Meet Our Team and Supporters

We unite for a common purpose: Human Rights starting with clean water for all children.

From all walks of life and from all over the world, we are united by one goal. To end poverty and ensure every child has clean water, food and shelter. Add your voice to Mission 2020 to help our team and support the children who need us the most.

Rez Haremi

Founder, CEO & board director

The heart and soul of Essential Need, Rez is a visionary social entrepreneur who inspires through his commitment and a true belief he is here to serve. He walks the walk and works hard to make his dreams the new reality through helping to achieve clean water for all children.

Rez is a systems artchitect and an innovator. He loves a meaningful conversation and improving the lives of children everywhere.

Agate Fadaei

Pharmaceutical expert & board director

An expert in Pharmaceuticals with passion for fashion and arts - an award winning cook with much groove on the dance floor!

With such diverse talent, Agate is bringing new perspectives to strategy and socila media with so much love that she holds for children.

Ary Bornoush

Board director & construction development director

Ary is well qualified to help project manage Essential Need’s operations. He is managing construction of one of Australia's largest residential projects.

Ary believes in the inherent strength and goodness of humanity. A pragmatist, he gives what he can, including as a regular blood donor.

Samuel Adeoti

CEO at FairAction & advisor

Having experienced extreme water poverty in childhood, Samuel is survivor which has thrived - an excellent example of why it is worth to save every child. A compassionate entrepreneur, philanthropist, and mathematician whose unwavering dedication to giving back has earned him the reputation as a community leader. He is the founder and CEO of FairAction.

Sam is an advisor and our acting arm in Nigeria for water projects. 

Manju Chandrasegaram

General surgeon, senior lecturer & brand ambassador

If you need surgery, you want someone like Manju to be your surgeon.

Spiritual, intelligent and fun, she's been there from the beginning to inspire Rez on the Essential Need journey.

Ben Rasa

Head of relationship success

Healthy and fit, sharp and kind. An awesome combination for success. Ben is a performance coach with deep retail experience. 

Ben is responsible for leading the team is that transforming Sydney businesses into conscious businesses and there are over 1000 partnerships created already. 

Faraz Maghami

Barrister & advisor

Faraz is a founding advisor to the Board, who has been instrumental in developing our constitution, managing legal requirements and defining our mission.

Busy as a barrister and human rights activist, Faraz loves to enjoy nature when he can get some spare time!

Clare Koh

Dermatologist & brand ambassador

Clare is a kind hearted and hard working dermatologist interested in all aspects of skin disease. 

She is on a mission to advance awareness about our mission through the Australian Medical Association and Hillsong church.

Sharp and humorous, you're in for deep but fun conversations.

Geoff Silk

NGO & government relations advisor

Geoff brings a rich career history to help Essential Need connect with Australian NGOs involved in foreign water aid, and get them on board with Mission 2020.

A former chief executive of the British Army, Geoff uses his diverse experience across professional and leadership development, executive coaching and mentoring to build strong partnerships that will change the world.

Rostam Faraji

Professor, pharmacist & human rights advisor

Rostam has experienced extreme poverty. He knows what it is to have nothing but a will to change your circumstances. Through dedication to education, he refused to accept poverty made him less worthy of a meaningful life.

He lives to help others, and is a real life example of what the world gains when children have an opportunity to break the cycle of extreme poverty.

Amanda Vanelderen

WorkWords founder and copywriter

Amanda from WorkWords loves to make a connection through her copywriting. She thrives on helping all kinds of businesses and social enterprises build their brands, engage their audiences and affect change.

Born to write, she got her first typewriter at age 6, and never looked back!

Bobbie Couhbor

Head of technology & solutions

A keen IT enthusiast, Bobbie loves staying across technology trends and finding new ways to improve businesses capabilities and efficiencies.

Bobbie is continuously improving Essential Need's systems increasing organisational efficiencies and productivity. With a great sense of humor, it is a pleasure to work with Bobbie. 

Ray Vafa

Senior I.T. consultant

Ray is a complete tech head, with experience across more programs and platforms than most people know exist.

Known for being cool, calm and collected, Ray is bringing an innovative edge to the technology of Essential Need and Mission 2020.

Peter Kamper

Connector

Peter is described by those who know him as “cool and caring”. What a combination.

With over 20 years’ experience in making meaningful connections through marketing, strategy, sales and business development, Peter is ready to take Essential Need into the stratosphere and build a community ready to get serious and change the world.

Omid Faraji

I.T. expert & operational efficiency planner

Omid has been involved from the beginning, setting up and managing our I.T. system’s architecture, teams, development and support.

Omid is a senior I.T. engineer and consultant who is famous for his attention to detail and contagious laughs!

Nico Muralla

Software Development Manager

Nico is passionate about quality software and is as fast as a bullet in execution, an awesome recipe for success.

Nico strongly believes in child rights and is a great advocate for Mission 2020. 

Arman Masoudi

Business solutions architect in Microsoft & advisor

With diverse experience with cloud, automation, CRM, management solutions, and much more, Arman is responsible for sales and marketing strategy of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 product suite. 

Arman's work ethic is well known to his colleagues, as his compassion and commitment to making our work a better place for all.

Deng Adut

Lawyer, human rights activist & brand ambassador

Arriving in Australia as a refugee, Deng put himself through law school. From fighting as a child soldier in Sudan, he now stands up in court to fight for refugee rights.

Deng was rewarded 2017 NSW Young Australian of the Year and he is the author of a memoir, Songs of a War Boy. 

Silva Wei

Founder, educator & ambassador program co-founder

Silva is an educator, philanthropist, and IT enthusiast.

Highly motivated, he inspires and helps others in achieving their noble dreams and goals.

Silv's contribution towards our ambassador program has been monumental, a program with benefits part takers spreading education about extreme water poverty worldwide.

Tina Shamimi

Events coordinator

Tina is known as one of the best travel destination advisors in Australia. She has travelled the globe and thrives on event organisation.

Known for her kind heart and vibrant attitude, Tina brings her enthusiasm for life to organising events for Essential Need. 

Graham Humphreys

Head of communications & design

As a consultant working with companies like PayPal, Graham is experienced in strategic innovation, brand positioning, product design, creative development, marketing strategy, integrated digital programs and site design. 

With a contagious smile and warm character, and on behalf of Frost*Collective team, Graham is helping Essential Need with communication strategy and design.

Sam Tajvidi

Strategic partnerships director & advisor

Sam is a champion of organisations partnering for a common purpose.

He was in on the ground floor of Essential Need with smart, strategic advice on getting businesses involved to spread the word.

Sam is a marketing expert, animal rights advocate and general business guru.

David Wamaitha

Activist development coordinator Kenya

David inspires others to become educators and grow their care networks. 

David has experienced water poverty first hand and is dedicated to raising awareness in Kenya and across the globe. Contact David for first-hand stories at david.wamaitha@essentialneed.org

Nicko De La Cruz

UI/UX designer

Nicko brings his creative talents to help out the team with graphic design to keep our message looking professional.

In his spare time, he is a model. Strike a pose Nicko!

Supporters

A big thank you to every one of our supporters.

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Contact Details
  • Information:
  • info@essentialneed.org
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  • +61 2 8006 0200
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