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

  • Audette Exel
    Acting CEO and Chair

Global Management Team

  • Daniel Kabugo
    Uganda Country Director

    Daniel Kabugo
    Uganda Country Director

    Adara Development (Uganda)

    Daniel is Adara's Uganda Country Director. Daniel has been a friend of Adara since 2004, and began volunteering with the Ebenezer Boys programme in 2008.

    Daniel holds Bachelor’s Degree in Guidance and Counselling (Social Work).

    Prior to taking on a role with Adara, Daniel worked as the Laboratory Manager for Kiwoko Hospital, (a position he held from 2007-2014).

    Daniel grew up in the Luwero area. During the civil war, Daniel spent 3 years of his childhood hiding in the bush with his parents, brothers and sisters to escape persecution. It was a difficult time for Daniel, and this experience served as the motivation for his work with vulnerable children as an adult.

    In his free time, Daniel enjoys playing football with his son and cycling with his daughter. He also loves eating chilli, and while travelling in the US, developed a love of HOT DOGS!

  • Heidi Nakamura
    Global Health Director

    Heidi Nakamura
    Global Health Director

    Adara Development (USA)

    An expert in her field, Heidi Nakamura has 33 years of clinical NICU nursing experience. She has held various roles through the course of her career, serving as a leader and role model for those she worked with. She was intensely dedicated to her patients and families and has cared for thousands of babies as a nurse. She also took time to volunteer for a year in India to help with the design and implementation of a Neonatal ICU. This experience intensified her passion for global health. Heidi is a long time supporter of our Adara programs, serving as a volunteer since the beginnings of the organisation.

    She comes to Adara with over 25 years of global health experience, including several volunteer trips to Kiwoko Hospital over the last 12 years. She has worked with teams in Kiwoko to develop clinical skills and systems in the NICU. Outside of work she runs a newborn, child and family photography business. She and her husband enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and recently achieved their captain’s licenses- hoping to spend time sailing in places around the world.

  • 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 Global Leadership Team. After serving as Country Manager, Nepal, later Research Manager, and then as Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, she now advises the team on innovation and best practice. Kimber has a BA, an MA and a PhD in anthropology, as well as two years of post-doctoral training in demography from the University of California, Berkeley. Her focus in the last decade has been on medical anthropology. Along with her Adara responsibilities, she is jointly appointed as Professor in the departments of Public Health and Anthropology at the University of Montana in the USA. Kimber also has two teens, with whom she enjoys the outdoors, travel, and farming.

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  • Madeline Vaughan
    Senior Programmes Director

    Madeline Vaughan
    Senior Programmes Director

    Adara Development (Australia)

    Maddy is Adara’s Senior Programmes Director, working across Adara’s Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH), Remote Community Development (RCD), and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) streams, to support programme strategy, planning, design, and implementation and to ensure organisational cohesion. Maddy has been with Adara since 2013, initially working as the Communications Manager to lead internal and external communications for the organisation. Prior to working at Adara, Maddy worked for a short time in a community development project in Peru, and managed policy-based conferences focussed on the higher education and healthcare sectors with Informa Australia. Maddy has a Bachelor of International Relations (Hons), and is currently a candidate for a Masters of International Public Health from UNSW. In her spare time, Maddy soaks up the Sydney theatre scene, and reads as much as she can.
  • 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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  • Susan Burns
    Adara Group General Counsel

Staff

  • Andrea McCormick
    Director of Adara Development (Australia)

  • 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)

  • Ilana Atlas
    Director of Adara Development (Australia)

  • 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)

  • UDDHAV RAJ POUDYAL
    Director of Adara Development (Nepal)

  • ANDREA MCCORMICK
    Director of Adara Advisors Pty. Limited

  • Audette Exel
    Director of Adara Advisors Pty. Limited