Australia for Dolphins deeply values the trust placed in us by our donors. We, the AFD advisory board, are here to ensure that AFD upholds the highest standards of governance and transparency. We are acutely aware that you, our donors, have entrusted your monies with us, and we will endeavour to use every cent in the most efficient way possible to achieve AFD's mission. We're delighted to introduce ourselves…
In 2012, Sarah made a life-altering trip to the town of Taiji in Japan to observe the dolphin drive hunts which take place there. Since then, Sarah has been working on the creation of Australia for Dolphins. Prior to this, Sarah worked in the communications department of the International Finance Corporation (the private sector development arm of the World Bank Group) in Paris and completed a professional fellowship at the United Nations in New York. Sarah graduated with a Master’s in International Relations from Cambridge University in 2010, and a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts (majoring in Japanese language) from the University of Melbourne in 2008. In her spare time, Sarah is a freelance writer, and has contributed articles to publications such as The Australian, The Melbourne Review and The Humanist. Sarah is passionate about animal welfare, and has been involved in organisations such as Save Japan Dolphins, Animals Australia and Lola ya Bonobo, the world’s only sanctuary for bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Jordan graduated from Monash University with a Master of Laws, Juris Doctor. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, majoring in Philosophy and English Literature. Jordan was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in 2013 and is an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
Jordan has been involved in organisations such as the Environmental Defender's Office, the Animal Legal & Historical Centre and Lola ya Bonobo. Jordan is passionate about gaining rights for animals through the legal system and is delighted to be part of the AFD team.
Angie is passionate about animal welfare and the environment. She is particularly concerned with eco-sustainability and marine conservation, which led her to join Australia for Dolphins.
Angie also works as a prospect researcher and fundraising copywriter for international philanthropy consultancy Global Philanthropic. In 2014 she completed a media internship at the office of the federal member for Melbourne, and provided logistical support during the Victorian state election. She has an honours degree in creative writing and is currently completing a masters in global media and communication at the University of Melbourne.
Stephie is the newest member of the AFD team, and is joining us as our Public Engagement Officer. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and is currently completing a Master of International
Development at Monash University. Her research focuses on how wildlife conservation can play a vital role in sustainable eco-tourism as a form of poverty alleviation.
Stephie has always been passionate about the ocean, from spending much of her childhood on the Gold Coast, to currently exploring the depths of the sea as a newly accredited scuba-diver. She is delighted to be developing this passion with the team at AFD.
Paula has held a number of management roles in Finance and Operations throughout her career. These have spanned a range of industries from blue chip professional services through to the not-for-profit sector. Some of these include KPMG, Arthur Anderson, Planet Hollywood, Igloo Zoo and Life Saving Victoria. Paula has also held a lecturing role at Southern Cross University as part of the university’s Masters of Practicing Accountants. Paula holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant. With a passion for animal welfare, Paula and her two young daughters have various pets and sponsor a great white shark called Johnny through the Rodney Fox Foundation.
Ross Floate's concern for dolphins stems in part from the time he spent as a child sailing dinghies and yachts on Victoria's Port Phillip Bay.
As well as founding and running design and communications firm Floate Design Partners, Ross is involved in issues of online privacy and security, and sits as a lay member on the ethics committee of one of Melbourne’s inner-city hospitals. He has a keen interest in and knowledge of social media, and will be advising AFD on maximising its reach on new and emerging platforms and networks.
Ross has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from RMIT University in Melbourne.
Samuel is a Business Analyst for IMG Sports Technology Group, looking for ways to improve the efficiency of sports administration and increase participation and engagement of Australians with sport. He has previously worked in consulting, marketing, finance and accounting. In 2012 Samuel completed an MBA and a Masters of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and Copenhagen Business School. Previous to this he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce. When he is not working, Samuel is usually travelling to various corners of the globe following his enthusiasm for skiing, often working as a ski instructor. Samuel is particularly interested in issues that involve the environment and animal welfare, and these passions led him to become involved in Australia for Dolphins. Samuel hopes to contribute his expertise in the management of online systems to creating an easy-to-use and engaging online experience for Australia for Dolphins' members.
Nick has worked closely with Australia for Dolphins since its inception in early 2013. Nick studied a Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) at Swinburne University and a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) at the Queensland University of Technology. He is currently graphic designer for the Melbourne International Film Festival and also works with numerous organisations applying his specialist design expertise within the corporate sector as well as the arts and sciences.
As a graphic designer, photographer and filmmaker, Nick contributes to Australia for Dolphins by generating and overseeing its media content. One special memory inspiring his work with AFD is being joined on a swim one New Year’s Day by a pod of wave-surfing dolphins. Nick is passionate about bringing an end to the dolphin hunts and is a proud member of AFD.
Doolin is AFD’s 22-day-old bundle-of-mischief of a mascot and honorary underwater board member. His attendance at board meetings isn’t great (the papers get a bit soggy), but Doolin brings to AFD a diverse range of skills, including blowing bubbles, catching bubbles and popping bubbles. Beyond bubbles, Doolin is also somewhat of a burgeoning film star. You can check him out in his biopic “Doolin’s Story”, which receives 5 sea stars on Rotten Tomatoes, here.