GDM Consulting brings together consultants who have spent the majority of their careers working in the field with communities, having been involved in community development, program management, research and strategy.
Our consultants have experience in academic, mining, corporate government and non-government industries. Such experience allows the consultants to operate at a highly conceptual level that always bears in mind how strategies will work on the ground, fully aware of the challenges of operating in developing and resource poor countries.
We have a strong network of advisors and partner consultants in Australia, Africa and South America including IndiEnergy Ltd, The UWA Centre for Social Impact, The Africa-Australia Mining Industry Group and many more.
Gabriella de Mori, Managing Director
Gabriella is a passionate and perceptive international development professional who has worked in Australia, Zambia, Angola and South Africa representing several ASX listed companies. She has the experience and ability to work in a fast paced corporate environment, as well as in rural areas with tribal community leaders with just as much ease.
Having worked with various community and traditional structures, including tribal committees, Government structures and community based organisations, she has developed the necessary tact, intuition, diplomacy and first rate communication skills to represent her clients and mediate between a range of stakeholders, defining mutually beneficial outcomes.
With a background training in qualitative research, Gabriella excels at community research and engagement that incorporates the perceptions, needs and interests of all stakeholders invested in a project. Her co-authored research articles are published most notably in the Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies and the Australian Journal of Education. Other papers are published and presented at teaching and learning, migrant health and research forums across Australia.
She brings to the Corporate Social Responsibility scene real grassroots experience of working in urban and rural African community development projects. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge on the complex nexus between poverty, health, culture and development in sub-Saharan Africa and is able to synthesise and package this information to deliver effective communication tools to both community and client through social investment and community development strateiges. She excels in critical thinking, creative solutions, and contextualised communication.
Gabriella holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Anthropology and Development Studies) and a Master of International Health, both from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.
Community engagement strategies, community assessments, corporate social investment strategies, international health and development, writing and critical thinking, project implementation, research and analysis, human interest case studies, relationship building and working with community leaders.
Jenny Ramautarsing, Senior Consultant
Jenny is a senior Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility specialist who brings a wealth of international knowledge and expertise to GDM Consulting. Jenny has previously worked as the Sustainability & CSR Specialist for BHP Billiton, Senior Corporate Affairs Advisor for IAMGold Corporation and Stakeholder Management Advisor for both Zinifex and Oxiana Ltd.
While at BHP Billiton in the head office, Jenny oversaw the international community engagement projects, developed and initiated community partnerships with environmental groups, and was in charge of organising the Health, Safety, Environment and Community program and two of its international award ceremonies.
Jenny has lived and worked in South America, Southern Africa, South East Asia and Australia as a successful champion for both the communities and companies she represents. Such experience has enabled Jenny to intuitively understand community needs and expectations, with garnered experience on how to manage conflicting expectations and needs, without unsettling either the host communities or the corporate environment.
She utilises this wealth of knowledge to design effective and non-complex sustainability business models to enhance quality and effectiveness within organisations. She excels in building trust amongst stakeholders, creatively designing win-win sustainability projects and effective stakeholder communication models.
Jenny holds a Masters degree in Corporate Public Affairs from Melbourne Business School. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Communications and studied Corporate Social Affairs at Melbourne Business School.
Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and policy development, high level Government engagement, health impact and risk assessments and sustainability business models.