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.
Greg has over 20 years of experience in the supply chain industry managing operations in Europe, Asia and Australia. Accompanying Greg’s wealth of experience is a desire to work with an organization that values purpose over profit.
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 is an experienced keynote speaker and has presented at corporate events all over the world.
Joanna is passionate about unlocking potential and believes providing opportunity is the ultimate gift. With a focus on creating pathways, Joanna thrives on empowering us each to fulfil our part in securing a kinder, more compassionate and sustainable world.
Magdalene is a highly experienced and commercially astute leader of events, conferences and stakeholder relationship management. She has over 16 years of experience working with not-for-profit associations, government departments and companies. As a working mother of twins, Magdalene is passionate about collaborating with organisations who have a strong desire to improve the lives of children and their families in energy poverty to enable them a better quality of life for generations.
Guy started his working life in marketing, before the lure of seeing and experiencing this incredible world led him to a career in travel and events. Passionate about making a difference, Guy has over 15 years of leadership and sales experience across leisure, corporate and non-profit organisations.
Wendy has professional qualifications in Business Administration, Finance and Marketing. She is passionate about supporting innovative organisations that bring about positive changes for communities on both environmental and humanitarian levels.
Liv comes from a background in Chemistry, Geography and Environmental Sustainability, and has always been passionate about making a positive impact on the world. She is transferring her skills from running a department in an Environmental Testing Laboratory to the SolarBuddy team.
Tara is a Journalism & Human Services student set to graduate in 2020. As a life long music lover and decade long gig and festival attendee, Tara understands the integral part music plays in people’s lives, and the ways in which music culture can shape attitudes, thoughts, beliefs an actions.
Johnathan Lamb is a recent Industrial Design graduate, with a special flair for storytelling through creative design. He is passionate about using his skillset to create solutions that will have a real-life positive impact on people.
Deelan is a multimedia designer who constantly seeks for authenticity in originality. Majored in Interactive Visual Design at Queensland University of Technology and Mixed Media Fine Arts at University of Westminster, he determines to visually tell inspired stories, inventive ideas and a strong belief in equity and equality; utilises a variety of media and mediums driven by a sense of practical impact and purpose.
Hayley has a background in operations and stock processes in the fashion industry. Her travel experiences have made her passionate about working with people to reduce their impact on the world. Hayley recently graduated with a double degree in Business and Creative Industries.
Mandy has been a valuable asset to the SolarBuddy Operations team. She has been working closely with the team to make sure that the lights that get distributed are quality-checked and organised in the best possible way. She decided to work with us after being inspired by the SolarBuddy journey and has been a valued teammate ever since.
Kirstin is currently studying Marketing and Psychology at university. She is keen to create positive change through the skills acquired throughout her degree by making the world more environmentally friendly and an equal place for all.
Russell is a social entrepreneur, passionate about bringing sustainable practices to the rural areas of Vanuatu. He is our resident expert in Vanuatu, working with local communities for over 2 years.
Cheryl-Anne is an experienced Human Resources professional. She has built her consulting success by forming long term partnerships with clients as a trusted expert who becomes part of the team. Cheryl-Anne has an unusual mix of tertiary qualifications including Law, Business and Psychology which enables her to bring a unique perspective to problem solving. She is so passionate about what SolarBuddy does, that she has partnered with us on a pro-bono basis to ensure we have the best possible HR advice and support.
Craig Wilson is a senior international affairs, policy and business executive. He is based in Brisbane, Australia. He works closely with the executive and legislative arms of the Queensland and Australian Governments. He is a former World Bank economist and was previously the head of economics in the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet where he worked across a range of policy issues and programs of the Queensland and national bureaucracies.
For Maurice it is most important that ‘Speakers not only must tell the story. They must be the story!”. His mission has always been to help as many “purpose driven speakers” to advise them, to promote them and to engage them, and introduce them with other people and the best events in the world. The platform bookingworldspeakers.com is in fact his whole identity. It is about engaging, quality, sharing value and helping speakers and organizers to create that perfect match. And most important adding value to people and society to create a better and more human place for all of us.
Shaun is the founder of FairBreak. He is a Director of SolarBuddy in India and completely invested in promoting health, education, opportunity and equality. SolarBuddy is the sole CSR initiative associated with FairBreak and a project the global FairBreak team is passionate about.
Leveraging a rich corporate experience of over 25 years and a degree in Economics, Vidya has successfully led several projects in brand building, marketing, event management, advisory and client relationships. Vidya is currently serving as the head of India operations for FairBreak. She is also a member on the advisory board of the Sports Academy Association of India. Vidya will provide strategic advice to the SolarBuddy India team and assist in the building of both the marketing and distribution network throughout India.
Naresh is a Director of SolarBuddy in India. He has a Bachelor of Engineering ( Chemical ) and a Masters of Business Administration. Naresh has worked on some of the largest energy projects in Australia. He has been interested in the renewable energy industry and has worked as the National Sales Manager for one of the leading solar companies in Australia. He has recently decided to return to his home country and further involve himself in the Indian community.
Mike is an engineer with 20 years of experience with mixed backgrounds in information technology and electronics. He's passionate about real-life problem solving using technology, data and automation. Mike will be assisting us in building and designing our SolarBuddies.
Jason Wang has specialized in solar products for the last 13 years and is passionate about their production. He is a proud partner of SolarBuddy, helping to provide light for those in need.
Lily is our Chinese based dispatch person primarily working on the WWF account. She is passionate about solar energy and helping those living in energy poverty.
Bec’s passion is working with children, assisting them to grow, flourish and achieve their personal goals. With a background in the Arts, Psychology and Health Sciences, Bec has over 10 years experience of working in the childhood industry. She loves to combine her interest in travel and the creative arts to develop engaging activities for children where they can learn and thrive in a positive environment.
Alysha is an enthusiastic Year 11 student who has been working with the Student Council at her college promoting SolarBuddy and running sessions with younger students to educate them about energy poverty. She hopes to reach out to other schools and Aged Care facilities in the community to spread even more awareness and continue making a difference.
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.
Pippa Sutherland joins SolarBuddy with a passion for service and a belief that education on energy poverty at grass roots is instrumental to creating long term change. With previous experience in extended charity placements and a dedication to ‘making a difference’, her goal is to weave the education of energy poverty into the curriculum at her school.