Leading child rights and development agency Plan International Australia has today announced Susanne Legena as its new CEO to further the organisation’s mission of championing girls’ rights and lifting children out of poverty.
Susanne Legena joined Plan International Australia in 2011 as Executive Director of its Advocacy and Community Engagement Department and has recently acted in the role of CEO. She has extensive experience at a senior level in Government and in various leadership roles.
Plan International Australia Chair of the Board Gerry Hueston congratulated Ms Legena on her appointment.
“Susanne has been a highly respected and valued member of the Plan International executive team for six years,” Mr Hueston said.
“Her passion for Plan International, her unwavering commitment to creating a brighter world for children and her bold vision for the future of Plan International Australia truly impressed the selection committee and the Board.
“We are confident Plan International Australia is in very capable hands and we hope our valued supporters and colleagues in the development sector will join us in welcoming Susanne.”
Ms Legena said she was thrilled to lead such a great organisation at a seminal point in its history.
“Every day, simply due to the lottery of life, children are born into situations where they are unable to realise their potential. Girls are one of the most disadvantaged groups on the planet and the time is right to turn this around,” Ms Legena said.
“Plan International Australia is an organisation that not only works for children but works with them and puts their hopes, desires and dreams at the centre of everything that we do.
“I believe Plan International Australia’s team are talented and passionate and it is a privilege to work alongside them to strive for a world where all children can realise their true potential.”
About Plan International Australia: Plan International Australia works around the world to tackle the root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice for children. Plan International strives to make girls truly visible: acknowledging their power and potential, and taking a stand when they are exploited, discriminated against and silenced – this includes abroad and in Australia.