Directors – Joint CEOs

JERA International Directors are: Carole Shaw,Vicki Stylianou and Judith van Unen. The Directors bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and practical governance.

Judith van Unen and Carole Shaw are Joint CEOs. 

Carole A Shaw – Joint CEO and Director

A strong leader, Carole is a principal sector specialist in gender equality, transforming gender status-quo through policy, international development, peace, conflict and humanitarian settings. She is well known in Australia and in the International Women’s Rights Networks and has a formidable record of work with Asia Pacific NGOs.

Carole provides technical expertise and specialist advice to governments, UN Agencies, civil society organisations and research institutions on UN Conventions, policy, strategy, programming, design, research monitoring and evaluation and advocacy in specific key areas of gender equality. These include conflict and humanitarian settings, economic strengthening of women in conflict and humanitarian settings, working with men and boys, sexual and gender based violence in conflict and post conflict/war settings and in natural disaster settings and response.

Carole also provides Human Rights training on working in a Human Rights Framework and utilizing Conventions and Security Council Resolutions into workplans and field work.   She is a well qualified international trainer, lecturer and presenter and has worked with University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Macquarie University as well as the University of New York (USA) and The Open University (UK).

Judith A van Unen – Joint CEO and Director

A Business Performance Strategist, Judith is a prominent activist for women in business and the economy, nationally and internationally. She has had extensive community sector experience and a deep interest that encompasses disability, urban, regional, rural and isolated women, and the small business sector, working with government and non-government agencies on legislative reform, submissions, lobbying and research to contribute towards a better future. Judith is a consummate networker and a connecter of people.

Judith has been an NGO Expert Advisor on Australian Government Delegations to the UN CSW on a number of occasions, covering thematic issues such as; Women, the girl child & HIV-AIDS /Role of Men & Boys in Gender Equality /Women’s equal participation, conflict prevention, management & conflict resolution & in post-conflict peace building /Elimination of all forms of discrimination & violence against the girl child /Capacity-building on gender mainstreaming in the development, implementation & evaluation of national policies & programs for the elimination of all forms of discrimination /Financing for gender equality & empowerment of women.

Judith’s current Board Directorships include; Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA); Asia Pacific Diversity Foundation; (APDF) Vice Chair, Riding for the Disabled Association Australia (RDAA); National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), International Gender Advisor; Vice Chair, Business & Professional Women’s Co-operative (BPW CoOp) and the Australian Defence Forces Reserves Support Council (DRSC). Judith is a National Institute for Governance member. She has been National President of Business and Professional Women Australia (BPWA) and was founding Chair of economic Security 4 Women (eS4W), one of the National Women’s Alliances. Judith has been a representative on numerous government consultative bodies such as the Australian Tax Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Attorney General’s Department Human Rights Forums and Victorian government’s Work, Family and Community Life Advisory Committee.

Vicki Stylianou – Corporate Services and Director

Vicki has a Bachelor Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (politics), Master of Business Administration (International Business), Cert. Mediation and Dispute Resolution.

Vicki is currently the General Manager–Representation & Innovation at the Institute of Public Accountants, IPA (Formerly NIA) and has undertaken the development, advocacy and media of submissions on relevant taxation and other public policy issues. Vicki was previously Assistant Director, Office of Best Practice Regulation and Policy Analyst at federal Treasury, responsible or areas of tax policy, financial literacy and prudential regulation.

Vicki is a lawyer by profession, having practiced in commercial litigation for a number of years, both in Australia and overseas. Vicki was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG). She was the inaugural Deputy Vice President of the PNG-China Business Council and has progressed business interests in China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Australia, including involvement in multi-million dollar projects.

JERA  International Team Members

Zhouhan Du (Joanne)
Joanne graduated from Monash University last July. She is currently working at JERA International as a Management Assistant in Accounting. She wants to gain experience in this organization as she realize that gender equality has been a concern across the world, especially in developing countries. This opportunity gives her a good opportunity to understand non-for-profit organizations, who are aiming to safeguard women`s right, particularly the process of supporting impoverished females and helping them with their career and employment.


Alyssa Goodman
Alyssa joined the JERA International team as a Management Assistant in Research. She has completed a Diploma of Languages (Chinese Intensive) and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) at RMIT University. She joined the team after taking a course in Gender Development and Globalisation which opened her eyes to women’s human rights and gender equality. Her aim is to find an opportunity where she can utilise both her knowledge of culture, language and linguistics with her interest in gender equality.


Pooja Gungaphul
Pooja recently joined JERA International as Management Assistant in Human Resources. With a Master of Business Administration from Victoria University and a Bachelor in Human Resources Management (University of Mauritius), Pooja is seeking to enhance and expand her HR knowledge and skills through work experience in Gender Equality Agency. She believes that working with JERA International will not only maximise her mental talent and compassion but also will help her promote a better world.


Thomas O’brien
Tom is currently an Accounting and Finance student at Deakin University and joined JERA International as Management Assistant in Finance and Accounting to gain valuable experience before he finishes his degree.
Equality is something he is very passionate about, as he believes everyone deserves to be treated equally – no matter what their gender, ethnicity or sexuality may be.


Melanie Ong
Melanie is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) and a Diploma of Languages at RMIT University. As a part of her third and final year, she is undertaking this opportunity at JERA International because she believes that everyone should have an equal opportunity for all endeavors in life. She is passionate about advocating for human rights and gender equality, and hope to contribute towards achieving it.


Tara O’Suillivan
Tara joined the team in November 2016 as Management Assistant in Events after gaining experience in Marketing and Events through roles in hospitality and administration.
Tara works part-time in aged care and assists at JERA International as a way to gain experience into the NFP sector. She plans to study Political science and HR Management in 2018.


Lisa Pham
Lisa Pham graduated with a Master of Professional Accounting at RMIT in 2015. She is at JERA International for 3 months. She chooses JERA International because she wants to get some working experience and learn more about working in not-profit organisation.
She likes to work with JERA International because of the nice working environment and the staffs are friendly, helpful and responsible.


Tong Yang (Rachel)
Rachel, a Management Assistant in Finance and Accounting at JERA International is currently studying a Master of Management (Accounting) at Unimelb. For her, the experience of working here not only allows her to improve her skills as a new accountant but also enhance her understanding of human rights practice.


Cindy (Office Dog)
Cindy is a casual member of the JERA International team. She is a keen campaigner and is often found supervising work in the JERA International main office. While her typing skills are minimal, she has a keen eye for signs of stress and quickly checks on JERA staff and interns to make sure they are OK. Cindy has appeared in anti-violence campaigns and participates in all staff celebrations. Her key role is to be aware of where each of the staff members is at any one time and to make sure they are OK. In her spare time she supervises a Latin American band the Funkalleros, and likes to walk, hang out with friends and relax at home.