Our Board brings a wealth of experience to managing the strategic direction of AWC USA, focusing on driving the effective conservation of all Australian animal species and the habitats in which they live.
Nick has been a Director of AWC since 2020 and was elected Chairperson in 2022. Nick is a member of the AWC Board Executive, and Audit & Risk Committees.
He has spent 25 years in investment banking at Macquarie Group, holding a number of senior management positions during that time including Global Co-Head of Macquarie Capital’s Infrastructure and Energy Group. He is experienced in corporate acquisitions, project finance and principal investing and in the development of infrastructure and renewable energy projects globally. He has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of New South Wales.
He is Chairman of Australian Wildlife Conservancy USA, and a member of the National Council of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the BirdLife International Advisory Group.
Nick has a lifelong passion for the environment and its conservation. He has been involved in a range of environmental causes in Australia and internationally.
Odaria has been an active global philanthropist for the last 20 years. Her philanthropy is focused on the environment, education, the arts, and medical research.
Born and raised in Sydney, she is a committed conservationist and advocate for biodiversity loss and has served as a Director on the Board of Australian Wildlife Conservancy in both the UK and the USA for over ten years.
Odaria holds a BA from the University of Sydney, a BLaws from the University of Technology and a Master in Environmental Law from Pace University, NY. She is a solicitor admitted to practice in NSW.
She is currently the Ambassador for Advance – Connecting Australian Globally based in New York.
Sid Ray is a professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Pace University.
She is married to an Australian and like-minded conservationist, Philip Kearns and have three children and two dogs. The family spent Sid’s sabbatical year, 2010-2011, living in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. They have been actively involved with AWC since 2008 and have visited several AWC sanctuaries including, indelibly, Mornington in the Kimberley.
Having received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MA and PhD from the University of Rochester, Sid has published two books on Shakespeare’s plays, Holy Estates: Marriage and Monarchy in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (2004) and Mother Queens and Princely Sons: Rogue Madonnas in the Age of Shakespeare (2012), and has co-edited multiple essay collections.
Christine has served on the board of Australian Wildlife Conservancy USA for over ten years. Born and raised in Queensland and now based in New York with her husband and two daughters, Christine was educated at the University of Queensland and Harvard Law School (Fulbright and Harkness fellowships) and became a partner in the corporate department of a New York law firm.
Christine has also served as a trustee of Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and the Aurora Foundation and is currently on the board of Resurrection Episcopal Day School.
Working for Australia through the Australian Wildlife Conservancy USA has been the perfect cure for homesickness.
A deep passion for the preservation of Australian wildlife brought Venessa to AWC 17 years ago. She began as a volunteer, supporter, and eventually served as AWC USA Development Director from 2017 to 2023. Venessa joined the board in May 2023.
Venessa was born in Cooma and raised in Sydney, but has spent the last 36 years in New York raising a family and building a business career.
She has been the driving force behind the growth and success of Madison Media Group (an independent production company) since its inception in 2010. Starting as Director of Business Affairs, then Managing Director, she was the critical force behind growing an impressive international client list. In 2020 she was named President of Madison Media Group.