Conny took up the role of Executive Director in January 2018.
She has 25 years' experience in the development and social justice sector, ranging from service delivery in the field to leading large teams and senior executive and board roles. She led World Vision International's organisation and programs in the Middle East and Eastern Europe for more than six years and has also served as a senior manager at Australian Volunteers International.
Her record of embracing challenges and complex assignments overseas includes framing responses to the Syria crisis, community development in Afghanistan, and humanitarian work in Aceh, Indonesia, in the 2004 tsunami aftermath. In Australia, her achievements include enabling partnerships with indigenous communities, government and business to build program strengths in Central Australia and the Pilbara.
As a key board member of Community Aid Abroad, as it was then known, she also contributed to the critical organisational restructure and merger with Freedom from Hunger that led to the formation of Oxfam Australia.
Conny has a Master of Arts (Research) from La Trobe University, a background that reinforces her commitment to seeking out the best evidence to frame solutions for complex social challenges in the community.