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We join hands with supporters from all over the world to fight for poverty alleviation and to create a just world where all people are treated equally to reach their God-given potential. This is our vision and our promise to those who need our support.

Our Team

David Ensor

chief executive officer

David is the newly appointed CEO of International Needs Australia (INA). He has felt a called to the work of INA as a place to respectfully help the poorest and marginalised communities and individuals in South, Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa.

Originally from Southern Africa – where he led a rural education NGO for 6 years, David moved to Australia in 1999. This work in South Africa was recognised by the then President Nelson Mandela (when presenting him with the Presidential Education Award – one per annum), noting that, “One significant strength… is that, in its endeavour to meet new challenges, it has realised the imperative for re-evaluation, re-invention and re-structuring to ensure its effectiveness in delivery.”  David subsequently led the parliamentary transformation program funded by the European Union to support transition of the newly democratic South African parliamentary system.

David has been a Chief Operating Officer and head of strategy at Australian universities. In his most recent role as a director in a government department of education, he was responsible for managing over $320m in funding to schools for marginalised youth, non-government and ethnic and community language schools, higher education engagement, stakeholder engagement and working with key education leader associations to help the associations and departments achieve shared outcomes for education.  

David currently chairs the University of South Australia Education Futures Advisory Board and serves on school wellbeing committees and a national advisory board of Education Horizons. He holds masters degree in Adult Education with a focus on adult basic education in rural areas.

Jyothi Chintapalli

Acting Finance and Administration Manager

Sanva Saephan

International Programs Manager

Sanva leads INA’s International Programs strategy and team. He oversees INA’s relief and development programs across countries in Southern and Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. Sanva is committed to localisation of development planning and implementation and the meaningful partnerships that underpin this. He is the key contact for INA’s engagement with DFAT and the ANCP program and works to align donor support with INA program activity in the countries we serve.

Before joining INA, Sanva worked as a Development Consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, UNDESA, UNFPA, UN Women and the EU with key specialist areas in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), public-private sector collaboration, process engineering, stakeholder engagement and policy reform.

Sanva is a current PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne with his research focusing on quality TVET teachers. Sanva holds a Master of Public Administration in International Development from Tsinghua University and a Double Degree in Bachelor of Accountancy and Economics from Singapore Management University.

Besides other publications, Sanva is the author of “Transition: A Journey in Laos” and “Stateless: Diary of a Spirited Boy at Napho Camp” with the proceeds of the books going towards constructing a vocational training centre for less fortunate females and a much-needed primary school in Laos. His passion in development work saw him being awarded the Asia Development Fellowship (2019).

Amanda Southwell

Community Engagement Manager

Amanda cares about connecting donors to on-the-ground projects in Eastern Africa, South and Southeast Asia.  She has a particular interest in education, gender and disability inclusion, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives. Amanda is also on the board of Operation Toilets Australia, which serves to ensure girls and their communities are supported through sanitation programs. 

She is currently responsible for ensuring the effective development of programs to raise major gifts and develop the partnerships to support this. Amanda also leads our major donor and bequest initiatives, communicating and networking with current and potential stakeholders. Amanda has also pioneered the INA University Internship Program to help connect great university talent and volunteers to the challenges and opportunities faced by developing countries.  

Amanda has a wealth of experience in the adult education and the not-for-profit sectors, and holds a Masters (Deakin) and postgraduate diploma in International and Community Development (Deakin), a postgraduate diploma in Education (Monash), and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Monash).   

Madelyn Hammock

Marketing and Communications Lead

Ryan Maher

Digital Strategy Officer

Kade Berman

Education Officer

Kade leads INA’s strategy to support school students to find purpose within the ActYourPurpose program. After being school captain of Mount Scopus Memorial College (2018), he chose to spend a year volunteering in impoverished communities within Uganda, Tanzania and Cambodia; working with schools, social groups and local charities.

Kade has had experience working with marginalised groups, in and out of Melbourne, and has a passion for harnessing his privilege to help others, trying to always empower youth through community service and education.

Kade is currently studying Advanced Science — Global Challenges (honours) at Monash University. Prior to INA, Kade has worked as a Program Coordinator in a local charity, a VCE English Tutor, and a disability support worker independently and in a high-school setting.

Serene Tan

Finance Accounts Officer

Serene is an accomplished finance professional and a central member of the INA Finance team who supports all financial systems and donor database management. She supports important finance and compliance functions such as the annual audit and budget processes, DFAT submissions, reviewing project audits and assisting in data analysis. Serene has worked for more than 15 years in roles including Finance, Funds Management and Treasury, and Tax and Superannuation Consulting at various financial services companies.

Serene has been a qualified CPA for over 20 years and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from The University of Adelaide. Serene is purpose-driven and belongs to the Welcome Team at her local church.

Evie Mellis

Donor Relations Officer

Emma Parnham 

Donor Relations Officer

Vanessa Angulo

Programs and Compliance Officer