LAWYER, FACILITATOr AND DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SPECIALIST
Zione is a global citizen having attended schools in England, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Russia, Japan and Australia. She started her career in intellectual property law and after a brief stint in documentary filmmaking, she reconfigured her experience in law and storytelling to work as a social justice lawyer; working for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Victoria Legal Aid and Women’s Legal Service Victoria.
A lawyer for about sixteen years, she has worked mainly in the areas of family law, child protection, family violence and human rights.
Zione has extensive experience as a law reform and policy lawyer, having sat on the key state government family violence reference and advisory committees during periods of significant legal reforms in Victoria. She was the national co-convenor of Women’s Legal Services Australia and the Victorian co-convenor of Violence Against Women and Children Working Group (VAWAC).
Zione is a trained adult educator with extensive program design and delivery experience. As part of a significant cultural change process, she used her education and facilitation background to develop the first ever train the trainer human rights package by police for police.
Some professional highlights include:
• Developed the first whole sector specialist family violence lawyer/mentor training program for community lawyers; using a systems approach including the Magistrate Court, Police, Barristers and diverse client groups.
• Co-developed the first whole of organisation human rights train the trainer program with supporting policies, resources, guidelines and tools delivered by police for police.
• Presenter at Melbourne University, Victoria University, RMIT and La Trobe University, Leadership Victoria on family violence, social justice and female leadership.
• Delivering the Healthy Relationships In a New Culture program (HRINC) creating family violence ambassadors for new and emerging communities focusing on the child protection, family violence and family law systems.
EVALUATOR AND PROGRAM DEISGNER
Eva has worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist and international public health practitioner for twelve years. Eva has worked on large scale complex system wide evaluations where change is not linear and moving at a rapid pace; there are multiple stakeholders; outcome measures are being developed as programs are being designed and implemented and evaluation literacy is variable.
In her role as a monitoring and evaluation specialist, social scientist and program manager, Eva has co-designed formative and summative evaluations; program logics; co-implemented and co-evaluated programs using quasi-experimental study designs and mixed methods.
She has lived and worked in Australia, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Central, South and West Australia across Health Systems and Policy Research and Education having worked at the bi-lateral, multi-lateral, national and state levels.
During this period, Eva has co-designed multiple program logics and evaluation plans for small, medium, large, simple, complicated and complex programs. Eva has also led the prototyping design, testing and implementation of programs and has considerable experience in evaluation capacity building (ECB) with a number of Victorian State governments and internationally.
Eva also offers skills in facilitation, prototyping and pre-post training evaluations. An example of this work was with the Global Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates-Gates Malaria partnership where she worked at the sub-regional level in west Africa on Health Systems and Policy Research and on a health promotion soap opera aimed at preventing malaria.
As an evaluator, her social justice values stem from her diverse cultural heritage, life and professional experiences. She is a 6th generation Scottish, Irish, African-Australian who was raised by a Muslim father and Catholic mother.
Eva’s passion’s lie in participatory approaches in programs with a social justice lense; those that aim to make the world a fairer and more equitable place for all of us to live and thrive.