CEO & Founding Director
Abarna is the Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of Palmera. She has been pivotal in achieving Palmera’s exponential growth and achievements since its founding, taking the organisation from a small association of young volunteers seeking to make a difference, to one of the few Australian-government accredited NGOs undertaking development programs in Sri Lanka. In her role, Abarna is responsible for establishing and assisting social businesses in Sri Lankan and through other countries in South East Asia, building partnerships with local partners, developing the organisation’s fundraising strategy, and energising a network of committed volunteers. Abarna’s not-for-profit experience is supported by over a decade of experience in corporate sustainability. Abarna was formerly a Strategy Consultant for Social Ventures Australia, working with clients to increase their social impact. Prior to that, she held the role of head of Sustainability, Diversity and safety at Leighton Holdings, and before that, she advised numerous listed companies and government bodies on sustainability, policy and risk in PwC Australia’s sustainability team.
Abarna works with Palmera on a Full time paid basis as part of our Hub team.