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With a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Irene is ideally placed to building the bridge required in cultural exchange between host families and au pairs from around the world. Through Melbourne-based social enterprise 99aupairs, Irene helps families to reduce the stress of managing in-home care – be that childcare, aged care or disability care.
Irene’s “why” is to help as many mothers as possible to get back into workforce and ensure they stay independent, in so doing inspiring the next generation of women to build their support networks regardless of their ambitions. In a bid to further advocate for better chances for women, 99aupairs has partnered with not-for-profit organisation Muskaan Bhopal that supports girls from India's slum areas to stay in school longer and avoid forced child marriages.
Irene is also wife to her trailblazer, feminist husband who has twice spent periods at home to care for their two kids as Irene worked hard to build the business.