Sinéad is the Managing Partner for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Palladium. She has over 15 years’ experience leading large scale programmes with a focus on humanitarian response, governance and security. She currently leads DFID’s largest humanitarian response programme and played a key role in DFID’s programming in Iraq. She subsequently delivered programmes in Afghanistan, Palestine, Uganda and Syria, during which time she founded one of the UK’s leading stabilisation and recovery teams. A strong advocate for working parents and women, Sinéad was featured in Management Today’s 35 Under 35 and won the Women of the Future Business Award. She has a BA Hons from Trinity College Dublin and a Master’s in International Development from the London School of Economics.
Kim is the Executive Chairman of Palladium and has been with the company for over 35 years, including as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from 2000-2018. In his career with Palladium, Kim has worked in more than 45 countries across numerous commercial and development projects. He has held roles at all levels from Economist and Project Manager to Regional Manager, CEO, and now Executive Chairman, all the while working to foster and facilitate the active participation of private sector businesses, government agencies, NGOs and community stakeholders in international development projects. Throughout his career, Kim’s leadership has earned him the opportunity to serve on numerous high-level government advisory groups and boards, including the Australian Aid Advisory Council, where he guided the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs on the direction of Australia’s aid programme.
Dr Rosa Costa
Rosa graduated as a Veterinary Scientist from University Eduardo Mondlane in 1981. In 1993 she specialised in veterinary pathology at the Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. Rosa joined Kyeema Foundation in 2009 after working for 14 years as the Director of the National Veterinary Research Institute in Mozambique and lecturer at the University Eduardo Mondlane. As veterinary pathologist, she wanted to do something more practical, where she could contribute to the viability of Newcastle disease control activities at the farm level. She is one of the five champions of the African Poultry Network and a member of the steering committee. She is also our Africa Region Program Manager.
Elizabeth brings over 15 years of experience creating compelling, inspiring, and influential communications with a direct link to business results. Her work has shaped multiple Fortune 500 companies, and she continues to connect people to purpose as Director of Communication at Palladium, where she oversees the company’s global internal communications, marketing, brand, and PR. She holds a Gold Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators and an MA in Communication and Culture from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Dr Stewart Routledge, AO
Stewart is a Veterinary Scientist with many years’ experience working with livestock and rural development in developing countries, particularly designing and implementing national livestock disease control and vaccination programs. He is also Managing Director of STEWART ROUTLEDGE & Associates which undertakes international consulting and management in the rural sector. Stewart is a Director of Kokoniu Limited, a company rejuvenating the smallholder coconut industry in the Pacific Islands. Stewart was the key founder of Kyeema Foundation.
Rachel is a 20-year tech industry veteran, boasting extensive CFO experience, orchestrating six capital raises totaling $65 million and steering two companies through IPOs. Her global footprint spans three countries, and she has worked in ten, including prominent Asian markets. Rachel’s mentorship extends to over 100 early-stage founders in four accelerator programs. She excels at building finance teams and crafting financial models, with a profound ability to forge strong relationships, enabling rapid and effective problem-solving. Her versatile career includes transitions between CFO and COO roles in early-stage ventures, leaving a lasting impact on the finance teams she’s built and managed.
Celia started her career as an agronomist, graduating from the University of Queensland in 1983. She has 30 years of development experience, commencing in 1993 with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID, now DFAT), where she worked primarily on the Africa program. In 2001 she joined Palladium, managing a wide range of development programs in Asia-Pacific and Africa on behalf of the Australian government and other donors. In late 2003, with the support of Palladium, Celia jointly established the Kyeema Foundation and was the CEO from 2003 until her retirement in 2022.