Jodie Kane joined us in June as a Senior Consultant. She bolsters our team credentials with her 15+ years of knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluation, participatory research, program management, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, and capacity development. She also brings valuable contextual experience working cross-culturally in Australia and the Asia and Pacific regions.
Read on to get to know a bit more about Jodie!
What drew you to Sustineo?
I had been on the search to join an organisation with good strong values, aligned with the way I like to work. I hit the jackpot when I found Sustineo!
What do you hope to achieve during your time at Sustineo?
I hope to be able to keep pushing for more respectful and meaningful ways of working in the International Development space. Whether it be through respectful partnering, values-based negotiation, encouraging a strengths-based approach, culturally attuned engagement or breaking down power imbalance barriers – I hope to bring some of these practices to Sustineo and the way we work.
What has been your biggest learning experience from your career so far?
To back yourself, even in moments you may feel nervous or uncomfortable. To stick to your values and show a healthy dose of humility in all that you do.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I once served a cup of camomile tea to Madonna while working in a bar in Nottinghill in the late 90s. My housemates (all 14 of them) were devastated I didn’t tell them she was coming in - they would have booked a rather long table alongside her for sure!
Outside of work, what are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about teaching my kids about the importance of caring for our environment. I also love everything about the beach and can be found down there on any given day – especially when the sun is shining!
What was the last book you read?
I’m part way through reading ‘Reframing Aid: A strengths-based approach for international development’. Highly recommend it – my mentor Deborah Rhodes co-authored it. It explores and encourages a much-needed change in mind set in the international development space. It is brilliant!