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 25 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 has been working in the not-for-profit industry since 2008 and she has headed Barrer & Co since 2012, with a vision to support organisations to achieve their fundraising goals through developing effective strategy and relationship management.
Sarah’s driving passion is to focus on the individual needs of an organisation and work alongside them to provide solutions within their context.
Since the inception of Barrer & Co, she has helped more than 120 not-for-profits in the areas of capital campaigns, operational efficiency, long-term funding sustainability and increases in revenue generation.

Sarah Barrer

Board Member, Hagar International 

Sarah has been working in the not-for-profit industry since 2008 and she has headed Barrer & Co since 2012, with a vision to support organisations to achieve their fundraising goals through developing effective strategy and relationship management.
Sarah’s driving passion is to focus on the individual needs of an organisation and work alongside them to provide solutions within their context.
Since the inception of Barrer & Co, she has helped more than 120 not-for-profits in the areas of capital campaigns, operational efficiency, long-term funding sustainability and increases in revenue generation.

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.

Aletta-Boshoff

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).

Aletta-Boshoff

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

Marianne Roux

Board Member, Hagar International
Marianne has 28 years’ global experience as a New World of Work Strategist, Professor of Practice in Executive and MBA Education and an HR Executive. She currently runs Roux Consulting, a global consulting firm with 15 collaborators around the world . She is an Associate of Mercer, Melbourne Business School and Swinburne University of Technology.

Marianne has experience across several industries including Retail, FMCG, Mining, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Infrastructure, Media, Financial services, Telecommunications, Sport, NFP, Health and Pharmaceutical and Tech start ups. She has worked for PWC, Accenture, Deloitte and Mercer and has held two HR Director roles in two countries.

She has a keen interest in the new world of work and how organisations, leaders, teams and individuals can prepare themselves for it. Her PhD research focuses on a model of leadership and leadership development in the new world of work. Her work is grounded in Systems Thinking, Complexity theory and Adult Development.

She has recently published the Personal Agility reflection journal: Knowing Your Superpowers is the Key to Your Success in a changing World and she is featured in Maturing Leadership: How Adult Development Impact Leadership.

Marianne works pro-bono on developing women and alleviating poverty and trauma. She serves on the Boards of Hagar Australia and Hagar International and is the founder of the Coalition of Female Social Entrepreneurs. She was chosen as one of 52 Inspirational women at work in South Africa in 2004, one of 20 Female Entrepreneurs by Management today in 2011 in Australia and in 2015 she won the excellence in NFP consulting award from the Worldwide Who’s Who.

Marianne Roux

Marianne Roux

Board Member, Hagar International 

Marianne has 28 years’ global experience as a New World of Work Strategist, Professor of Practice in Executive and MBA Education and an HR Executive. She currently runs Roux Consulting, a global consulting firm with 15 collaborators around the world . She is an Associate of Mercer, Melbourne Business School and Swinburne University of Technology.

Marianne has experience across several industries including Retail, FMCG, Mining, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Infrastructure, Media, Financial services, Telecommunications, Sport, NFP, Health and Pharmaceutical and Tech start ups. She has worked for PWC, Accenture, Deloitte and Mercer and has held two HR Director roles in two countries.

She has a keen interest in the new world of work and how organisations, leaders, teams and individuals can prepare themselves for it. Her PhD research focuses on a model of leadership and leadership development in the new world of work. Her work is grounded in Systems Thinking, Complexity theory and Adult Development.

She has recently published the Personal Agility reflection journal: Knowing Your Superpowers is the Key to Your Success in a changing World and she is featured in Maturing Leadership: How Adult Development Impact Leadership.

Marianne works pro-bono on developing women and alleviating poverty and trauma. She serves on the Boards of Hagar Australia and Hagar International and is the founder of the Coalition of Female Social Entrepreneurs. She was chosen as one of 52 Inspirational women at work in South Africa in 2004, one of 20 Female Entrepreneurs by Management today in 2011 in Australia and in 2015 she won the excellence in NFP consulting award from the Worldwide Who’s Who.

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.

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.

Luis Menezes

Luis Menezes

Financial Controller, Hagar International

Luis comes to Hagar after a long career in statutory and business finance which was later complemented by his roles in technology, and managing business and finance systems. Luis brings a great combination of skills in finance and technology and he has also had extensive experience project managing the implementation of systems and their integration across multiple countries in Asia and the Pacific. Luis has held extensive senior finance roles in the NGO sector, most recently with Oxfam Australia as their Head of Financial Planning & Analysis, and before that as Finance Business Partnership Manager. Prior to Oxfam, Luis was the Asia/Pacific Regional Finance Systems Manager at Mercer Pty Ltd which is one of Australia’s leading Superannuation consulting and administration companies. Luis is a qualified member of CPA Australia and has completed University qualifications in Applied Information Systems, Business and Commerce.

Luis Menezes

Luis Menezes

Financial Controller, Hagar International

Luis comes to Hagar after a long career in statutory and business finance which was later complemented by his roles in technology, and managing business and finance systems. Luis brings a great combination of skills in finance and technology and he has also had extensive experience project managing the implementation of systems and their integration across multiple countries in Asia and the Pacific. Luis has held extensive senior finance roles in the NGO sector, most recently with Oxfam Australia as their Head of Financial Planning & Analysis, and before that as Finance Business Partnership Manager. Prior to Oxfam, Luis was the Asia/Pacific Regional Finance Systems Manager at Mercer Pty Ltd which is one of Australia’s leading Superannuation consulting and administration companies. Luis is a qualified member of CPA Australia and has completed University qualifications in Applied Information Systems, Business and Commerce.

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.

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.

Carol Mortensen

Executive Director, Hagar Vietnam

With 18 years living and working in Asia, Carol has fulfilled the roles of country director of international NGOs and independent regional consultant. Previously, Carol was Country Director of Save the Children Australia in Cambodia for almost 6 years before she established ChildFund Cambodia in 2007 on behalf of ChildFund Australia. Under her direction, ChildFund and Save the Children were awarded 6 medals by the Government of Cambodia in recognition of contributions in the development sector. After finishing her role with ChildFund, Carol provided consulting services for a diverse range of clients such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), UNICEF, OXFAM, The Asia Foundation, Save the Children International, and Child Helpline Cambodia. Carol relocated from Phnom Penh to Hanoi in 2017 to take up the role of Executive Director of Hagar in Vietnam.

Carol Mortensen

Executive Director, Hagar Vietnam

With 18 years living and working in Asia, Carol has fulfilled the roles of country director of international NGOs and independent regional consultant. Previously, Carol was Country Director of Save the Children Australia in Cambodia for almost 6 years before she established ChildFund Cambodia in 2007 on behalf of ChildFund Australia. Under her direction, ChildFund and Save the Children were awarded 6 medals by the Government of Cambodia in recognition of contributions in the development sector. After finishing her role with ChildFund, Carol provided consulting services for a diverse range of clients such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia), UNICEF, OXFAM, The Asia Foundation, Save the Children International, and Child Helpline Cambodia. Carol relocated from Phnom Penh to Hanoi in 2017 to take up the role of Executive Director of Hagar in Vietnam.

Jan de Waal

Executive Director, Hagar Afghanistan
Jan has worked for 30 years in the NGO, Donor, Academic and Government sectors in Africa and Asia. Jan has a keen interest in Poverty Reduction Strategies, Child Protection, Socio-economic development, Livelihood and Safety net programming, Human Rights and Advocacy campaigns for the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable people in society with a strong gender lens. Advancing education opportunities and ensuring better access to health care for communities at risk is also an area of interest for Jan. He has worked in all of these sectors at community, policy and management level. Jan has had roles in South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Singapore. Before joining Hagar in Afghanistan, Jan was the Regional Leader for World Vision in the South Asia and Pacific Region overseeing their work in ten countries in this vast region. Jan has written a number of academic papers and contributed to text books on social and human development. A Clinical Social Worker by profession holding a master’s degree in this field from the University of Pretoria, Jan also has qualifications in Commerce and Accounting as well as post graduate qualifications in Management.

Jan de Waal

Executive Director, Hagar Afghanistan

Jan has worked for 30 years in the NGO, Donor, Academic and Government sectors in Africa and Asia. Jan has a keen interest in Poverty Reduction Strategies, Child Protection, Socio-economic development, Livelihood and Safety net programming, Human Rights and Advocacy campaigns for the poor, marginalized and most vulnerable people in society with a strong gender lens. Advancing education opportunities and ensuring better access to health care for communities at risk is also an area of interest for Jan. He has worked in all of these sectors at community, policy and management level. Jan has had roles in South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Singapore. Before joining Hagar in Afghanistan, Jan was the Regional Leader for World Vision in the South Asia and Pacific Region overseeing their work in ten countries in this vast region. Jan has written a number of academic papers and contributed to text books on social and human development. A Clinical Social Worker by profession holding a master’s degree in this field from the University of Pretoria, Jan also has qualifications in Commerce and Accounting as well as post graduate qualifications in Management.

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.

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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.

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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.