About Us 2017-06-20T12:25:06+00:00

ABOUT SONDER AUSTRALIA

The definition of Sonder speaks to the powerful yet sometimes intangible connection that we all have with our fellow human beings, and an honouring of the values of empathy and compassion. We strive to embody the spirit of Sonder, not only through our authenticity and reliability, but through the provision of a high quality service that seeks to support the individual while strengthening their connections with the world around them.

WHO WE ARE

After having enjoyed challenging professional careers all over the world in government and the private sector, the Sonder Team recognised the increasing complexity of risks and dangers faced by travelers, students and workers abroad.

Sonder Australia was founded to support better outcomes and lifestyle experiences for all in Australia and abroad, by connecting those in need of advice or assistance with trusted locals who can help.

At Sonder Australia, we aim to assist travelers through access to new technologies by connecting them to the support they need. From preventative advice on security, safety and welfare issues, to immediate crisis or general welfare response solutions, our team of experienced staff offer dedicated care and support, so you can get on with enjoying the journey.

THE SONDER TEAM

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CRAIG COWDREY / Managing Director

Prior to co-founding Sonder Australia, Craig worked as a corporate lawyer and as a diplomat representing Australia’s interests overseas, including in China. Using his professional experience and the network he developed during careers in the private and public sectors, Craig co-founded Sonder Australia with Chris and Peter to ensure that international students and general travellers can access the support they need to be happy and successful.

CHRISTOPHER MARR / Director

Chris is a former Australian Army officer who spent more than 18 years leading Australian soldiers on operations all over the world; during which time he developed broad experience in planning and implementation as well as building high performance teams. Chris’ alma mater is the University of New South Wales (UNSW), from which he was awarded a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and is currently completing postgraduate studies. Chris is very proud to have co-founded Sonder and to be invested in supporting the safety and welfare needs of general traveller as well as better education outcomes and lifestyle experiences for international students.

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CHRISTOPHER MARR / Director

Chris is a former Australian Army officer who spent more than 18 years leading Australian soldiers on operations all over the world; during which time he developed broad experience in planning and implementation as well as building high performance teams. Chris’ alma mater is the University of New South Wales (UNSW), from which he was awarded a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and is currently completing postgraduate studies. Chris is very proud to have co-founded Sonder and to be invested in supporting the safety and welfare needs of general traveller as well as better education outcomes and lifestyle experiences for international students.

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PETER BURNHEIM / Director

Peter is a former Australian Army officer with nearly two decades of experience successfully leading a variety of difficult operations around the world. As a co-founder of Sonder Australia, Peter brings a wealth of experience in solving complex problems in challenging environments. He is passionate about using these skills, and the networks he has developed around Australia in government and the emergency services, to help general travellers and international students have a safe, enjoyable and productive time living in or visiting Australia.

LINDSAY MELVILLE / Manager Operations

Lindsay joined the Sonder Australia team following a successful fourteen-year career in the Australian Army. During her career as an Army Officer, Lindsay developed a high degree of problem solving expertise against the backdrop of complex and diverse environments across the globe. Lindsay has also completed a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland Business School and in doing so identified an aspiration to evolve her career from the Public to Private sector. It is Lindsay’s experience of working with highly motivated and professional individuals, together with a desire to continue to improve the lives of others, which inspired her to join Sonder Australia.

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LINDSAY MELVILLE / Manager Operations

Lindsay joined the Sonder Australia team following a successful fourteen-year career in the Australian Army. During her career as an Army Officer, Lindsay developed a high degree of problem solving expertise against the backdrop of complex and diverse environments across the globe. Lindsay has also completed a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Queensland Business School and in doing so identified an aspiration to evolve her career from the Public to Private sector. It is Lindsay’s experience of working with highly motivated and professional individuals, together with a desire to continue to improve the lives of others, which inspired her to join Sonder Australia.

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HARRY FENG / Senior Advisor

Harry Feng came to Australia at age 16 from Ganshu Province, China, to study at high school in Sydney. While studying in Australia provided a great opportunity for an eye-opening experience, Harry found the difficulty of adapting to the new environment to be extremely challenging. He experienced feeling vulnerable, lonely and lost. Although Australia is a very multicultural country, Harry found that the lack of support tailored to meet the particular needs of international students caused many troubles for not only him, but also many if not all of his friends.

At Sonder Australia, Harry helps to provide 24/7 professional and personalized assistance to international students to not only help them achieve their academic goals, but also have a great time while in Australia.

THE APP TEAM

Sonder Australia works in partnership with The App Team, a technology agency specialising in the creation of exceptional mobile apps and websites that delight users. The team are expert developers, web devs, creatives, and business-savvy marketers. The App Team is proud to be working with Sonder Australia in the development of key technology infrastructure supporting the delivery of services and support to Sonder Australia users.

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THE APP TEAM

Sonder Australia works in partnership with The App Team, a technology agency specialising in the creation of exceptional mobile apps and websites that delight users. The team are expert developers, web devs, creatives, and business-savvy marketers. The App Team is proud to be working with Sonder Australia in the development of key technology infrastructure supporting the delivery of services and support to Sonder Australia users.