Dr Robyn Alders, AO
Robyn graduated as a Veterinary Scientist, then went on to undertake a PhD in veterinary immunology. Since 1989 she has worked in SubSaharan Africa and SE Asia promoting improved livestock production for the benefit of rural families, in particular through setting up vaccination systems for Newcastle disease control. She has also advised many other countries globally on procedures for setting up vaccination systems in resource-limited communities. Robyn is currently a Senior Consulting Fellow with the Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House. Robyn is also a Honorary Professor at the Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, Chair of the Upper Lachlan Branch NSW Farmers’ Association, Australian and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.
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.
Chris Lee is Managing Director of Strategic Growth for Palladium. Based in Washington DC. He oversees the company’s mergers and acquisitions, corporate venturing, and strategic partnership activities globally. Prior to Palladium, Chris was with the Milken Institute where he was Director of the Center for Financial Markets and Co-Chair of the FasterCures Biomedical Innovation Incubator. Through previous roles as an entrepreneur, civil servant, private equity investor, and investment banker, he has developed strategies and completed transactions across nearly 30 countries and 10 sectors. Chris has dedicated much of his career to attracting investment to underserved markets. His writing on the topic has appeared in popular outlets such as Reuters and The Hill, as well as professional publications including MIT Innovations, BioCentury, and American Banker. In addition, he has had the privilege to serve on various boards and advisory councils, and his current volunteer activities beyond Kyeema Foundation include roles with the U.S Food & Drug Administration, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, the Center for Global Development, and numerous early-stage technology companies. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied commerce and foreign affairs. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family and playing various musical instruments.
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.
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.
Fergus is a lawyer specialising in the financing of energy & infrastructure projects (both Greenfield developments and acquisitions). He has a Bachelor of Law and Business from the Queensland University of Technology (2003) and a Master of Law and Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University (2008). In 2016, Fergus was recognised as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ for China/Hong Kong: Projects & Infrastructure in Chambers Asia Pacific. Fergus has assisted lenders and borrowers on financing transactions in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East. He has also previously been a Senior Advisor (Legal and Governance) to the Prime Minister of Australia.