The ADARA Family

  • The ADARA Development (Australia) Board

  • The ADARA Development (Bermuda) Board

  • The ADARA Development
    (UK) Board

  • The ADARA Development
    (USA) Board

  • The ADARA Development (Uganda) Board

  • Susan Biggs
    Chief Executive Officer

Global Management Team

  • Debbie Lester
    Senior Advisor - Global Health

    Debbie Lester
    Senior Advisor - Global Health

    ADARA Development, USA

    Debbie joined Adara as a volunteer in the very beginning as is now a member of the senior management team. She oversees Adara clinical programmes in both Uganda and Nepal, specifically supporting Kiwoko Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit and maternity ward. Debbie has spent years working with mothers and babies, using a holistic approach to caring for sick and vulnerable infants. She recognised the need and benefit of working with mothers and babies in the community, especially poorly resourced ones. When not at work, Debbie cherishes time with her three children and husband, especially in outdoor sports and activities such as hiking, camping and spending time at the beach.

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  • Kimber Haddix McKay
    Senior Advisor - Innovation and Best Practice

    Kimber Haddix McKay
    Senior Advisor - Innovation and Best Practice

    Adara Development, USA

    Kimber joined Adara in 1998, first as a volunteer and currently as a member of the senior management team. She manages the research pillar of Adara work, both identifying community needs through baseline surveys and monitoring the effectiveness of the programmes. Kimber has a BA, an MA and a PhD in anthropology, as well as post-doctoral training in demography. Her focus in the last decade has been on medical anthropology. Along with her Adara responsibilities, she serves as a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Montana in the USA. Kimber also has two children, with whom she enjoys the outdoors, travel, gardening, and keeping chickens.

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  • Melanie Champion
    Adara Group Chief Operating Officer

    Melanie Champion
    Adara Group Chief Operating Officer

    Adara Group

    Melanie is the Chief Operating Officer of the Adara Group. Before joining Adara, Melanie worked in the Marketing & Communications sector, holding various positions including General Manager and Group Finance Director. Melanie qualified as a chartered accountant, with what was then Price Waterhouse (Sydney), in the Corporate Advisory Services division, before leaving to work in London with Pannell Kerr Forster and later the Sumitomo Bank Capital Markets Group. Melanie has a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Finance and Accounting and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia.

  • Pralhad Kumar Dhakal
    Remote Community Development and Nepal Country Director

    Pralhad Kumar Dhakal
    Remote Community Development and Nepal Country Director

    Adara Development (Nepal)

    Pralhad has more than 21 years’ experience in development and training and has a Master’s degree in political science. He has worked for several large humanitarian organisations, including Red Cross and Save the Children. He oversees all Adara Development's operations in Nepal and manages relationships with project partners and governmental organisations. He is also a member of the senior management team. Pralhad is a man of many talents. He sings and records his own music, and has even released an album.

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Staff

  • Andrew Della Casa
    Trustee of Adara Development (UK)

  • Audette Exel
    Chair of all Adara Development entities, Trustee of Adara Development (Bermuda) and Adara Development (UK), Director of Adara Development (Australia) and Adara Development (USA)

  • Dawa Lama Thapa
    Director of Adara Development (Nepal)

  • Derek Stapley
    Director of Adara Development (USA)

  • Dhan Bahadur Lama
    Director of Adara Development (Nepal)

  • Edith G. Conyers
    Trustee of Adara Development (Bermuda)

  • Kate Vacher
    Trustee of Adara Development (UK)

  • Ken Finch
    Director of Adara Development (Uganda)

  • Laini Liberman
    Director of Adara Development (Australia)

  • Philippe Rouja
    Trustee of Adara Development (Bermuda)

  • Richard Deutsch
    Director of Adara Development (Australia)

  • Richard Houghton
    Director of Adara Development (UK)

  • Richard West
    Director of Adara Development (Australia)

  • Susan Burns
    Director of Adara Development (Uganda) Director of Adara Development (Australia)

  • Thomas R Dickson
    Director of Adara Development (USA)

  • Tom Glynn
    Director of Adara Development (USA)

  • UDDHAV RAJ POUDYAL
    Director of Adara Development (Nepal)

  • Audette Exel
    Chief Executive Officer

  • ANDREA MCCORMICK
    Director of Adara Advisors Pty. Limited

  • Audette Exel
    Director of Adara Advisors Pty. Limited