Our trainers

Dr Tulika Saxena, PhD, Training Consultant 

Tulika has more than 20 years of research and field experience in gender equality, gender mainstreaming and gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence, sexual harassment in the workplace and primary prevention of violence against women.  

Tulika manages our domestic violence support service and delivers training on:

  • bystander intervention
  • domestic and family violence awareness for ACT Public Service, community services practitioners and employers
  • workplace equality and respect
  • Teaching Respect Ed, a primary prevention program for young people and school teachers.

Prior to joining YWCA Canberra in 2019, Tulika worked at Brisbane Domestic Violence Services, Micah Projects Inc as a domestic violence specialist and has international experience in training, facilitation, program design, service delivery and academic roles. 


  • 2016: Doctor of Philosophy (Arts), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 
  • 2005: Master of Arts (Gender & Development), Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, United Kingdom 
  • 2001: Master of Arts Sociology, Kanpur University, India 
  • 1994: Bachelor of Science, University of Lucknow, India. 


Tulika is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu and has a fair knowledge of Bangla and Punjabi. 

Daisy Ulain, Senior Trainer and Assessor 

Daisy is very proud to work for an organisation that provides culturally and linguistically diverse women, who represent the majority of our current student cohort, with accessible and inclusive training and education. Daisy has a rare ability to truly connect with her students in a deep, meaningful way both in regard to understanding any difficulties they are having within their studies but also supporting them as a whole person. She is someone people feel comfortable trusting and opening up to, and rewards that trust, including by actively developing connections within the children’s services sector to create opportunities for our students to succeed.

“Being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background myself, I feel I can provide holistic and empathetic support as a trainer. I work with the students in their whole lives, not just their studies.”


Within the team, Daisy has an excellent eye for where we could improve our procedures and the ability to determine how to implement change in a positive way. She has led several large-scale changes that have resulted in a more efficient service delivery.

  • After consultation with coordinators of the Inclusion Support Program (ISP), I incorporated Strategic Inclusion Plan in our training package, enabling our students to apply for funding on behalf of children with additional needs, in their services.
  • Led Cert III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care projects to fully digitalise, redesign and redevelop assessment tools for our early childhood education and care qualifications with the team of expect.
  • Proactively developed a network of other trainers from various RTOs across the ACT to ensure awareness of service improvements and have an avenue to seek input from formal groups of VET Professionals.
  • Contributed to continuous improvement including recording discussions and recommendations made during moderation meetings. I have also worked to increase the moderation of our assessment tools.
  • Developed the skills and knowledge required to train the “Infection control skills set” course to remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Her meaningful consultation with a broad range of stakeholders and local community women had led to an increase in the cultural diversity and inclusivity of the student portfolio of YWCA Canberra.
  • Supported students who were affected by domestic violence in finding job opportunities so that they could gain financial independence and provided linkages to support services.


  • 2018: Bachelor of Teaching, Charles Sturt University, Australia 
  • 2014: Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, YWCA Canberra, Australia 
  • 2014: Diploma of Management, YWCA Canberra, Australia 
  • 2001: Bachelor of Education (Primary), Gomal University, Pakistan. 


Daisy is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi, Saraiki and Punjabi.


Mariah Terry, Trainer and Assessor 

Mariah started out studying her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as part of her Higher School Certificate, she realised at an early age she had a passion for working with and being an advocate for children, this prompted Mariah to complete her Diploma once finishing school.

Throughout her six years in the sector, Mariah has worked in all types of services including running play groups aimed at supporting young Aboriginal mothers, long day care services and school age care services.  She has worked in various roles within a service, most recently as an assistant director where she shared her knowledge and passion with others.

Mariah enjoyed collaborating with other educators so decided to complete Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in order to become a trainer and assessor of Early Childhood Education and Care.


  • 2014: Certificate III in Children’s Services TAFE NSW
  • 2017: Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, CIT
  • 2020: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, CIT Solutions.
  • 2022: She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management, YWCA Canberra


  • English

Our coordination team

Vicki Green, Education and Training Unit Manager

Vicki leads our education and training unit and has over 13 years’ experience in vocational education and training in the not-for-profit sector.  

Vicki commenced her career as a hair dresser and since joining YWCA Canberra has mastered a range of diverse roles including finance administration, program coordination, and now leads our team of trainers and assessors. 

When she isn’t managing the team, responding to student enquiries, or supporting our reporting and compliance processes, Vicki can be found in her garden or running half marathons. 


  • 1983: Secretarial Studies, NSW TAFE
  • 2023: She Leads Diploma of Leadership and Management, YWCA




Dr Daniel Nguyen, PhD, Quality and Compliance Officer 

Daniel has more than 18 years experience working in registered training organisations (RTOs) in Australia and New Zealand in a range of compliance, management, administration and training and assessment roles. 

As Quality and Compliance Officer, Daniel ensures we maintain a high quality of delivery and compliance according to the VET Quality Framework, Australian Skills Quality Authority, ACT VET Standards and relevant legislative requirements. 


  • 2012: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, YWCA Canberra 
  • 2009: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Australian Institute of Education Academy 
  • 2001: Masters in Financial Management, Australian National University 
  • 1999: PhD in Economics, Australian National University 
  • 1994: Master’s in Economics of Development, Australian National University 
  • 1982: Bachelor of Informatics, Engineering-Economics, Leningrad National Engineering-Economic University, Russia. 


Daniel is fluent in English and Vietnamese.