Barnardos.

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