WHO WE ARE

Steering Committee & Executive Team

Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIR

Simon is an experienced board member, trustee and former senior executive in the trustee, philanthropy and family office sector. He is the founding partner of the boutique firm GoodWolf Partners where his team advises organisations and foundations in the for purpose sector to invest in a stronger, fairer and more sustainable civil society. Born in Zimbabwe, Simon was a catalyst in the formation of AIDN in 2018.

Mark Cubit

Mark Cubit

CO-FOUNDER AND STEERING COMMITTEE

Mark has been active in the International giving space since 2005. In that time, foundations he has managed have funded over 200 NGOs in 38 countries. Mark’s current responsibilities are with Partners For Equity, Cubit Family Foundation, Ripple Foundation, Planet Wheeler Foundation, Crap Foundation and he is Chair of The School of St Jude.

Prior to his involvement in the philanthropic community, Mark was Managing Director, Australian Equities at Merrill Lynch Equities for 15 years.

Linda Fox

Linda Fox

CO-FOUNDER STEERING COMMITTEE

Since 2015, Linda has been the CEO of Partners For Equity, an Australian charity which provides aid (via its international partners) to disadvantaged communities overseas. She also works part time for the Planet Wheeler Foundation.

Prior to PFE, Linda was the General Counsel of Cooper Investors for 14 years; and before that worked as a commercial/finance lawyer in Sydney and London.

Julie Rosenberg

Julie Rosenberg

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Prior to commencing her role at AIDN, Julie Rosenberg 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.

Emily Umbers

Emily Umbers

MARKETING & OPERATIONS MANAGER

 Emily has over 15 years of experience in marketing and fundraising roles for a range of organisations across the international development, education, welfare and disability sectors.

In addition to her work with AIDN, she is the Portfolio Marketing & Development Manager at Partners for Equity, working with grassroots international organisations to build their marketing capacity. Emily spent two and half years living in Arusha, Tanzania as the Marketing Manager for The School of St Jude and she holds a Bachelor of International Development. 

Advisory Committee

Anna Demant

Anna Demant

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Anna is Head of Impact at the Australian Communities Foundation. She is on the board of Refugee Advice and Case Service and a member of the RACS Fundraising Committee. Anna is a founding board member of Inclusive Development International and is on the steering committee of Australian International Development Network. Previously, she was Foundation Manager of Planet Wheeler Foundation, and Foundation Manager at Lonely Planet Foundation. Anna is a founding member of Refugee Leadership Alliance, designed to increase links, funds and opportunities for refugee leaders in our region. She has a particular focus on supporting refugees, human rights and supporting partners on the Thai-Burma border and the Mekong region. She has an arts degree from Melbourne University and a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT.

Claire Hanratty

Claire Hanratty

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Claire is an internationally experienced CEO and director in the for-purpose and impact sectors with a deep commitment to delivering positive social and environmental outcomes. She served as CEO and Director of the Leapfrog Group in the UK from 2017 to 2020.

Prior to going to England, Claire worked at the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as the Foundation’s General Manager and then as CEO and Managing Director.

Earlier, she spent eight years with Rio Tinto in global strategy and process improvement roles and began her career in finance with BP, in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe.

Michael Liffman

Michael Liffman

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr Michael Liffman (BA hons. Melb; M.Sc [Social Admin], LSE; PhD, Melb) was founding Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment (now the Centre for Social Impact) at Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. The Centre offers professional education in grantmaking and social investment in Australia and beyond.

Michael has a background in social policy and research, community work, and philanthropy, and was CEO of The Myer Foundation and President of the Australian Association of Philanthropy (now Philanthropy Australia) of which he is a Life Member. He was the first Australian Director of the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy. His publications include A Tradition of Giving: Seventy-five Years of Myer Family Philanthropy, (Melbourne University Publishing, 2004).

Clay O'Brien

Clay O'Brien

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Clay O’Brien works as a consultant in access to finance and economic development. He was based in Myanmar from 2019 – 2021 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.

Marc Purcell

Marc Purcell

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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.

Cathy Sowden

Cathy Sowden

STEERING COMMITTEE

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 Philanthropy and Partnerships at WIRES Inc.

Jeremy Stringer

Jeremy Stringer

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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.