Our Staff

Sureka_GoringeDr Sureka Goringe
National Director

Dr Sureka Goringe is the National Director for UnitingWorld. She was previously Associate Director of International Programs for the Pacific region, and before that the Associate Director of Church Connections.

Sureka served on the National Committee of the Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld for five years, the last two years as Chairperson. She was also the Executive Director of the successful UnitingWomen conference, a conference under the auspices of the Uniting Church that brought together more than 500 women from across Australia.

Born in Sri Lanka and having lived in Bangladesh, Botswana and the UK before moving to Australia, Sureka has broad experience of our partner church contexts.


Jane Kennedy
Associate Director, International Programs (Asia, Africa)
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Jane manages the Australian Aid funded Church Partnership Program and Water and Sanitation Programs in Papua New Guinea. She also works with UnitingWorld’s partners in Timor Leste managing their Health and Education programs.

Jane worked in Fiji for the Fiji Red Cross Society for three years and has stayed connected to the Pacific Islands since then through grassroots projects based around microfinance and education for girls in rural areas.

With a background in health, and Master in International Health, Jane has worked in Non-Communicable Disease prevention and management, Sexual Health promotion and spent two years managing a Church based community NGO in Sydney. Jane has a love for the people and cultures of the Pacific and a desire to support and come alongside the vibrant networks of churches serving these island nations.

Ellen Shipley
Manager, Learning Effectiveness and Compliance

Ellen manages UnitingWorld’s compliance processes – making sure we meet the standards necessary for the ACFID Code of Conduct and to be accredited with the Australian Government to receive funding. In addition, she works with staff across UnitingWorld to ensure the lessons we learn through our monitoring and evaluations are incorporated into our ongoing programs.

Ellen comes to UnitingWorld with extensive expertise in NGO programming and compliance through her work with AusAID, including eight years as Director of the Community Partnership Section.  She has over 25 years’ experience in development, working with sectors including NGOs, Volunteers, Gender, Health and Education policy and various management and programming roles.  Her country experience includes work in Thailand, Laos, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Ellen also applies her background in Training and Human Resource Development to her Learning Effectiveness role.

Bronwyn Fraser
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAManager, International Programs (Gender and Pacific)

Bronwyn spent the first part of her working life as a high school teacher after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Technology and a Graduate Diploma in Education. Bronwyn has travelled extensively and as a teacher supported her students to participate in cross-cultural exchanges in Tonga.

In 2009 Bronwyn completed a Masters in International Development Studies which included an internship working with refugee communities in India. In late 2009 Bronwyn joined the UnitingWorld team as the Development Education Officer, working with Uniting Church and School communities in building a greater understanding of poverty and inequality.

Bronwyn is now the Pacific program manager and works closely with the women’s organisations of our Pacific partners supporting the empowerment of women, addressing gender-based violence and working for gender equality. Bronwyn is passionate about working alongside women and men across the Pacific in challenging systems of inequality and in facilitating space and opportunity for women to thrive.

Rev. Dr Ji Zhang
Ji Zhang (centre)Manager, Church Partnerships, Asia

Ji joined UnitingWorld early in 2013 after congregational and academic placements in Victoria. Ji grew up in Shanghai and studied theology in Melbourne and Boston. He completed his doctoral degree in comparative studies between East and West traditions on the topic of “Unity and Diversity”.

Ji brings a mixture of ministry experience and theological discipline, placing the Uniting Church international engagement into the diverse and vibrant Asia context.

Debora Murthy
Regional Coordinator, Southeast Asia Programs

Debora is a physician who has worked in community development in Indonesia for 20 years. She is excited to be working alongside partners and stake holders to see women, the poor and other marginalised groups enjoy life with dignity. Her passion is to advocate within communities so that children can have access to education, families can have access to health care and sustainable sources of income, and everyone’s voice as part of a community is heard.
Debora brings her experience and enthusiasm to the South East Asia team, and looks forward to “growing together with partners South East Asia and the other UnitingWolrd teams to achieve our shared vision of transformed communities free from poverty and injustice.”

Hindra Sulaksono
Manager, Southeast Asia Programs

Hindra’s professional background is in construction and civil engineering, and for the past 18 years has applied his project management experience working in humanitarian organisations. Before joining UnitingWorld he worked predominantly in community development and disaster management programs in rural and urban contexts across Indonesia. Hindra’s role at UnitingWorld has him managing poverty alleviation programs; health, nutrition and hygiene programs; refugee and displaced peoples programs, and emergency and disaster preparedness programs. Hindra loves working with a wide range of people and partners from different areas and cultures, and hopes his role at UnitingWorld gives him broader experiences to help him provide better service and support.

Naomi Navoce
Project Officer, Pacific Programs

Naomi is UnitingWorld’s Pacific Program Officer based in Suva, Fiji. She has extensive experience in the areas of gender equality, disability and inclusion.

Naomi has been recognized for her work on issues related to women with disabilities. She spearheaded such gatherings as the Regional Symposium on Women and Youth with Disabilities, which brings together senior level representatives from humanitarian/development agencies and women with disabilities from throughout the Pacific region to build skills, exchange experiences and strategies, create new visions and strengthen regional and international networks of support on disability-inclusive development. It has been used in sectors such as inclusive emergency response in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptions, microfinance, violence prevention and reproductive health. She also worked on a pilot project called a Toolkit on Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls with Disabilities in Fiji, the first such toolkit to be developed in the Pacific region.

Naomi is currently a member of UN WOMEN Multi-Country Office – Fiji Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG).

Naomi holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of the South Pacific in Management and Public Administration and Tourism.

Aletia Dundas
Manager, International Programs (PNG)

Aletia Dundas joined UnitingWorld in March 2017 as International Programs Manager for PNG, primarily managing our partnership with the United Church in Papua New Guinea. Key projects include the third phase of 12-year-long DFAT funded Church Partnership Program as well as a co-funded water supply and hygiene behaviour change project in Milne Bay Province.

Aletia has qualifications in International Community Development and Peace and Conflict Studies. She previously worked with Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA managing a DFAT funded partnership program in the Solomon Islands, and has more than a decade of experience in the international aid sector working with partners in the Pacific, Asia, Africa and Indigenous Australia. She recently spent three months as a Human Rights Monitor in Palestine and Israel for the World Council of Churches, providing protective accompaniment to Palestinians and Israelis working non-violently for an end to the military occupation.


Rev. Dr Seforosa Carroll
Seforosa CarrollManager, Church Partnerships, Pacific

Sef is a Fiji born Rotuman who spent her formative years growing up in Lautoka, the Western side of Viti Levu in Fiji. These formative experiences continue to inform Sef’s theological reflection on interfaith and cross-cultural relationships, gender and culture. Having lived in Australia since 1987, Sef has always maintained connections with the Pacific, particularly Pacific Islanders living in the diaspora. This includes work with the Pacific Island Women’s Advocacy Services, South Pacific Association of Theological Schools, Pacific theologies conference, Association of Oceanian Women Theologians and Alan Walker College of Evangelism. Her ministry has included work with congregations of Five Dock/Drummoyne, Caves Beach, St Clair and MLC School.


Megan Calcaterra
243 (2)International Programs Manager, Asia/Africa

Megan officially joined the UnitingWorld team in January of 2014, after volunteering for some time. Originally from the United States, Megan completed her Masters in International Law and International Relations with a focus in human rights law at the University of New South Wales. In her role, Megan uses her travel experience to coordinate our InSolidarity Exposure Visits. She also serves as a project officer for Church Connections Africa projects and offers project support to the rest of the Church Connections team.



Semini Dias
Management Accountant
Semini Dias

Semini is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant holding membership of Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA-Aus.) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA-UK).

She brings with her extensive experience of Accounting and Finance in the international development sector. She has held a number of Senior Finance roles in Australia and in Sri Lanka where she was born and grew up before migrating to Australia. Semini has worked for World Vision, ChildFund, Act for Peace and ActionAid, and has worked on the ground in many countries, managing the finances of programs in Sri Lanka, Vanuatu, Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia and PNG.

Semini started her career in the corporate sector and joined World Vision during the post tsunami rehabilitation in Sri Lanka which was the start of her journey in the international development sector. She counts over 15 years of experience covering financial Management, System improvements, compliance and capacity building.

“I love working in the multicultural environment at UnitingWorld and appreciate the diverse experiences each individual brings to the organisation. I also love the opportunity to take on new initiatives for continuous financial improvement at UnitingWorld and partner organisations in the countries where we work in supporting sustainable change.”

Fiona Johnson
Fiona Manager, Campaigns
Fiona engages with UnitingWorld’s wide network of schools, congregations and individuals to create events and opportunities that illumine, educate and raise awareness about the agency’s life-changing international projects. Fiona has a long career working in Community Development with a focus on health, building networks of people and community groups.



Cath Taylor
Cath_TContent Coordinator, Communications and Fundraising

Cath works in Communications and Fundraising for the Church Connections team. She has degrees in Communications, Teaching and Ministry and previously worked in Communications for Frontier Services, in teaching, pastoral ministry and social justice consultancy. She’s seen just enough of the world’s beauty and bruises to want to keep telling stories in the knowledge that this is part of creating and celebrating change.

Cath is the mother of two daughters. Her work and home life is shaped by the idea that love is stronger than death.

Rev Paul Bartlett
Paul_BartlettDonor Relationships (part time)

Following twenty years of parish work within the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church, Paul joined UnitingWorld in early 2013 and now manages relationships UnitingWorld has with our donors at both an individual and congregational level.

As many Uniting Church congregations and their members are great supporters of and are deeply interested in our work, Paul also spends a significant amount of his time visiting congregations across our various Synods.

Once a year he also visits an overseas partner church to see their work firsthand.

Marcus Campbell
Publications Coordinator