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.

  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.

 
  LIESEL MADDOCK  Communications Strategist & Partnerships    Liesel is a creative communications professional with extensive campaigning and advocacy experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. As a skilled strategist she is passionate about building support for ethical businesses. She holds a Post-Graduate in Marketing Communications and a Bachelor of Arts.

LIESEL MADDOCK
Communications Strategist & Partnerships

Liesel is a creative communications professional with extensive campaigning and advocacy experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. As a skilled strategist she is passionate about building support for ethical businesses. She holds a Post-Graduate in Marketing Communications and a Bachelor of Arts.

  EMMA KAVANAGH    Aged Care Program 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
Aged Care Program 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.

  CHRISTINA WILSON  General Manager - Live Events    Christina has worked in the event industry for over 15 years, creating and organising unique experiences, conferences and exhibitions around the world. As an adventurous traveller, she is passionate about encountering new cultures, the environment and helping children in need.

CHRISTINA WILSON
General Manager - Live Events

Christina has worked in the event industry for over 15 years, creating and organising unique experiences, conferences and exhibitions around the world. As an adventurous traveller, she is passionate about encountering new cultures, the environment and helping children in need.

  CLAIRE GLASSON    Administration & Marketing Officer    Claire has over 10 years experience within Administration and marketing. She loves to help business’s reach their target market through engaging and relevant content. She has a Bachelor’s of Creative Industries, loves photography and being an advocate for social change.

CLAIRE GLASSON
Administration & Marketing Officer

Claire has over 10 years experience within Administration and marketing. She loves to help business’s reach their target market through engaging and relevant content. She has a Bachelor’s of Creative Industries, loves photography and being an advocate for social change.

 
  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.

  RUSSELL GAULD  SolarBuddy Program Coordinator - Melbourne    Russell is a social entrepreneur bringing sustainable practices to the villages of Vanuatu. He is passionate about expanding people's hearts and minds to take action in service of others. He loves interacting with people and exploring different cultures.

RUSSELL GAULD
SolarBuddy Program Coordinator - Melbourne

Russell is a social entrepreneur bringing sustainable practices to the villages of Vanuatu. He is passionate about expanding people's hearts and minds to take action in service of others. He loves interacting with people and exploring different cultures.

  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.

  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.


 

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!