Jacqueline Pascarl


Jacqueline Pascarl is an experienced CEO in the NGO/NFP sector. She worked extensively in media and produced the award-winning documentary ‘Empty Arms – Broken Hearts’.

Jacqueline established a child literacy initiative, ‘Operation Book Power’ in Kenya, and was special advisor to Nelson Mandela on his READ Educational Trust. She was appointed Special Ambassador for CARE International (later Patron) and was an emergency aid worker in Bosnia, Kosovo, Turkey and East Timor.

She is an expert on The Hague Convention and International Parental Child Abduction and has lectured at the US State Department and DFAT.

Jacqueline conceived Operation Angel in 1997 to champion the needs of women and children in war and disaster zones.

In 2011 she was named an Ambassador to His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, and in 2012 was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for her work in the Balkans, East Timor, the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Christchurch earthquake and Japan.

Jacqueline was appointed by the Australian Government as National Vice Chair of the Australian Defence Force Reserves, the first woman to be appointed to the Executive.

Although Australian born, her background is Jewish, French, Irish, British and Chinese, and as a teenager, she was better known as The Princess Yasmin of Malaysia.