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Coleen Clare

Former President, International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA)
Coleen Clare Coleen Clare has worked with IWDA for over 10 years as President, Vice President, on Programs and as Acting Executive Director: currently she is providing support to IWDA on a range of program developments. Her background in development includes work in New Zealand, Australia, Western Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka focusing on programs that empower girls and women in education, child welfare and economic empowerment. Coleen has had a long career as a teacher, psychologist, trainer, state and commonwealth public servant (focusing on work-life balance and stopping violence against women) and as the CEO of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. Coleen is a Churchill Scholar and has received awards for her work with girls and women in Australia and overseas. She is committed to working with diversity and is inspired by her work with Indigenous women and with partners from IWDA’s Asia Pacific programs. Her spare time is largely devoted to a large family and she recently celebrated the arrival of identical twin great-grand-daughters.