Our trainers

Dr Tulika Saxena, PhD – Training Consultant 

Tulika has more than 15 years’ research and field experience in gender equality, gender mainstreaming and gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace.  

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. 

Tulika is an Our Watch endorsed national trainer. 


  • 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. 


Ciára Duggan – Training Consultant 

Ciára brings a decade of youth engagement and community development experience to their role as Youth Programs Team Leader and Training Consultant at YWCA Canberra. Ciára has extensive experience working with sexuality and gender diverse people and delivering innovative educational programs in schools in the ACT.

Ciára has led YWCA Canberra’s LGBTQIA+ Allies Prom since 2015, an opportunity for young people to experience a formal style event and express their identity in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment.

Ciára is an Our Watch endorsed national trainer.


  • 2018 – Diploma of Leadership and Management, YWCA Canberra
  • 2014 – Diploma Community Service Coordination, Train4Life
  • 2013 – Certificate IV Training and Assessment, Train4Life
  • 2011 – Certificate IV Youth Work, Canberra Institute of Technology
  • 2011 – Certificate III Disability, Canberra Institute of Technology
  • 2007 – Certificate III Computer Animation, AIE
  • 2007 – Certificate III Children’s Services, Canberra Institute of Technology




Daisy Ulain – Trainer and Assessor 

Daisy comes from a family of teachers and professors, so when she chose education as a career path at a young age it was no surprise. 

Daisy has worked as a Primary School Principal and Teacher in Pakistan and continued her career in Australia as an early childhood Director and Trainer and Assessor. 

One of Daisy’s key strengths is her ability to empower students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and create an inclusive, vibrant and supportive learning experience. 


  • 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, Hindi Urdu, Pushto, Hindko, Saraiki and has a fair knowledge of Bangla and Punjabi. 


Izabela Lisiecka – Trainer and Assessor 

Izabela has more than 10 years’ experience as an Early Childhood Educator, Manager, Director and Trainer for both private and not-for-profit organisations.  

Izabela believes all children should learn about the concepts of equality and social justice to create a fair and inclusive society. 

Izabela is passionate about working with diverse people and communities, and empowering her students to lead. 


  • 2017 – Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Plenty Training, Queensland 
  • 2009 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, The Sydney Business and Travel Academy, Australia 
  • 2008 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, The Sydney Business and Travel Academy, Australia 


Izabela is fluent in English and Polish. 


Rebecca Norris – Trainer and Assessor 

With a life-long passion for education and training, Rebecca began her career as a level 1 casual educator as a young adult. Her experience of acquiring a Diploma in Children’s Services ignited her interest in helping other adults pursue tertiary education in a supportive and flexible way.  

As a Trainer and Assessor in early childhood education and care, Rebecca brings more than 20 years practical and academic experience to the role.  

Rebecca is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood. 


  • 2019 – Certificate III Business Administration, YWCA Canberra, Australia 
  • 2008 – Advanced Diploma Children’s Services, Axis Development (now trading as Centre of Professional Learning and Education), Canberra, Australia 
  • 2004 – Diploma of Community Services, Children’s services, Centre-based Care, CIT, Australia 



Our coordination team

Vicki Green – Education and Training Coordinator 

Vicki leads our education and training unit and has over nine 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 




Dr Daniel Nguyen – PhD, Quality and Compliance Officer 

Daniel has more than 15 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.