Meet Our Team
National Operations Manager
Sander started her career as a Journalist in 2001, she worked as a Reporter, Assistant-Editor, Editor and Translator for a range of different print media publishing houses. In October 2006, Sander joined Forever Group - a leading broadcasting company in Myanmar. Her initial role there was a member of the Monitoring Department and later, she was transferred to News Department as a Local News Editor. One a half years later, she was again transferred to the Production Department where she took on the role of Program Coordinator. In 2011 Sander became the head of the International Relations Department where she worked until July 2014 when she joined Harmoneat. Sander first applied for the job after being attracted by Harmoneat’s mission statement 'to build communities, through food'. Sander has a strong interest in community development and her passion is cooking healthy and delicious food. She has committed herself to work hand in hand with other Harmoneat’s team members to build healthy, strong, educated, peaceful and well-developed communities all over Myanmar through the various activities and programs that form the heart of Harmoneat's work.
L Jamaing (Thiri)
Thiri was born in Yangon but her family is from Myitkina, Kachin State. She attended school in Yangon before leaving to sell cosmetics. After that she worked for the local government Irrigation Department. Thiri then opened her own tea shop in Yankin, Yangon before having her first baby girl. Thiri then went on to work as a housekeeper for foreign families before coming to work at Harmoneat in June 2014. Thiri enjoys playing games, having quiet time on her own and taking her daughter on adventures. As a single mum, life for Thiri can get very busy but she always has a smile on her face and loves sharing her cooking skills with anyone who wishes to learn.
Meg Berryman and David Hale
Meg and Dave founded Harmoneat after moving to Myanmar in 2013. They both have a passion for local empowerment, economic development - and food!
Meg is a health and development professional with nearly ten years experience working on human development in the Southeast Asia region and beyond. Now based in Yangon, Meg's academic qualifications (Master of Public Health and Master of Gender and Development) are complemented by her varied work experience – including with local civil society organisations, the United Nations, AusAID and most recently Oxfam GB. Now a development consultant and Associate Trainer with RedR Australia, Meg is a qualified yoga teacher and fitness instructor who loves cooking, food, wellbeing and community development. Above all, she loves seeing how opportunities can transform communities.
Meg's husband Dave is a peace and conflict consultant with a strong knowledge of conflict analysis, community-based reconciliation, election support and monitoring, and peace systems. Dave has worked extensively for the Australian Government - for the Australian Electoral Commission, AusAID and the Australian Department of Defence - he also has a Bachelor of Political Science and Master of Peace and Conflict. Dave worked in Timor-Leste as a Strategic Adviser to the International Stabilisation Force during the 2012 elections, and has an ongoing interest in electoral reform. Currently Dave is working in Myanmar as a Ceasefire/Early Warning Consultant. When not working, Dave can be found taking photos or reading history books.
Mel Buckley - Community Projects Advisor
Partnerships and Donor Manager - Harmoneat Australia
Maddie is currently completing a degree in International Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia. At Harmoneat, Maddie is the Partnerships and Donor Manager. Her role involves developing and maintaining relationships with other individuals, businesses and organisations to assist Harmoneat to achieve our aims. Previously, Maddie worked in the fundraising department of World Vision Australia and volunteered in refugee settlement organisations in Melbourne. One of her greatest passions is to travel and gain an insight into the vast array of cultures around the world. After a recent trip to Myanmar, Maddie fell in love with the diversity of people and cuisine. Thus, it was inevitable that she was drawn to volunteer at Harmoneat; a social enterprise that combines her passions with an innovative vision of development work.
Operations and Sustainability Manager
Claudia volunteers from Melbourne and is the Operations and Sustainability Manager at Harmoneat. She works closely with the rest of the Australia team to oversee and support Harmoneat’s operations in Australia and is developing Harmoneat’s community nutrition and sustainable food strategy. Claudia is currently studying International Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne and hopes that this will lead her into work in community development and sustainable food. A self-confessed foodie, Claudia loves cooking and exploring fresh food markets and has a great interest in localized food production and the preservation and appreciation of local food cultures. Claudia is very excited about Harmoneat’s potential to change aspects of Myanmar’s current food networks and start a trend towards supporting local, sustainable produce and ethically conscious consumption.
Marketing and Advocacy Manager
Emily is an International Studies student at RMIT University and after living in Thailand for a significant part of her life, has always had South-East Asia on her radar. Previously she has worked in youth engagement and empowerment, volunteering with organisations such as Oaktree, Round Square and the RACV Energy Breakthrough, but is excited to be working with Harmoneat and bringing Myanmar it's first food truck. In her spare time, Emily plays the ukulele, reads, writes and likes to enjoy the sunshine. Her favourite Burmese dish is mohinga which is reminiscent of Thailand's kao-soi curry and noodles she was privileged enough to enjoy throughout her childhood.
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