our executive

The Chief Executive Officer of IBA oversees the day-to-day administration of the organisation and is supported by the Executive Management team.

 

 

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Kirsty Moore

Chief Executive Officer
Kirsty joined IBA in 2018 after three years as a senior director with the WA Government where she had responsibility for business development, low deposit home loans, shared equity and asset management of the $14.5bn WA social housing asset portfolio. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Kirsty has a strong background in technical accounting, corporate governance and commercial finance. Prior to joining the public sector, Kirsty worked for National Australia Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Kirsty manages the agency to increase alignment across areas, help to develop and drive key strategies to find long-term funding solutions for IBA to ultimately benefit our customers and the communities we serve, and support the growth of the business.
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Dee Garcha

Chief Financial Officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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Sean Armistead

Executive Director, Government and Public Relations
Sean’s traditional lands are located at Padthaway in South Australia from the extended Potaruwutj family of the Tatiara region and has worked serving Indigenous communities around Australia over the past decade.

Sean joined IBA in June 2020, he is an experienced executive in corporate, community and not for profit sectors. He has managed and delivered nationally award-winning programs impacting communities throughout Australia in collaboration with Federal and State governments resulting in the employment of more than 900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and tens of millions of dollars procured through Indigenous businesses.

His community engagement involved co-founding CareerTrackers, and board membership across multiple foundations.  Sean is a member of the alumni council at the University of Melbourne.
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Damien Coke

Executive Director, Business Services
Damien is from the Yorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba nations of north-central Victoria and a Yuin man from the south coast of NSW. 


Damien joined IBA in June 2022 after three years as Chief Operations Officer at Reconciliation Australia.

In previous roles with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade he worked in 12 countries representing Australia on issues from human rights to environment, education and health policy.


Damien has also been an activist, mediator and holds degrees in International Relations Theory and Asia History from the Australian National University. Through this education and foreign postings, Damien has negotiated international agreements, such as leading the negotiations for Australia at the UN Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on the regional implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Outside of IBA, Damien provides cultural motorbike tours for people to engage with a variety of Traditional Owners groups through his own business. By combining his passion for riding motorbikes with opportunities to make personal connections with Traditional Owners groups, lands, science, foods and other aspects of First Nations cultures, Damien’s tours help to improve knowledge of the pre-colonial and post-colonial histories and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Kia Dowell

Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation
Kia is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia.

Kia joined IBA in October 2017 after 10 years as a business owner involved with strategic advisory and consulting, international sporting and events management. Across her career, Kia has focused on creating spaces for greater visibility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, minorities, women and young people. She believes in the power of storytelling to reshape the way we form our beliefs, how we value each other and our contribution to improve the world for the next generation. 

Kia holds her MBA in International Business, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management, is a graduate of the AICD and Executive alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School for Business. She has received scholarships through CEW and the Roberta Sykes Foundation and was a Division I college athlete at the University of Texas – El Paso (UTEP). Her board and committee experience spans across construction, tourism, mining, human rights, Aboriginal cultural heritage and is currently Chair of Gelganyem Limited. 

As head of Strategy and Innovation, Kia oversees the development, implementation and monitoring of IBA’s corporate and strategic plans, research and evaluation, policy and strategic partnerships.

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Faysal Fassi

Executive Director, Products & Markets
Faysal joined IBA in 2016 after 15 years in the small business and start-up space. He launched his first company when he was 25, and grew the business until it was acquired by a multinational company. He set-up and managed a tech business incubator backed by the World Bank before joining a telecom operator as their Customer Service Director. Faysal resumed his entrepreneurial career by co-founding several start-ups on four continents, one of them winning multiple awards in Europe.

Faysal holds a Master of Economy & Finance, is a graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors, and attended the Stanford Executive Program for Growing Companies.

As head of Products & Markets, Faysal leads the organisation service delivery, including home lending, business lending, investment and capability building offerings.
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Shanti Rama

General Counsel, Legal Services
Shanti joined IBA in 2015, and has more than 15 years of experience as a commercial lawyer with roles in both private practice and in-house. She has practiced in the Northern Territory and New South Wales on a diverse range of significant transactions and major projects for clients including Aboriginal groups, statutory entities, and listed and private companies. Before moving to IBA, Shanti worked at the Northern Land Council, based in Darwin. Shanti has degrees in law and medical science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a strong determination to achieve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As the head of Legal Services, Shanti is responsible for providing legal support and services to IBA, and plays a key role in overseeing IBA’s governance.

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