Adam Mooney
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.

Our Team

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. 

Shah Newaz

Chief Operating Officer

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. 

Nawal Semaan

Acting Branch Manager – Broadmeadows

Nawal Semaan is an accomplished small business mentor and trainer. Her lived experience as a migrant from Lebanon provides essential insights that support the aspirations of refugee and migrant women who are starting or growing their small businesses.
Nawal’s experience includes more than a decade working in the vocational education sector, focusing on career pathways. She has also operated her own business in network marketing and small business development.

She speaks and writes fluently in Arabic and English and understands Assyrian. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Marketing and a Diploma of Community Services. As a board member, event coordinator and secretary at the Victorian Lebanese Community Council (VLCC), Nawal has strong connections with her local community.

Sarah Afifi

Member Experience Advisor

Sarah Afifi’s career includes meaningful work across the community service sector. Her experience includes working as a Disability Support Worker where she implemented behavioural support plans for children living with Autism. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah played an important role at the Red Cross delivering support to migrants and refugees experiencing crisis and financial hardship.

Alongside her work at Grameen Australia, Sarah is an active contributor to local communities. She volunteers her skills on the Youth Advisory Board for the Victorian Lebanese Community Council, helps deliver food relief for rough sleepers at Humble Mission and supports the work of Orange Sky which provide a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who often feel disconnected from the community.

Dr Topoyame Moremong-Nganunu

Centre Manager

Dr Topoyame Moremong-Nganunu (BA, MA, MBA, PhD) is a Botswana national who has taught and consulted throughout Africa, the Middle East and the world in the fields of entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. Her PhD is in entrepreneurship education in developing countries, where she evaluated the United Nations’ ILO’s entrepreneurship program.

In Australia, Topoyame’s experience includes teaching entrepreneurship and business management courses as a sessional staff member at Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Central Queensland University.

As an entrepreneur, she co-founded a management consulting firm in Botswana and is the founder of the Australian Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Rise and Shine Coaching.

Dr Thuy Trong Duong

Centre Manager

Dr Thuy Trong Duong has substantial experience developing and delivering microfinance and microenterprise projects to support low-income women in Vietnam.

As a teacher and trainer, Thuy has delivered economic and gender studies programs. In addition, she was a lecturer at the Vietnam Women’s Academy and a trainer with Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation in Germany. Her Ph.D. focuses on social change for rural women when they engage in paid work.

Thuy is an active member of many community groups and networks in Australia, including the Australian Women’s Association and Community Identity Displacement Research Network. Her passion is helping disadvantaged women to stand on their own feet and create sustainable livelihoods.

John Nguyen

Centre Manager

John Nguyen has over 20 years of management experience in banking and finance, international business development, and marketing roles in Australia and Vietnam.

With solid experience in entrepreneurship, John is the co-founder of a multi-language subscription satellite and streaming service and media and television channel in Australia for the Vietnamese community.

His passion for giving back to society has led John to work with many with charities and not-for-profit organisations assisting the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities. He has held various leadership and advisory roles in business associations and committees within the Vietnamese community in Victoria.

John is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration.

Reman Koshaba

Centre Manager

Reman Koshaba is an entrepreneur, with a wealth of experience in leading developmental initiatives that empower women to improve their lives.

Reman has a particular passion for enabling the most vulnerable members of our community. She has pioneered unique employment solutions for her clientele, allowing them to achieve their goals and their highest aspirations, with dignity and fulfilment.

Reman is a humanitarian, a philanthropist, a formidable advocate for the disadvantaged, and a consummate communicator who can achieve rapport with people of all backgrounds, which is genuine, and enduring.

Reman is a proud mother of three beautiful children.

Sheree Rolton

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).

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. 

Sophie Dawson

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.   

Jenny Port

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.

Minette Cilliers

Manager Finance and Compliance

Minette is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of experience in external auditing and accounting across a wide range of industries including digital bank software, industrial products, retail and consumer products. Her experience includes board reporting, accounting records and forecasting, statutory accounts preparation, cost analysis, financial audits, reporting, policies and procedures.

She has a proven ability to work through complex problems, developing practical solutions and successful partnerships. Minette is from South Africa and has worked in the US with Ernst & Young. Minette is passionate about helping women on low incomes achieve financial independence.

Ashley Johnson

General Manager Digital Enablement

Ashley is a highly skilled and solutions focused IT professional with over 15 years combined experience in IT systems management and support roles. Throughout Ashley’s career, he has proven his expertise in managing end to end projects, implementing technical strategies that meet business objectives, and recommending improvements to systems and processes that enhance efficiencies.

Ashley has a strong analytical and problem-solving capability and a dedication to continuous improvement.

Ashley has worked for companies such as Victoria Police, Pitcher Partners and Exxon Mobil in various technical and leadership roles.

Experience includes Enterprise Architect, Risk and Change management and project management.

Ashley holds Tertiary qualifications in Information Technology, Law (LLB) and Project Management.