Board Members

Almost all Board Members were previously committee members of ABIE or the Australia Society and among the founding members of our non-profit organisation.

 

Rafael Jaron

Rafael Jaron

Chair

Rafael is the Director of the Public Sector Broadband Practice in Nokia (previously Alcatel-Lucent and Lucent Technologies).

He is an entrepreneurial-minded professional with over 21 years of experience, focused on business and project management, organizational strategy and operations. More than 16 years have been within the telecommunication industry.

Recently, Rafael founded Concept for Change, a German based Not for Profit organization, focusing on projects to foster positive change and support corporate social responsibility through small community activities and international cross country projects (e.g. a creative art project between Australia and Germany, promoting Australian indigenous art within Europe).

Alison Prior

Alison Prior

Vice Chair

Alison first moved to Europe in 2011 and now lives in Brussels with her husband and two children. As a Water Engineer, she is passionate about the use of satellite data to improve global water and environmental management.

Having lived in several countries Alison understands the challenges that can come with moving country and enjoys meeting others who are living and working abroad.

Tematai Carbou

Tematai Carbou

Treasurer

Tematair is currently working as a Project Manager consultant in the Aerospace Industry.

Born in French Polynesia, Tematai has lived in several countries. Before moving to Belgium, he lived several years in Melbourne, Australia where he worked for a Thiess subsidiary and Boeing Aerostructure Australia. He also had the opportunity to follow a Master in Aviation Industry at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Tematai joined the Australian Society sevaral years ago and was instrumental in drawing up the legal documents for our new organisation.

Emma Job

Emma Job

Secretary

Emma is an Australian born research scientist who moved to Belgium in 2014 for her work. In her professional life she loves researching viruses and novel ways to prevent them.

She enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, travelling to experience new cultures and eating delicious new foods !

John Pescod

John Pescod

Webmaster

Presently working as self-employed Project Manager at Procept.be. Previous positions included:

  • Project Manager Very Light Helicopter at Helipark GmbH.
  • Development of a 4 cylinder aircraft engine for Light Sport Aircraft.
  • Owner manager of a multi functional sports centre.
  • Realisation of various residential building projects.
  • Recently self-taught website builder using WordPress.

Previous Board Members

David Demetrius

David Demetrius

Previous Chair of ANiB & ABIE

Dave, although raised in Australia, first in Perth and then on the East coast, has lived in Belgium for more than half his life. He has had an extensive career in business, setting up and running companies not only in Belgium but globally through his company Emadin.

In parallel with his business career, he has been very active in aiding other companies to establish themselves in Europe, through his voluntary executive roles in committees such as ABIE (Australian Business in Europe) and the IoD (Institute of Director) of which he was Chairman for Continental Europe for seven years. Having had roles as Chairmen of ABIE Belgium and the Australia Society, he was instrumental in bringing about the merger of these two bodies into the current ANiB.