Created in 2011, Small World Stories is a strategic communications and multimedia production company. We want to see our world thrive. With storytelling at the heart of our approach, we work with international and local non-profits to create campaigns and content designed to inspire positive social change.

Our perspective is shaped by the experiences and expertise of our core team who has worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Australia with the United Nations, Red Cross Movement, private consultancy firms and in the media. Our growing network of associates are a group of talented photographers, videographers, designers and extraordinary communicators.



Lisa Hiller-Garvey has lived and worked in South Asia, the Pacific, and Europe for the past 13 years. She has devised and led numerous UN communication efforts, often in crisis response situations.

With academic qualifications and practical experience in journalism and professional communication, she has sharp writing skills and her work has been published in Australia, the United Kingdom, Asia and Europe.

Nigel Hiller-Garvey has more than 28 years field experience in development throughout the world, and has spent the last seventeen years working as a video editor and cameraman. Nigel has filmed, edited and produced numerous videos for United Nations and non-government organizations on topics including: governance, health, and crisis recovery.

Prior to Small World Stories, Nigel worked with non-government organizations as a trainer and project manager. Nigel has qualifications in video documentary production, editing, video sound production, and engineering.

Macarena Aguilar is trained as a journalist and holds an MA in development studies. She has worked for the past 14 years with a range of international humanitarian and development organisations in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia as a communication and advocacy expert.

Macarena has managed emergency response communication efforts and designed longer-term multimedia campaigns on a range of topics. Her ability to broker partnerships around creative communication initiatives has been a key element of her work.

Rebecca is a creative communications specialist, a former journalist and an experienced sustainability professional.

Over the past decade she has managed communication projects throughout Australia, Asia and Latin America for international brands and development organizations including the United Nations, the Global Environment Facility and WWF.

With her expertise in human centered design and storytelling, Rebecca is passionate about delivering exciting communication solutions that inspire lasting movements for change.

When she is not in the office, Rebecca spends time in nature with her camera and running shoes.

Mar has over ten years of experience developing brands for a wide range of international governmental and non-government organizations. An exquisite and creative designer, Mar has a unique ability to translate narrative into compelling visuals.
Jen King Associate
Jen initially trained and worked as a registered nurse across various health specialties before turning to journalism, giving her more scope to share the stories from our communities. She spent eight years as a digital producer, sub-editor, social media producer, and features reporter with ABC News and is now working in the health sector, promoting education and learning. Jen is also passionate about writing obituaries, which are, of course, nothing to do with death but all about a life story.
Anna-Chmielewska team

Ania Chmielewska is a graphic designer, web developer and copy writer. For over 15 years she’s been working with clients and agencies all over the world. 

She’s a trained Project Manager and content creator.

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Teresa is a freelance documentary filmmaker with over six years experience producing, directing, shooting and editing short video content.
While working as a camera assistant on several TV series (Discovery Channel, Channel 7, Stan, TEDx), Teresa completed her first solo short documentary series about human-animal connections stories around Australia. “Through Their Eyes” is now available on DocPlay and on Qantas inflight entertainment. In May 2020, ABC Australia picked up Teresa’s first feature documentary about crocodile behaviour around humans.

With a Master in Social Anthropology, Teresa is currently living in Vietnam filming several humanitarian and animal rights short films, building herself up to work across the whole Asia-Pacific region.


Dave Arnold is an award-winning, Sydney-based filmmaker who brings a wealth of international experience gained across a variety of commercial and independent productions.

Just as comfortable behind the camera as he is in the editing suite, Dave’s versatility, combined with his distinctive visual and narrative-driven style, has contributed to a dense portfolio that ranges from advertising to television, documentary and news.

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Edwina has trained for five years in Visual Media and Photography, and has been working in the Education and Private sectors for the past six years for universities and cultural / natural history establishments.

She also freelances as a Photographer, Video Editor, Animator and Multimedia consultant.

Katrina is a social media expert with experience in both the public and private sectors. Katrina specializes in developing social media strategy, best-practice and engagement that support organizational efforts to achieve their goals.

She holds qualifications in both public relations and international politics, and began her career in Environment and Climate Change communications.

Richard Edkins is a film maker and artist working with video, sound, photography and other media. Recently his documentary, Black Swan Story, was broadcast on Channel 4 (UK).

Richard holds a Master of Arts and also teaches Media Production and Media Arts in higher education settings. Find out more about Richard,

Karen Bristoll is a photographer who specializes in public relations and press photography. Her work has been published in a range of newspapers and magazine across the United Kingdom.

Karen has a passion for all visual mediums and often collaborates on film projects. She works with a range of clients in the public and private sector and, whenever she can, hits the road to capture the wider world on film. 


Maria José Ciller is a graphic designer with more than 15 years experience. Most of her professional life has been dedicated to developing social awareness campaigns in the environment and education sectors.

Her working tools are clarity, simplicity and creativity for messages to have a greater impact and trigger social mobilization.

After studying Media and Communications Claire has worked in media production across various roles in the Television Industry.

Claire has worked across News & Current Affairs, Lifestyle, Factual Entertainment and Documentary for public broadcasters, commercial networks and independent production companies.