Nicky is the CEO of Unilever Australia & New Zealand and former Global CEO of luxury retailer, T2 Tea. She has over 25 years of experience in developing and building brands, growing businesses, and transforming infrastructure and culture. She has worked across a broad range of organisations including Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, P&G and George Patterson Y&R.
Recognised for her depth and breadth of expertise across FMCG, Retail, Luxury, and Ecommerce, Nicky also brings broader based category experience spanning food, beverages, health care and personal care.
Nicky holds a Masters in International Business, which has been supported by significant global management experience across Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe, USA and the highly diverse markets of Asia. She recently completed an Executive MBA in Change, through INSEAD, graduating with Distinction and is also an HBDI certified practitioner.
Nicky is a Non-Executive Director on the boards of World Wildlife Fund Australia; Global Sisters; and the Australian Food & Grocery Council and sits on the Australasian Advisory Board of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute and UTS Vice Chancellors Industry Advisory Board. She is a National Member of the Champions of Change Coalition; a Founding Member of the B-Team Australasia and Climate Leaders Coalition and is a member of Chief Executive Women. She is a passionate advocate that businesses today must drive sustainable agendas that positively impact both people and the planet and in doing so be a true force for good.
The best advice she has ever been given was “when you are dancing on thin ice you may as well tap dance” and that is how she lives her life with her husband Graeme and their two children, Keira & Lachlan.
Michael Saadat is the Head of International Public Policy for Block, Inc (NYSE: SQ), leading Block’s public policy efforts across APAC and EMEA, for all of Block’s business units (Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL and TBD). Michael also leads public policy in relation to Buy Now Pay Later (Afterpay and Clearpay) globally.
Prior to Block’s acquisition of Afterpay in February 2022, Michael was VP, Global Regulatory Affairs at Afterpay, a role he held from November 2019.
Michael is also a non-executive director on the board of FinTech Australia.
Michael has a breadth and depth of domestic and international experience in consumer financial services regulation and public policy at senior levels.
Michael was previously a senior executive at Australia’s financial services conduct regulator: the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Michael was ASIC’s Executive Director for Financial Services and Regional Commissioner for New South Wales. Michael led ASIC’s supervisory work across consumer financial services, including retail banking, consumer credit, insurance and payments.
While at ASIC, Michael was Chair of the Market Conduct Working Group at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors, the international standard setting body for insurance regulation.
Michael has also previously worked as Head of Compliance for Citibank in Australia, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney and London.
Michael has Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Macquarie University, a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics, and an Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Heather’s 25 year professional career has been dedicated to social and economic justice for women. Her background in microfinance led her to live and work in France, the Philippines & India, as well as working extensively in Indonesia and Timor Leste.
Heather pursued a career in women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship after her year long placement at the OECD in France, working on a project for small to medium businesses for women. She then went on to spend close to a decade working with one of the largest microfinance organisations globally, Opportunity International (OI). In a number of roles at OI Network and OI Australia, Heather worked with partner organisations that varied from start-up NGOs to large-scale microfinance banks, all of whom were transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women living in poverty by helping them to create sustainable incomes through micro business.
In Australia, Heather had the privilege of working on the establishment of one of the first microfinance programs in Australia, now called Many Rivers Microfinance. Her time at Sydney Community Foundation shaped her understanding of collective impact and place based philanthropy, as well as gaining a deeper insight into gender based poverty and disadvantage in a high income country context.
Heather joined the Founder of Global Sisters, Mandy Richards, to set up the organisation and launch operations in early 2016. They have gone from a 2 woman operation to leading a team across Australia. After several years of piloting and iteration, Global Sisters has started to scale impact, supporting thousands of women to reach their full economic potential & create a ripple effect of change in their family, community and society.
Heather holds a Masters in Development Administration from ANU and has studied social entrepreneurship at INSEAD Singapore. She has expertise in social impact, community development, organisational capacity building, microfinance and program design.
She is a Trustee of the McLean Foundation, a philanthropic foundation dedicated to conservation, education and gender equality. She is on the volunteer leadership team of her local church. Heather and her husband are raising three young children and live on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Nick has 24 years industry experience leading some of the most creative companies in world, while also working globally and locally on some of the most dynamic brands in the world – Airbnb, Apple, Google, Adidas, The United Nations, Absolut Vodka, Heineken, BMW Mini, Levi’s and VW to name but a few. Nick also has 15+ years financial service experience and has worked on ING Direct, ANZ, Westpac, BNZ and was part of the team that created ‘More Than Money’ for NAB.
Over his career Nick has worked in the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia at agencies who operate at the business end of creativity. Nick is the only leader globally to have been the CEO across two agencies (Colenso BBDO & Clemenger BBDO) who between them have been named the most creative agency in the world three times.
His passion for commercial creativity and his entrepreneurial mind has helped launch some of the most innovative and transformative work to come out of this market in the last two decades, which is why he was named Australian Marketing Leader of the year in 2018.
Nick left the agency world behind two years ago to set up his own consultancy before joining Deloitte Digital Creative as a partner in September 2021.He sits on numerous advisory boards, has launched several companies in the past two years and in a pro-bono capacity is the senior global strategy and creative consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in New York.
Allison is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), member of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), Registered Tax Agent and Self-Managed Super Fund Auditor. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and over 20 year’s experience in financial, management & tax accounting. Throughout her career, she has held positions across the healthcare, manufacturing and not for profit industries. Allison also manages a diverse portfolio of tax clients including companies, partnerships and sole traders with a particular focus on providing support & guidance to female entrepreneurs to help them develop their financial education and empowerment and to grow their businesses. She is passionate about demystifying finance and accounting and inspiring people to create financial freedom and independence.
Rachel has deep experience in leading accelerated growth for many global brands through her Senior Executive roles at Afterpay, T2 and Just Group.
Rachel has a passion for partnering with entrepreneurs to help unleash and scale their vision as both an investor and advisor/ Board Member.
Jackie has over 20 years of marketing, digital disruption and transformation experience across media, tech, telco, aviation and financial services. She has enjoyed working for some truly impactful brands Netflix, BBC, Skype, Virgin, Orange and Afterpay. Like so many Antipodeans, Jackie’s perpetual sense of wanderlust has led to a myriad of global and regional roles where she’s had the pleasure of working with and learning from many teams around the world.
At Orange and Virgin, she worked on the advent of smart-phones, mobile internet and services, before moving to OTT communications with Skype. As Global Director of Audience Marketing, Entertainment Partnerships and Broadcast Media – she was responsible for Skype’s campaign and content marketing platforms, growing the entertainment partnership program and building Skype’s capability and presence in the broadcast space.
At BBC Studios, Jackie had oversight of more than 300 brands globally, fostering franchise brands such as Doctor Who, the Planet Series, Top Gear and growing new brands such as Hey Duggee and Bluey. Jackie was instrumental in helping to create new digital ways for communities to engage with BBC content globally in partnership with Google, Snap, Facebook, Oculus and WeChat.
At Netflix as Global Chief Marketing Officer, she brought her experience in media and entertainment together with a deep understanding of the internet and tech – building reach and fan engagement for a growing international content slate across an expanding range of genres, deepening partnerships, leading popular culture by fostering conversations around the world, and developing Netflix’s brand.
Since returning to Australia, she is an advisor and board member to some of the leaders in the entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem. She is also currently Global Head of Customer, Content & Marketing @ Money by Afterpay, leading the product design, content and marketing teams in building a new OTT money experience focused on Gen Z and Millennials.
Louise is the General Counsel of KPMG Australia. She has over 25 years of experience as a lawyer in both in private legal practice and in-house roles in Australia and the UK. She holds degrees in Economics and Law (Hons), has a GAICD with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of Chief Executive Women.
Lisa Edinburg brings with her a wealth of experience in both the corporate and community sectors. Lisa started her career as a management consultant, supporting large firms with customer experience, business transformation and supply chain transformations before moving to Social Ventures Australia where she advised social entrepreneurs, non-profits and philanthropic funders on business strategy, social impact growth and measurement. Lisa has led programs around the country including cutting edge initiatives with remote Indigenous Communities and thought leadership on impact measurement.
Whilst living in Canada, Lisa helped to pioneer venture philanthropy into the Canadian market and returned to Australia to embark on her own entrepreneurial dalliance. It was then that Lisa realised the challenges of starting up a business first hand and after becoming a mother, Lisa realised the inequities of options and barriers for women.
Lisa’s passion is for social purpose businesses and the women that tend to lead these businesses.
Emily’s passion is in building brands and helping them grow faster and sustainably. Through a mix of growth, marketing, and product development solutions, Emily has helped grow brands across Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
She joins Global Sisters having worked across a diverse range of industries including technology, travel and tourism, destination management, and FMCG.
Emily is passionate about developing authentic, sustainable, and innovative brands that seek to make a positive impact.
Since having two children of her own, Emily sees more than ever the benefit of self-employment as a means for financial security. She is honoured to support our Sisters in achieving their own goals and empower more to do the same. Equally, she is excited to witness the rise of female founders, and the broader social change and impact this can have.
Emily has degrees in Law and Psychology from Griffith University. She and her husband live in the Gold Coast where they are raising their two young daughters.
Michelle is a proud Ganggalida and Takalak woman from the Gulf of Carpentaria in far north Queensland. Michelle is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Manager at Bunnings, where her role is to support the economic empowerment of Indigenous people through driving employment, retention and career development initiatives, support of Indigenous businesses and increasing awareness of issues that impact First Nations Australians.
Michelle’s background is in human resources, and she has 20+ years’ experience working in leadership roles across financial services and the retail sectors.
Michelle sits on the Wesfarmers Employment Parity Initiative Steering Committee and is a member of the Australian Retail Associations Reconciliation Action Plan working group.
Robyn has more than two and a half decades of subject matter expertise in international development, specifically in the thematic areas of microfinance, responsible inclusive finance, financial empowerment innovation, gender lens investing and finance as a strategy for social change. Robyn has held a range of roles responsible for regional portfolios at World Vision, Good Return, Microfinance Opportunities, and at the time one of the largest microfinance organisations globally, Opportunity International.
Robyn’s career is characterised by research, development and innovation – exploration through adaptive design for large scale behaviour change programs that tackle the complex, stubborn socioeconomic issues facing our world today.
Robyn has an established comprehensive framework for practice utilising community engagement, public participation, social and ethnographical research, complimented by human centred design and consumer experience thinking. Robyn believes we each add our highest value through careful listening, and deep thinking, and by co-creating design solutions that embody simplicity and elegance, that respond to the essence of what people really need.
Robyn has represented on both national and international working groups responsible for socio-economic policy development (such as the Shared Value Summit Asia Pacific, Financial Inclusion Innovation Summit, and the Financial Inclusion 2020 Financial Capability Global Industry Working Group 2012-2015 Chaired by World Bank, IFC and UN); and more recently been an active social justice advocate with organisations such as International Justice Mission and Micah.
Robyn is dedicated to working on sustainable housing finance to empower women to build brighter futures.
Gershon has a decade of experience working in advocacy, policy and research centred on issues of social justice. He has been the creator and lead author of the Ethical Fashion Report and the Ethical Electronics Guide, world leading research that examined the practices of corporations around the world to mitigate the risk of slavery and exploitation; he has led and grown grass roots movements to campaign against poverty and labour rights violations; he has worked with many of Australia’s largest companies to improve labour rights in their supply chains; and he has authored policy reports on child and maternal health, water and sanitation and Australia’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Gershon is passionate about seeing the vulnerable empowered, and seeing people and communities mobilised to end injustice. He has degrees in Business and Commerce, and a Masters in Social Change and Development (with Merit) from the University of Newcastle.
Gershon is passionately crafting sustainable housing models tailored to empower women.
Joeline is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in business, marketing, communications, advocacy, and community outreach. As the Sustainable Housing Lead at Global Sisters, she pioneers a pilot program providing housing opportunities for women escaping domestic violence, aiming to break intergenerational poverty cycles and fostering economic independence.
Drawing from her extensive background, Joeline approaches this role with a holistic perspective, recognising the vital intersectionality between environmental sustainability, community development, and social justice.
Her past endeavours, including co-founding the nurses charity ‘Feed Our Medics’ and running as an Independent Candidate for State Election, showcase her tenacity, community engagement and resource mobilisation skills.
Passionate about purpose-driven initiatives, Joeline’s strategic acumen and collaborative spirit position her as a catalyst for positive transformation in sustainable housing for women working toward economic independence.
Her founding role in Northern Beaches War On Waste and membership in Northern Beaches Council’s Environmental Strategic Reference Group, underscores her commitment to community engagement, sustainability and driving positive change.
With a keen focus on empowerment, resilience, and inclusive solutions, Joeline is committed to creating a supportive and nurturing environment where women affected by domestic violence can find safety, stability, and hope for a brighter future in their very own sustainable home.
Pakiza has a background of working and volunteering in a range of organisations, focusing largely on education, training, and skills development.
She has a Masters degree in Business Administration, with experience in teaching business studies, economics and sociology. She has also served as a head of an all-girls school, and later as an education consultant. Before joining Global Sisters, Pakiza was successfully managing a volunteer leadership development program which was designed to assist other not for profit organisations recover from the impact of COVID 19. Her areas of expertise also include the likes of organising the local area Volunteer Managers’ Network and has a strong focus on building partnerships and cooperative work practices.
One of her passions includes volunteering within her community at any given time, with the purpose of contributing her academic, training and development skills wherever needed.
Pakiza is a mother of two, and enjoys cooking, reading, and going for walks.
Jo’s background in education and community development has lead her to work in India, Cambodia and Germany, as well as remote indigenous communities in Australia. Jo is passionate about social justice and community development projects that support women to reach their full potential. She believes when women have the opportunity to achieve success, there are benefits not only for the individual but for families and communities in general.
Jo began her career as a primary school teacher in Melbourne and also taught at an international school in Germany. After completing a Masters of International Development, Jo worked on a range of community development projects in rural India- largely supporting women’s groups with training and enterprise development. Upon returning to Australia, Jo took up a role with Save the Children and worked with newly arrived women and children, predominately refugees and asylum seekers living in public housing in inner-city Melbourne.
Recently Jo has had experience setting up her own small business. In 2019 she founded Double Scoop; a small jewellery and homewares business that enabled her to work flexibly around the needs of caring for her young family. Jo experienced firsthand the benefits of entrepreneurship as an alternative to mainstream employment. In setting up a small business Jo quickly saw the need to develop her skills in areas such as social media, marketing and financial management.
Jo has degrees in Arts, Education and International Development from the University of Melbourne. She and her husband live in a small coastal town in Victoria where they are raising their three daughters.
Narelle is a dedicated professional with over two decades of experience in the community services sector. Her unwavering passion for empowering individuals has led to a career marked by innovation, impact, and a commitment to positive change.
Throughout her career, Narelle has demonstrated an exceptional ability to develop and deliver programs aimed at empowering people. Her innovative approach has paved the way for numerous success stories, leaving a lasting impact on those she serves.
One of Narelle’s notable achievements is the creation of a flexible education program tailored to young people at risk of homelessness. This program has not only provided vital educational opportunities but has also offered hope and stability to vulnerable youth, helping them build brighter futures.
Narelle’s dedication to social impact extends beyond traditional service delivery. She, along with a small team, developed two thriving social enterprises, each providing employment opportunities to long-term unemployed individuals. Through these enterprises, she has championed the cause of economic empowerment, breaking the cycle of unemployment and transforming lives.
In a transformative move, Narelle and her family made the life-changing decision to relocate to a picturesque coastal town on the Bellarine Peninsula. This move reflects her commitment to balancing a fulfilling personal life with her professional aspirations.
Originally hailing from beautiful Bavaria in Germany, Laura is an avid Marketing enthusiast, with a commercial background and extensive hands on experience in all things digital marketing, sales and social media.
After years of working in high growth, commercial businesses, Laura is excited to bring her skills and passion to Global Sisters.
Working across multiple parts of the business, she is excited to see our Sisters thrive and achieve their goals of being successful female entrepreneurs.
Sascha has an extensive background in social media, content creation, community support and marketing.
She is fiercely passionate about female empowerment and facilitating community connections.
Dabbling in her own entrepreneurial journeys over the years, she thrives being creative and busy, always willing to try something new. Coming to Global Sisters with a thirst for change and a role that aligns directly with her passions and values, she is excited to be a part of the change we so need as a society.
Born and bred in Australia, she is now raising her 4 young kids on the Northern Beaches, Sydney and understands now more than ever the importance of financial security and having a creative outlet.
Sascha has had experience setting up her own small businesses over the years, more recently a service based business, The Pram Cleaning Collective, founded in 2022.
Sascha enjoys the simple joys of life, like cooking, family walks & slow beach days.
Coming from Colombia, South America, Luisa is a passionate advocate of social causes, and sustainability. She moved to Australia to study a masters of fashion entrepreneurship at the University of RMIT, seeking to contribute to businesses that have an ethical component in their mission, and values.
Moreover, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and great experience working with international organisations. This, helped her to understand the operation of a company in different environments, and its connection with the world.
She has also worked with different marketplaces in the US, and Europe supporting Australian Fashion brands in trading their products, and increasing revenue. In addition to that, she possesses knowledge in stock management, merchandising, e-commerce, and a mindset of making things happen.
Luisa loves to travel and get to know new places, and cultures. She likes to spend time going on adventures while listening to stories people she meets along the way have to tell. Her interest in ethical and sustainable businesses, traveling and cultural diversity were the reasons she chose to make Australia her new home, and now joined the community of Global Sisters.
Raised in Scotland, Janet’s career began working in the corporate world as a software developer, after qualifying with a Computer Science degree. A stint followed living and working in New York, then in the early 2000s she migrated to Australia.
In Australia, Janet has held positions at a number of large software companies, initially as a software developer and later as a business analyst and product owner/manager.
In recent years Janet lived in Spain, working for a time as a business analyst for the EU Intellectual Property Agency and also running a small holiday property rental business with her husband.
Janet loves to travel and experience different places as a house sitter, and has done dozens of sits for owners and their pets both in Spain and around Australia.
Bringing over 20 years experience across technology and business, Janet is passionate about helping women succeed in business and is excited to bring her skills to Global Sisters.
Janet lives in Western Australia south of Perth with her husband.
Lauren’s career experience covers over 15 years in Administration, Client & Office Management.
Lauren’s career path has spanned across multiple platforms. She spent many years assisting with the administration and publicity work for Dog’s Life Magazine. Lauren then spent the next 11 years managing clients and the production process on a number of home titles. She also assisted with the general running and co-ordination of a small office. Lauren is also an animal lover who cares deeply about animal welfare; this inspired her to start up a small at home pet minding business.
Having two daughters of her own, Lauren is very passionate about helping women become financially independent and the social impact this can have on their families and communities. Lauren is excited to combine her passion and skills with Global Sisters.
Clare is a highly skilled professional with experience in outdoor education, program management, and teaching. With ten years of experience working in administration roles in various capacities, she has demonstrated her ability to be learning agile and a dedication to following established policies and procedures to navigate challenging environments. Clare possesses excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with people from diverse backgrounds, interests, and needs.
As the director of Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre, Clare has proven her expertise in budget management and staff mentoring. She has also shown her ability to organise and facilitate meetings, maintain and write reports in a timely manner, and coordinate staff annual reviews. Clare has a friendly and approachable manner that enables her to work collaboratively with a range of people in achieving goals.
In addition to her professional experience, Clare is a successful blogger, disability advocate, and podcast host of the MS Understood podcast.
Clare has a Bachelor of Arts (Outdoor Education), Graduate Diploma of Primary Education and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science.
Clare lives in Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula with her husband and 9 year old son.
Acknowledgment of Country
At Global Sisters we seek to learn about and celebrate First Australian history and culture, and the incredible story of survival of the world’s oldest continuous culture. We recognise that the land we now know as Australia is Aboriginal land and was never ceded.
We would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders past and present.
The Global Sisters team lives and works all across Australia & we commit to talking softly and gently on this land. We believe in “good business”, both for ourselves and encouraging Sister businesses to be good for people and the planet, and kind to animals. We commit to Global Sisters being a welcoming and inclusive place for First Australian Sisters, and invite you to join us in showing respect to our Aboriginal Sisters and their communities.
Constitutional Recognition and Voice to Parliament
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is important to us and is embedded in our founding organisational values. One of these values is “Standing Tall”. By this we mean:
lifting each other
living with dignity
a “level playing field”
We are in the process of developing our DEI Statement which will address our thinking and position on diversity, inclusion, intersectionality and belonging. The women Global Sister’s supports are highly diverse and we are taking the time to consult our team, partners and Sisters so this guiding statement is genuinely reflective of our Global Sisters community. We acknowledge that we are on a journey of continuous learning and this statement will evolve and develop as we do. We welcome input from our Sisters and community via firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion).