Our People Australia

SCAI Committee

Emma Taylor (President/Co-Founder)

Emma Taylor (President)

Emma completed a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) in 1993, and worked in Australia and overseas for ten years in various advertising/media agencies, primarily as a Media Strategist. Emma first visited Nepal in February 2004, volunteering for a period of three months in a very poorly run orphanage. Inspired by the spirit of the children and a desire to protect these and other vulnerable children in Nepal, she returned shortly after and established SCAI as an INGO, and began work with friend Sangita Bhandari and the NGO partner team who shared her vision of all children living a life of freedon, happiness and peace, in a family environment where they are loved, cared for, respected and valued.

Emma has dedicated an incredible amount of time and energy into the development of Sunrise and has a very close relationship with the staff and children SCAI supports. Emma lives in Nepal to be with the children on a full time basis, enabling her to fulfil her role as 'Aamaa' (meaning 'mother'), 'Didi' ('big sister') and 'Saathi' ('friend'). Emma's Nepali name is "Maya" which means "love", given to her by the local community and representative of her love and dedication.

Emma works full time, actively facilitating the development of all of SCAI's projects in Nepal in the role of Country Director of SCAI Nepal.

Kumaran Yogaranandan (Treasurer)

Kumaran Yogaranandan (Treasurer)

With the exception of 2012, Kumaran has volunteered with Sunrise in Nepal for approximately 2 to 4 weeks since 2006. Over this period, he has formed close relationships with the children and staff and has a solid understanding of the evolution and intended future direction of SCAI and its projects.

Kumaran is a Senior Associate of Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd and has worked within the Retirement consulting business since late 1997. Prior to this, he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a first class Honours degree in Commerce. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, qualifying in early 2003.

Kumaran has completed postgraduate study at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Australian Studies. Kumaran migrated to Australia as a refugee.

Laura Mistruzzi (Secretary)

Laura Mistruzzi (Secretary)

Laura is the newest member of the Sunrise team and brings a strong background in organisational skills to the Secretary position. Laura came to Australia from Canada in 2007. She graduated in Mathematics from the University of Windsor and had experience in the banking sector before starting her career in actuarial science at the Detroit office of Mercer (US). She is currently a Senior Associate at Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd in Melbourne.

Laura sees Australia having a special place at the cultural crossroads of East and West, North and South, Old World and New World. She has been a supporter of animal rights, the environment, personal well-being and development, and is passionate about fair treatment in society and social justice.

Sarah Thom (Volunteer Co-ordinator)

Sarah Thom (Volunteer Co-ordinator)

Sarah has worked in the advertising industry in Australia and the UK over the last thirteen years. During this time she has worked across a wide range of clients in industries ranging from automotive, telecommunications to government.

She currently works as a Strategy Director at Australia’s largest media buying agency. In her current role she works across the Victorian Government account, where she enjoys making a difference on social issues.

Sarah has been involved with SCAI over the past five years helping with fundraising and has travelled to Nepal in 2005 and 2008. Sarah has sponsored a child since 2007.

Briony Hume

Briony Hume (Sunrise Ambassador)

Briony is a journalist with a career in television broadcasting spanning three decades, both in front of and behind the camera. From news and current affairs reporting, to producing documentaries and special event programming such as the Olympic Games, her work has brought her into contact with a wide array of interesting, challenging and thought-provoking people and events.

Briony first visited Sunrise Child Care Home in 2009, and has to Nepal on a regular basis ever since, to volunteer with the children SCAI supports as well as document on video the Education Program in Kathmandu and regional Nepal.

Her aim is to be able to present an in-depth, personal perspective on the inspiring work undertaken by SCAI. There are so many generous sponsors and supporters who allow the association's plans to be put into effect, but not all of them get the chance to see the benefits with their own eyes. Briony feels very lucky to have witnessed the progress being made first-hand, and feels it is important to communicate what a difference such support makes to these children's lives, and their community's future.

SCAI Public Fund Trustees

Ian Martens (FAC, FAICD)

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors. He retired as a Partner of BDO Chartered Accountants in December 1999 having been a partner of the firm for thirty three years.

Ian is a Director of a number of ASX listed entities and Chairman of an Audit and Compliance Committee. He is also Chairman of a significant non-listed public company in South Australia and a number of other private entities. Ian retired as a Board Member of the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia after twenty years of service, including seven years as Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and six years as Chairman of Royal Automobile Association Insurance Ltd. He also retired from the Board of Variety SA, the Children's Charity, after seventeen years, including four years as Chairman and ten years as Chairman of its Appeals Committee.

Ian is an independent Chairman of the SCAI Public Fund and volunteers his time on a pro-bono basis.

Paul Leadbeter (Master of Law)

Paul has over 20 years' experience in private practice and academia in the areas of Environmental Law, Land Use Planning Law and General Public Law. He is a partner of Norman Waterhouse Lawyers in Adelaide.

Paul is Chairperson of the Law Society of South Australia Planning and Environment Committee and South Australia Veterinary Surgeons Board, member of various organizations such as the South Australian Government's Major Developments Panel, IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, NELA, Environment Institute of Australia, AIUS, Environmental Defenders Office Management Board as well as a number of community organizations. Paul has also acted as Team leader and trainer in AusAid Funded Projects delivering training on Environmental Law and Enforcement to Indonesian bureaucrats and judiciary, both within Australia and in Indonesia and is Editor of various legal and environmental publications and papers.

Paul is an independent member of the Public Fund committee of SCAI and volunteers his time on a pro-bono basis.

Angus Sobels

Angus Sobels is an independent member of the Public Fund committee of SCAI and volunteers his time on a pro-bono basis.

Angus is an Adelaide businessman whose interests span environmental consulting, commercial property development, commercial landscape contracting and property investment.

Angus' strengths are in the business management and financial growth sectors of these industries which he has specialised in over the last ten years. Angus joined the SCAI in January 2008.


Emily Yarwood

Emily has been employed in an accounting position since September 1991. She has employed at DFK Gray Perry in Adelaide since 2001. Emily visited Nepal briefly in March 2008 while on her honeymoon. Emily feels honoured to be assisting SCAI by volunteering as bookkeeper for the organisation. She also looks forward to going to Nepal again one day with her family and to incorporate a visit to meet the children and carers of Sunrise.


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