Tara is the Founder and Managing Director of the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) that she established with Jedtha Pon in 2007 in order to rescue fourteen children from a corrupt and abusive orphanage.
Tara has led CCT through a number of significant organisational changes, including the closure of the initial CCT orphanage in favour of a holistic model of programs and services to help Cambodian families escape poverty, while ensuring family preservation. Tara now speaks out against the spread of orphanages in developing countries, caused by the good intentions of foreign donors, and of harm that comes to children when they are separated from family and left to grow up in institutions.
In 2011 Tara was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her work with CCT. She has been featured twice on ABCs Australian Story and once on 60 Minutes. Her talk at TEDx Sydney was cited as one of the most powerful moments from the entire event, and “How (Not) to Start an Orphanage”, published by Allen & Unwin in April 2016, is her first book which is currently being made into a feature film.
In 2015 Tara Winkler became a founding member of Rethink Orphanages: better solutions for children a cross-sector network that aims to prevent the unnecessary institutionalisation of children by shifting the way Australia engages with overseas aid and development.
Andrea Nave is the CEO of Forget Me Not Australia operating in Nepal, India and Uganda. As a founding member of the organisation in 2005, Andrea began her role volunteering as the Sponsorship Coordinator and quickly progressed to being employed as Project Manager in 2009 leading the organisation’s expansion into Uganda and India.
In 2012, Andrea assumed the position of CEO guiding Forget Me Not through major organisational change from orphanage based support to holistic family based care across all projects. Working with key partners across three nations, Andrea has helped develop best practice and impactful projects supporting Forget Me Not’s culturally diverse teams to deliver children from institutional care into family based care. She oversees the daily operations of the organisation with a strong collaborative leadership style.
With a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Griffith University and a background in performance and public relations, she leads conversations that change minds and hearts for a better future for children.