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    • Australia’s Board of Directors
    • Australia’s Board of Directors
    • Australia’s Board of Directors
    Australia’s Board of Directors

    Australia’s Board of Directors

    Australia’s Board of Directors
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    (ALIMA) The Alliance for International Medical Action is a humanitarian medical aid organization, registered in France with its operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, and offices in Paris, Australia and New York.
    ALIMA and ALIMA-Australia are distinct organizations working towards the same goal. ALIMA is registered in France under the Association Law of 1901. ALIMA-Australiais a Company Limited by Guarantee by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), and a registered Charity by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). ALIMA-Australia is also registered as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Taxation Office.
    To contact ALIMA-Australia, please call: + 61 298682400 or write to ALIMA-Australia, PO Box 3716, Marsfield NSW 2122 Australia. Email:

    The Board of Directors of ALIMA-Australia is as follows:

    President : Nikki Blackwell

    Nikki Blackwell is an Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Queensland.
    She works half time as an intensive care specialist at the Prince Charles hospital. Nikki previously worked for
    Médecins Sans Frontières for several years before founding ALIMA with a small group of colleagues.
    Nikki was the director of medicine and research for ALIMA from 2009-2013 and remains actively
    involved. The highlight of her career so far is witnessing how our response to the Ebola epidemic in
    West Africa in 2014 has evolved into the ground-breaking, high-quality care, which we are now able to provide in the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Maureen Cleary

    Maureen Cleary has been making a significant contribution to the development of
    governance education and training across all parts of the nonprofit sector in Australia for over
    20 years. Maureen obtained a PhD degree from the Faculty of Business, University of
    Technology, Sydney. During the course of her research studies she was awarded a Graduate
    Fellowship to Yale University, USA. As a change management consultant, Maureen has
    assisted many nonprofit organizations to re-structure their governance arrangements in
    Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and eight Asian countries. Her work was acknowledged in
    her investiture in The Medal of the Order of Australia in 2011.

    Sonia Girle

    Sonia Girle is a Registered Nurse/Midwife who has a background in Emergency Nursing, Remote Area Nursing, Aeromedical Retrieval, Public Health, Child Health and as a casual lecturer with James Cook University Master of Public Health. Sonia has completed a MPH&TM, Masters in Nursing (Child, Youth and Adolescent Health), PGDip Nursing (Critical Care) and PGDip Midwifery. She worked as the Deputy Medical Director for ALIMA from 2010 to 2012 and along with work in multiple roles with Médecins Sans Frontières has experience in Iran, Nigeria,South Sudan, Haiti, Mali and Niger. She has been on the board of ALIMA since 2011.

    Chris Brasher

    Dr. Chris Brasher is a pediatric anesthetist in Melbourne, Australia. He also holds a diploma of tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He worked full time with Médecins Sans Frontières from 1996 until 2006, where he worked as a field anesthetist, field and country coordinator, and in the Paris head office as a program and research manager. Highlights of his career included caring for surgical patients in challenging remote environments, coordinating emergency responses to conflict and famine, and piloting research of scaling up HIV therapy and the treatment of acute severe malnutrition in resource-poor environments.