Staff Group: Our Staff

Hannah Benhassine

Hannah Benhassine resides on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country.

Hannah is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and International Relations at the Australian National University (ANU). Throughout her degree, she hopes to develop her knowledge of legal and government systems, whilst fuelling her interest in social justice and human rights.

Hannah is passionate about community engagement, equity and fostering positive outcomes.

Hannah begun her time at AIGI as an Aurora Foundation Intern, and now works as a Research Assistant. In this role, she provides support and assistance to the Research and Resources Team. Notably, she has been involved in the knowledge translation process, helping to develop updated factsheets and informative videos about the Indigenous Governance Toolkit.

Mollie Wright

Mollie Wright currently resides on Kabi Kabi country.

Before joining AIGI, Mollie worked in a variety of administrative roles and has over three years’ experience in government and 6 years’ experience in the private sector.

Mollie is passionate about supporting Indigenous empowerment and looks forward to working in a role dedicated to supporting the advancement of Indigenous peoples with an organisation that promotes social equitability.

As a Project Officer: Business Development at AIGI, Mollie supports strategy execution (from an operational and administrative perspective) by sourcing philanthropic partnerships, implementing compliance measures and streamlining internal processes.

Tahu Stanley

Tahu is a Māori man from Aotearoa New Zealand, descending from the Ngāi Tahu, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Mutunga, and Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi (tribes).

Tahu lives and works on Wangal Country in Western Sydney and is dedicated to supporting the advancement of Indigenous peoples as cultural, social, and environmental knowledge holders vital to sustainable development.

Ella Syme

Ella was born and raised on Arrernte country and currently resides in Naarm (Melbourne).

Ella has a background in social science and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, where she completed a double major in Anthropology and History (honours).

Before joining AIGI, Ella worked as a writer and content creator.

Abbey Wright

Abbey is a proud Gomeroi woman from Orange (Wiradjuri Country) in NSW. Abbey is working and living in Awabakal country and is passionate about supporting Indigenous empowerment through governance and strength-based approaches to social issues.

Elise Lane

Elise is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Central NSW and was born and has spent most of her life in Awabakal country. She is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement and working to create programs and opportunities that address real world challenges and promote social change.

Jessica Ling

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Jess is a qualified legal professional experienced in prosecuting native title claims in the Federal Court of Australia on behalf of traditional owners.

Collette Brown

Collette’s people are Barada Barna from Central Queensland. Collette comes to AIGI with more than 20 years experience in government and 7 years experience in the mining industry.

Jessica Bulger

Jess Bulger is Wiradjuri from Tumut and Brungle in country New South Wales.

Jess grew up in a big proud Aboriginal family, connected to culture, on country, involved in her community and fortunate enough to witness strong community governance and leadership through effective Elders.

Jess has based her career on the belief that as Aboriginal people we have always known the solutions for our communities and possess the ability to lead them. Jess began her career as a high school teacher and then worked in the higher education and not-for-profit sectors over the past 15 years. She is passionate about Indigenous governance and leadership and seeing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities thrive.

Jess also serves as Co-Chair of Outward Bound Australia and External Co-Chair of the GHD RAP Advisory Committee.