Our Team

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

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.

Facilitators

Alec Sloman

Alec Sloman

Tech for Non Tech Lead

Alec Sloman is an educator, facilitator, and software developer with over 15 years of experience in IT.

In the not too distant past, he worked as a Lead Instructor at General Assembly and as a Technical Recruiter at Lookahead Search where he gave career advice to hundreds of candidates and worked with many of the most prominent tech companies in Melbourne. He now spends most of his days running a code school in the heart of North Melbourne.

Alec is passionate about driving reform and improving lives with technology. Oh, and he loves hip hop.

Cam Elliott

Cam Elliott

Sandpit Lead

Cameron has a passion for supporting authentic leadership, innovation, collaboration, strategic thinking and wellbeing in organisations through effective facilitation, training and coaching.

As a facilitator of the Sandpit Program, Cameron supports innovators from the public and private sector to collaborate on solving some of the toughest issues the public sector faces.

Sara Rickards

Sara Rickards

Sandpit Lead

Sara AKA The Sustainability Ninja and F**kgiver, is trained as both a Biomedical Scientist & Environmental Engineer. She is an ignitor of big ideas such as Re:Purpose for Good.

Sara is a passionate connector, putting purpose and positive impact at the core of everything she does. She is on a mission to unlock human potential and specialises in creating connected and conscious communities.

In a previous life she was the Education For Sustainability Manager at Macquarie University, Co-host for the Un-school of Disruptive Design and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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.

Current Fellows

Claramae Gonsalves

Claramae Gonsalves

Government Partner: Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation

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.

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

Fellowship Alumni

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