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Child Wise is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Save the Children Australia group. The Board of Child Wise consists of Paul Ronalds, Michelle Scott, Larry Kamener, Paul Ronalds and John Zoltner.

Paul Ronalds

Paul Ronalds is one of Australia's leading voices on poverty eradication and international development. He joined Save the Children Australia as Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. 

He is committed to ensuring Save the Children leads the way in child rights, humanitarian response, healthcare and education – helping children everywhere fulfil their potential. 

His diverse background encompasses senior executive roles in government, the private sector and domestic and international non-government organisations (NGOs). 

From cofounding one of Australia's first online companies to assisting tsunami-affected people in Sri Lanka, Paul's experience gives him unique insights into some of the world's most significant social, economic and political challenges. 

Paul has been a director of Child Wise since it was acquired by Save the Children effective 31 December 2017.

Michelle Scott

Michelle Scott was appointed the inaugural Director of the McCusker Centre for Citizenship at UWA in October 2015. 

The Centre is focused on building greater capacity in the community to understand, contribute and positively impact on social issues. 

Michelle has over 30 years’ experience leading and influencing government and community organisations to address and reduce contemporary, complex social challenges. 

She has also been an independent statutory officer, including as WA’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People (6 years), and Public Advocate for WA (5 years). 

Ms Scott is also currently the Co-Chair of the WA Government’s Supporting Communities Forum. 

Michelle has been a director of Save the Children since November 2019 and a director of Child Wise since November 2019.

Larry Kamener

Larry Kamener is a Senior Adviser and former Senior Partner in the Boston Consulting Group. 

During his time with BCG, Larry founded and was the inaugural leader of BCG’s Global Public Sector Practice. Prior to joining BCG he worked as an economist in the Australian and Victorian Governments’ Treasury Departments.

Larry founded and is now the Chair of the Centre for Public Impact, a BCG Foundation based in London and is also the Chair of Teach for Australia and of the Strategic Advisory Council for the Bastow Institute of School Leadership, as well as a Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company. 

Larry has been a director of Save the Children since September 2019.

John Zoltner

Zoltner is a globally recognized leader in applying information and
communication technologies (ICTs) to accelerate humanitarian and development initiatives that serve the world’s most marginalized children and their communities while, at the same time, safeguarding them from the risks that technology introduces.

John leads the Technology for Development (T4D) practice at Save the Children US, and the T4D Strategy Steering Group for the Save the Children Alliance to ensure the global federation is using technology in safe and ethical ways to improve the efficiency, scalability and overall
impact of international development and humanitarian initiatives.

He believes in using whatever technology works to benefit children, from low-tech radio communications to help students continue to learn while displaced from their schools, to the use of Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing to protect children from online grooming by sexual predators. 

John is an advisory member of the WePROTECT Technology Working Group and the Western Sydney University’s Young and Resilient Research Centre. 

He speaks frequently during global events on the topics of technologies to keep children safe online, online child protection, efforts by technology companies to increase trust and safety on their platforms and digital child safeguarding.