Jaki was born and raised in Garramilla (Darwin) on Larrakia Country is currently ANTAR’s Secretary and also Director Social Justice and Regional Engagement at Fred Hollows Foundation.
Jaki was born and raised in Garramilla (Darwin) on Larrakia Country, and is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, with ancestral links to the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi Peoples of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, traditional family ties with the Gurindji Peoples of Central Western Northern Territory and extended family relationships with the people of the Torres Straits and Warlpiri Yuendumu NT).
Jaki’s professional journey includes Hospitality; Secondary Teaching; and, over 18 years in the Australian Government spanning a variety of portfolios, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Health and Aged Care programs, and some 8 years within the Australian Department of Defence. Jaki joined The Fred Hollows Foundation in April 2012 and has held key leadership roles,
including Country Manager of the Indigenous Australia Program (2012-2017) and Regional Programming Director roles (2017 – 2020) encompassing program implementation across Australia, Pacific (Trachoma and programming through FHFNZ), Timor Leste, Philippines, and Indonesia. In 2022 Jaki is leading the Social Justice and Regional Engagement Team within the Office of the CEO, with a focus on health equity, elevating the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and allyship.
Jaki is also a Board Director of Vision 2020 Australia, Thirrili Ltd and convenes the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) First Nations Special Interest Group and a member of the National Advisory Board for the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.
Jaki has a personal and professional commitment to do whatever she can to improve the health and
wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Peoples are leading decision making, and also advocating for the right to good health for
those most marginalised across the Australia/Pacific/Oceania regions.