Press Releases

ADARA DEVELOPMENT APPOINTS DEBORAH LESTER AS NEW CEO

Adara Development is delighted to announce the appointment of Deborah Lester as its new CEO, effective 1 June 2017.

Debbie has been a key member of Adara Development’s executive and leadership team since the organisation began in 1998. She takes over from Susan Biggs, who has led the Adara with passion and distinction for the past 7½ years. Susan has expanded Adara’s reach and impact dramatically, with the organisation now touching the lives of more than 50,000 people in need each year.

Announcing Debbie’s appointment, Adara’s Chair and founder, Audette Exel said: “Debbie is an exceptional leader. Her track record in establishing maternal, newborn child health programmes across the globe has been extraordinary. She is responsible for saving countless lives.”

“Never in our history has Adara been so well positioned to deliver scaled and lasting change in the world’s poorest communities. We have big plans as we move forward to scale our global health work, and to make a significant contribution to ending preventable newborn and maternal deaths. Our remote community development work continues to touch lives in the most faraway places. I can think of no one better to lead us into this new phase than Debbie,” Audette Exel said.

Commenting on Debbie Lester’s appointment, outgoing Adara Development CEO Susan Biggs said: “Debbie is a brilliant colleague, and excellent clinician and a great leader. I am personally delighted to be handing over the reins to someone so capable and passionate. I look forward to seeing Adara go from strength to strength.”

Read the press release here.

Past Press releases

INVESTMENT BANKING FOR SOCIAL GOOD

    Some of the most senior leaders in the Australian financial services industry, acting as Panel Members, will offer their services pro-bono as part of an innovative financial services vehicle launched today by the Adara Group. The skills of investment bankers and senior corporate advisors will be harnessed to generate revenue for the Adara Group, which focuses on improving the lives of women and children in poverty in the developing world.

    Adara Partners (Australia) Pty. Limited (Adara Partners) is a company through which prominent members of the Australian financial services community, acting as Panel Members on the Adara Panel, will advise and work on a select number of transactions and mediations, to generate fees for the benefit of marginalised people through the work of the Adara Group.

    Founding Panel Members include some of the biggest names in the industry working together on this initiative, many of whom traditionally compete rather than collaborate with each other. The Founding Panel Members on the Adara Panel are:

  • Ilana Atlas
  • Catherine Brenner
  • Guy Fowler
  • David Gonski AC
  • Matthew Grounds
  • Peter Hunt AM
  • Diccon Loxton
  • Peter Mason AM
  • Steven Skala AO
  • Read the press release here.

ADARA CALLS FOR DONATIONS TO ASSIST WITH NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS

    The Adara Group which has worked side by side with Nepali communities for 17 years – is calling on every person who is able to assist with relief efforts following the devastating earthquake in Nepal on Saturday, which has taken the lives of more than more than 5,000 people, and left more than 100,000 people homeless.

    The 7.9-magnitude earthquake represents the worst disaster in the country in 80 years. The Australia-based Adara Group has been working in Nepal since 1998 assisting the child victims of human trafficking and working hand in hand with remote communities on health and education projects.

    Adara Group founder and Chair, Audette Exel, asks that people donate whatever they can to assist with what will be one of the largest worldwide relief efforts seen in recent times.Learn more here.

SAVING CHILDREN’S LIVES HAND IN HAND WITH BERMUDIANS
    A chance encounter with two abandoned, malnourished boys in a Kathmandu street led Pralhad Dhakal to dedicate his life to turning around the lives of many trafficked children in Nepal and to campaign for new laws banning bonded labour for girls. The boys were the victims of child traffickers. When found by Pralhad, they were sick with aggressive meningitis. Pralhad rushed the boys to hospital but only one survived. After the boy was nursed back to health, Pralhad helped reunite him with his grieving family. More than a decade later, Pralhad Dhakal’s work as Nepal Country Director for The ISIS Foundation has helped improve the lives of thousands of children and families in Nepal. For more information, click here.
ISIS FOUNDATION GRANTED GIFT DEDUCTION STATUS
  • The ISIS Foundation (Australia) has been declared an Approved Organisation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, paving the way for donors to give directly to the Foundation.
  • Acceptance under the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) means that Australian donations of $2 or more for overseas aid activities are tax deductible. Tax deductibility is only granted for work in countries declared as ‘developing’. For more information, click here.
STARTING GUN FIRES ON BERMUDA LEG OF "12 IN 12" CHALLENGE
  • One of the most intriguing stories behind this year’s Bermuda International Marathon is that of Andrew O’Brien, a newcomer to distance running who has set himself a global challenge of heroic proportions.
  • Andrew O’Brien is running a full marathon not just once, but 12 times in 12 months to raise money for The ISIS Foundation, an international development organisation that was started in Bermuda 16 years ago.
BUSINESS-FOR-PURPOSE PIONEER AWARDED ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
  • Audette Exel, founder and Chair of The ISIS Foundation, has been awarded an honorary Order of Australia for her work with women and children living in extreme poverty in Nepal and Uganda. Read more here.