Management Team

Cardno Emerging Markets is the implementing contractor for the Women's Leadership Initiative. Under direction from DFAT, the Cardno program team develops and implements a program of activities informed by experience with approaches to women's developmental leadership. 

Program Staff

Georgina Cope
Program Leader, NSW

Georgina Cope is a versatile and highly skilled program leader and manager with almost 20 years’ experience working on Australian aid initiatives in the Pacific and Asia.  

Prior to joining the Women’s Leadership Initiative, Georgina was Team Leader of the DFAT-funded Pacific Leadership Program in Fiji, where she oversaw a large portfolio of partnerships and activities with Pacific leaders, organisations and coalitions at a regional level, and nationally in Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, and was also involved in the design and delivery of the Pacific Regional Leadership Initiative. Georgina has worked on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands Law and Justice Program and was involved in the design of the first phase of the PNG Law and Justice Sector Program. Georgina has a Master of Public Administration, and extensive practical skills in mentoring, partnership brokering and adaptive leadership.

Bebe Beckerman
Program Manager, VIC

Bebe Beckerman is an experienced development professional, having worked for a number of Australian and international NGOs in philanthropy, project management and communications roles. She has excellent skills in stakeholder engagement, managing relationships with government and institutional beneficiaries, as well as individuals in a range of development contexts.

She enjoys translating complex industry-specific terminology into easy-to-understand language for reporting and communications purposes — with the occasional statistic thrown in. Bebe holds a Master of International Development (RMIT University) and a Bachelor of Media & Communication (Melbourne University).

Felicity Mascetta
Program Coordinator, VIC

Felicity Mascetta is an Australian international development practitioner who has worked in the sector for six years. During this time, she spent three years organising and managing emergency deployments in the Pacific, Middle East and Africa. With experience managing relationships with DFAT, the United Nations, Government and non-government originations she has strong coordination, logistical, interpersonal and cross cultural skills. Felicity holds a Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and has had the opportunity to travel to Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, Lebanon and Jordan for work.

Tony Liston
Leadership Coach and Facilitator, ACT

Tony Liston is a highly experienced executive coach, facilitator and adviser, and Visiting Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs, the Australian National University. He has a deep understanding of the public service and business contexts, having coached clients and held senior positions in the Australian and PNG governments. He has a wealth of experience in training, coaching and mentoring clients from NGOs, regional organisations and governments in Australia and across Asia-Pacific, including with the Australian departments of Defence and Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Karyn Docking
Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, VIC

Karyn Docking has a technical background in monitoring, evaluation and learning, leadership and in education and training. She has worked in various roles to improve program efficiency and effectiveness and has had significant line manager roles many with a focus on meeting service delivery targets. Karyn has evaluated and reviewed organisations and education programs both in Australia and in an international development context. She has engaged with many Pacific countries including Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Samoa and contributed to program designs in Fiji and Tuvalu. Karyn holds a Master of Evaluation (University of Melbourne) and a Master of Business (RMIT University)

Sonia Palmieri
Research and Learning Specialist, ACT

Sonia Palmieri is the Gender Policy Fellow at the Department of Pacific Affairs, the Australian National University. She has a background in research and consultancy in gender and political participation and leadership, specialising in the Pacific region, and has held positions with UN Women, the IPU, the UNDP and the Australian Parliament. Sonia's doctoral thesis (University of Queensland) examined the gendered nature of parliamentary committee debates in the Australian parliament.

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