Our Leaders - Corethics


Senthan Balachandiran

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Director of Water Treatment Division

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Senthan is an experienced project management professional and former chartered accountant with a track record spanning 15 years in the financial services sector across Australia and the UK. Recently, his professional focus has shifted towards collaborating with organizations that align with his passion for creating a sustainable planet where everyone thrives. His commitment is evident in his dedication to supporting practical solutions and impactful innovation, grounded in a keen understanding of the needs of people and the environment.

Jessica Fenner

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Director of Fundraising

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Jesse has been working with Corethics since 2021, beginning as a grant writing volunteer. With a background in politics and international relations, she is currently studying a Master of Environment, focusing on supply chain sustainability. Her passion for environmental and social justice guide her in both her professional and personal life, where she now lives and works on a permaculture farm in Berlin while volunteering and conducting research remotely. In her new role as Director of Fundraising, Jesse hopes to expand her knowledge and continue to foster a fair and sustainable world.




Melissa Williams

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Melissa founded Corethics after undertaking research in Bali, Lombok, and Sumbawa to understand the impacts of mass tourism on water depletion and pollution in 2017. Melissa brings experience from the charity, private, and public sectors across law, health, and finance. Her skills are broad in project management, human resources, program development, and advocacy. Melissa holds a Bachelor of International Studies and a Diploma of Marketing.

Evangeline Arulrajah

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Board Chair

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Evangeline’s industry nous by way of experience in senior business leadership roles, including General Management, Project and Commercial Executive positions, gives her a dynamic edge and understanding of the drivers of clients, especially Government, as well as the ability to get across complex technical material, specifically in the infrastructure space. She thrives on technical and legal complexity and the ability to simplify it and obtain impressive results for clients. In her role within Government Evangeline has provided strategic policy input and advice to senior executives and has navigated the machinations of Government protocol and intricacies. Her ability to consider issues laterally and formulate innovative strategic solutions was valued. Evangeline is proud to have worked for iconic and ASX-listed businesses in the construction and telecommunications industry in high-profile and business-critical commercial, project management and risk mitigation leadership roles; projects varied from $650 million to $50 billion.

Marnie Coates

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Board Director [Chemical Engineer Expert]

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Marnie is passionate about engaging with people on a personal level to bring about meaningful change within the water industry. As an all-round creative, Marnie is fascinated by what is possible when science and creativity merge. This has been the common thread throughout her career which has spanned the water industry from operational support to plant design, project management to strategic planning.

Yola Bakker

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Board Director [Cultural Expert]

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A multidisciplinary thought leader and creative for change, Yola is an influential leader. Passionate about pursuing actionable sustainability that serves the ongoing demands of humanity, she is committed to using her intersectionality to challenge the status quo of systemic inequalities, building environments that foster higher levels of self-actualisation for all. With a background in performing arts, real estate and consular corps to environmental impact, Yola brings her creative flair and resilience to the Corethics Board of Directors. As a Makassan Moluccan woman, cultural cultivation shapes the definitive set of values by which she works and plays, underpinning her astute business drive that seeks to solve for the better.



Lisa Rebert

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Advisory Board

As the brains (and words) behind two companies – World Alchemists and EditingNL – she helps mission-driven, research-based organizations and businesses around the globe with strategy, branding, content and copy. Lisa has worked extensively for international advocacy, health, gender agriculture and WASH NGOs in digital communications and storytelling.

Daniel Lambert

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Advisory Board

Daniel is an industry leader in water, energy, and resources management and has extensive experience delivering water and sanitation projects in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and South America. He holds a number of technical and advisory positions with Australian Water Partnership, University of New South Wales, Unity Water, Engineers without Borders, Carbon8, RedR, and Operation Water. Daniel is passionate about working with clients and stakeholders to identify, develop and implement smart, sustainable solutions for clients.

Caroline Mbi-njifor

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Advisory Board

Caroline brings a 2+ decade-long career in public and private health sector leadership, in international development and business across Africa. Caroline is an inspiring strategic leader, award-winning director on boards, a businesswoman, coach, and public speaker. Her life’s purpose is to transform the lives of individuals and organizational leaders, driving high performance in the workplace and in her personal life.

Peter Burgess

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Advisory Board

Peter’s career has spanned academic, industry, government and corporate roles, in Australia, the UK and Asia, including with AusAID, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Peter has held academic, governance and advisory board positions with tertiary institutions in Australia, China, Singapore, New Zealand, USA, UK and Sri Lanka. Peter is passionate about education and the importance of implementing learning frameworks that best bridge the education divide between developed and less developed countries at all learning levels.

Reni Lestari

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With 7+ years of senior management experience, Reni is working as a consultant for several firms in the area of project management, strategic planning and partnership, startup, and community development. She is co-founder of Regional Sustainable Future (RSF), a social platform to connect and execute impactful UN SDG aligned projects in the region. Reni is passionate about transformative and practical approaches to solving social, economic, and environmental issues at the grassroots level.

Steve Adamthwaite

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Advisory Board

Steve leads Arup’s NSW/ACT Water Business and drives water strategies centred on implementing sustainable, community-oriented solutions and delivering the best levels of service and infrastructure for the community and industry. He also holds strategic leadership positions with WaterAid NSW, Australian Water Association, and Engineers Australia and was named 2022 National Future Infrastructure Leader and 2022 Young Engineer of the Year. Steve is passionate about solving water scarcity, hygiene and sanitation issues.