Our People

Mary MacKillop International is an organisation that is about people; the achievement of our mission is dependent on the dedication, engagement and contribution of many people, including our partners, supporters, volunteers, Board of Directors and of course — our staff.

All these people are part of a dedicated movement to continue the legacy of Mary MacKillop and to “Find happiness in making others happy” (Mary MacKillop 1889).

Our key staff are:

kirsty-photo-croppedKirsty Robertson

Kirsty Robertson has been the CEO of Mary MacKillop International for the past two and a half years. Prior to joining MMI Kirsty lived, worked and travelled in over 40 countries including Ethiopia, Nepal and Brazil and has spent the past two decades working in the field of International Aid and Development for various NGOs.  Kirsty is an anthropologist with an avid interest in maintaining indigenous cultures while empowering communities through education.


Alipio Baltazar

Alipio Baltazar is MMI’s Timor-Leste Country Director, and currently manages a team of over 32 national staff at our office in Dili. Alipio has a Bachelor degree in education from the National University of Timor Lorosae (UNTL), a Diploma of Transitional Justice in Cape Town University of South Africa and a Masters of Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. Prior to joining MMI, Alipio worked across numerous organisations in Timor-Leste including at the Asian Development Bank, the Indonesia/Timor-Leste government of Commission Truth and Friendship and the Asia Foundation. Alipio is a passionate advocate for social justice and is committed to achieving sustainable development outcomes through accountable business operations.

Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson works at Mary MacKillop International (MMI) as our Timor-Leste Program Coordinator.  Prior to starting work at MMI, Emma spent over two years living in Timor-Leste, where she worked at a local peace-building NGO implementing community development projects.  Emma is passionate about the use of creative arts, such as music and drama, as a tool for both education and trauma-healing.

Sophie Jenkins

Sophie Jenkins works as Mary MacKillop International’s Project Officer and currently manages MMI’s community development work in Peru and Papua New Guinea. Having attended a Josephite high school, Sophie has always admired and respected the work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in providing education and support to those most in need. These years shaped Sophie’s passion for social justice, and contributed to her desire to pursue studies and a career in international development.

Laura Blanchard

Laura works at Mary MacKillop International (MMI) as our Global Education officer where she builds relationships with Josephite schools in Australia. Using her experience as a senior school teacher in Australia and abroad Laura works with students to develop their understanding of MMI’s work overseas and the catholic social teaching as well as the Josephite principles that underpin our development practice. Laura’s passion about the role of education for social justice that saw her seek a career in teaching has led her to pursue post- graduate study and a career in international development.

Gina Bradley

Gina Bradley was born in Mexico, and after marrying an Australian moved to Sydney over 25 years ago. Gina has been working with Mary MacKillop International for Ethica accessories, specialising in quality fair trade products from Peru for nearly a decade.  She is passionate about giving marginalised and impoverished women in Peru the opportunity to earn a fair income by making products to sell in Australia and paying a fair wage for those products.