About

Our team.

Abeselom Nega

Abeselom Nega

CEO and Founder

Abeselom is the CEO of iEmpower a highly regarded youth services organisation. Previously, Abeselom was the State and General Manager of AMES Employment overseeing 400 staff and with a budget of over 40mil. He has served as a senior executive in public, community and private sector based organisations.

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Rebecca McFadden

Rebecca McFadden

Administration and Contracts Manager

Rebecca is the Administration and Contracts Manager at iEmpower with over eighteen years’ experience in management. Born and raised in Sydney, Rebecca made the move to Melbourne in 2015 to pursue other opportunities which ultimately led her to iEmpower.

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Ahmed Dini

Ahmed Dini

Marketing and Recruitment Manager

Ahmed Dini arrived in Australia at ten years old after enduring the challenges of living in a refugee camp. Ahmed has grown to become one of the most prominent leaders in Australia’s Somali community; supporting Somali migrants through initiatives that provide support and care to Somali families. Ahmed is an advocate in his community.

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Claire Anderson

Claire Anderson

Case Manager - Stakeholder, Engagement, Communications & Projects Coordinator

Claire specializes in project and stakeholder engagement, providing research, project development and implementation, as well as collaborating with various stakeholders in government, not-for-profits and the private sector.

Claire has worked in numerous roles in the not-for-profit sector in South Africa, Ghana, the Middle East and Australia;
working in the areas of community development, human rights and women’s empowerment, with a particular focus on promoting women’s rights in West Africa.

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Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan

Operations Manager

Richard is a highly experienced Operations Manager in the employment services sector. Over the past twenty years, Richard has worked in operational, management and consulting roles for a variety of not-for-profit organizations’ and also within the private sector.

Richard has a specialist’s interest in the employment services sector, having worked for large employment service providers and consulting firms.

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Abeba Belay

Abeba Belay

Employment Manager

Abeba Belay is of an East-African background. She came to Australia as a refugee and has lived in Australia for more than 26 years.

She is an energetic, ambitious and emotionally intelligent person who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that she undertakes or situation that she is presented with.

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We provide a range of services with sustainable outcomes for young people of diverse backgrounds

Rajwant Kaur

Rajwant Kaur

Case Officer

Raj is a Case Worker and Administration Assistant with over five years’ experience in providing client-orientated services focused at improving client’s wellbeing.

Raj specializes in community services, having completed her Diploma of Community Services in 2015. Additionally, Raj has specific knowledge and experience in mental health and alcohol and other drugs. She is passionate about improving the
quality of life of the disadvantaged and understanding the everyday issues the disadvantaged community are faced
with.

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Michael Nowara

Michael Nowara

Counsellor

Michael is the passionate and engaging Counsellor at iEmpower. Michael joined the team at iEmpower in March 2018 and has engaged with many clients in his time here. Michael has a range of passions, he is very passionate about stand-up comedy, however he found his calling in helping others. Nothing makes him happier than to see a client overcome their personal hurdles and the positive changes they have made to their own lives.

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Candy Travers

Candy Travers

Employment Case Officer and Administration Assistant

Candy was born in Liberia and migrated to Australia in 2008. Since migrating to Australia, Candy has pursued her interests and passions for the justice system by studying a Bachelor in Criminal Justice. Candy started at iEmpower in 2016, she works
as an Administration Assistant and Case Officer, specializing in employment services.

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Hser Gay Soa

Hser Gay Soa

Bilingual Support Worker

Hser Gay was born in Myanmar and raised in Thailand, migrating to Australia with his wife and two young children in 2015. Hser Gay is a Bilingual Support Worker at iEmpower and has been part of the team since late 2017. During his time at iEmpower, Hser Gay has worked closely with the Karen community to support them in the Scrubs project and assisting them to achieve positive outcomes.

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Freya Wang

Freya Wang

Accounting and Finance Officer

Freya is the Accounting and Finance Officer at iEmpower, providing financial and administrative support to iEmpower staff, clients and stakeholders. Freya joined iEmpower in late 2017 and has since been responsible for preparing and managing budgets, preparing financial statements and managing all accounting and financial records. She is also the key point of contact for other departments on financial and accounting matters.

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