RDA Sunshine Coast is a small, passionate team dedicated to strengthening, building and empowering the region.
Our community-based organisation’s vision is to create an innovative, dynamic, connected and sustainable Sunshine Coast.
A Federal Government initiative, we identify local priorities, align resources, engage stakeholders and play a key leadership role in engaging our local community in change and innovation.
Research and Grants Coordinator
Paul has more than 25 years’ international strategic and operational leadership experience, in sectors as diverse as logistics, international humanitarian aid, digital media and social impact.
He has performed CEO, Managing Director and Board-level (NED) roles in high-growth start-up SME to established national and global enterprises.
Paul also has more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian digital media industry, served on the Board of the United Nations International Children’s’ Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Australia, led commercial organisations both in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region, and was a member of the Sunshine Coast Council Knowledge and Professional Services High Value Industries Task Force.
Most recently, Paul was the CEO of The UnLtd Foundation, the media, marketing and advertising industry foundation focused on undoing youth disadvantage in Australia.
Paul has also coordinated emergency humanitarian operations in Rwanda and Kosovo for CARE Australia. He has a post graduate certificate in Change Management form the Australian Graduate School of Management.
As an experienced international development professional, Ariane brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as Research and Grants Coordinator at RDASC.
She specialises in helping businesses and purpose-driven organisations to access the funding they need to reach their potential. Ariane achieves this by leveraging her expertise in strategic partnership engagement, evidence-based program design and results-based project management.
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, Ariane has spent the last 15 years living and working abroad in development contexts and humanitarian emergencies. In her recent roles, she led project development and fundraising for a variety of international organisations, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, ACTED and Action Against Hunger across Europe and Africa.
She recently founded global business Sprout Projects, offering a range of support services for purpose-driven organisations. Ariane has written successful grants ranging from $5,000 to $40 million across a wide range of sectors. She has led teams mobilising over $200 million in funding to support organisational growth and crisis response, locally and globally.
Ariane is passionate about supporting businesses and organisations to become increasingly viable, sustainable and relevant. In her new role as Research and Grants Coordinator, she aims to support the RDASC in promoting innovation, attracting investment to the region and connecting businesses and organisations to funding opportunities.
Ariane would like to see the Sunshine Coast established as an example of excellence, with RDASC becoming a driving force for inclusive and sustainable regional development.