After a life-changing journey to Malawi in 2012 at the age of 20, Sean was exposed to some of the many challenges faced by people everyday. This experience prompted him to launch Educaring Africa initially to sponsor secondary school fees for local students and it has slowly grown to achieve much more since. A Melbourne-based development practitioner and editor, Sean's aim is to see Educaring Africa help as many African people in need as possible through a facilitative bottom-up approach to community development.
As a native Malawian, Francis established the Malawi Volunteer Organisation in 2008 as an incorporated not-for-profit organisation in Malawi. He has worked in the tourism and volunteer segment of the economy for the last 15 years. Having held associations with various organisations over many years, he saw the need to establish a volunteer-based initiative in his home community of Monkey Bay. Since commencing operations, MVO has welcomed more than 1000 volunteers to Malawi and that number continues to grow.
Dr Isa Byona is a native Ugandan medical doctor (MBcHB) by profession with a deep passion for sustainable tourism that focuses on improving the livelihoods of local communities at the grassroots level. Together with a diverse and passionate group of local professionals, ASTCF was founded in 2014 to boost sustainable tourism in Uganda and empower local communities and disadvantaged groups in the fight to alleviate poverty, while promoting a holistic,
innovative and ecological approach to development.
Lachlan is a chartered accountant and joined Educaring Africa as secretary after serving as an active member for 2 years. Having worked with Ernst and Young and currently within the healthcare industry; Lachlan’s role is to develop governance procedures and policies, implement internal controls over key operational processes, and oversee reporting obligations to the ACNC. Lachlan is passionate about helping Educaring Africa achieve its fundamental financial goal: to provide our stakeholders with credible economic information, and mitigate operational risks with a strong control framework.
Raised in South Africa and formerly residing in Zimbabwe, Pamela's connection with Africa and the issues that affect it is very strong. She has witnessed the growth and impact of Educaring Africa since the beginning and her ongoing support of the initiative made her the perfect fit for the role of treasurer, which she was appointed to in 2016. As a hard working mother of four, she has a strong understanding of financial management and community development having worked on a number of school and community group committees.
James has a strong interest in international development and public health having previously worked as a research assistant at the Burnet Institute for medical research and public health in Melbourne specialising in malaria research. He is also currently completing his medical degree at Melbourne University and is a long time supporter of Educaring Africa's efforts to improve the livelihoods of African people. With malaria among a number of other prominent diseases in Malawi and throughout Africa, his expertise in public health is sure to serve the organisation well going forward.
A long-time supporter of Educaring Africa, Sam was fortunate enough to travel to Malawi as a volunteer in 2016 and witness firsthand the impact the organisation has on the local community. Graduating from Monash University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing), Sam currently works in the Finance & Strategy team at global health & care provider Bupa and brings diverse strategic and commercial expertise to the board. With a strong interest in health and community development, Sam is excited about contributing to the growth and success of Educaring Africa.