Who We are

Board

Michael Henry

President

Managing Director, The Strategy Shop Dr Michael Henry AM was an intern at the UN in New York in the early 1970s and in the late 1970s he worked at the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), based in New York. On returning to Australia, Dr Henry undertook needs assessments in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Tonga for UNFPA and, in the late 1980s, was National Director of Community Aid Abroad. He was elected to the Board of Oxfam Australia in 2004 and was a Board member for eight years and Chair of the Board for six years, retiring in 2012. He was elected Deputy Chair of Oxfam International in 2009 and retired from that position also in 2012. He is currently a member of the Council of the International Institute for International Affairs (Victoria) and is Managing Director of the Strategy Shop, a small management consultancy firm based in Melbourne.

Ian Howie

Vice President

Adjunct Professor, International Studies, RMIT University Ian is currently Adjunct Professor in International Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne. Ian has spent more than 30 years working in the field of international development. The main of this time was spent with the United Nations as a career official and included multi-year assignments as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in China (with responsibilities also for Mongolia and North Korea), Viet Nam, Ghana, Rwanda and Papua New Guinea. He also spent seven years at UN Headquarters, New York, following his appointment as Director, Division of Human Resources. Earlier, he served as a Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) managing primary health care projects in rural Bangladesh, in the plantation sector in Sri Lanka and in the industrial estates of Kenya and the slums of Nairobi. Prior to joining the UN, Ian spent a number of years in the South Pacific working as a university lecturer, a trade union official and as a ministerial adviser. Ian has also been the recipient of a number of national awards including Distinguished Service medals from Viet Nam, China and Mongolia and a presidential citation from Ghana. Currently, Ian is on the boards of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project, and the Australian Reproductive Health Alliance, and is a patron of Marie Stopes International.

Tony Dobson

Treasurer

Tony is a CPA qualified accountant and Registered Tax Agent who has a wealth of experience and expertise working in both the commercial and not for profit sectors, assisting a wide variety of small to medium sized organisations. Skilled in compliance, reporting and business strategy, Tony has a proven track record dealing with a diverse range of people and business situations. Tony has a strong desire to share his knowledge and experience to organisations and people and contribute to their growth and prosperity. Tony's qualifications include Master of Business Administration, CPA Professional Status and Bachelor of Business in Finance & Accounting.

Kerry O'Shea

Kerry recently retired as General Manager Public Affairs and Legal Policy at the Law Institute of Victoria, where she led 25 staff and three departments. After developing a particular interest in social media and the justice system, Kerry introduced social media to the LIV and established a Social Media Taskforce. She has presented at Australian Institute of Judicial Administration forums, courts forums and the Melbourne Writers Festival. After beginning her career as a journalist on the Sun News Pictorial, Kerry has had a long and broad career in media, the legal profession and government relations.

Graham Hunter

Independent Consultant, Environmental and Catchment Management Graham first joined the UNAA in the 1970s when he was a Vice President of the Victorian Division and helped establish what was then called the Younger United Nations Association. Subsequently, as an environmental specialist, he worked for the OECD in France and the USA. In Victoria he has held senior positions with the Environment Protection Authority, the Victorian Parliament and government departments responsible for the management of natural resources and the environment and was CEO of Greening Australia Victoria. More recently he has been a consultant and part-time university lecturer. He re-joined the UNAA and in 2012 completed his three-year term as the Victorian President. He led the UNAA delegations to the UN climate conferences in Copenhagen in 2009 and in Paris in 2015 and to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. He is the National Co-ordinator of the UNAA’s Climate Change Program.

Warwick Peel

Warwick is an executive search and leadership advisor with Search360, Startup Boardroom and Future Directors Institute. He advises on senior executive appointments, board assembly for startups, diversity board composition for non-profits; and Future Directors educates next generation board directors. He holds an International Masters of Business (Marketing & Ethical Leadership) from Swinburne University, and Northeastern University, Boston, USA. Warwick is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Al Gore. He is also passionate about social enterprise; Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs&Co. and advisory board member of social enterprise incubator One10. He was the inaugural Co-Chair of the UNAA (Victoria) Young Professionals.

Monica Lillas

Monica Lillas is an intellectual property lawyer at international law firm K&L Gates. Her work focuses on enforcing and defending intellectual property rights, including trade marks, copyright, passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Japanese language major) from the University of Melbourne. She studied international law in Switzerland and worked at the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne. Monica is the current chairperson of the board of a community legal centre, Youthlaw, Young People's Legal Rights Centre, and was appointed to that position in 2012. She is a member of Victorian Women Lawyers and participates annually as a mentor in their mentoring program. Monica is a co-convener of the UNAA (Vic) Young Professionals and is passionate about engaging with and inspiring young people to contribute positively to the world and effect change.

Wendy O'Brien

Dr Wendy O’Brien is a university academic with research expertise in human rights law. Wendy’s research focuses primarily on child protection, children’s access to justice, and therapeutic justice for children in conflict with the law. Wendy was previously Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Crime Commission, where she conducted research and provided policy advice on the wellbeing of children and adolescents in conflict with the law. Wendy publishes in leading international journals in the fields of childhood studies and international law, with recent publications in the International Journal of Children’s Rights, the Australian Journal of Human Rights, and the Human Rights Law Review. Wendy is a member of the Academic Council on the United Nations Systems, and a Council Member of the Asia Pacific Council on Juvenile. Wendy is the National Co-ordinator for the Human Rights Program for the UNAA, and a member of the UNAA Status of Women Committee.

Rebecca Jinks

Rebecca is a Senior Consultant with ACCSR. Her work focuses on embedding sustainability and CSR concepts and practices into business operations. In this capacity, she has extensive experience working with companies to embed sustainability principles, consistent with business objectives, including workforce engagement opportunities into business operations. Rebecca’s experience is in the property and construction, insurance, finance and government sectors. Her record of accomplishment includes working with executive management teams of global clients to achieve meaningful behaviour change to realise sustainable outcomes. Projects include transitioning employees to flexible working arrangements and developing programs to improve workforce sustainability and staff engagement. She has been instrumental in driving change from conception to implementation including resource efficiency, sustainable supply chain management, sustainability & CSR risk management and workforce sustainability projects. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science (Environmental) from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Environmental Management and Sustainability at Monash University. She is also a co-convener of the UNAA (Vic) Young Professionals and is passionate about engaging with and inspiring young people to contribute positively to the world and effect change.

Kerry Boland

Kerry is currently a member of the Refugee Status Review Tribunal, Nauru and has worked as an international consultant with UN agencies in the field of human rights and protection. Kerry has a background in social policy, program evaluation, and capacity building. She worked for the Australian Red Cross and was a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal. She was appointed as a Senior Member of the Refugee Review Tribunal from 1996 to 2006. Since 2007 Kerry has worked in several countries for UNHCR including Sri Lanka and Turkey. She worked for UNICEF in Afghanistan where her focus was on strengthening the protection system for children in the provinces. She conducted an international study on Afghan children on the move to Europe, and children deported back to Afghanistan for UNICEF Afghanistan Country Office. Kerry was the founding member and vice president of the Refugee Council of Australia and a former board member of ACOSS, VCOSS and Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre based in Dandenong.

Sam Proietto

Sam is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Philosophy and Politics) at the University of Melbourne, and planning to go on to study Law. He has volunteered for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network's youth division in Australia, and is currently serving as President of UN Youth Victoria, after holding a variety of organizational roles specialising in event management and the development of new educational programs. He is also a Deputy Convenor for UN Youth Australia's Young Diplomats Tour, in which he will be accompanying 16 students on a month-long educational tour of Europe.

Michael Henry

President

Ian Howie

Ian Howie

Vice President

Ian Howie

Vice President

Tony Dobson

Tony Dobson

Treasurer

Tony Dobson

Treasurer

Board Members

Kerry O'Shea

Graham Hunter

Warwick Peel

Monica Lillas

Wendy O'Brien

Rebecca Jinks

Kerry Boland

Sam Proietto