Jacqueline Pascarl is an experienced CEO in the NGO/NFP sector consulting widely in the sphere of government and media relations, advocacy & leadership. She has worked in radio, television, and documentaries- her productions include the international award-winning documentary ‘Empty Arms – Broken Hearts’.
In 1995, Jacqueline established a child literacy initiative, ‘Operation Book Power’ in Kenya, building schools throughout wider East Africa, in South Africa she was a special advisor to President Nelson Mandela on his READ Educational Trust. In 1998, she Was appointed Special Ambassador for CARE International (later Patron) and worked as an emergency aid worker in the war & disaster zones of Bosnia, Kosovo, Turkey and East Timor.
She is recognised internationally as an expert on the Hague Convention and International Parental Child Abduction, and has lectured at the US State Department and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Unition, United Kingdom and the International Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children.
Awarded the UN Special Commendation for the International Year of the Family, and two recognition awards from the national Center for Missing and Exploited Children, USA, Jacqueline has been a high-profile lobbyist on human rights, women’s rights and refugee issues. Her best-selling books are published in 28 languages.
She conceived Operation Angel in 1997 to champion the needs of women and children in war and disaster zones and continues this relief work in Australia and regionally during times of natural disaster and emergency. Jacqueline functions as CEO and main donor interface.
Nominated six times for Australian of the Year, she was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal in 2012 by the Governor General of Australia for her work in conflict zones – the first female recipient (Balkans and East Timar) and latterly, additional clasps for her work in Indian Ocean Tsunami, Christchurch Earthquake and Japan, post Tsunami. 2011 saw her named as an Ambassador to His Holiness, The Dalai Lama.
Appointed by the Australian Government as National Vice Chair of the Australian Defence Force Reserves (making her the first woman on the Executive) Jacqueline also served as Chair of Clinical Research, Endocrinology (Fund raising) at the Royal Children’s Hospital, along with several other hospital & medical boards including the Alfred Hospital Prostate Cancer. She was asked by the Chief of Australia’s Defence Forces to advise him on mental health & welfare for partners and spouses of all 10,000 Defence Members across Army, Air Force and Navy.
Jacqueline sat as an executive director on the board of ANVAM (Australian National Veterans Arts Museum) overseeing Community Relations and Communications.
July 2020, saw Jacqueline appointed to the Board of Project Rozana (the only woman on the board of directors) – groundbreaking health and medical initiative to promote peace and understanding between Israel and the Palestinian territories and to provide medical treatments for children and women, training for Health professionals and more recently, respiratory ventilators valued at USD 350K to better combat the COVID19 scourge in Hebron and the West Bank. In addition, she is now devising on an innovative Medical Research project involving Haddassah Hospital in Israel and Monash University which aims to extend the Nephrogenesis development and kidney health in premature babies and achieve better health outcomes for people with chronic kidney disease.
Although Australian-born, her background is British, French, Irish, Jewish & Chinese, (she grew up on a dairy farm in; Gippsland as a teenager, she was better known as HRH The Princess Yasmin of Malaysia, ( a senior member of their Royal family) and attracted international prominence when her two eldest children became victims of parental abduction, for over l4 years she battled tirelessly for their return, in addition to assisting in the safe and legal repatriation of over 390 abducted children around the globe. Jacqueline speaks 8 languages, has a Masters in Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action, studied people Management in Humanitarian Settings, & Fundamental Principles – International Law, and undertook Observer protocols Accreditation with the OSCE, and a World Health Organisation Certification in Public Health – Refugee & Camp planning. She is a member of the Hampton RSL and active fundraiser for their welfare programmes, walking 100kms in (2020/21 to raise funds during Covid Lockdowns.