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

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 Bachelor 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

Sara Webster | Programs and Policy Coordinator

Sara is a graduate of University of Melbourne where she achieved a B.A. in Political Science and Development before going on to a Masters in International Development at University of New South Wales.

Sara is deeply committed to human rights, especially in the area of ending violence against women. She has recently returned from several years in Timor-Leste with the Centre for Women’s Growth and Development with Australian Red Cross under the AVID Program, and brings to Hagar a wealth of experience after more than 6 years working in community development programs.

Contact:   +61 3 9257 2368

Brooke Vandenberg | Fundraising and Communication Coordinator

Brooke has over seven years experience in coordinating project and organisational communications. She joined Hagar in 2017 from her position as a Research Administrator at Monash University, where she continues to work as a Project Manager on the GIVE RESPECT family violence prevention research program.

Brooke graduated from Monash University with a Masters of Public Health (2015) and a Bachelor in Public Health and Health Promotion majoring in Marketing at Deakin University (2010) and completed an immersive course with The Comprehensive Rural Health Project Jamkhed, India in 2016. She has a rich passion for promoting women’s rights, empowerment and gender equality.

Contact:   +61 3 9257 2361

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. We may be able to utilise skills in journalism, graphic design, marketing, digital media, accounting, events management, policy and more.  If you are interested in applying for an internship with Hagar Australia, please contact us on


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.