International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Australia Ltd
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Meet The Board

Kara Nicholls
Non-Executive Chair

Kara has a wealth of experience in senior executive, Board and advisory board roles.

She has over 27 years’ experience in senior executive positions across ASX listed, private entity, startup and NFP organisations, and has held both corporate and NFP board Chair positions.

Kara’s expertise across industry in governance and risk, combined with her passion for, and deep understanding of the non-profit ecosystem drives her focus on helping us to ensure we deliver on our mission of facilitating enhanced detection, reporting and prosecution of CSE to save children from harm.

Anna Bowden
Chief Executive Officer

Anna brings extensive experience in impact investing, philanthropy and impact strategy to her role as CEO.

Having worked across government, social impact organisations, foundations and consulting, she provides a deep understanding of governance, social impact and the need for outcomes-focussed programs.

With an emphasis on building new models for social impact across the globe, Anna’s affinity for the vital work of countering child sexual exploitation, combined with a natural connection to innovative solutions to the world’s wicked problems, makes her a passionate leader, driven by ICMEC’s mission.

Bob Cunningham
Non-Executive Director

As a highly experienced non-for-profit leader, Bob believes we must be able to do better than this for children. Bob has been President & CEO at International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children since 2018.

Bindu Sharma
Non-Executive Director

Global executive with expertise in policy analysis and formulation, grants management, strategic planning and institutional capacity building. Bindu as been leading the ICMEC program in the Asia region since 2009. Bindu is also chair, the Asia Pacific Financial Coalition Against Child Sexual Exploitation, a cross-sector collaborative initiative in the fight against online commercial child exploitation. 

Jon Rouse APM
Non-Executive Director

Jon Rouse is one of the world’s most recognised and influential figures in the fight against child sexual exploitation. He has 39 years’ law enforcement experience with QPS, 26 of those years spent leading Task force Argos. He accepted the ‘Champion for Children’ Award in 2018 from ICMEC and was awarded the QLD Australian of the Year in 2019. He is the recipient of numerous QLD and National Police Awards and is the ambassador for several Australian Child Protection organisation. Jon joined the ICMEC Australia Board in December 2022 as part of his continued commitment to protecting and saving children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Martin Ivanov
Non-Executive Director

Martin is an experienced leader in banking and financial services, with over twenty years’ experience in compliance, risk and financial crime. He currently heads up Global Financial Crime at Westpac Banking Corporation and brings both a local and global perspective to the ICMEC Australia Board through his work in Australia, the UK, the US and the Nordics.

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