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Katia Kullengren


Operations Manager at The Benevolent Society

Awarded a scholarship for University of Melbourne's Strategic Financial Analysis course, March 2013

What sort of work does your organisation do?

My previous role with Social Leadership Australia, a part of the Benevolent Society, provided consulting and open enrolment programs that provide leadership skills that are based on the adaptive leadership model and work towards a broader social purpose.

Describe a typical day's work.

As the operations manager at SLA my role was very varied. I did everything from finances, reporting, strategy and team management.

What were some of the key learnings from the Strategic Financial Analysis course?

The way we make financial assumptions and decisions can actually be calculated more strategically with less room for error. I also learned some interesting ways to analyse financial data and look at risk prevention.

How has it impacted / changed / benefited your role and your organisation as a whole?

This course has been very valuable in understanding and expanding on key financial skills. Times are changing to see not-for-profit organisations requiring the same level of financial capability and accountability as corporates and this course has been key to me understanding how to be more financially business minded and make strategic financial decisions so that my organisation can have the finances to do what it does best, help others and make positive change. Overall it made me more confident in doing my job.

How did you come to be working in the not-for-profit sector?

By chance.

What do you feel is most needed to sustain and build the impact of the not-for-profit sector?

We need to make sure NFPs are treated like any other business by ensuring that they are efficient, streamlined and sustainable.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

I was born I the Ukraine and I still dance ballet. (Which is really a bit of a cliché!).

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"We need to make sure NFPs are treated like any other business by ensuring that they are efficient, streamlined and sustainable."


Following her role as Operations Manager at Social Leadership Australia, Katia has held a position with University of Sydney as the Business Services Manager since November 2013.

In March 2013 ASF awarded Katia a scholarship to attend University of Melbourne’s Strategic Financial Analysis intensive course, which is designed to help NFP organisations make sustainable business and investment decisions.


Annual revenue / size:

Medium - $250,000 - $5m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Social Services

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