Apra-Australia was established in 2017 as an Incorporated Association. It is governed by a Committee, elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting for a 2-year term.



Steven Bärwald

Associate Director, Prospect Development, University of Sydney

Steven joined the University of Sydney as Associate Director, Prospect Development at the start of 2020. He has over 10 years of management experience and has worked across sales research, operations, e-commerce, market research and HR tech. In his current role, Steven has designed due diligence methodologies and principles and adapted to managing people remotely. He is also experienced in CRM database management and reporting, strategic analysis and data analytics, pipeline management, and process improvement. Steven is passionate about putting prospect development in the Aussie and Kiwi vernacular and is committed to further growing and engaging members through professional development opportunities with Apra Australia.

Vice President

Priya Kanji

Prospect Research Analyst, University of Auckland

Priya has been a Prospect Research Analyst at the University of Auckland since 2012 and has been actively involved in the largest fundraising campaign in New Zealand history. In her current role, she helped establish a prospect management system, and, along with her colleague, is responsible for developing and implementing policy, procedures and strategy in relation to prospect research and management. Priya. is an inaugural committee member of Apra Australia, serving on the board since 2018. During this time she has been involved with helping organise the annual conference, implementing and facilitating the mentorship program and discussion forum, supporting various other committee initiatives and activities, and helping to promote Apra Australia membership to New Zealand-based peers. Priya is committed to helping further develop this chapter to better serve its members and is passionate about raising more awareness and advancing the field of prospect development in New Zealand.


Pauli Kautoke

Product Owner, Marketing and Communication, University of Queensland

Pauli is the University of Queensland (UQ)Product Owner, Marketing and Communication overseeing Advancement transformation from a uniquely Prospect Development perspective. He joined the UQ Advancement team in 2014, was appointed as the Advancement Information Services Manager in 2016, and as Manager, Prospect Development 2018 - 2022. Pauli has managed a range of comprehensive tools and services to support fundraisers at UQ with prospect identification, research and relationship management and is experienced in CRM management, business intelligence and data analytics. Prior to joining UQ, Pauli led various IT initiatives in the Kingdom of Tonga. Pauli is passionate about moving prospect development in Australia and New Zealand closer to the standard of top international universities, implementing the latest technologies, business intelligence, data analytics, and best-in-class solutions to improve the quality and efficiency of our work.


Adriana Sung JP

Manager, Customer Success, Advancement Services, University of Sydney

Adriana has worked in Advancement at the University of Sydney since 2015, spending the past five years leading the prospect research and alumni relations teams prior to commencing in her current role in 2020. In the division, Adriana also led the UX and change management streams during the procurement and deployment of a new CRM, receiving an award for the successful implementation of the first enterprise-level CRM transformation performed remotely from the Vice Chancellor and Vice Principal (Advancement). Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Adriana ran various innovative programs and teams at NIB health fund and at the University of Newcastle for over eight years. She served on the University of Newcastle Services board for two years, followed by being an Executive Board Member of University of Newcastle’s Alumni Council from 2011 to 2016. At the end of 2019, Adriana was invited to share her expertise with her alumni community once again as a member of the newly formed Alumni Advisory Committee at University of Newcastle. She also has board experience as a Director of tech start-up DroneTech and has been serving the wider community as a Justice of the Peace (JP) for NSW since 2006. Adriana is eager to drive and enable strategic opportunities for the members of Apra Australia, further enhancing program offerings to best support our member experience and continue to build our professional profile and weighting in the sector.

Ordinary Committee Member

Victoria Coyne

Manager, Prospect Development and Research, Western Sydney University

Victoria has been the Manager, Prospect Development amd Research at Western Sydney University (UWS) since 2013, serving six major gift officers across prospect research, analytics, due diligence and portfolio management.. Prior to becoming a prospect researcher, Victoria spent more than 20 years as a fundraiser, working in the education, international aid, welfare, aged care and medical sectors, and was a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia's (FIA) NSW Chapter Executive. Victoria is an inaugural member of Apra Australia and joined the committee in 2019. She has also been a member of Apra International since 2013 and has attended two international Prospect Development conferences, as well as hosting the 2018 Apra Australia conference at UWS. Victoria is committed to contributing to the growth of the profession in Australia and New Zealand, in terms of number, capacity, and influence.

Ordinary Committee Member

Stephanie Kenéz

Researcher, Philanthropy, Arts Centre Melbourne

Stephanie has worked in the prospect development field since 2016. She spent approximately three years in the higher education sector at Deakin University where she worked with a team of researchers to complete proactive and reactive research across various faculties and project, including preparation work towards a future campaign. In 2019 she moved to her current role at Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM), the first dedicated prospect development role for the organisation. In her current role, Stephanie has worked to establish various processes related to prospect development and best practice approaches to information storage in the organisation’s CRM, as well as ensure that ACM is campaign ready as it continues to move into the quiet phase of their capital campaign. Stephanie is passionate about expanding Apra Australia to better represent non-university members and ensuring they provide opportunities and content relevant to members of both small and large shops.

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