Melbourne Development Circle aims to provide a warm, friendly forum, where people working, or interested in the development, social enterprise and humanitarian sectors in Australia and overseas, meet together regularly to do a combination of the following:

  • Interact with engaging speakers from the sector
  • Meet new friends and make professional connections
  • Share information
  • Possibly work together on useful outcomes for the development sector

The Melbourne Development Circle Theory of Change outlines what we want to achieve and how we can contribute towards that positive change in the development sector.



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Past events have featured discussion about:

  • Women in development
  • Shared value and public private partnerships
  • Working with Aboriginal Communities: Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Practice
  • Innovation, Opportunity & Risk in Social Enterprise: An evening of food & conversation with YGAP
  • Melbourne’s 2015 Social Purpose Forecast – Networks and Practice for Social Change
  • What does gender have to do with it? A case study of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all
  • Tumultuous Times: Aid Cuts & Partnership Impacts

With speakers from a wide range of agencies including:

  • International Women’s Development Agency
  • CBM
  • WaterAid
  • Plan International Australia
  • TEAR Australia
  • World Vision
  • Save the Children
  • Australian Disability and Development Consortium
  • Australian Volunteers International
  • Donkey Wheel House
  • Women’s Melbourne Network
  • Monash Sustainability Institute
  • Campaign for Australian Aid
  • Reconciliation Victoria
  • YGAP
  • Australian Youth Climate Coalition
  • Kinfolk
  • School of Life
  • Oxfam

Tell us what topics want to hear about or contact us if you have any questions, would like to get involved or speak at an upcoming event.

Leadership Team 2020

Ju-Lin Lee, President

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Promoting nutrition outcomes in rapidly urbanising lifestyles in Mongolia was Ju-Lin’s entry into the development sector. She now does similar work with disadvantaged communities in Melbourne leading the dietetics/diabetes education unit at a community health organisation, along with child public health research. Ju-Lin looks forward to sharing stories about reducing health and social inequities through MDC.

Rachael Wilken, Vice-President

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Rachael is a dedicated not-for-profit professional, with experience supporting social change internationally and in Australia. She has done a bit of everything from resource development and operational support, to quality management and governance. Rachael brings her experience in events and her love of a good process to keep the MDC team on track to create a vibrant community for MDC members!

Martin Pritchard 

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Martin’s motivation to work in development began with the inequities of global trade and finance systems. A career in IT and sustainability evolved to co-founding Pacific Research & Evaluation Associates which focuses on consulting on project design, training and evaluation. Martin has held environment and social justice volunteer positions and now looks forward to making a difference in the development sphere as President of MDC’s leadership team.

Megan Jones

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Megan entered the development sector researching and advising on child protection matters in Nepal. She now works with community service organisations in Australia to ensure family safety and wellbeing programs meet various quality assurance requirements. Megan joined MDC to stay connected with the development sector and encourage others to do the same by sharing their experience and knowledge.

Jessica Plummer, Communications and Engagement Manager 

Jessica is a communications consultant who has worked and volunteered in the development sector in the UK, Australia and the Pacific since 2010. A trained project manager, she specialises in digital and social media, event coordination and partnerships. Jessica is looking forward to strengthening MDC’s relationships with its community and increasing its online presence.

Vanessa Miller, Events Manager 

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Vanessa brings her project, events and volunteer management skills to her role as Events Manager. She has previously been involved in organisations like; TEAR Australia, Oaktree and the Salvos. Over the last few years Vanessa has spent time working in the Northern Territory, Canada and Papua New Guinea. She is currently studying her Masters in International Development Practice at Monash University.

Harry Quealy, General Member





Harry is currently studying a Master of International Development Practice at Monash University. He has a wide range of interests in the development field, particularly in areas of natural resource management, climate change and gender. Along with the MDC, he currently volunteers at ActionAid and previously has volunteered at the Red Cross, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and has interned with the UNDP Sri Lanka. Harry is really excited to meet new and like-minded people through the MDC.

MDC Co-Founders


Lexi Randall-L’Estrange, Convenor and Event Manager 2011-2013, Treasurer 2014, 2017-2018

Kelly Rae, Co-Founder, Convenor 2014-2015, 2017

Kelly Rae, Co-Founder, Convenor 2014-2015, 2017

Ian Jones, Social Enterprise Guru 2011-2014, Co-Founder

Ian Jones, Social Enterprise Guru 2011-2014, Co-Founder

Chris Piper, MDC Leader 2011-2013, Co-Founder Website:

Chris Piper, MDC Leader 2011-2013, Co-Founder

Foundation Steering Committee

Lexi Randall-L’Estrange, Chris Piper, Kelly Rae, Ian Jones, Lucinda Hartley, Kirk Fisher, Dr. Simone Buzwell.

Leadership Alumni

Emily Steele, Lucy Norton, Ángela Estévez Megías, Blaise Murphet, Sophie O’Halloran, Dan A’Vard, Ian Jones, Chris Piper, Chloe Piper, Melissa Reid, Petr Svoboda, Felicity Sowerbutts, Tanya Francis, France Pitt, Ashleigh Peplow Ball, Susanne Newton, Rebecca Green, Chrissy de Silva, and Charlotte Beresford.