Chief Executive Officer
Adam Mooney is committed to a world where we all have hope, belonging and care for each other to realise our aspirations.
Adam was appointed CEO of Grameen Australia in July 2020 to begin programs all over Australia connecting microentrepreneurs, especially women, to realise livelihoods through small business creation and development. He has considerable experience in social inclusion, financial services and the community development sector, working in Australia, Cambodia, United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Adam was previously inaugural CEO of Good Shepherd Microfinance, Australia’s largest inclusive finance organisation, from 2012 to 2018 reaching over one million people. Prior to that Adam worked closely with Aboriginal people and organisations on economic development with Reconciliation Australia from 2008 to 2012. Adam has worked with Concern Worldwide in Cambodia implementing women’s livelihood and microfinance programs and also spent over a decade in the banking sector with ANZ.
Adam has microfinance governance experience through Board positions over the last 15 years in PNG, Cambodia, Myanmar and Australia and made extensive field visits to Grameen programs in Bangladesh, USA and elsewhere. He has a Masters in International Development, a Masters in Applied Finance and is an Australian CPA.
The Grameen Australia Board and CEO have attracted a highly capable team of strategic advisors to establish Grameen microfinance activities in Australia. Each of these leaders drive key functions that are critical to our first phase of establishment and underpin the delivery our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.
Communications and Engagement Lead
Renee Hancock is an executive leader with extensive experience across strategy, business development, marketing, communications, partnerships, advocacy and digital. Renee’s passion is working with organisations focused on equality and social justice for vulnerable people in the community, especially women, children, and young people.
Her experience includes Chief Executive Officer and executive roles across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors where her efforts have been focused on creating business, community, and government partnerships to achieve shared goals and positive impact in local communities. She is an established communications leader with strong experience in developing and executing communication campaigns to influence positive social change. Renee’s governance experience includes charity board roles and working groups.
Program Establishment Advisor
Shah Newaz has a long and successful history working with Grameen around the world. He started his career as a Branch Manager in Bangladesh in 1981 after completing his masters degree. He has been promoted to a range of positions including responsibility for two large Grameen zones servicing almost 200,000 borrowers. He has led the Grameen Training Institute and the International Training Program.
A major highlight of Shah’s career was establishing Grameen America in New York in 2008. By 2015, Grameen America became the largest microfinance organisation in the USA. Shah was presented with the Grameen America Lifetime Achievement Award for successfully founding and scaling the Grameen America microfinance model. His experience includes working on the Grameen Replication Program in the Dominican Republic, China, Haiti, Honduras, India and now Australia.
Finance and People Lead
Sheree Rolton is a finance and strategy executive with more than 20 years of experience working in complex, global organisations across multiple geographies.
Sheree has strong expertise in providing critical analytics and strategic support for large banking multi-national, software and fintech start-ups.
She has successfully led business transformation initiatives across multiple geographies including major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementations.
Working in executive finance roles across the technology, banking and resource sectors, Sheree has had responsibility for strategic planning, forecasting, board and management reporting and project portfolio management. She is a qualified CPA and has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).
Program Governance Advisor
Sophie Dawson has worked across the international development sector, from gender-based violence and youth empowerment programs in Malawi, to waste management research in Indonesia, and sustainable tourism projects in Fiji. She is passionate about human rights and creating structures within the development sector that are ethical and sustainable.
Sophie is also an Indonesian speaker, and an advocate for learning a second language not only to form strong intercultural relationships but also become greater global citizens. She is currently studying a Masters of Logistics Management at UNSW. Sophie is excited to be a part of the Grameen Australia team, working alongside community members to carry out locally-led, sustainable programs that empower local women.
Dr Vinita Godinho
Impact and Design Lead
Drawing on an extensive multi-disciplinary career as a senior banker, entrepreneur, academic, and non-profit leader, Vinita has led award-winning evidence-based social change for sustainable socio-economic wellbeing in collaboration with community groups for many decades.
Wearing multiple executive hats, she specialises in enabling business and government leaders to take action, including developing policies, processes and programs, to facilitate good health and wellbeing for those most at risk of experiencing disadvantage, within their own sphere of influence. Her research on Indigenous financial capability (PhD 2015) and community-led inclusive growth (2016-2019) continues to inform policymakers and practitioners in Australia, whilst a recent Fulbright scholarship (2019-2020) has broadened her network to include global thought-leaders.
Digital and Technical Lead
Supporting organisations to make sense of their digital transformation projects, building their roadmaps, helping them focus on what really matters to their customers and navigating the complexities of modern day architectures.
Vinod has worked for companies such as Deloitte, IBM, Accenture and EDS in various technology leadership roles.
Vinod is a large event facilitator, a technologist, and enterprise architect and a founding member at theBEATS.org, an emerging environment focused organisation.
He also uses the spoken word together with animation, video, music, art and typography to deliver an authentic, visceral and emotional connection.
People and Culture Advisor
Jenny has a passion for developing people to achieve their goals. She is an advocate for inclusion and embracing culture both in the workplace and broader community.
An experienced human resources executive, Jenny has worked across a number of sectors including banking, manufacturing, not for profit and technology. Throughout her career, Jenny has demonstrated strong leadership, as well as strategic and generalist HR skills. Major project experience includes start-ups and greenfield operations, change management, mergers and acquisitions across multiple geographies.
Jenny speaks several languages and is keen to learn about different customs, countries and history. Coming from a migrant background, Jenny seeks to understand the different perspectives and challenges facing new migrants and refugees.