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 member

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 achieving Mission 2020.

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

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.

Faraz Maghami

Barrister & board member

Faraz is a founding board member, 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.

Ary Bornoush

Design & project management advisor

As the CEO at Carterhill, 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.

Ray Vafa

Software development manager

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.

Manju Chandrasegaram

General Surgeon, Sn 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.

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.

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.

Agate Fadaei

Pharmaceutical expert & committee member

Agate is a Pharmaceutical Expert and one of our committee members. She has helped in many areas such as feasibility and procedures.

Agate is a Scientist with lots of love for children and she is very arty.

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. 

Arman Masoudi

Specialist in Microsoft

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 a better world.

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!

Deng Adut

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. You are guaranteed to have a very interesting conversation with Deng.

 

Silva Wei

Activist leadership 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.

Silva is passionate about Mission 2020, and co-founded the activist program that spreads education about extreme water poverty.

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

Partnerships director & board member

Sam as a founding board member 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.

Nico Muralla

Software Engineer

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. 

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

Kaveh Arya

Social advisor & board member

Kaveh as a founding board member has first-hand experience as a refugee, and an honours degree in human rights. He brings a special insight into leading grass roots social change campaigns.

Kaveh is a fitness guru that trains champions, and an unlikely looking poet.

Omid Faraji

Board member

Omid as a founding board member 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!

Azad Mortazavi

Business development strategist

As the CEO at Hunterstone Azad is disrupting the stone industry by delivering stones straight from the mine to your door. Azad is assisting with building more social responsibility businesses. 

His philosophy is beautiful in its simplicity. Love is the essence of our happiness. Happiness, freedom, and success will flow from love!

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!

Ari Yeganeh

Brand Ambassador

Ari has a passion for solving big, meaningful problems. So he fits right in at Essential Need.

An analytics and insights guru for eBay, Ari has worked with big brands to teach them how to be smart with data and use it to drive innovation and growth. He has a simple philosophy borrowed from the Dalai Lama, be happy and useful.

Gabriel Wu

Software Engineer

Gabriel is a full stack developer with a deep passion for technology, software development and all things cloud.

 

With compassion towards humanity and making our world a better place Gabriel is assisting with making EssentialNeed.org go serverless!

 

Supporters

A big thank you to every one of our supporters.

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