Meet the team that makes it happen

 
  SIMON DOBLE    CEO & Founder    Simon is an inventor and social impact entrepreneur who specialises in creating innovative solar solutions for people living in energy poverty. A humanitarian at heart he is determined to create socially aware businesses that will have a lasting positive impact on both people and planet. 

SIMON DOBLE
CEO & Founder

Simon is an inventor and social impact entrepreneur who specialises in creating innovative solar solutions for people living in energy poverty. A humanitarian at heart he is determined to create socially aware businesses that will have a lasting positive impact on both people and planet. 

  JULIA ZHAO    Finance Officer     Julia is a qualified accountant. She spent most of her career in professional accounting practice, commercial accounting and the not-for-profit sector before joining SolarBuddy. Julia is passionate about social justice and international development.

JULIA ZHAO
Finance Officer

Julia is a qualified accountant. She spent most of her career in professional accounting practice, commercial accounting and the not-for-profit sector before joining SolarBuddy. Julia is passionate about social justice and international development.

  BILLIE MURPHY  Education Liaison Officer     Billie is a qualified primary school teacher from the UK. She is passionate about working with our school partners to deliver an exceptional program that enhances student wellbeing and understanding of global citizenship. 

BILLIE MURPHY
Education Liaison Officer

Billie is a qualified primary school teacher from the UK. She is passionate about working with our school partners to deliver an exceptional program that enhances student wellbeing and understanding of global citizenship. 

  EMMA KAVANAGH    Corporate Programs Manager    Emma is a Clinical Psychologist who is interested in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of people across their lifespan. She is passionate about engaging with corporate employees to help create meaningful shared value relationships and a better future for everyone.  

EMMA KAVANAGH
Corporate Programs Manager

Emma is a Clinical Psychologist who is interested in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of people across their lifespan. She is passionate about engaging with corporate employees to help create meaningful shared value relationships and a better future for everyone.  

 
  GREG MALONEY    Logistics Manager    Greg spent many years working in the aviation supply chain sector and brings his wealth of experience to managing the logistics issues of a rapidly growing multinational initiative. 

GREG MALONEY
Logistics Manager

Greg spent many years working in the aviation supply chain sector and brings his wealth of experience to managing the logistics issues of a rapidly growing multinational initiative. 

  NICOLE PENMAN  Monitoring and Evaluations Manager     Nicole is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Queensland in the Energy & Poverty Research Group. She brings her years of experience to managing our grant identification and application process as well as monitoring and evaluation of the program.

NICOLE PENMAN
Monitoring and Evaluations Manager

Nicole is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Queensland in the Energy & Poverty Research Group. She brings her years of experience to managing our grant identification and application process as well as monitoring and evaluation of the program.

  SOFIE PEERSON    Administration Assistant & Social Media    Sofie is an international student from Sweden currently in her last year of a Bachelor of Business. She is passionate about using the power of social media to promote positive stories and to demonstrate that change is possible when we all work together.

SOFIE PEERSON
Administration Assistant & Social Media

Sofie is an international student from Sweden currently in her last year of a Bachelor of Business. She is passionate about using the power of social media to promote positive stories and to demonstrate that change is possible when we all work together.

  SKYE BUTCHER  Junior Ambassador     Skye is a highly motivated Grade 8 student who has raised thousands of dollars in support of SolarBuddy's programs and has assisted with the delivery of our education program within a number of schools. She is passionate about ending the cycle of energy poverty and creating a better world. 

SKYE BUTCHER
Junior Ambassador

Skye is a highly motivated Grade 8 student who has raised thousands of dollars in support of SolarBuddy's programs and has assisted with the delivery of our education program within a number of schools. She is passionate about ending the cycle of energy poverty and creating a better world. 

 
  TIAM WHITFIELD  Branding & Visual Communications    Tiam has spent over 17 years working in the creative industry, specialising in branding, graphic design and photography. He believes that design is powerful and can create change. He loves working with companies that have a positive impact in peoples lives.

TIAM WHITFIELD
Branding & Visual Communications

Tiam has spent over 17 years working in the creative industry, specialising in branding, graphic design and photography. He believes that design is powerful and can create change. He loves working with companies that have a positive impact in peoples lives.

 

 

The Board

 
  AYSEGUL KAYAHAN    Board Member     Aysegul has invested in more that 37 startups across a number of industries and mentors scalable science and technology startups through Brisbane Accelerators. She is passionate about working with organisation that are meaningfully contributing to the social good. 

AYSEGUL KAYAHAN
Board Member

Aysegul has invested in more that 37 startups across a number of industries and mentors scalable science and technology startups through Brisbane Accelerators. She is passionate about working with organisation that are meaningfully contributing to the social good. 

  JO-ANNE BRYDE-CRAWFORD  Board Member     Jo-Anne is an education specialist with over 27 years of experience. She has contributed to education and curriculum reform projects across the Pacific and has a particular passion for environmental education. 

JO-ANNE BRYDE-CRAWFORD
Board Member

Jo-Anne is an education specialist with over 27 years of experience. She has contributed to education and curriculum reform projects across the Pacific and has a particular passion for environmental education. 

 
 
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A massive thank you to our SolarBuddy volunteers all around the world. This would not happen without you! Thank you, we love you!