i2i Development Global Team
Chairman of the Board – Mr Tony Martens
Mr Martens is a Gunggandji man with cultural ties to Queensland, Australia. Tony is is an experienced executive with a history of working in the public and community sectors across nearly three decades. He is experienced in employment services, career development, government affairs, community engagement, recruitment, business and strategic planning.
Tony’s professional speciality is employment services especially workforce development from pre-employment through post-placement and exit. Tony has secured the design and delivery of a range of i2i Global projects in Latin America and Indo-Pacific.
President and Chief Executive Officer – Mr Darren Godwell BHMS MHK MAICD
Darren is amongst Australia’s most experienced Indigenous executives. He has launched new ventures, achieved commercial viability, boosted social impact, and executed strategy and business development. Achievements include transforming the Stronger Smarter Institute into Australia's biggest Indigenous initiative in education: +64,000 Indigenous students, +1,500 educators trained, over $10m in revenues, financial viability within 12 months. As a Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (Qld) and inaugural Chair of the Board’s Finance Committee lifted revenues from $3m to $22m pa, and a historic 5 year $100m service delivery contract with the Commonwealth government. Launching Australia’s first Indigenous-led social impact fund and intermediary the Lumbu Indigenous Community Foundation.
Darren has served as an Advisor to the World Bank on community-led development, been a Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute NYC and completed business assignments in Shanghai, Barcelona, New York, London and Sydney for global media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG.
Across 25 years he worked with social enterprises, start-up ventures, Indigenous policy, law and justice, financial services, health, social housing, sport and youth, education and community development.
Darren is a descendent of the Kokoberren peoples of Cape York, Australia.
Director for LATAM – Ms Sandra Paillal
Sandra is a proud indigenous Mapuche woman of Chile and a qualified and experienced professional.
Sandra is a businesswoman, a professional Accountant Auditor and a Manager for Auditing Corporations. She is a leader in the development of the indigenous economy of Chile and Latin America, encouraging entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, enhancing the capabilities of indigenous entrepreneurs. Sandra is contributing to the dissemination of indigenous national and international market networking, promoting the development of businesses to ensure competitiveness and sustainability. She is especially known for promoting indigenous development with identity and living in harmony with their environment.
Sandra promotes that, faced with the commitment to having indigenous people contribute to society, the challenge is to capacity develop our indigenous peoples to be part of local economies and wealth.
Daijah is a proud descendant of the Gunggandji people, her cultural ties stemming from Far North Queensland, Australia. Daijah has a key focus on Indigenous empowerment through economic development. She has been a strong advocate for the inclusion of minority groups and in particular, Indigenous women. She holds a Bachelor of Business which equips her with the knowledge and expertise to facilitate Indigenous economic development.
Daijah is experienced in working within the employment and training sector. She has identified the importance of enabling Indigenous persons and women in the workforce to build individual and overall community capacity. Daijah understands the value of engaging both Indigenous business and minority groups as part of this process, and endeavours to have this recognised globally.
Cashelle is an advisor on gender inclusion, participation and empowerment of women and girls, and human rights. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Human Rights) from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law from the University of Melbourne. She is a specialist in intersectional human rights, with a focus on the intersections of gender and culture. For four years, Cashelle worked as a systematic advocate for women with disabilities and commenced a national network for young women and girls. She has experience consulting for numerous private and non-government organisations; has represented the rights and issues of women and girls internationally; and has designed numerous programs, strategies and educational resources for the empowerment of women and girls. Cashelle is passionate about exploring and promoting the views, the creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of indigenous women and girls around the world.
i2i Development Global engages and deploys many Indigenous professionals and other Indigenous-owned and led companies in our contract delivery. i2i Global is pleased to have partnered with these firms:
Their capability covers program design and delivery. Coolamon Advisors understand the diversity that exists across Indigenous Australia, the complexity that this creates for Government’s policy and delivery responsibilities. They have a proven ability to deliver innovative solutions and provide valuable expertise to meet these challenges.