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Welcome to our new team members

Our people are our greatest asset. We are delighted that many passionate professionals joined us in FY18, bringing deep expertise from a range of sectors. Meet some of our team.

Maia Ambegaokar
Maia is a Director in the SVA Consulting team. She leads client engagements, manages consulting teams and provides strategic and intellectual guidance as required across strategy implementation and evaluation.

Prior to joining SVA, Maia worked as a management consultant and policy adviser in health, international development and women’s rights. She has held executive and managerial positions at Abt Associates in Australia, Planned Parenthood in the United States and the World Health Organisation in Switzerland.

“I firmly believe that management matters. Implementation – what some people dismiss as a ‘black box’ – is the essential link between savvy strategy and high-impact outcomes.”



Jason Eades
Jason is a Director in the SVA Consulting team. A proud Aboriginal man born and raised on Gunnai country in south-east Victoria, he has deep passion
and experience in Indigenous affairs.

Prior to joining SVA Jason was the inaugural CEO and a co-owner of PwC Indigenous Consulting. In 2016 Jason was recognised by the Prime Minister as an Indigenous Innovator and Entrepreneur. He holds a number of board positions with organisations including Culture is Life and the Australian Indigenous Mentor Experience (AIME).

“Creating impact through a strengths based approach is a key motivation for me. Harnessing the full potential of SVA excites me when I think about the impact we can have for Australians experiencing vulnerability. It allows me the opportunity to build on my deep knowledge of working with Indigenous people and apply it more broadly.”


Michael Lynch
Michael leads the Impact Investing team at SVA, which links socially-oriented organisations with a need for capital to a network of investors by developing and managing a range of impact investment instruments.

Michael has 25 years of banking and financial markets experience in Australia and Europe at organisations including CBA, Merrill Lynch, UBS and Societe Generale, across a range of management and product roles. He was previously a board member of the Sylvanvale Foundation.

“Working with a team of passionate, intelligent people, committed to generating solutions to complex social problems is a constant source of inspiration when working at SVA.”



Pauline Ho
Pauline oversees the program development, evaluation and community leadership of the Learning Impact Fund. Prior to working at SVA, Pauline was a teacher practitioner for
seven years and later led several federal and state-funded projects in the education and health sectors.

Pauline has a PhD in Education from the University of Sydney. Her PhD thesis investigates the impact of policy and curriculum on the academic and social outcomes of
academically disadvantaged students.

“Every child deserves a quality education and the opportunities to succeed in school and life. Providing the right supports early is critical to reduce disadvantage. At SVA, I have the opportunity to work with and across systems, governments, schools and practitioners to improve schooling for all children.”