In July 2015, we inducted our inaugural Board of Directors. They govern our organisation and also help us build our profile, fundraise and advocate for women’s leadership.

In addition to our Co-Founders, Briony, we have five more exceptional women on our Board.


Shalini Samuel (Chair)
Shalini’s primary area of expertise is corporate sustainability. She has worked for the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, and previously conducted ESG research and proxy voting at AMP Capital Investors, and at the Sustainable Investments Research Institute. She continues to conduct research on corporate sustainability and social business for various universities in Melbourne. She holds a Masters of Environmental Science from Monash University, and graduate qualifications in Chinese translation and Mandarin interpreting. For over 10 years, her passion for thriving and diverse communities led her to take on legal, medical and community interpreting. She taught the Advanced Diploma Course in Chinese to English translation at RMIT University and continues to teach English as an additional language to new migrants. Shalini’s role at The Global Women’s Project is a reflection of a belief she shares with one of her most respected trailblazers, Burmese Stateswoman, Aung Sun Suu Kyi, that the education and empowerment of women cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful world.


Natalie Ruuska (Deputy Chair)

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing. She currently works in a Senior Sales Management role at DuluxGroup and is an active member of their Diversity Council. In fact, she’s helped drive the company’s dramatic improvement on diversity metrics over the last two years. She is passionate about gender and development, having travelled extensively through the developing world, particularly in both Cambodia and Timor Leste where her partner has been based with Engineers Without Borders.  Natalie’s extensive experience in marketing, communications and customer engagement will be an asset to us as we continue to build our communications portfolio and supporter base.



Christina Hobbs

Christina has ten years of private sector and NGO experience and has spent the last seven years as a senior humanitarian and development worker with the United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP) across Africa, the Middle East and Asia – including three years in Nepal. She was elected to the UN WFP Global Women’s Rights Committee in 2012 and is currently working as the Head of Strategy for Future Super, establishing Australia’s first superannuation company that does not invest in fossil fuels, armaments or companies associated with forced labour. Christina has just returned from a stint in Nepal following the earthquakes to coordinate the UN WFP’s relief effort and to support our partner, Women’s Foundation Nepal, in their efforts to provide assistance to those affected.

Betty Katirtzidis

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The Global Women’s Project believes every woman should be able to determine her own life. We give women across the developing world the tools they need to build better lives for themselves. The Global Women’s Project is a DGR accredited non-profit organisation based in Melbourne, Australia.

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