meet the

TDi team

Anthea Smits

CEO

Anthea is an impact investor and social entrepreneur, having started her first social enterprise over 20 years ago. She currently sits on the board of the 2h project, a development organisation in Cambodia that runs micro-finance and social enterprise development programs. With commercial experience working as the National Sales Manager for the Walt Disney Company, and extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector leading a church with a pioneering focus on community development and social enterprise, Anthea is committed to seeing the world transformed through innovative ideas addressing issues of social change.

Outside of TDi, Anthea can be found spending quality time with her husband, three children and Cavoodle.

Anna Moegerlein

Deputy CEO

Anna leads our work in the Pacific with extensive experience in building social enterprises, program design, strategy and evaluation across the Pacific. 

Anna is committed to drawing on the best of both business and social policy design to address inequality.

In Australia, Anna has worked as a consultant and senior associate at a mid-sized, values-based management consultancy, and  has also worked in Kenya, building measurement frameworks for development work.

When not at TDi, Anna has a love of the outdoors and can be found hiking a mountain or riding her bike exploring Australia’s beautiful landscapes.

Shannon Gibbons  

Head of People, Culture & Process

Shannon brings a diverse range of skills to the TDi team, both operationally and in program and consulting delivery. Shannon has a keen eye for developing tools, systems and processes that support the work that TDi does. Drawing on experts in the field, she works in the background to ensure that TDi is true to its values and culture. Shannon can also be seen project managing client work as well as consulting and delivering on the ground.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary).

Shannon is energised outside of TDi when she’s with her husband, two boys and female ally on four legs, Hazel.

Carlo Demaio  

Senior Consultant

Carlo has spent more than a decade working with corporate and for-purpose organisations to improve their capability, sustainability and impact. With a passion for amplifying social impact through business, he brings strengths in strategic thinking, innovation, capability building and entrepreneurship. Prior to TDi, Carlo provided support to start-ups and established businesses locally and internationally, was an executive director of a leading healthcare organisation, co-founded a health technology company and was a senior advisor in people, culture and change for large, high-performing organisations.

Outside of work, Carlo is likely exploring the outdoors, woodworking or preparing slow-cooked feasts.

Isaac Jeffries  

Accelerator Lead

Isaac is a Senior Consultant, helping social entrepreneurs to grow their business and become financially sustainable.

He has worked with over 225 organisations across Australia, India, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, from idea stage through to implementation and capital raising.

Isaac helps entrepreneurs create strong value propositions that attract new customers, and financial models that allow the business to increase their surplus and social impact simultaneously.

When he’s not delivering TDi’s programs, Isaac is building agricultural projects in developing countries, enabling smallholder farmers to exit extreme poverty.

Erin Wallis

Senior Consultant

Erin works as a consultant, supporting projects across Australia and the Pacific. With a background in corporate communications, she brings extensive experience in understanding customer behaviour, and qualitative interviewing. Prior to joining TDi she supported businesses to analyse new market opportunities and identify and develop growth strategies. Erin has a Masters of Business Administration from Monash.

Outside of TDi, Erin enjoys growing her own veggies and spending time in the great outdoors with her partner, Adrian, and dog, Ponyo.

Elisa Stone 

Bookkeeper & Executive Assistant

With over 20 years in various administration and account roles, including as Administration Manager of urbanlife community, Elisa makes sure everything is in top shape over here at TDi.

When she is not keeping us all on time and focused, you can find her on the weekends mastering crosswords and puzzles and spending time with her family and her garden.

meet the

TDi associates

 

Kristi McKenzie

Kristi helps purpose-driven business owners uncover their true brand and connect with their ideal customers for real business growth. Through Brand Strategy, Visual Identity Creation and Marketing Strategy she works with businesses to unlock their growth potential. Together with her clients, she designs ways to best reach and engage audiences, grow their reputation and catalyse their impact. She thinks strategically, but also deliver agile, results-oriented marketing as a savvy digital marketing and graphic designer. She is particularly interested in organisations and projects with a social impact focus.

Julliane Terry

Julliane was born in Goroka, and has worked and reside in LAE for over 20 years. In July 2017 Julliane started Tok Stret Consulting, a Training and Development Company working with SME, Corporate, Multinational and Land Owners. In Aug 2020 started the LAE SME Incubator Hub to improve and grow MSME.
Julliane is passionate about people improvement and PNG.

Mari Elingson

Marianna Ellingson has over 40 years of national and international professional experience in the public and private sectors in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and graduate program internship in the United States.

She has been in executive management and leadership roles for more than 25 years especially in the area of cross sector policy development and formulation, strategic planning, foreign aid management, and tourism, arts and culture concerns. 

Mary Handen

Mary was born and raised in PNG. An Accountant by profession, Mary has 35 plus years of experience serving in and climbing the corporate ladder abroad and in PNG.

Currently an Entrepreneur, she is the Managing Director of Jedjays Limited, a provider of clean and sustainable energy through distribution of home solar systems.

She provides mentoring and coaching to women SMEs, sharing her experience and knowledge as part of her passion to impact lives of others.

Rebekah Ilave

Rebekah co-founded the education technology start-up Niunet PNG, and is now a project manager with youth development organization The Voice Inc. She has enjoyed a varied career over the last 8 years as an employee, a business owner and a freelancer. Rebekah has managed contractors and programs, reported against KPIs, raised funding, built partnerships, and delivered projects.

Kate Wilson

 

Kate is an intuitive mindset coach and mentor. She works with change-makers, founders and CEOs of all shapes and sizes to recapture their time, energy passion and resources. She helps them to reclaim their time, energy, money and passion and reimagine how to deeply resource themselves and their businesses for success. To make more money AND do more good in the world. All with more ease.

 

our board

 

Corinne Proske

Chairperson

Corinne is the CEO of Jobsbank, and previously from Speckle Loans, where as founder and CEO she developed technology to help vulnerable consumers access fair, affordable finance.

With extensive senior experience in socially responsible banking and impact investment, Corinne managed Good Shepherd Microfinance, and at NAB was responsible for the bank’s $130 million financial inclusion programs.

Corinne is currently a Director of the Catholic Development Fund Melbourne, active member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and an expert panel member of the Impact Investment Australia’s Growth Grants. Recognised by ASIC for her work on financial literacy in 2013, Corinne is also a recipient on a Churchill Fellowship.

Carolyn Curtis
Director

As CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), Carolyn Curtis brings over 20 years’ experience working in social innovation and child welfare to her role.

Starting her career as a frontline child protection worker, Carolyn wanted to help give children the best opportunities in life. After a decade working in government she realised she would struggle to drive the change needed from the inside.

Formed in 2009 as a South Australian Government initiative, Carolyn was a founding member of TACSI’s radical redesign team. She went on to become the founding Director of Family by Family, TACSI’s first venture, which is now scaling in Australia and internationally. Since becoming the CEO in 2012 Carolyn has grown TACSI to become an independent not-for-profit organisation working on projects and initiatives across Australia.

Under Carolyn’s leadership, TACSI works on some of our most complex social challenges. From the pressures of an ageing population, to growing inequality and out-dated and ineffective public services, Carolyn believes social innovation is key to tackling the challenges of our time.

Carolyn is a Non-Executive Director for world-leading social innovation network, The Social Innovation Exchange. She is also on the board of The Fay Fuller Foundation.

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