Jacqui has many years' experience living and working in Africa, including the provision of support during the 1980's Ethiopian famine. Jacqui advocates tirelessly to Australian community, school and business groups to raise the awareness of the plight of Ethiopians. She has been instrumental in fostering relationships with government, education and medical institutes to implement joint initiatives for the benefit of children in Ethiopia, in particular, those with HIV AIDs.
Co-founder and Director Dome Coffees Australia
Director Dome Coffees Asia
2000 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year
Patria is a business entrepreneur and brand strategist. She was instrumental in the development of the Matilda Bay Brewing Company and Dome Coffees Australia. Patria also been involved in Australia's Reserve Bank's Small Business Finance Advisory Panel, Arts WA's Capital Venture Board and the Youth Focus Foundation. She is currently working with the Centre for Cancer & Leukemia at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre as well as running a private consultancy business. Patria is a director of Cullen Wines and she was recently appointed as Chairman of the Small Business Development Corporation. She is a resident of Perth, Western Australia.
Industry and philanthropic leader Andrew Forrest grew up on a remote Australian cattle station, Minderoo, before graduating from university and building a career in investment banking, mining and farming. In his professional life he has created some of the largest raw material exporters and infrastructure companies in the world. Andrew Forrest founded Fortescue Metals Group in April 2003 and personally drove the creation of the expansive Pilbara Iron Ore and Infrastructure operations. Now, Fortescue is the fourth largest iron ore supplier in the world and in Australia's top 20 ASX-listed companies. Andrew is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and the Minderoo Foundation among other significant charities and companies. Recognised widely as family orientated and a strong community and arts supporter, some 90% of his time is now invested locally and internationally in ventures to protect and support the under privileged and communities. Most recently, Andrew was appointed as Chairman of the Western Australia Art Gallery Foundation. Andrew has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal, the Australia Sports Medal, Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, West Australia Citizen of the Year, and The International Mining Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award, yet he maintains that the toughest and most rewarding job he's done is raising kids.
Nicola, with her husband Andrew, founded the Australian Children's Trust, one of Australia's largest philanthropic organisations, in 2001. In 2009 they were awarded the Ernst and Young National Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. Nicola has been instrumental in diversifying the scopeof Minderoo Foundation to allow it to provide a holistic approach to community development and enhancement through the Arts. Through their continued support Nicola and Andrew are Patrons for Sculpture by the Sea and the kimberley Rock Art Foundation. In February 2013, Nicola and Andrew became the first Australian signatories to the Bill and Melinda Gates' Giving Pledge. The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world's most influential individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Nicola's priorities remain her family and supporting the wonderful team that manage the Minderoo Foundation.
An Olympic gold medallist and dual Commonwealth gold medallist, Herb has been a Director of Minderoo Foundation, and previously the Australian Children's Trust since its beginning. Herb also holds the position of Deputy Chairman and lead independent director of Fortescue Metals Group. Herb is also Chairman of the Telstra Foundation Limited and has currently joined the Board of The Stronger Smarter Institute.
HERBERT "BUD" SCRUGGS
Bud Scruggs is currently a business consultant serving on a number of multi-national corporate and charitable boards. In addition to a career as a business executive, Bud has extensive experience as an official with government, civic and non-profit organisations in the US.
David is an inspiring social entrepreneur. Having retired at the age of 35 from a successful business career, he endowed a foundation to pioneer a concept of providing market place solutions for social problems. David's foundation has birthed 15 international movements addressing a broad spectrum of social issues in developing countries, including health, education, nutrition, water, microfinance, persecution and leadership.
PETER ERNEST HUSTON
BJuris, LLB (Hons), BCom., LLM
Mr Huston holds qualifications in law and commerce including a Masters of Laws Degree majoring in Corporate Acquisitions. After gaining admission in Western Australia as a Barrister and Solicitor, Mr Huston initially practised in the area of revenue law. Subsequently, he moved into the area of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and has advised on a number of major well known public listings, takeovers and reconstructions. Mr Huston is admitted to the Supreme Court, Federal Court and High Court of Australia and has practised in Perth, Sydney and Singapore. Mr Huston was a partner of the international law firm now known as "Norton Rose". He retired from that firm to establish the boutique Legal and Corporate Advisory Group under the name of "Troika Legal". He continues as a key internal advisor to a small number of very significant mining and corporate groups in Australia and Asia.
Marcelle has recently stepped down as the Global Director, Approvals for Worley Parsons. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the university of Western Australia and is the chair of St Andrew's Grammar School and the Secretary of the Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
OUR TEAM IN ETHIOPIA
In-Country Programs Director
The School of St Yared
Carol A. Rhees
President and Director
JD (University of Virginia)
BA Government (Cornell University)
Ms Rhees practiced law with Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, DC, for more than twenty years and for many of those years headed the firm's estate planning department. She has extensive experience in tax planning for individuals and charitable organizations. Since leaving the practice of law, she has taught US and World History at the Maret School in Washington where she has designed and taught a service learning curriculum focused on domestic and global hunger, with particular emphasis on Ethiopia. She volunteered at Hope for Children Ethiopia in summer 2005 and 2006, including running the summer 2006 ESL program, and will be working there again this summer.
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