Our Board of Trustees exists to ensure good governance and financial integrity, and that Live & Learn's focus remains true to its intended purpose. The trustees provide their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for two additional members of the Live & Learn Board of Trustees - one with expertise in legal compliance and governance, and another with expertise in fundraising and marketing. If you have a passion for sustainable development and the environment and would like further information, please contact Christian Nielsen, Executive Director, at



Christian Nielsen

Executive Director Live & Learn

Christian has over 25 years experience as a development practitioner and has worked in Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Christian lived and worked in the Pacific Islands for a decade, where he supported the establishment of Live & Learn's country programs. He has long history with the Solomon Islands and supported the Solomon Islands government delegation in international climate change negotiations.

He has consulted for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, European Union and United National Development Program on issues relating to natural resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental education and environmental conflict resolution. He is a Company Director of Social Entrepreneurs International, a global network bringing together social entrepreneurs.




Iris Silva Brito

Lecturer, Navitas, ACAP, School of Social Work

Iris is a Brazilian-born Australian who is passionate about social justice, human rights and equal opportunity. She currently holds a lecturing position with Navitas-ACAP School of Social Work, Sydney, NSW.

Iris brings to Live & Learn a wealth of experience in the social development, education and management areas. Her capabilities and skills in international development draw on a life-long involvement in the educational and social services sectors in the northeast of Brazil working with economically disadvantaged communities.

In addition, Iris brings experience and skills developed through her professional practice in service development, policy analysis, policy development and implementation, quality assurance, research and service evaluation in both the public and non-government sectors.

Iris holds the following Australian qualifications- BA Hons Social Work and Social Policy, Master of Business Administration and Grad. Certif. Applied Science Statistics.




John Fien

Professor of Practice, RMIT University

John Fien is Professor of Practice in the Master of Disaster, Design and Development program at RMIT University, where he teaches courses on Building Urban Resilience, Shelter and Settlement and Climate Change Adaptation. He has worked extensively with international organisations such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UNEP WWF and Live and Learn on policies and strategies for school and community education for sustainability. He specialises in Education for Sustainability and facilitated the development of the UNESCO Action Plan for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. He has led teacher education programs on Education for Sustainability in many countries in Asia as well as in South Africa and Kenya. His work focuses on leadership problems, and seeks to develop ways of clarifying and enhancing leadership for the greater good, leadership development, and leadership in a greening economy.




Radha Cumarasamy

Executive Manager Operations & Finance,
Centre of Excellence for Child & Family Welfare

A financial professional with experience in both the commercial and not for profit sectors, Radha is passionate about work supporting and improving the lives of people in disadvantaged communities and has a strong commitment to human development, poverty reduction and inclusive development. She is a strategic financial executive whose financial, operational and leadership skills positions organisations for sustainable growth to achieve its mission. Radha is a member of the Institute of Public Accounting and is currently working towards her MBA.




Ali Zaheer Haidery

Compliance and Good Practices Consultant

A Ali Zaheer Haidery joined our Board in July 2018. He is an experienced Management and Good Practice Consultant, with extensive financial, compliance and risk management expertise. Ali has previously worked for Live & Learn International Australia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and consulted United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan, in addition to spending 9 years in the not-for-profit sector with international aid and development organisations. He is currently working as Compliance Manager for OXFAM Australia.Ali has BA Hons in Business Administration with major in Financial Management. He is currently pursuing Certified Internal Audit (CIA) certification with the Global Institute of Internal Auditors.