Our valued volunteers

Volunteers have contributed greatly to our programs through the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) , student internships from various universities and as professional consultants with diverse skill-sets.  Our volunteers are committed to sustainable global development and global food and nutrition security.

Our Professional Volunteers

Kondwani Chiumya

Kondwani Chiumya  2022 – ongoing

Kondwani is a Senior Language Expansion Intern at One Health Lessons – a partner at Kyeema helping us to expand One Health education in Australia and afar. Originally from Malawi with a background in school teaching, Kondwani is currently residing in Japan, studying at Okayama University to complete a Masters degree  in Animal Pathophysiology. 

Gina Muller 2021 – ongoing

Gina has a Bachelor of Community Development and International Aid and Development, as well as a Business Management Diploma and Graphic Design Diploma. Her passion is to support people around the world to be able to live their best lives and she does this through supporting organisations with missions that align with her own. Connect with her at Collective Views.

Elena Domenech 2021 – ongoing

Elena Gomez Domenech is the Director of Knowledge Management at Palladium and volunteers her time as a professional mentor to our Program and Impact Manager Eliza Smith. She is currently providing guidance on setting up the systems required to use the Balanced Score Card approach to measure organisational performance and impact against the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.

Maria Fernanda Zelaya  de Doolan 2021 

Fernanda graduated in December 2020 with a dual Bachelor of Arts/Social Science majoring in International Relations, Peace & Conflict Studies, and Development from the University of Queensland. She is an enthusiastic aspiring International Relations and Development Public Policy analyst, gaining skills in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution. She assists the Kyeema team with monitoring and evaluation of food security programs in PNG.

Nhi Pham 2020 – ongoing

Nhi works for Palladium International in the global finance team as a Project Officer, she have a sound knowledge in finance and payroll. The Kyeema Foundation had created a bridge for her to apply her professional skills and knowledge to assist the team in creating a better community for the countries Kyeema have a foot print in.

Ali Ume, 2018 – ongoing

Ali is a retired agricultural project officer based in Queensland and the key instigator behind our work in Papua New Guinea (PNG). He currently volunteers his time to manage the project there. He saw what Kyeema was doing in Africa with promoting smallholder chicken keeping and thought it was needed in his own birth country of PNG. He was trained as a Master Farmer at the beginning of the project and has since set up his own farm in Vanapa to demonstrate to the local community there the techniques and benefits of raising local breed chickens. 

Dr Coletta Cherono Sang 2021 

Dr Coletta is a graduate of Egerton University Kenya and has a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. She is currently working as a volunteer with the VETAID Kenya Project team assisting with her skills in the fieldwork in Narok, Kenya, to collect data and implement the project key initiatives.


Paolo Curray, 2014 – ongoing

Paolo is has volunteered much of his time and skills as an IT administrator to developing and maintaining our website over the years. He continues to be a loyal supporter and very much valued volunteer at Kyeema. 

Lana Baskerville 2018 – ongoing

Lana is an environmental scientist who specialises in science communication and illustration, focused on coastal and freshwater wetlands and the Great Barrier Reef. Maternal and infant health and chicken keeping are other big passions for Lana, hence the natural affinity for the work of Kyeema Foundation. Lana previously worked for Kyeema as our Communications Officer and now continues to be a valued volunteer and supporter. 

Richard Nyonyi, 2016 – 2021

Richard Nyoni is a Malawian photographer who has generously provided his photos of farmers we work with in Malawi for use in our brand materials since he first entered our #Chickens4Africa photography competition in 2016. You can see his work and connect with him here.

Dr John Copland – Technical support

Russell Parker – Technical support

Robert Hedlefs – Technical support

Assoc. Professor Joanne Meers – Technical support

Zuhara Bensink – Technical support

Taro Dodd – IT support

Tony Hunt – IT support

Wendy Somerville – Team potential and facilitation

Wan Kit (Winky) Sham – Financial management

Wayne Kendall – Financial management

Bobby Lane – Financial administration

Sri Thillailingam – Financial management

Karen Black – General administration

Leo Wiles – Fundraising support

Louise Grayson – Communications support

Australian Aid Volunteers

Tahereh Parker, AVID program, Fiji, 2017

Jospehine Clapham KYEEMA

Jo Clapham, AVID program, Kiribati, 2016

Max Barot, AVID program, Vietnam, 2015

Eliza Smith, AYAD program, Kenya, 2013

Tarni Cooper KYEEMA

Tarni Cooper, AYAD program, Kenya, 2013

Simon Fraval, AYAD program, Kenya, 2012