Transparency International Australia
Serena LillywhiteChief Executive Officer
Serena has had an extensive career in responsible business conduct at a national, regional and global level. She is an experienced corporate accountability practitioner, researcher and advocate. Serena is well known for her work on the social dimensions of international business, particularly: governance, corruption, human rights, labour rights, land and resettlement. This has included work in the financial services, mining and the garment and apparel sectors, and in providing support to communities and civil society to help secure their rights. Previously, Serena led the mining advocacy team at Oxfam in Australia, and in 2016 was based in Cambodia as an adviser on responsible business conduct.
Hannah Clua-SaundersNational Project Coordinator
Hannah joined Transparency International Australia in May 2018 as the National Coordinator (Australia) for the Mining for Sustainable Development programme. Hannah brings with her over 10 years of experience from both legal and international development roles. She has coordinated and managed rule of law, governance and community development programs for the Australian federal government and not-for-profit organisations across the Asia Pacific region. She is also an experienced lawyer having worked in energy and resources law, native title and dispute resolution. Hannah holds bachelor’s degrees in science and communication and a Juris Doctor (Hons).
Henri MakkonenExecutive Assistant
Henri Makkonen joined TIA in March 2018 as Executive Assistant to the CEO. Henri supports TIA through maintaining our website, coordinating submissions, assisting with events and administration, and member engagement. Prior to joining TIA, Henri worked in a global non-governmental coalition in Brussels, founded by TI, where he coordinated advocacy efforts that led to improvements in the European Union rules on beneficial ownership and corporate transparency. Henri has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Masters in Global Studies.
Sue StottTeam Support
Sue Stott and Ruth McIntosh at A1Admin Pty Ltd provide administration, finance, communications, and Board support to TIA.
Mining for Sustainable Development
Nicole BieskeHead of Programme
Dr Nicole Bieske leads the Mining for Sustainable Development programme. Nicole has over 14 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in not-for-profits, both in International Non-Governmental Organisations and at the grassroots. At Oxfam she managed policy, advocacy and campaigns teams within Australia and globally. Prior to her role at Oxfam Nicole was the CEO at Inner Melbourne Community Legal where she oversaw the provision of legal services to vulnerable and marginalised community members through a range of legal outreach programs and community partnerships. She has significant governance experience having served on both the Australian and global boards of Amnesty International since 2004, including serving as chair of each board. She began her professional life as a corporate lawyer but left to undertake a PhD in international law. She has worked as an academic in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and as a human rights consultant for the United Nations. She has appeared before Parliamentary Committees, participated in international delegations to United Nations meetings and spoken in the media on a range of issues.
Lisa CaripisResearch and Policy Manager
Lisa Caripis is Research and Policy Manager for Transparency International's Mining for Sustainable Development Programme. In Phase I she trained and supported Transparency International chapters in 20 countries to identify and assess corruption risks in government decisions to approve mining projects. She is the author of the programme's global report, Combatting Corruption in Mining Approvals and has presented the findings at several industry and governance conferences globally. Currently, Lisa leads the programme’s policy-related research, advocacy and capacity building. She also runs Transparency International’s training program on the Mining Awards Corruption Risk Assessment Tool. Lisa is a published researcher and experienced legal and policy analyst with a history in academia and non-governmental organisations in Australia and Latin America. She previously researched and lectured on energy, climate, and environmental law at the University of Melbourne Law School. Lisa has lived and worked in Chile and Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.
Michelle SabatinoFinance & Administration Manager
Michelle has over seven years’ experience in finance and accounting within the non-profit sector in civil society organisations such as Endeavour in the UK, where she served as the Finance Manager before joining the Mining for Sustainable Development Team. She currently oversees the Finance and Administration function of the Mining for Sustainable Development programme. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts Law degree from the University of Cambridge and is completing ACCA and a Bachelor of Science Applied Accounting degree.
Alex LambCommunications Coordinator
Alex has always worked for international development, environmental justice and human rights, in the media, in parliament and in non-governmental organisations. Prior to joining Transparency International Australia in 2018, she worked for CARE Australia coordinating parliamentary advocacy and advocating for gender equality. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Alex GruenewaldCountry Projects Coordinator
Alex is the Country Projects Coordinator for the Mining for Sustainable Development Programme. He has over 7 years of experience in project and programme management, monitoring and evaluation, capacity building and development programming in the private and not for profit sectors. Prior to TI Australia, Alex worked for Australian Red Cross supporting projects in Mongolia, Bangladesh and Pakistan. He has a Bachelor of Social Sciences, a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and is currently studying a Master’s Degree in International Urban and Environment Management.
Michael Odei Erdiaw-KwasieResearch and Policy Coordinator
Michael is an established researcher and experienced development practitioner with a history in academia and non-governmental organisations. Michael began his professional life as a development practitioner but left to undertake a PhD in policy planning and governance. Prior to working with M4SD, Michael previously researched and lectured on methods for sustainable development, politics and sustainability, and economic policy analysis at the University of Southern Queensland. He has over seven years’ experience in multiple stakeholder management and qualitative and quantitative research in fields such as agriculture and energy sector, leading teams to conduct social impact assessments, baseline studies, preparation of Resettlement Action Plans, and Livelihood Restoration Plans. Michael has worked on projects in Australia, Ghana and Senegal among other countries.
Paola RossiFinance Assistant
Paola brings experience in finance and project coordination across the non-for-profit and private sector. Holding a Bachelor of Science in Forestry Engineering and Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Paola has supported various largescale projects throughout her career, with financial guidance, reporting and auditing procedures, while keeping with business quality controls and accounting best practice. Her career spans across social support, sustainability, education and entrepreneurship. Currently on the Board of TIE Melbourne supporting the next generation of leaders, Paola is passionate about for-purpose industries. Paola is fluent in Spanish and has lived, worked and studied in Chile.
Shiyavanti JohnpillaiProgramme Assistant
Shiyavanti joined Transparency International Australia as the Programme Assistant of the Mininng for Sustainable Development programme in 2018. With experience across the development and humanitarian sectors in Australia, East Africa, and Sri Lanka, she has most recently worked with the United Nations in Somalia. Shiyavanti has a Master's degree in Development Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Tegan Jux de SilvaPartnerships Coordinator
Tegan joined TIA in May 2018 as Partnerships Coordinator for the Mining for Sustainable Development programme. Tegan brings more than seven years' experience working for public and non-profit organisations in a range of environmental policy, research and fundraising roles. She has previously worked in the UK with organisations including Christian Aid and ClientEarth, in Sri Lanka with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and in state government in Queensland.