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AFD's team

AFD deeply values the trust placed in us by our donors. We, the AFD team, 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…

Hannah Tait CEO

Hannah Tait

In 2017, Hannah joined AFD following her passion to protect marine life. After working in donor relations, communications, campaign execution, and operations Hannah moved into the CEO position in 2021. Hannah is excited to expand AFD's efforts and achieve major goals for dolphins, including ending dolphin hunting and removing lethal shark nets.

Hannah has a Master of Global Media Communications from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney.

Emilia Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel


Emilia plays a key role in running campaigns which will genuinely protect dolphins and whales, while ensuring donations are used effectively.

Emilia is an experienced animal advocate. She gained her experience as a previous director of Action for Dolphins and through various positions at The Animal Law Institute - an Australian non-profit community legal centre that is dedicated to protecting animals and advocating for their interests through the Australian legal system.

Before joining Action for Dolphins, Emilia was the Executive Manager to NAB’s Personal Banking Group Executive. In this role, she supported NAB’s Personal Banking leadership team through a period of important transformation to deliver its simple and digital ambition. This is where she harnessed her skills in creating meaningful impact at scale and how to facilitate effective leadership teams.

Before that, she gained her legal expertise at both NAB and Lander & Rogers.

Emilia believes that with the support of Action for Dolphins’ donors and partners, we can offer real protection to dolphins and other marine life and stop the unthinkable cruelty of dolphin hunting globally. If you are interested in partnering or learning more about how we can achieve this, please connect at or on LinkedIn. Emilia's virtual door is always open.

Diana NesicCommunity Engagement Coordinator

Diana Nesic

Diana is overjoyed to be interacting with AFD’s array of wonderful followers as the Community Engagement Coordinator.

Diana has a Bachelor of Business Marketing and Master of Advertising Degree from RMIT University. Her final dissertation focused on the effects of emotional appeals for advertisements in the non-profit sector as a means to produce empathy and create social change. In addition to her concern for animal welfare, Diana is extremely passionate about conservation, human rights and equality. She has been a Co-Convener of the Amnesty International Pop Culture Network since 2016, and dedicates much of her spare time to volunteering with a number of non-profits fighting for these causes.

Maddy GoldingCampaigns Officer

Maddy Golding

Maddy is extremely excited to bring her passion for activism and animal welfare to her role as Campaigns Officer at AFD.

Maddy studied a double degree of Laws and International Relations at Bond University, allowing her to gain advocacy skills and deepen her commitment to fighting for animal and human rights. Maddy has involved herself with multiple philanthropic initiatives including volunteering in Nepal, Western Australia and Queensland working with children and communities. With experience as the Fundraising Coordinator at the non-profit New Beginnings as well as practical legal experience at Short, Punch & Greatorix Solicitors, Maddy is thrilled to be contributing her skills to AFD’s work to protect dolphins worldwide.

Kianna HopeOperations Lead

Kianna Hope

Kianna is passionate about creating a fairer world for all animals and is ecstatic to be able to bring her passion and skills together at AFD.

Kianna graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She has since gone on to volunteer extensively in the animal welfare sector, including co-directing an innovative new youth leadership program to empower young people to advocate for animals. Having been with AFD for a number of years Kianna loves being part of a team of people with shared values working towards something powerful for marine life.

AFD advisory board

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

In 2012, Sarah made a life-altering trip to Japan to volunteer as a monitor of the dolphin hunts in Taiji. This prompted her to create Action for Dolphins with the mission of ending dolphin hunting globally.

Sarah is also the Head of Strategy & Communications at Mosa Meat, a company working to bring “cultured meat” (real meat made directly from animal cells) to market and reduce farm animal suffering. Sarah is also a director of Lola ya Bonobo, the world’s only bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sarah previously worked at the International Finance Group (an arm of the World Bank) and completed a professional fellowship at the United Nations University in New York. Sarah has a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Jordan Sosnowski

Jordan Sosnowski

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 and the Animal Legal & Historical Centre. Jordan is passionate about gaining rights for animals through the legal system and is delighted to be part of the AFD team.

Olivia Lucas


Olivia completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Cambridge before beginning practice as a doctor. She has Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom and works as a Specialist Registrar in Medical Oncology in London, and is also studying to complete a PhD in cancer research with an aim to ultimately improve cancer patient care.

She is passionate about reducing suffering for people and animals, and is therefore delighted to be a part of the AFD team and have the chance to focus on making the world a more compassionate place for dolphins.


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