Jo Pride | Chief Executive Officer

Jo has a strong record of leadership in the international development sector and joins us from her most recent position as the Head of Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam Australia. Her previous roles include working as a political adviser in Federal Parliament and as a government lawyer. These various roles have enabled Jo to engage across a broad range of local, national and global issues. Though her career, Jo has established a strong track record of bringing about positive changes in laws and policies that affect people’s lives.

Jo was appointed CEO of Hagar Australia in February 2016.

Contact:   +61 3 9257 2366

Stephen Hughes | Finance Manager

Stephen is an experienced finance and accounting executive and consultant, committed to operational excellence and improvement. With a background in professional services and corporate businesses, Stephen’s focus has shifted to social businesses and not-for-profits.

Stephen has deep expertise in financial management, risk and project management – core skills in financial and management accounting.

Stephen has held senior corporate leadership roles across both the not-for-profit and corporate sectors and has 30 years business management experience, including CFO of World Vision, General Manager of the Trading Post publication and website and Senior finance manager at ANZ Bank.


Caroline Lee | Partnership Manager

Caroline has an extensive background within the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector.  She has worked within Account Management, Business Development and Corporate Sponsorship, having been a founding director in her own business for over four years.

Caroline majored in Japanese at the University of Canberra, and spent time in Japan at Okayama University on a scholarship. She has worked closely with organisations throughout the Asia Pacific region and brings over 20 years experience in developing key business relationships.

Contact:   +61 3 9257 2367

Tess Horsley | Program and Outreach Coordinator

Tess is an Australian National University commerce graduate with a background in marketing and international business. Tess’ experience of living and working overseas includes a volunteer teaching placement in Vietnam and a university placement in the Netherlands.

Tess joined Hagar as a Canberra-based volunteer in May 2012, then formally as a graduate after moving to Melbourne in August 2012.

Contact:   +61 3 9257 2369

Karen Kinder | Office Manager

Karen has broad experience in general administration, HR admin, recruitment and resource management. Her 18 years of experience span legal, not-for-profit, consulting, technology and health sectors and she has a Batchelor of Business from RMIT. Karen joined Hagar in October, 2016 after her most recent position as Resourcing & Client Solutions Advisor at Lawyers on Demand. She works part-time on Wednesday and Thursday.

Contact:   +61 3 9257 2368

Emily Ross | Communications Advisor

Emily Ross is a bestselling author, journalist and media consultant. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience; from editing flagship issues and leadership sections of BRW magazine through to key editorial roles on Australia’s biggest client publication the Qantas magazine. She is the co-author of 100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them (Random House) and 50 Great e-Businesses and the Minds Behind Them (Random House).
Emily regularly travels to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to train our local and expatriate staff and in communication and leadership. Her contribution to Hagar is second to none.


Hagar Australia is generously supported by a variety of interns for 6-12 month placements.


Many of the functions of Hagar, including IT and Communications are performed by staff in Cambodia. This allows us to reduce costs and create employment opportunities within our program countries. Several staff are former clients who have been trained to work in permanent positions, now they help other young survivors to recover.