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 DESiGNER
Eva has worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for twelve years. Her work included large-scale complex system wide evaluations where change moves non-linearly and at a rapid pace; there are multiple stakeholders; outcome measures are developed as programs are designed and implemented; and evaluation literacy is variable.
In her role as a monitoring and evaluation specialist, social scientist, program manager and communication for behaviour change specialist, Eva has co-designed formative and summative evaluations and program logics; and co-evaluated and implemented 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. She has also led the prototyping design, testing and implementation of programs, and has considerable experience in evaluation capacity building (ECB) with a number of international and Victorian state governments.
Her international experience brings a diverse range of skills in facilitation and pre-post training evaluations. One example is her work with the Global Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Malaria partnership where she worked at the sub-regional level.
As an evaluator, her social justice values stem from her diverse cultural heritage, life and professional experiences. She is a sixth generation Scottish, Irish, African-Australian who was raised by a Muslim father and Catholic mother.
Eva’s passion lies in participatory approaches for programs and policies with a social justice view — ones that makes the world a fairer and more equitable place for all of us to live and prosper.