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About The Gomo Foundation

We are guided by an experienced team of Directors who uses their knowledge across various sectors to lead our Foundation toward our strategic goals.

Rugare Gomo
Founder & Director

Rugare is the Founder of our Foundation and a passionate visionary. He started this Foundation with a deep desire to provide opportunities for other young African children, so they too can create exceptional lives for themselves. We are constantly inspired by Rugare’s success since coming to Australia at the age of 16, as he is now a successful lawyer, entrepreneur, business advisor and philanthropist.

Jeremy Weeks
Co-founder & Chairperson

Jeremy has been with the Gomo Foundation for the last four years, working tirelessly to set up the great Foundation we have today.
Jeremy is a successful lawyer and is very passionate about furthering societal development through women’s education.

Jo McConnell
CEO & Director

Jo has more than 20 years’ experience helping complex, global businesses to change, grow and perform through people. She is passionate about helping people and organisations reach their potential, central to which is levelling the playing field to ensure fairness and equality.
Jo has recently held senior leadership roles at Latitude Financial, South32 and BHP, both in Australia and overseas.

Sinead Booth
Director

Sinead is the previous CEO of the Gomo Foundation and an accomplished professional who advocates for the education of disadvantaged young women. Having started her career in management consulting working across Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, Sinead is passionate about using education as a means to empower our female leaders of tomorrow as she has seen the impact this can have on developing nations.

Geoff Donovan
Director

Geoff has over 40 years experience practicing law, and his expertise extends to corporations law, director’s duties, insurance, litigation, governance, risk and compliance, charities and not for profit law. Geoff is passionate about human rights and a better world through equality, particularly with regard to the education of girls in developing countries. Geoff is also a regular presenter for Leadership Victoria on governance and strategy for not-for-profit organisations.

Jyotee Patel
Director

Jyotee Patel is a dynamic and results oriented professional with over 15 years of experience in various facets of local and international businesses across Property, Oil, Information Technology, Banking and Finances industries.
‍Jyotee is a member of CPA and a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Lisa Short
Director

Lisa is a transformational strategist with a passion for education and business growth and improvement. As a highly respected senior advisor to government, peak industry bodies and business, Lisa brings entrepreneurial skill and executive governance experience to the Gomo Foundation.