Meet the Team

The Chuffed.org Team and Friends

The Team

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Prashan Paramanathan
CEO

Prashan dreams about a world where the smartest kids in school choose to join non-profits and social enterprises instead of management consulting and law firms. He tried being a management consultant for a while, but ran off to start micro finance banks with the World Bank Group for rural farmers in China before living and breathing the Australian non-profit sector for the last four years.

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David Lai
Software Engineer

David has worked in a number of roles within the web development space. From an all-rounder role at Create Studios, to a more front-end focused role at Adrenalin working with some of Australia's most recognised not-for-profits. He's most recently worked at recruitment marketplace Search Party, focusing on product improvements and feature builds. He hopes to bring his passion for refining the user experience to Chuffed for both campaign creators and campaign supporters alike.

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Rebecca Fitzgerald
Communications and Events Manager

Since Rebecca can remember she’s been a socially conscious kid wanting to leave a (positive) mark on the world wherever she can. After graduating from university she continued her charitable life journey, working for non-profits around Australia, Africa and the UK. Her main passion lies with building sustainable solutions to problems faced by vulnerable communities across the globe. She’s joined the Chuffed.org family at an exciting time of growth and can’t wait to use her skills to help campaigners raise their impact.

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Carl Francis
Customer Support Advocate

Carl wants to see a world where everybody wants to make a difference in society. He believes that there’s room to integrate social action directly into our culture, whilst also making it fun! After completing a Media Studies degree, he started searching for ways to see how he could help others with his newfound skills. He has spent over 3 years working in the charity sector before joining Chuffed. Carl also jointly runs a YouTube channel / Facebook Page called “Caruzmatic”, which aims to show people how they can get involved in social action.

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Jacqui Sedaghat
UX Designer

Jacqui is a human centred designer who enjoys connecting with people and learning their story. After doing some IDEO courses she realised that finding the ‘why’ behind the problem is where she wanted to focus her skills. Previously she spent some time running her own business focusing on clients in the education and environment space. Before that she honed her craft in Graphic Design working for ad agencies and boutique design studios in Sydney and Melbourne. Now she is excited to help enable Chuffed deliver delightful experiences to its users. On the side she runs monthly lean coffee sessions to help startups focus on purpose before profit.

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Ben Davies
Head of Community

Ben believes in people power; that a lot of the world’s big issues can be solved by linking together those who share common ground. He specialises in strengthening those links; creating communities that make a bigger difference together than they could alone. Ben has spent the last decade doing just that in both the online and offline world. Offline- he worked in individual and systemic advocacy where he helped to drive meaningful legislation and policy change for vulnerable Australians. In the online world, he helped rebuild and revitalise the youth community at ReachOut Australia. Along the way, he completed studies in Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Community Development and Health Promotion, became a published photographer and discovered a love of cycling, coffee and cooking. Ben's here at Chuffed to help build an international community of practice where anyone can come to master the art of making a difference.

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Melissa Ronca
Community Manager

Mel is curious about what makes people tick and loves supporting them to make their ideas happen. As a trained social researcher she's traversed the globe working in sustainable agriculture, new migrant support, stakeholder and community engagement and social change program evaluation. She saw firsthand the power strong communities have in individual success while working as one of the Youth Food Movement's first chapter leaders and running leadership and outreach programs at the University of Technology Sydney. She's looking forward to helping the Chuffed community of practice grow.

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Simon Grimm
Software Engineer

Simon is a software engineer with experience in both the startup and agency worlds. Working in web and software at various levels for over a decade, he has developed a keen eye for detail, covering systems from before the first line of code. Most recently, he has worked with startup property sales platform Invex, working collaboratively to build a complex, smart, and scalable application. Joining Chuffed, he hopes to combine his skills to help the platform continue to be a smooth experience for the rapidly growing community.

Directors

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Olivia Hilton
Director
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Niki Scevak
Director

Advisors

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Katie Barry
Fundraising Advisor
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Sam Tatam
Brand Advisor
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Will Dayble
Tech Advisor
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Daniel May
Tech Advisor
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Dave Pisek
Tech Advisor