Elon Musk once said that ‘great companies are built on great products’, but on this rare occasion we’re going to (respectfully) disagree with the great man. Whilst we invest a lot of resources and support in our ventures, we invest even more into our people, because for us, great products are built through great work by greater people.
Although about how hard it is to find talent, experience, and raw energy these days, just popping into our office will give you a little taste of what we have going on.
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Head of Training, Development & Operations
Jimmy has executed and led on multiple projects overseas across India and the South Pacific and currently heads training & development and operations across countries. Jimmy has been involved with working with over 200 students on the ground and over 450 students on training. He is also heading up our FarmEd venture. Jimmy has a newfound love for agriculture, has a huge passion for people and finds flawless spreadsheets exciting.
Head of Commercialisation
Fi joined our team to focus on the commercialisation of our ventures. With a Bachelor of Business (Management) and a Diploma in Business (Marketing) under her belt, Fi used her extensive experience in sales and marketing experience to transition into business incubation and entrepreneurship. She has a passion for facilitating the evolution of ideas into successful business and the potential of the Australian start-up space. Although Fi did ballroom dancing for 8 years, there’s conveniently a lack of incriminating evidence on YouTube.
Head of Sales
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.
Jessica Stephanie Arvela
Relationships & Recruitment Manager
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.
Relationships & Recruitment Manager
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.
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.
Lily is our resident designer’s eye, operating as content coordinator and pun-queen. She has a double degree in Design, and Creative Intelligence and Innovation from UTS, and has been with Project Everest since January 2016. Since then, Lily has spent multiple months senior leading in Timor Leste and runs Design Thinking training. She is passionate about enabling the personal development of others, and is often embarrassed by her general clumsiness.
Ryan has recently transitioned from Recruitment and Relationships in Adelaide, to coordinating trekker, business and leadership training. He studies Chemical Engineering at UOA, 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.
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. We’re yet to meet a person that Jack doesn’t like or can’t get along with.
Stapes is completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Studies at USYD. Having spent many months trekking, team leading, and senior leading in Fiji, she knows the ropes of Sigatoka back to front. Stapes recently spent 7 months on exchange in Canada, but she’s too good in her recruitment role to stay away. Her passion for environmental sustainability projects can only compete with her love of alpacas… actually no, nothing can compete with that.
Our go-to-girl for all things Malawi, Ella has spent a whopping 4 months (and counting) overseas in a leadership role. With us she coordinates recruitment, and at the University of Sydney she studies both Science and Adv Computing. If you can’t spot her iconic blonde curls, you’ll find Ella running completely unqualified Zumba classes for trekkers in country.
Luce operates in our recruitment team when she’s not leading projects or establishing permaculture in Fiji or Malawi. She is currently completing an Animal and Veterinary Bioscience degree at the University of Sydney. After spending multiple months trekking and leading overseas, Lucy has earned her reputation as a badass, redheaded powerhouse.
Issy joined our recruitment team off the back of a trek to Timor Leste over January 2018 within an Environmental Sustainability project. She’s halfway through a double degree at UTS, studying both Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. If you’ve spoken to her, you’ll have either heard her rave about Timor Leste or an adorable hiccup – both if you’re lucky.
Relationships & Recruitment Manager
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.