Who we are

Our mission, vision and history

Our Vision

Communities free and healed from the trauma of human trafficking, slavery, and abuse.

Our Mission

For those affected by trauma and those who support them, Hagar is an expert in care and recovery.

When healing happens, the cycle of trauma stops.

Our Values

Respect: We believe in the right of all people to be heard and treated with respect and dignity.
Integrity: We commit to act ethically and honestly, striving to do the right thing at all times and in all circumstances.
Compassion: We want compassion and kindness to be evident in our attitude, communication and in active, practical ways.
Excellence: We hold ourselves to high standards, listening and learning from those we support, our partners and each other, to continuously improve all that we do.

Our history

Hagar was founded in 1994 in response to the prevalence of extreme domestic and community violence affecting women and children in post-civil war Cambodia. In 2008, Hagar began operations in Afghanistan to support women and children facing the worst forms of gender-based violence and human trafficking. The following year, Hagar established an office in Vietnam to care for women who were affected by the growing magnitude of exploitation and abuse. More recently, Hagar began delivering programmes for women through our support office in Singapore, and we are partnering with organisations in Myanmar to increase their capacity to provide Trauma-Informed Care .

With 28 years of experience, Hagar has transformed into an internationally renowned leader in recovery services for survivors of human trafficking, slavery and abuse.

The Hagar story

The Hebrew name Hagar means “one who flees” or “one who seeks refuge.” The story of Hagar and her son, Ishmael, is the story of millions of exploited, abused, and trafficked women and children.

In around 2000 BC, Hagar worked in a foreign land as a domestic servant for a rich man called Abraham and his wife, Sarah. Sarah was unable to bear children and, following a common practice of the time, Sarah offered her servant to Abraham. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarah grew jealous and threw her out of their home. An angel found Hagar alone in the desert. He promised a blessing on her child, naming him Ishmael, which means “God hears.” In response Hagar declared: “You are the One who sees me.” The story of Hagar is known to many faiths including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

Hagar is committed to providing sanctuary and hope to women and children like Hagar and Ishmael, walking the whole journey with each one.

Our board

Phil Badger

Board Chairman, Hagar International

Phil has a strong grounding in the financial sector, which has formed the basis of a broad commercial business career. He is currently a professional director, chairman and investor, with interests in a range of industries such as construction, wholesale and distribution, horticulture and import/export. Phil’s passion for business development, combined with extensive senior management experience, allows him to successfully tailor governance, organisational capability, and strategic management solutions for Hagar’s operations. Phil’s passion for supporting charities is demonstrated in his numerous Chairman and Board commitments to Charitable Trusts.

Phil Badger

Board Chairman, Hagar International

Phil has a strong grounding in the financial sector, which has formed the basis of a broad commercial business career. He is currently a professional director, chairman and investor, with interests in a range of industries such as construction, wholesale and distribution, horticulture and import/export. Phil’s passion for business development, combined with extensive senior management experience, allows him to successfully tailor governance, organisational capability, and strategic management solutions for Hagar’s operations. Phil’s passion for supporting charities is demonstrated in his numerous Chairman and Board commitments to Charitable Trusts.

Dr. Peter Hess

Senior Board Member, Hagar International

Dr. iur., LL.M.
Until 2020, Dr. Peter Hess was a practising lawyer and partner at Reichlin Hess Ltd. in Zug, Switzerland. Dr Hess completed his postgraduate studies in law at Columbia University, New York. Dr Hess also made a significant contribution to the community through his political involvement, having served in local government, from 1983 to 2003, in the Federal Parliament, becoming Speaker of Parliament from 2000 to 2001.

Professional activities
Attorney-at-law / Notary Public for the Canton of Zug / Switzerland
Partner in the law offices Reichlin Hess AG, Zug / Switzerland (www.reichlinhess.ch)

Public activities
– Member of the legislative of the City of Zug 1979 – 1982
– Member of the Federal Parliament (House of Representatives / Nationalrat): 1983 – 2003
– President of the Christian-Democratic-Group of the Federal Assembly 1991-1998
– Member of the finance committee of the Nationalrat 1991 – 2003 (President 1996/1997)
– Speaker of the Nationalrat (2000/2001)

Dr. Peter Hess

Senior Board Member, Hagar International

Dr. iur., LL.M.
Until 2020, Dr. Peter Hess was a practising lawyer and partner at Reichlin Hess Ltd. in Zug, Switzerland. Dr Hess completed his postgraduate studies in law at Columbia University, New York. Dr Hess also made a significant contribution to the community through his political involvement, having served in local government, from 1983 to 2003, in the Federal Parliament, becoming Speaker of Parliament from 2000 to 2001.

Professional activities
Attorney-at-law / Notary Public for the Canton of Zug / Switzerland
Partner in the law offices Reichlin Hess AG, Zug / Switzerland (www.reichlinhess.ch)

Public activities
– Member of the legislative of the City of Zug 1979 – 1982
– Member of the Federal Parliament (House of Representatives / Nationalrat): 1983 – 2003
– President of the Christian-Democratic-Group of the Federal Assembly 1991-1998
– Member of the finance committee of the Nationalrat 1991 – 2003 (President 1996/1997)
– Speaker of the Nationalrat (2000/2001)

Sarah Barrer

Board Member, Hagar International

Sarah is the Founder and Managing Director of Barrer & Co, a fundraising consultancy based in Christchurch, New Zealand. With 14 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, and having consulted to over 130 not-for-profit Boards, Sarah has not just deep knowledge of best-practice fundraising, but the skillset to back it up. Sarah’s consulting experience has had her working with clients from throughout Aotearoa and internationally. Sarah’s expertise takes her from working side-by-side with fundraisers, to engaging with donors, to advising Chief Executives, to coaching Board Members.

What sets Sarah apart is not just the breadth of her experience, or the unique insights she brings to each charity she works with, but the depth of her knowledge about fundraising as a practice – a traditionally under-resourced, undervalued, and misunderstood skillset. She understands the fundraising and donor cycle of not-for-profits, and advocates for considered analysis, deeper donor relationships, and meaningful stewardship. Rather than parachuting in just to solve problems, Sarah has built sustainability into her business model at Barrer & Co; she is committed to sharing her knowledge by mentoring new fundraisers to create peak performance leaders.

Sarah is proud to support Hagar International’s work because she is passionate about eradicating injustice and ensuring all people are free.

Sarah Barrer

Board Member, Hagar International 

Sarah is the Founder and Managing Director of Barrer & Co, a fundraising consultancy based in Christchurch, New Zealand. With 14 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, and having consulted to over 130 not-for-profit Boards, Sarah has not just deep knowledge of best-practice fundraising, but the skillset to back it up. Sarah’s consulting experience has had her working with clients from throughout Aotearoa and internationally. Sarah’s expertise takes her from working side-by-side with fundraisers, to engaging with donors, to advising Chief Executives, to coaching Board Members.

What sets Sarah apart is not just the breadth of her experience, or the unique insights she brings to each charity she works with, but the depth of her knowledge about fundraising as a practice – a traditionally under-resourced, undervalued, and misunderstood skillset. She understands the fundraising and donor cycle of not-for-profits, and advocates for considered analysis, deeper donor relationships, and meaningful stewardship. Rather than parachuting in just to solve problems, Sarah has built sustainability into her business model at Barrer & Co; she is committed to sharing her knowledge by mentoring new fundraisers to create peak performance leaders.

Sarah is proud to support Hagar International’s work because she is passionate about eradicating injustice and ensuring all people are free.

Sarah Bearup

Board Member, Hagar International

Sarah Bearup is a global humanitarian and development leader with deep expertise in protecting the most vulnerable, especially survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and egregious human rights violations. Having lived in Oceania, South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Sarah has worked at the intersection of humanitarian and development programming and led emergency responses to natural disasters and crises including the Western Balkans Refugee Response.

Sarah’s executive roles have included: Assistant Director (Humanitarian Policy) for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. National Director of World Vision Bosnia-Herzegovina; Country Director of Hagar International/Cambodia; Executive Director of Positive Women; and Landmines & Disability Program Manager. Sarah’s current role as a Diplomat with the Australian Embassy in Amman Jordan includes oversight of Australia’s Syria Humanitarian Program, which responds to the complex displacement issues resulting from a decade-long protracted crisis.

Sarah has deep domain expertise in protection and inclusion, specifically SGBV, child protection and disability inclusion. Sarah studied at Monash, Deakin and Stanford Universities, the latter awarding a Certificate in Not-for-profit Executive Leadership. She has held various board roles including as a Non-Executive Director of Vision Fund International (EKI, Bosnia-Herzegovina), Hagar Australia and Hagar Catering Social Enterprise.

Sarah Bearup

Board Member, Hagar International 

Sarah Bearup is a global humanitarian and development leader with deep expertise in protecting the most vulnerable, especially survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and egregious human rights violations. Having lived in Oceania, South East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, Sarah has worked at the intersection of humanitarian and development programming and led emergency responses to natural disasters and crises including the Western Balkans Refugee Response.

Sarah’s executive roles have included: Assistant Director (Humanitarian Policy) for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. National Director of World Vision Bosnia-Herzegovina; Country Director of Hagar International/Cambodia; Executive Director of Positive Women; and Landmines & Disability Program Manager. Sarah’s current role as a Diplomat with the Australian Embassy in Amman Jordan includes oversight of Australia’s Syria Humanitarian Program, which responds to the complex displacement issues resulting from a decade-long protracted crisis.

Sarah has deep domain expertise in protection and inclusion, specifically SGBV, child protection and disability inclusion. Sarah studied at Monash, Deakin and Stanford Universities, the latter awarding a Certificate in Not-for-profit Executive Leadership. She has held various board roles including as a Non-Executive Director of Vision Fund International (EKI, Bosnia-Herzegovina), Hagar Australia and Hagar Catering Social Enterprise.

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Aletta Boshoff

Board Member, Hagar International

Aletta is an IFRS advisory specialist with over 25 years’ experience in financial reporting and accounting, including IFRS. Aletta has lectured on financial accounting and reporting, auditing and assurance and taxation at various Australian and South African universities. As an Associate Professor, she authored various financial reporting and accounting textbooks. Prior to joining BDO, Aletta was the Technical Director at two large national networks. Aletta also spent a number of years as a Project Manager at the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB).

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Aletta Boshoff

Board Member, Hagar International 

Aletta is an IFRS advisory specialist with over 25 years’ experience in financial reporting and accounting, including IFRS. Aletta has lectured on financial accounting and reporting, auditing and assurance and taxation at various Australian and South African universities. As an Associate Professor, she authored various financial reporting and accounting textbooks. Prior to joining BDO, Aletta was the Technical Director at two large national networks. Aletta also spent a number of years as a Project Manager at the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB).

Jill (Kila) Reimer

Board Member, Hagar International
Jill (Kila) is an international development specialist with more than 25 years of experience working in humanitarian disaster response and long-term development programming in both Africa and Asia. Jill is passionate about improving quality of life with and for vulnerable and marginalized populations through building human capacity, enabling genuine participation, generating and applying evidence, collaboration, and focused influencing. Her field experience is deep and wide – encompassing needs assessment, program design and management; strategic planning; grant acquisition and management; training and capacity building; evaluation; and research, with a specialization in qualitative methodologies.
Jill’s areas of particular technical expertise include education (ECCD, basic education, life-skills, career guidance, NFE), gender, counter-human trafficking, child protection, and community mobilization. Her doctoral dissertation through the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver explored the intersection of culture and formal education – how western ideas about constructivist education have been negotiated in a Southeast Asian, low-income country context.
In her spare time, Jill enjoys running, reading (mostly fiction!), cooking, photography, and travel.

Jill (Kila) Reimer

Board Member, Hagar International 

Jill (Kila) is an international development specialist with more than 25 years of experience working in humanitarian disaster response and long-term development programming in both Africa and Asia. Jill is passionate about improving quality of life with and for vulnerable and marginalized populations through building human capacity, enabling genuine participation, generating and applying evidence, collaboration, and focused influencing. Her field experience is deep and wide – encompassing needs assessment, program design and management; strategic planning; grant acquisition and management; training and capacity building; evaluation; and research, with a specialization in qualitative methodologies.
Jill’s areas of particular technical expertise include education (ECCD, basic education, life-skills, career guidance, NFE), gender, counter-human trafficking, child protection, and community mobilization. Her doctoral dissertation through the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver explored the intersection of culture and formal education – how western ideas about constructivist education have been negotiated in a Southeast Asian, low-income country context.
In her spare time, Jill enjoys running, reading (mostly fiction!), cooking, photography, and travel.
Marianne Roux

Paul Chan

Board Member, Hagar International
Currently the Director of Financial Services with Great Eastern life, Paul is also the Chairman of the International Certification & Standards Board of Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) and a Past President of the Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore (IFPAS). Aside from his professional achievements, Paul serves on the Board of Trustees of World Revival Prayer Fellowship, and has been actively serving in various ministries of the church including preaching, supervising cell groups and mission work including the church involvement in supporting Hagar’s work. Paul holds an MBA, the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation, Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner (FChFP) and the Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM) qualification. He has also co-authored two books with Dr B C Ghosh, Strategic Planning for SMEs in Singapore & Malaysia, and Smart Retirement Planning.
Marianne Roux

Paul Chan

Board Member, Hagar International 

Currently the Director of Financial Services with Great Eastern life, Paul is also the Chairman of the International Certification & Standards Board of Asia Pacific Financial Services Association (APFinSA) and a Past President of the Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore (IFPAS). Aside from his professional achievements, Paul serves on the Board of Trustees of World Revival Prayer Fellowship, and has been actively serving in various ministries of the church including preaching, supervising cell groups and mission work including the church involvement in supporting Hagar’s work. Paul holds an MBA, the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designation, Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner (FChFP) and the Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM) qualification. He has also co-authored two books with Dr B C Ghosh, Strategic Planning for SMEs in Singapore & Malaysia, and Smart Retirement Planning.
Marianne Roux

Connie Ridley

Board Member, Hagar International

Connie Ridley has a background in banking, finance and securitization and has worked in Australia, the US and several Pacific Island nations. She is passionate about social justice and committed to bringing change to vulnerable people and communities in Australia and overseas.

For the past 30 years Connie has used her experience in finance to serve not for profits organisations in roles such as Board Member of Library for All, recently concluded 15 years as a Board member of Opportunity International and previously served for 22 years as a Board member of Emerge Women’s and Children’s Network including serving as Chair for 8 years. She has been awarded Honourary Life Governor of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Marianne Roux

Connie Ridley

Board Member, Hagar International 

Connie Ridley has a background in banking, finance and securitization and has worked in Australia, the US and several Pacific Island nations. She is passionate about social justice and committed to bringing change to vulnerable people and communities in Australia and overseas.

For the past 30 years Connie has used her experience in finance to serve not for profits organisations in roles such as Board Member of Library for All, recently concluded 15 years as a Board member of Opportunity International and previously served for 22 years as a Board member of Emerge Women’s and Children’s Network including serving as Chair for 8 years. She has been awarded Honourary Life Governor of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

Marianne Roux

Jeff Buterbaugh, Ph.D.

Board Member, Hagar International
Jeff became Hagar USA’s Vice-Chair in 2017 and has now assumed the role of Board Chair for 2018. Jeff is an Account Executive at Konrad Technologies where he coordinates the account management of several of NI’s strategic automotive accounts that have major operations in the Detroit area. Jeff was introduced to Hagar by Jennifer Fleming, a Hagar International board member and long-time friend from the University of Virginia. He has over 20 years of church leadership experience and has been involved with refugee resettlement in the Columbus, Ohio area. This and other experiences have helped Jeff develop an awareness for both the challenges faced by children internationally, and the tangible opportunity to love and serve them in a globally connected world.
Marianne Roux

Jeff Buterbaugh, Ph.D.

Board Member, Hagar International 

Jeff became Hagar USA’s Vice-Chair in 2017 and has now assumed the role of Board Chair for 2018. Jeff is an Account Executive at Konrad Technologies where he coordinates the account management of several of NI’s strategic automotive accounts that have major operations in the Detroit area. Jeff was introduced to Hagar by Jennifer Fleming, a Hagar International board member and long-time friend from the University of Virginia. He has over 20 years of church leadership experience and has been involved with refugee resettlement in the Columbus, Ohio area. This and other experiences have helped Jeff develop an awareness for both the challenges faced by children internationally, and the tangible opportunity to love and serve them in a globally connected world.

Our staff

Dr. Andrew Catford

CEO, Hagar International

Andrew has extensive experience in the international development sector having lived and worked for over 20 years in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and South America. He has a proven track record of leading organizations to grow and tangibly impact the lives of vulnerable children, youth, men and women. Andrew has worked for non-governmental organizations including World Vision and Build On and for the consulting company Hassall GHD, successfully securing and implementing large scale international development projects for a wide variety of donors. Andrew has 10 years’ experience as a Country Director in Senegal and the Solomon Islands, and he has been a Board Member of the Solomon Islands Development Services Exchange and Board Chair of the microfinance institution Vision Fund. Andrew holds a PhD focused on effective community development approaches in Vietnam and he has also been a master’s degree lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, in the courses of project design, monitoring, evaluation and gender, subjects he has a strong passion for.

Dr. Andrew Catford

CEO, Hagar International

Andrew has extensive experience in the international development sector having lived and worked for over 20 years in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and South America. He has a proven track record of leading organizations to grow and tangibly impact the lives of vulnerable children, youth, men and women. Andrew has worked for non-governmental organizations including World Vision and Build On and for the consulting company Hassall GHD, successfully securing and implementing large scale international development projects for a wide variety of donors. Andrew has 10 years’ experience as a Country Director in Senegal and the Solomon Islands, and he has been a Board Member of the Solomon Islands Development Services Exchange and Board Chair of the microfinance institution Vision Fund. Andrew holds a PhD focused on effective community development approaches in Vietnam and he has also been a master’s degree lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, in the courses of project design, monitoring, evaluation and gender, subjects he has a strong passion for.

Geetha Yoga

COO, Hagar International

Geetha has an extensive management experience with a background spanning finance, HR, operations, governance, and IT management. Following a successful career in the Australian Banking and Finance sector, which spanned over 16 years, Geetha transitioned to senior corporate services roles in the not-for-profit sector. She has also served in several board positions and is currently a board member of the Mandala Foundation. Geetha comes to Hagar with an impressive track record of driving sound operational and strategic business outcomes for the organisations she has worked for, including the ANZ Bank International Division, and NGOs working in aged care, children, youth, and family.

Geetha Yoga

COO, Hagar International

Geetha has an extensive management experience with a background spanning finance, HR, operations, governance, and IT management. Following a successful career in the Australian Banking and Finance sector, which spanned over 16 years, Geetha transitioned to senior corporate services roles in the not-for-profit sector. She has also served in several board positions and is currently a board member of the Mandala Foundation. Geetha comes to Hagar with an impressive track record of driving sound operational and strategic business outcomes for the organisations she has worked for, including the ANZ Bank International Division, and NGOs working in aged care, children, youth, and family.

Anne Harrison

Financial Controller, Hagar International

Anne is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience in sectors including aviation, telecommunications, media and not for profit.  She has a diverse range of skills and experience having led finance functions for large established organisations as well as having set up governance, commercial and finance processes from the ground up. Anne’s career in the commercial sector included senior roles with Ernst and Young, Air New Zealand, Telecom New Zealand and Dentsu Aegis. Since transitioning to the not for profit section she has held senior roles with the Community Broadcasting Foundation (financing community media) and ygap (supporting underestimated entrepreneurs). She is currently the Treasurer and a Committee Member of the International Detention Coalition (advocating to eliminate detention of refugees).

Anne Harrison

Financial Controller, Hagar International

Anne is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years experience in sectors including aviation, telecommunications, media and not for profit.  She has a diverse range of skills and experience having led finance functions for large established organisations as well as having set up governance, commercial and finance processes from the ground up. Anne’s career in the commercial sector included senior roles with Ernst and Young, Air New Zealand, Telecom New Zealand and Dentsu Aegis. Since transitioning to the not for profit section she has held senior roles with the Community Broadcasting Foundation (financing community media) and ygap (supporting underestimated entrepreneurs). She is currently the Treasurer and a Committee Member of the International Detention Coalition (advocating to eliminate detention of refugees).

Peter Baynard-Smith

Global Programs Lead, Hagar International

Peter has over 20 years of international development experience across Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia working with World Vision, Concern Worldwide, Tearfund, Engineers without Borders and most recently the Brotherhood of St Laurence. As Asia Regional Director of Concern Peter managed country programs, across South and South East Asia, in livelihood security, HIV/AIDS, education, governance and advocacy. At World Vision Australia Peter led technical specialist teams in economic development, WASH, health, food security, gender and child protection, as well as the research and evaluation unit. Recently Peter has focused on the employment and community services sector in Australia, in the context of COVID-19 impact. His journey has also included work as an NGO strategy consultant, leading a technology start-up in developing an innovative solution to better safeguarding compliance and a social enterprise enabling refugees and asylum seekers to pursue professional careers in Australia. Peter has been a Board Member for Habitat for Humanity Australia and a lecturer of International Development Masters programs.

Peter Baynard-Smith

Global Programs Lead, Hagar International

Peter has over 20 years of international development experience across Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia working with World Vision, Concern Worldwide, Tearfund, Engineers without Borders and most recently the Brotherhood of St Laurence. As Asia Regional Director of Concern Peter managed country programs, across South and South East Asia, in livelihood security, HIV/AIDS, education, governance and advocacy. At World Vision Australia Peter led technical specialist teams in economic development, WASH, health, food security, gender and child protection, as well as the research and evaluation unit. Recently Peter has focused on the employment and community services sector in Australia, in the context of COVID-19 impact. His journey has also included work as an NGO strategy consultant, leading a technology start-up in developing an innovative solution to better safeguarding compliance and a social enterprise enabling refugees and asylum seekers to pursue professional careers in Australia. Peter has been a Board Member for Habitat for Humanity Australia and a lecturer of International Development Masters programs.

Patrick O'Callaghan

Patrick O’Callaghan

Global Fundraising Lead, Hagar International
Patrick has over twelve years of experience in the non-profit space, with an expertise in social enterprises and fundraising. He helped to build ygap, a non-profit who have helped 500+ local leaders in Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific to grow organisations that change the lives of people living in poverty. So far with ygap’s support, these leaders have improved the lives of over 1 million people living in poverty. In his role as Head of Partnerships at ygap, Patrick oversaw revenue growth of over 1,000% over a four-year period, with a particular focus on major donors.

Patrick is committed to social justice and ending human trafficking and has cycled 8,000km across West Africa to fundraise for an organisation working to end child trafficking in Ghana. He crossed the Sahel on the edge of the Sahara desert with three others, unsupported over a three month period!

Most recently, Patrick has been the Philanthropy Manager at doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation Australia and New Zealand, where he established the giving strategy focused on anti-human trafficking, domestic violence and supporting children experiencing poverty. So Patrick comes to us with a strong understanding of foundations and we are also very proud to have doTERRA as a current donor of Hagar Australia.

Patrick also founded a social impact travel company called ‘The Impact Tour’ that is on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently also the Senior Men’s Coach at a 109 year old community football club – the South Melbourne Districts.

Patrick O'Callaghan

Patrick O’Callaghan

Global Fundraising Lead, Hagar International

Patrick has over twelve years of experience in the non-profit space, with an expertise in social enterprises and fundraising. He helped to build ygap, a non-profit who have helped 500+ local leaders in Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific to grow organisations that change the lives of people living in poverty. So far with ygap’s support, these leaders have improved the lives of over 1 million people living in poverty. In his role as Head of Partnerships at ygap, Patrick oversaw revenue growth of over 1,000% over a four-year period, with a particular focus on major donors.

Patrick is committed to social justice and ending human trafficking and has cycled 8,000km across West Africa to fundraise for an organisation working to end child trafficking in Ghana. He crossed the Sahel on the edge of the Sahara desert with three others, unsupported over a three month period!

Most recently, Patrick has been the Philanthropy Manager at doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation Australia and New Zealand, where he established the giving strategy focused on anti-human trafficking, domestic violence and supporting children experiencing poverty. So Patrick comes to us with a strong understanding of foundations and we are also very proud to have doTERRA as a current donor of Hagar Australia.

Patrick also founded a social impact travel company called ‘The Impact Tour’ that is on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently also the Senior Men’s Coach at a 109 year old community football club – the South Melbourne Districts.

Kenag Keo

Keang Keo

Executive Director, Hagar Cambodia

Ms. KEO KEANG has over 35 years of experience working with Government and International organizations, and served as a private consultant. During her 35 years career – which she began as a school teacher for 10 years and 25 years with international development organizations (NCBA CLUSA, Heifer Cambodia, Pact, Oxfam Hong Kong, Human Right Task Force, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Option/ADB, UNDP NSG), she is a skillful manager (23 years at senior management levels) with experience managing multiple programs and donors funding.
Ms. Keo has managed research and program development initiatives in the areas of gender and women’s empowerment, human trafficking as well as labor migration, domestic violence, child labor, HIV/AIDS and human rights, human right and advocacy, community development, food security, agri-business development, agricultural value chains, micro-finance, social enterprise development, child nutrition and development, WASH and health related, good governance and decentralization, anti-corruption, environment/climate change adaptation and energy, civil society strengthening, and researches and assessments. She also has strong experience on grant/financial management, program management including PME, report writing, and resource mobilization.
In addition, she is an expert on capacity building as a development philosophy and approach who has demonstrated the ability to articulate ideas, motivate people and inspire teamwork toward achievement of organizational common goals.

Kenag Keo

Keang Keo

Executive Director, Hagar Cambodia

Ms. KEO KEANG has over 35 years of experience working with Government and International organizations, and served as a private consultant. During her 35 years career – which she began as a school teacher for 10 years and 25 years with international development organizations (NCBA CLUSA, Heifer Cambodia, Pact, Oxfam Hong Kong, Human Right Task Force, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Option/ADB, UNDP NSG), she is a skillful manager (23 years at senior management levels) with experience managing multiple programs and donors funding.
Ms. Keo has managed research and program development initiatives in the areas of gender and women’s empowerment, human trafficking as well as labor migration, domestic violence, child labor, HIV/AIDS and human rights, human right and advocacy, community development, food security, agri-business development, agricultural value chains, micro-finance, social enterprise development, child nutrition and development, WASH and health related, good governance and decentralization, anti-corruption, environment/climate change adaptation and energy, civil society strengthening, and researches and assessments. She also has strong experience on grant/financial management, program management including PME, report writing, and resource mobilization.
In addition, she is an expert on capacity building as a development philosophy and approach who has demonstrated the ability to articulate ideas, motivate people and inspire teamwork toward achievement of organizational common goals.

Giang Thi Thu Thuy

 

Executive Director, Hagar Vietnam

Thuy has over 23 years of experience working in international development with local government agencies, mass organizations and international not-for-profit organizations. She has managed development programs in many sectors including small business development, early childcare and development, nutrition and health, water and sanitation, livelihood development, disaster risk reduction, community capacity and values building and ending violence against children and human-trafficking,

Thuy most recently worked for World Vision Vietnam for more than 18 years and was a Zonal Programs Manager responsible for programs in North-West Vietnam, with more than 50 staff. She also worked for the Yen Bai Women’s Union- a key Hagar Vietnam partner. She is skilled in program management, team and people management, government and partner relations, and resource mobilisation to support the most vulnerable, especially women and children in disadvantaged areas.

Thuy holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southern Luzon State University in the Philippines. In addition she holds Bachelor degrees in Foreign Languages and Sociology. She is also completing her Master Degree in Psychology and has a keen interest in physiological approaches to development including trauma informed care. 

Giang Thi Thu Thuy

Executive Director, Hagar Vietnam

Thuy has over 23 years of experience working in international development with local government agencies, mass organizations and international not-for-profit organizations. She has managed development programs in many sectors including small business development, early childcare and development, nutrition and health, water and sanitation, livelihood development, disaster risk reduction, community capacity and values building and ending violence against children and human-trafficking,

Thuy most recently worked for World Vision Vietnam for more than 18 years and was a Zonal Programs Manager responsible for programs in North-West Vietnam, with more than 50 staff. She also worked for the Yen Bai Women’s Union- a key Hagar Vietnam partner. She is skilled in program management, team and people management, government and partner relations, and resource mobilisation to support the most vulnerable, especially women and children in disadvantaged areas.

Thuy holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southern Luzon State University in the Philippines. In addition she holds Bachelor degrees in Foreign Languages and Sociology. She is also completing her Master Degree in Psychology and has a keen interest in physiological approaches to development including trauma informed care. 

Nerrelle Vaekesa

 

Project Advisor, HOPE Trust Solomon Islands

Nerrelle is an accomplished Program Manager with over 10 years’ experience, within the humanitarian sector, in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. She has managed various donor funded programs from Disaster Risk Reduction to Social Accountability which helped her learn how to effectively manage complex, high pressure and time-bound projects.

Having successfully managed a number of large scale donor funded programs for Save the Children and Oxfam, she is well versed in donor program management. In her previous role as the Regional Influencing Advisor for Oxfam in the Pacific she had significant experience effectively building local NGO capacity in Solomon Islands. This serves her well in supporting and strengthening our local NGO partner in Solomon Islands- HOPE Trust.

Nerrelle has a reputation for being an influential leader whose advice, contributions and judgements are very much valued. Nerrelle believes in a world that is just and inclusive, so all people can participate in democratic governance systems that enable service providers to be held accountable to provide a safe environment for women­- especially young girls. She has a personal desire to empower women and youth in the Pacific, so they can take ownership and leadership of key issues and to provide lasting peace, justice and prosperity in the region.

Nerrelle Vaekesa

Project Advisor, Solomon Islands

Nerrelle is an accomplished Program Manager with over 10 years’ experience, within the humanitarian sector, in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. She has managed various donor funded programs from Disaster Risk Reduction to Social Accountability which helped her learn how to effectively manage complex, high pressure and time-bound projects.

Having successfully managed a number of large scale donor funded programs for Save the Children and Oxfam, she is well versed in donor program management. In her previous role as the Regional Influencing Advisor for Oxfam in the Pacific she had significant experience effectively building local NGO capacity in Solomon Islands. This serves her well in supporting and strengthening our local NGO partner in Solomon Islands- HOPE Trust.

Nerrelle has a reputation for being an influential leader whose advice, contributions and judgements are very much valued. Nerrelle believes in a world that is just and inclusive, so all people can participate in democratic governance systems that enable service providers to be held accountable to provide a safe environment for women­- especially young girls. She has a personal desire to empower women and youth in the Pacific, so they can take ownership and leadership of key issues and to provide lasting peace, justice and prosperity in the region.

Michael Chiam

Executive Director, Hagar Singapore

Michael joined Hagar Singapore as Executive Director in 2013, after spending more than 14 years serving in the international humanitarian sector. No stranger to global poverty issues and social injustice in the developing world, Michael brings extensive programme and executive experience having provided direct oversight to numerous global development projects in about 25 countries worldwide.

Michael Chiam

Executive Director, Hagar Singapore

Michael joined Hagar Singapore as Executive Director in 2013, after spending more than 14 years serving in the international humanitarian sector. No stranger to global poverty issues and social injustice in the developing world, Michael brings extensive programme and executive experience having provided direct oversight to numerous global development projects in about 25 countries worldwide.

Don Lord

Executive Director, Hagar New Zealand

Don has invested 23 years in humanitarian work and is deeply driven by the fact that he can help change the future for exploited and marginalised survivors of severe abuse. After a teaching career, Don became Territory Manager for the South Island for nearly 12 years with World Vision New Zealand. After this, Don took up a three-year appointment as Director of Children in Crisis with World Vision International Mongolia. Don established Hagar New Zealand in 2008 and has been Executive Director since then.

Don Lord

Executive Director, Hagar New Zealand

Don has invested 23 years in humanitarian work and is deeply driven by the fact that he can help change the future for exploited and marginalised survivors of severe abuse. After a teaching career, Don became Territory Manager for the South Island for nearly 12 years with World Vision New Zealand. After this, Don took up a three-year appointment as Director of Children in Crisis with World Vision International Mongolia. Don established Hagar New Zealand in 2008 and has been Executive Director since then.

Catherine Kirkendall

Executive Director, Hagar USA
Catherine has extensive experience in fundraising and communications in the not-for-profit sector, both internationally and within the USA. She has held a range of roles with specifically, the past 7 years in management. She brings with her 14 years of experience in nonprofit and NGO development and is deeply passionate about the work of Hagar to see communities free and healed from the trauma of slavery, human trafficking, and abuse. Catherine is coming from an executive role in another international nonprofit, and brings a track record of exceptional fundraising. Catherine also previously worked for Hagar both in the USA and Cambodia offices. Catherine was our Relationship Manager for Hagar International, based in Cambodia, and when she returned to the USA, continued working with Hagar before taking on the Hagar USA Development Director position.

Catherine Kirkendall

Executive Director, Hagar USA

Catherine has extensive experience in fundraising and communications in the not-for-profit sector, both internationally and within the USA. She has held a range of roles with specifically, the past 7 years in management. She brings with her 14 years of experience in nonprofit and NGO development and is deeply passionate about the work of Hagar to see communities free and healed from the trauma of slavery, human trafficking, and abuse. Catherine is coming from an executive role in another international nonprofit, and brings a track record of exceptional fundraising. Catherine also previously worked for Hagar both in the USA and Cambodia offices. Catherine was our Relationship Manager for Hagar International, based in Cambodia, and when she returned to the USA, continued working with Hagar before taking on the Hagar USA Development Director position.

Merewyn Foran

Executive Director, Hagar Australia
Merewyn is an accomplished fundraising, marketing and communications professional with 19 years’ experience working across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, including 10 years in management roles. She has extensive experience in the non-for-profit sector in Australia, particularly a track record of delivering great fundraising results for the RSPCA, Hanover and World Vision. She has also held senior executive roles in various organizations which is backed up with academic qualifications in business, advertising, marketing, and strategic planning. Merewyn most importantly has a real passion for international development and the work of Hagar and our objective to free and heal communities of the trauma associated with trafficking, slavery and abuse.

Merewyn Foran

Executive Director, Hagar Australia

Merewyn is an accomplished fundraising, marketing and communications professional with 19 years’ experience working across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, including 10 years in management roles. She has extensive experience in the non-for-profit sector in Australia, particularly a track record of delivering great fundraising results for the RSPCA, Hanover and World Vision. She has also held senior executive roles in various organizations which is backed up with academic qualifications in business, advertising, marketing, and strategic planning. Merewyn most importantly has a real passion for international development and the work of Hagar and our objective to free and heal communities of the trauma associated with trafficking, slavery and abuse.

Barbora Mayer

Executive Director, Hagar Hong Kong
Barbora is an established Director with over 15 years of international company leadership and project management experience, in both not-for-profit and corporate environments. Most recently she served for 9 years as Director and Executive Board Member of the American Woman’s Association (AWA), a Hong Kong based charity whose philanthropic efforts focus on raising and providing funds to projects which serve women and girls, the disabled, the elderly, and special education in Hong Kong. Through this role, Barbora created and delivered effective fundraising strategies and developed strong philanthropic relationships that led to the fundraising success of the charity.
Barbora has also developed skills in effectively leading diverse teams while working for an architectural practice in London, as well as during her recent Director role in Hong Kong. Barbora feels passionate about using her skills, expertise and knowledge to make a positive impact on the society and community we live in. The core values of Hagar resonate strongly with her, as she believes it is an important human right to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

Barbora Mayer

Executive Director, Hagar Hong Kong

Barbora is an established Director with over 15 years of international company leadership and project management experience, in both not-for-profit and corporate environments. Most recently she served for 9 years as Director and Executive Board Member of the American Woman’s Association (AWA), a Hong Kong based charity whose philanthropic efforts focus on raising and providing funds to projects which serve women and girls, the disabled, the elderly, and special education in Hong Kong. Through this role, Barbora created and delivered effective fundraising strategies and developed strong philanthropic relationships that led to the fundraising success of the charity.
Barbora has also developed skills in effectively leading diverse teams while working for an architectural practice in London, as well as during her recent Director role in Hong Kong. Barbora feels passionate about using her skills, expertise and knowledge to make a positive impact on the society and community we live in. The core values of Hagar resonate strongly with her, as she believes it is an important human right to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

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By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.

Help us transform lives

Donate now

By partnering with Hagar, you’re supporting survivors to heal from the trauma of severe abuse. Our work is dependent on charitable giving by people like you.