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

Paul McCarney
Executive Chairman

Paul is a consultant, investor and entrepreneur in the Digital Technology and Marketing space.

He has been involved with ICMEC Asia Pacific as a board member and APAC Financial Coalition Against Child Sexual Exploitation member for several years. He was a driving force for the establishment of the ICMEC Australia office and the support of Westpac that established our remit to grow local partnerships and collaborations with financial crimes teams, regulators and LEAs to facilitate digital and partnership solutions in the CSE space.

As Executive Chair he leads the Board in ensuring our mission to detect, report and prosecute CSE is met across all organisational functions.

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.

Ritu Bhandari
Non-Executive Director

Ritu has over 15 years financial crime compliance and risk management experience, having held senior financial crime risk roles in banking and regulatory organisations. She is currently the Head of Financial Crime Frameworks, Intelligence & Regulatory Affairs at Westpac Banking Corporation and prior to that worked at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and The Australian Transaction Reports & Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). Ritu is a member of the Fintel Alliance Management Committee and plays a key role in financial crime risk industry forums. Ritu joined the ICMEC Australia Board in August 2022 and is committed to collaborating with organisations in the public and private sector to counter child exploitation.

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