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About the Setterlunds

Rod and his wife Deborah live in Brisbane, Australia and they are both authors to many wonderful books.


They have been involved with Nepal Australia Friendship Association (NAFA) since 2000. Rod has been President of NAFA since 2007 and Deborah is NAFA's Research and Evaluation Officer. 

Both Rod and Deb have travelled to Nepal each year for the past 20 years (with the exception of 2021 due to COVID-19 travelling restrictions), at their own expense, to work with Nepalese partners of NAFA-funded projects. 


Rob and Deb were awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honors List in recognition of their service to the Nepalese people. 

Rod was born in Canada. He completed a Bachelor of Business Administration, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working as an auditor for Price Waterhouse. He met Deb in Canada and in 1978 emigrated to Australia with her.


After living and working as an accountant/administration trainer in Numbulwar, an Aboriginal community in Northern Australia, Rod returned to the University of Queensland to complete his Master's degree in Social Welfare, Administration and Planning. 

Rod worked for the peak community-based Queensland Council of Social Services before joining the Queensland Public Service. His career there spanned more than 20 years, working in policy, funding and management training relating to community-based services, including homelessness, childcare, neighborhood centers, domestic violence and Indigenous-managed NGOs. 

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Since both Rod and Deb have retired from paid work, they have continued to volunteer with NAFA, a role that became even busier after the devastating earthquakes in 2015. Their other joy is sharing time with family and friends, and they are grateful that their two daughters (Kim and Angela), granddaughter (Heidi) and son-in-law (Scott) also live in Brisbane. 

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