Our Team

Meet our community of values-driven, creative, and skilled people who are redesigning citizenship in the 21st century

Our Base Team

Alvaro Maz

Alvaro Maz

Managing Director

Alvaro is an entrepreneur with a passion for public issues, technology and social change. In 2013 he launched his first venture, Creative Suburbs, an online platform to help more people make a difference in their cities. He then co-founded Code for Australia in late 2014 which led to launching Code for Aotearoa.

Alvaro’s background is in international development, philosophy and urban planning, none of which he has really practised. On his spare time he works on fun projects like this one and is also cooking plans to go sailing around the world.

Lina Patel

Lina Patel

Chief Operations Officer

Lina is a facilitator and collaboration designer and makes sure all the Code for Australia programs (Fellowship, Academy, Tech for Non-Tech) are humming beautifully.

She spends most of her time with people and teams in the Code for Australia community who know where they are headed; who aren’t sure how to get there; and are open to iteration.

People frikkin love her workshops and meetings.

Grace O'Hara

Grace O'Hara

Head of Marketing

Grace is a digital native, a tech aficionado and lover of all things coffee. After cutting her teeth in start-up land, Grace spent a year travelling the world, seeing the power of technology in all shapes, sizes, and efficiencies.

Grace loves telling meaningful stories and connecting people in authentic ways. In her spare time you might find her attempting to make edible things or learning how to swim.

Our Board of Advisors

Kate Bennett Eriksson

Kate Bennett Eriksson

Head of Innovation, PwC Australia

Kate’s experience and network spans across some of the most iconic digital businesses in the world such as Google, Facebook, Skype and Twitter. Kate has advised corporate boards of various businesses about how they can drive innovation across multiple industries of government, financial services, telecommunications and media.
Jithma Beneragama

Jithma Beneragama

Director - Digital Engagement, Dept. of Premier and Cabinet Victoria

A digital executive with international experience driving businesses to succeed, Jithma spent several years in the private sector. He now heads the digital engagement team at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Dan Groch

Dan Groch

Co-Founder and Entrepreneur

Jacob Lindsay

Jacob Lindsay

Co-founder & Digital Service Designer

Samantha Wijesinha

Samantha Wijesinha

Ex-Fellow and Full Stack Developer

After many years managing and supporting technology projects within utilities, superannuation and not-for-profit industries, Sam took the leap and learned to code. In 2017, Sam graduated from the Full Stack Web Development Immersive Course at General Assembly, before combining her project management and web development skills as a Code for Australia Fellow.

Sam is passionate about digital technology and creating useful applications for humans. When not coding, Sam is geeking out on comics, reading and watching science fiction, and spending way too much money on holidays.

Our Current Fellows

Rachelle Salvadora

Rachelle Salvadora

Government Partner: Department of Health and Human Services

Teresa Villanueva

Teresa Villanueva

Government Partner: Department of Health and Human Services

Michael Batley

Michael Batley

Government Partner: Brimbank City Council

Michael is a UX Designer and has been working on products primarily in the health care space.

He is a curious and creative thinker with an innate ability to simplify concepts, calm and always measured in his approach. Demonstrating this when diving down 30 meters in fresh water caves in the Mexican jungle to hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, 4000 meters above sea level. He meditates daily, has high energy levels is connected to nature and those around him.

Devy Sihaloho

Devy Sihaloho

Government Partner: Brimbank City Council

Georgina Lewis

Georgina Lewis

Government Partner: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Georgi is interested in being of service where design thinking and business needs meet. She’s focussed on making processes and products that are good for the world.

A Jill-of-all-trades, Georgi has experience spanning digital production to strategic development and thrives in a stakeholder driven co-design environment.

Georgi moved to Melbourne for love in 2010… her love of food, music, art and design.

Krishna Ali

Krishna Ali

Government Partner: Deptartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Krishna is a fullstack Software Engineer specialising in JavaScript and NodeJS. He is passionate about cross platform technologies as he usually invest a lot of time in finding ways to create applications and systems on mobile, web, desktop and cloud services.
Wilson Mok

Wilson Mok

Government Partner: VicRoads

Lara Stephenson

Lara Stephenson

Government Partner: VicRoads

Lara is a storyteller and designer, feminist and entrepreneur. For the past 10 years she has worked in graphic, web design and branding & communications, with small business, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.

Lara’s future aspirations include creating interconnected tangible interactive media: or fun things that talk to each other and respond to you, for homes and cities.

Elise Chant

Elise Chant

Government Partner: Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation

Elise is a creative technologist passionate about building meaningful solutions for the right problems. With a formal background in Industrial Design, Elise came into Software Engineering by pure curiosity and an urge to understand the digital landscape.

Elise was formerly working with Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency and believes strongly in the purposefulness of #civictech.

Claramae Gonsalves

Claramae Gonsalves

Government Partner: Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation

Merrin Macleod

Merrin Macleod

Government Partner: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Jonathan Castillo Bello

Jonathan Castillo Bello

Government Partner: VicRoads

Our Associates

Rikke Winther-Sørensen

Rikke Winther-Sørensen

Government Partner: Victoria Legal Aid

Rikke is a Product Design Engineer with a passion for product development focusing on context and user experience. Working as a technical consultant, she has improved workflows and finished projects by delivering customized software solutions.

She is excited about design with a socio-technical focus and is eager to become involved in projects that have a real impact on people’s everyday life. She (unashamedly) dresses up if you invite her to a costume party and if there is a friendly kick about on the footie pitch, Rikke will be there!

Christian Arévalo

Christian Arévalo

Government Partner: Victoria Legal Aid

Christian is a software engineer graduate of computer science from Politécnico Grancolombiano. He is passionate about web development technologies.

He has experience working with startups and commercial projects in Colombia and Australia, also he has been part of teams focused on improving e-commerce and business applications.

Christian also loves playing and watching soccer, video games and hanging out with his friends.

Ezekiel Kigbo

Ezekiel Kigbo

Government Partner: Neighbourhood Justice Centre

Our Fellowship Alumni

We bring citizens, government and industry together to collaboratively solve social issues.

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