Who We are

Board

Ian Howie

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.

Monica Lillas

Vice President

As a legal counsel at Telstra, Monica provides advice on dispute resolution and risk; the company's whistleblowing policy and domestic and international intellectual property matters. She is also on the Telstra pro bono committee, provides email advice to young people around Australia in conjunction with community legal centre Youth law Australia and coordinates a legal education program at Lalor High School. Monica previously worked at international law firm K&L Gates where her work focused on enforcing and defending intellectual property rights. Monica received the K&L Gates National Managing Partner's Women's Achievement Award in 2014 and the K&L Gates Achievement in Community Service in 2018. Monica previously served on the board of Youthlaw, Young People's Legal Rights Centre, and was chairperson from 2012 to 2016. She is a member of Victorian Women Lawyers and participates annually as a mentor in their mentoring program. Together with Kathryn Smith Monica is co-president of the UNAA Victoria Young Professionals Network.

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.

Michael Henry

Past 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 was a member of the Council of the International Institute for International Affairs (Victoria) from 2013 to 2016 and President of UNAA Victoria from 2014 to 2017. He is Managing Director of the Strategy Shop, a management consultancy firm based in Melbourne.

Taimor Hazou

As Head of Government and Public Affairs for Dow Australia and New Zealand, Taimor has responsibility for Dow’s government affairs, public policy, community relations, internal communications, brand, and public reputation. He has worked in consulting, government, the not-for-profit and private sectors and has qualifications in sociology and political science and public relations management. With extensive community leadership experience, he has been the Deputy Chair of the Australian Arabic Council and is an outspoken advocate for Palestinian Human Rights.

Warwick Peel

Warwick is Regional Director, AU/NZ, for IdeaScale. A longstanding entrepreneur, Warwick is an advisor to startups, mentor to FYA Young Social Pioneers, innovation Co-Lab for UN SDGs, a.i for Good community, as well as Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs&Co. Warwick holds an international Masters of Business from Swinburne University, and Northeastern University, Boston, USA. Warwick is a Climate Reality Leader trained by Al Gore and he is passionate about social enterprise and enacting entrepreneurship towards the SDGs.

Kerry Boland

Kerry 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 the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre.

Andrew Hewett

Andrew is a Sessional Lecturer in the La Trobe University Masters of International Development and Masters of International Relations and the Victoria University Masters in International Community Development. Andrew worked for Oxfam Australia for nearly 22 years, including over 11 years as Executive Director. He has extensive international advocacy experience, was a member of the World Bank NGO Committee for four years and has participated in and observed numerous international conferences, including those of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Andrew was formerly Deputy Chair of Diaspora Action Australia; a Vice-President of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and Chair of the Moreland Energy Foundation. He is now Chair of CERES.  

Alice Greenhill

Passionate about the environment and challenging systemic issues, Alice joined UNAAV to launch the UNAA Victoria Young Professionals Network in 2014 as the co-lead. During her two years in the role, Alice aimed to build an inclusive team than focussed on building collaborative action through supporting and partnering with social enterprises and other community organisations. With the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Alice also helped UNAAV adapt its strategy to support the achievement of these goals and launch a series of events aim to support the community and business. A sustainability professional and environmental scientist holding a Masters of Environment and Sustainability, Alice has spent the majority of her career as a consultant with technical services and corporate consulting firms. She is now Sustainability Manager for Yarra Valley Water.

Carlisle Richardson

Carlisle Richardson is a former Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations, and a former Economic Affairs Officer of the United Nations. As Ambassador, he worked on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the preparations for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. As Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations, he was one of the organisers of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, and the negotiating process for the SDGs. He is currently Special Advisor to ICLEI Oceania on Small Island Developing States. He is also author of the Book, “Island Journeys: The Impact of the Island Way of Life at Home and Abroad” www.islandjourneysbook.com

Ian Howie

Ian Howie

President

Ian Howie

President

Monica Lillas

Monica Lillas

Vice President

Monica Lillas

Vice President

Tony Dobson

Tony Dobson

Treasurer

Tony Dobson

Treasurer

Michael Henry

Michael Henry

Past President

Michael Henry

Past President

Board Members

Taimor Hazou

Warwick Peel

Kerry Boland

Andrew Hewett

Alice Greenhill

Carlisle Richardson