Who we are
ABC International Development employs about 25 staff, based in Australia and around the world.
We are part of Australia's only national, non-commercial broadcaster, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Head, ABC International Development
Domenic Friguglietti is Head, ABC International Development. He is responsible for overseeing the management and strategic direction of ABC International Development. Key to his role is coordinating the ABC’s relationships with fellow broadcasters, media-related organisations and donor agencies worldwide. Domenic has worked in the media for more than 24 years directing, designing, implementing and reviewing projects; negotiating contracts and managing relationships. Prior to his work in the development sector, Domenic was Manager Commissioning and Co-productions for the ABC’s New Media Division and was responsible for the development of new media initiatives with state and federal screen agencies.
In 2012, Domenic was appointed to the position of Honorary Fellow to the School of Culture and Communications, Melbourne University. Also in 2012, Domenic was awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrei (Commander Class) by the Kingdom and Government of Cambodia. The medal acknowledged his contribution to the development of media in Cambodia. The medal is conferred primarily on foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia, particularly in the field of external relations and diplomatic services.
Domenic holds a Master of Business degree; a Graduate Diploma in Media, Communications and IT Law; a Graduate Diploma Organisation Behavior; and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Psychology.
Manager, Program Design and Delivery
Wendy provides overall operational management of ABC International Development. Of key importance in this role is maintaining contact with the variety of projects International Development has running and ensuring continuous improvement in how the unit goes about its business. Wendy is also closely involved in the design of new projects to ensure they meet counterpart and funder requirements. Wendy has worked for the ABC for 20 years in roles ranging from sports broadcaster to managing the Corporation’s planning and governance functions.
Manager Finance and Operations
Ellie joined ABC International Development in 2010 to advise on financial management and governance across all projects. Ellie is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years experience in Professional Practice and Industry.
Vipul is responsible for delivering ‘Insights and Impact’ and design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities for our projects. Before joining the ABC in 2011, Vipul worked with BBC World Service Trust in London, where he managed a research project funded by the UN in Mozambique, Viet Nam and Peru. He has supported and managed international research projects in more than 10 different countries in Asia and Africa. He has a Master of Science in Media and Communications from London School of Economics.
As Program Director of our projects in PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Rob is responsible for program leadership, strategic planning and performance oversight. Rob is a highly experienced media executive, leader and project manager. During his 38-year career at the ABC Rob held a number of positions, including 10 years as State Director, Tasmania. Rob also operates a farm outside Hobart Tasmania and has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2005.
Manager Business Development & Strategic Partnerships
Jo is a senior communications professional and manager. She has worked with non-government organizations, the private sector and federal government – including Australia’s international development agency, AusAID. Jo’s expertise spans external, internal and stakeholder communications, and communication for development. Jo is a passionate advocate for strategically using communication processes and techniques to support development and reduce poverty.
Akina joined International Development in August 2011. She is working as a research officer across our projects, with a focus on baseline research and M&E for PACMAS. Akina is also a part-time PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne in the field of media and communications and international development. Her research interests include Communication for Development, media ethnography, the politics of ‘voice’ and anthropology of citizenship.
Project Manager, Learning Design and Delivery
As the Project Manager, Learning Design and Delivery, Tanya works across the department to implement and manage learning and training activities within our projects. Tanya was the National Learning Adviser and Manager International Training (People and Learning Division) before she moved to ABC International Development in 2006. She holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Education, the latter by research, specialising in International Education. Her Masters’ thesis was bilingual English/Indonesian and analysed the role of media as a public educator in the international space.