Our People

Sonia Lipski

Sonia Lipski

Founder

A true entrepreneur at heart, Sonia founded Project Everest in 2013, with an ambitious vision to improve conditions across the board in developing nations, contributing to the UN Development Goals. Sonia works on securing investment for viable Ventures that have government and business support across the nations we work in. Sonia loves to complete highly advanced university degrees in her spare time.

Wade Tink

Wade Tink

Strategy | Partnerships | Venture Business Development

Previously a full-time serving infantry officer in the Australian Army, Wade was the Head of Leadership at 40K Globe, worked at UBS, and Centric Wealth. This mix of international leadership and business, combined with his moon-shot mind ensures we have the most innovative, flexible, and autonomous organisation in this space. It’s strange when people call him Wade rather than Tink.

Jimmy Bayssari

Jimmy Bayssari

Training & Development | Operations Lead | Analytics & Records | Fiji Lead

Jimmy operates within Training & Development, Operations, Finance, and People. He has executed and led on multiple projects overseas across India and the South Pacific and currently heads our operations in Fiji. Jimmy has been involved with working with over 100 students in Fiji and over 400 students on training. He has a degree in Communications from UTS, has a huge passion for people and finds flawless spreadsheets exciting.

Jessica Stephanie Arvela

Jessica Stephanie Arvela

Student Opportunity | Relationships | Recruitment | Vietnam

Jessica has three degrees and is currently completing her Masters of Human Rights at USYD. Jess is passionate about facilitating development both globally and personally. You will find Jess on her red Ninja Kawasaki, and can win her over with neat whisky or fresh coconuts. Jess has led teams of up to eighty in India, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste since 2014. Personality type: ENTJ.

Andrew Vild

Andrew Vild

Relationships | Recruitment | Research & Development | Malawi

Andrew operates within Research & Development, Relationships and Recruitment. Andrew is a qualified Materials Engineer from UOW and has led teams in India, Uganda, Cambodia and Malawi since 2015. In his spare time Andrew loves a Guinness, flying his Phantom Advanced drone, and looking into how to combine his love of travel and positive social impact. Andrew is an infantry officer in training with the ADF.

Amber Johnston

Amber Johnston

Operations | Outsourcing | Support | Cambodia

Amber operates within Marketing and Operations. She has a Commerce (B.Com.), Marketing, and International Business degree from USYD and has led teams of over one hundred in India and Cambodia since 2014. Amber is responsible for all things digital, the website is her creation. She also delivers on the logistics of our Cambodia operations. Amber is a keen Sydney Brunch Crawler fan, and enjoys a cocktail or a beer by the sea.

Emma Ridley

Emma Ridley

Student Opportunity | Marketing | Branding

Working, studying and travelling through the U.K., Europe, Asia, and the U.S., Emma has experienced shifting environments and role requirements. From leading a team in India to working for an advertising agency in L.A., Emma has built an impact directed and multifaceted approach to marketing. Definitely a country girl at heart, Emma lives and breathes social media and spends her time between herding cattle on her family farm in Forbes, and enjoying smashed avo in the best cafes on the eastern beaches.

William Ashford

William Ashford

Research & Development

Will is experienced in leading engineering projects overseas, looking into issues such as water sustainability and network resilience, across Indonesia, India and Timor-Leste. Currently pursuing a Masters at the University of College London in smart cities and urban analytics, Will looks after all things R&D, with a strong focus on the direction of our Projects and where they sit along the design thinking spectrum. Win Will over with an aged whisky and Cuban cigar.

Aakash Parekh

Aakash Parekh

Relationships | Student Opportunity | Recruitment

Aakash has a wealth of start-up experience across Australia, Singapore and India. He is passionate about building socially responsible businesses from the ground up and imbibing triple bottom line principles within core business strategy. Simultaneously working at a social enterprise focused on helping smallholder farmers realise higher income levels through organic agriculture, Aakash is our Singapore champion – successfully on-boarding the brightest students as well as managing our relationships with prominent universities in the region. Aakash is an avid scuba diver, adrenaline junkie and is often trolled for being a compulsive traveler by his family and peers.

Alex Piatek

Alex Piatek

Recruitment

Alex Piatek is our Recruitment Pipeline Manager and studies Mechanical Engineer a UOW. Alex is an experienced Group Leader and drives projects primarily in Timor-Leste through his incredible focus on Design Thinking, personal development, mentorship and humour. Alex loves a surf and has eight square meals a day. If the values Eat Last and Work Hard were a person, they’d be Alex.

Jack Bennett

Jack Bennett

Recruitment

Jack is completing an Engineering and Math degree at UOW and is a massive extrovert. Jack never gets angry and we have a hard time convincing him to wear pants. Jack has been with Project Everest to Uganda, Timor-Leste and Cambodia since 2015 and currently operates within Recruitment.

Maddison Steele

Maddison Steele

Recruitment

Maddie is completing a Medical Biotechnology degree at UOW [Honours, Dean’s Scholar] and will never work at KFC again. Maddie has been with Project Everest to Uganda, Timor-Leste, and Fiji since 2016 and is currently operating in Recruitment. Maddie loves dogs, coffee, interesting socks, and Kendrick Lamar.

Ryan White

Ryan White

Recruitment | Relationships

Ryan operates within Recruitment and Relationships in Adelaide. He studies Chemical Engineering in his third year, and has a passion for innovation, social impact, and pasta. Ryan has spent considerable time in Timor-Leste with Project Everest working on multiple projects based on access to clean drinking water and sanitation. Win his heart over with Jatz and 12/12 banter.

Ciaran Hoare

Ciaran Hoare

Recruitment | Relationships

Ciarán [pronounced Ki-ron] operates within Recruitment in Adelaide. He currently studies Civil & Structural engineering at Adelaide University, and plans to finish at the end of 2017 (maybe). Ciarán has been with the Project Everest family since July 2016, as a Trekker in Timor-Leste, progressing through to Group Leader over summer 2016/17. When he’s not contracting mosquito borne diseases or shooting other people’s profile pictures, Ciaran focuses on his goal of redefining engineering.

Patrick White

Patrick White

Recruitment | Relationships

Patrick is in his final year of Mechanical Engineering/Physics at Adelaide Uni. He is Ryan’s paler, balder cousin and after being part of the inaugural Trek to East Timor, he now works to develop relationships within the South Australian universities and residential colleges. Charm or challenge him with the following statements: ‘Bernie should/shouldn’t have won the presidency’, and ‘Billy Madison is/isn’t the greatest movie of all time’.

Kaushik Bilimoria

Kaushik Bilimoria

Recruitment | Relationships

Kaushik currently operates within Recruitment and Relationships in Adelaide. Driving him is the potential of leaving a legacy, facilitating change through innovation and having solid banter. He is part way through studying a Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology degree at the University of Adelaide. Kaushik has been a trekker and team leader in Timor-Leste working on projects regarding access to clean drinking water and sanitation. How to get on his good side; share an ice cold beer and some shitty dad puns. How to not; Talk about how cider is good.

Bronte Munro

Bronte Munro

Recruitment

Bronte is currently in her second year of study at The University of Sydney completing her degree in International and Global studies with majors in International Business and European studies. Bronte had a blast as a member of the December 2016 Fuel Assessment project in Timor- Leste and is also apart of the Recruitment Team at Project Everest. Travel is big part of Bronte’s life and she has been to 18 countries in her 19 years, when she’s not traveling you can often find her planning her next trip.

Corey Middleton

Corey Middleton

Recruitment

Corey has always been passionate about sustainability; trekking with Project Everest in 2017 confirmed for him that the most effective way to create positive environmental impacts is through enterprise. Corey is studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications / Bachelor of Human Geography at UOW with the goal of using marketing as a tool to assist sustainability efforts across the globe. He likes wearing hats and going surfing, but struggles to do both at the same time.