As the first of her family to attend university Jo Arnold is acutely aware of the value of education and opportunity to rural children. She has woven a career as an educator and communicator beginning in geology and branching into adventure travel, small (but global) business, government and business consulting. Jo has been fortunate to journey in the developing world, climbing and trekking among mountains with her husband and friends, and later as a guide. Many of the skilled guides, cooks, porters and instructors she worked with hailed from the mountainous east of Nepal, where advantages are limited. Jo is bringing her passion and diverse skills to the HDFA and its programs, commencing in the remote Kangchenjunga region in the east of Nepal. work: Research student of geology (Honours, PhD) University Lecturer at the University of Queensland, Grants advisor for the Australian government's Industry department Co-owner and operator of a small but global tour operating business, DCXP, Chessell Adventures Specialist R&D business consultant with respected accounting firm KPMG.