Women leading and influencing

MariaAriti and Lee

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MariaAriti Ioakim

Master of Public Policy
Australian National University, ACT

MariaAriti has a background in human resource management and a strong interest in public and social policy to support marginalised communities. She has worked with the Australian High Commission in Kiribati and Kiribati’s Public Service Office in Human Resources and Assistant Secretary roles.

MariaAriti hopes to lead and contribute to human resources and policy work that prioritises women and children, and people living with disability or without employment. She is passionate about taking steps, no matter how big or small, to make meaningful change in people’s lives.

Lee Brentnall

Senior Program Advisor, Motivation Australia, ACT

Lee is a Senior Programme Advisor and the Gender Focal Point for Motivation Australia, an international disability and development organisation. Over the last two decades, Lee’s career has focused on strengthening the capacity of health, rehabilitation and assistive technology services in low-resource settings.

In Asia and the Pacific, Lee has lived and worked as a prosthetist orthotist clinician, educator, and mentor in international development programme design and implementation. She has also contributed to the development of national standards, design, and development of rehabilitation and assistive technology services and public health research. Lee is passionate about equity in health services and supporting the learning and growth of others to strengthen local capacity and sustainability.