SPEAKERS

  • Abanob Saad

    Founder, QMEACA

  • Abdallah Al-Tibi

    Multicultural NSW

  • Abdul Aziz Muhamat

    Human Rights Advocate

  • Agnieszka Chudecka

    Multicultural Learning Development Manager, Multicultural Aged Care Inc.

  • Alan Harris

    Noongar Elder and Custodian, Bibbulman Clan

  • Aleem Ali

    Welcoming Cities / Welcoming Australia

  • Ali Akbar Albattaat

    Student

  • Alison Jones

    Youth Transition Support Worker, ADSi

  • Amiel Nubaha

    President, Rwandan Association of Queensland Inc

  • Amro Zoabe

    Multicultural NSW

  • Andrew Giles MP

    Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

  • Ann Foley

    Executive Officer, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council

  • Assoc. Prof Rebecca Wickes

    Monash University

  • Brian Cooper

    Data Analyst, National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

  • Cammy Lu

  • Carmel Carroll

    Community Development Project Coordinator, Diversitat

  • Carmel Guerra OAM

    CEO, Centre for Multicultural Youth

  • Catherine Dell’Aquila

    Acting Program Manager, Youth and Diversity, Western Bulldogs Community Foundation

  • Celia Finch

    Senior Policy Officer – Settlement, Multicultural NSW

  • Charitha Dissanayake

    Ethnic Programs Coordinator/ Program Producer, Mountain District Radio (3MDR)

  • Chris Lacey

    CEO, Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra

  • Christine Ai

  • Chudier Tharjiath

  • Clarissa Adriel

    Client Service Coordinator, Settlement and Community Services, Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

  • Craig Foster

    Sports Analyst, SBS

  • David Manne

    Executive Director, Refugee Legal

  • Deruka Dekuek

    Refugee from South Sudanese

  • Dewayne Everettsmith

    Australian Singer

  • Dominic Hong Duc Golding

    Policy and Projects Officer at NEDA

  • Dr Devaki Monani

    Lecturer in Social Work, Charles Darwin University

  • Dr Helen Merrick

    Research Officer, Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

  • Dr Josefine Antoniades

    Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute

  • Dr Layla Al-Hameed

    Sessional Academic/Researcher, Edith Cowan University

  • Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

    Founding Member, AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council)

  • Dr Nora Amath

    National Manager of Refugee Settlement, Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA)

  • Dr Samantha Croy

    Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)

  • Dr Sundram Sivamalai

    Deputy Chairperson, Ethnic Communities Council, Victoria

  • Dung Tran

    Program Support Manager, Department of Human Services

  • Elizabeth Jeroboam

    Project Assistant, AMES

  • Emiliano Zucchi

    Director, Northern Health

  • Fablice Manirakiza

    Come and See Burundi (CSBU)

  • Faustina Agolley

  • Fiona Jolly

    Chief Executive Officer, Ad Standards

  • Gaetano Greco

  • Gail Ker OAM

    CEO, Access Community Services Ltd

  • Ghassan Kassisieh

    Legal Director, Equality Australia

  • Gini Ennals, Te Ka Myee Paw & Surjen Magar

    Students Against Racism

  • Hana Assafiri OAM

    Social Activist

  • Hanan Ibrahim

  • Hiranthi Perera

    Program Manager, National Community Hubs Program

  • Huss Mustafa OAM

    General Manager Multicultural Community Banking, Commonwealth Bank

  • Ilsa Hampton

  • Jayne Bryant

    Department of Home Affairs

  • Jennifer Dobak

    A/g Director Migration Statistics and Small Population Insights

  • Jesusa Helaratne

    Media Manager, NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

  • Jill Morgan AM

    ECCV

  • Jinu Kavungal Mathew

    Director, Transwings Dance Studio, Artback NT Corrugated Iron

  • Joel Pringle

    Advocacy Campaigner, The Benevolent Society

  • John van Kooy

    Monash University

  • Juliana Nkrumah AM

    Domestic Violence Project Manager, Settlement Services International

  • Juma Piri Piri

  • Kani Kenyi

    Committee Member, African Australian Women's Association

  • Karen Bevan

    General Manager – Service Delivery (Community), Settlement Services International

  • Kat O’Neill

    Community Engagement Coordinator, Settlement Services International

  • Kenny Duke

    Community Services Senior Manager, Access Community Services

  • Kenny Tran

    IYAL Member

  • Khadija Gbla

    Director, Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy

  • Kodjo Lunorphare Folly

  • Kris Pavlidis

    Chairperson, ECCV

  • Kwame Selormey

    CEO, Melaleuca Refugee Centre

  • Lakshmi Jones

    Dream Plan Do Coordinator Support, Community Arts Network

  • Lisa Sainsbury

    Bureau of Meteorology

  • Loar Deng

    IYAL Member

  • Maha Abdo OAM

  • Maker Mayek

    Principal, Mayek Legal, Barristers & Solicitors

  • Malini Raj

    Head of Strategy – Multicultural Community Banking, Commonwealth Bank

  • Manal Younus

    Australian-based Freelance Storyteller

  • Mandi Wicks

    SBS Director of Audio and Language Content

  • Mariam Mgoter

    Student

  • Marie Daix

    Membership and Community Development Officer, Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast

  • Mary Karras

    Chief Executive Officer, Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW

  • Mellisa V. Silaga

    Project Officer, Ethnic Council of Shepparton

  • Memoona Rafique

    Program Coordinator, Relationships Australia South Australia

  • Michael Camit

    NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

  • Michael Zgryza

    Community Services Manager

  • Mohammed Yassin

    IYAL Member, ECCV

  • Monica Kane

    General Manager, Community Arts Network

  • Monisha Sandhu

    Research Officer, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

  • Moreno Grison

    Board Chair of Spectrum MRC

  • Nathan Despott

    Co-Leader, Brave Network

  • Nicole Bissett Laupepa

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specialist, Settlement Services International

  • Nikki Schroder

    Head, Housing and Homelessness Reporting and Development Unit, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

  • Pancha Narayanan

    President, Multicultural New Zealand

  • Paris Aristotle AO

    Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc.

  • Petr Svoboda

    Executive Committee Member, Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN)

  • Prof Andrew Jakubowicz

    Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney

  • Prof Des Cahill OAM

    Chairperson, Religions for Peace Australia

  • Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh

    Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University

  • Rachael McIntyre

    General Manager nbn™ local, NBN Co

  • Rhanna Collins

    Executive Editor, Indigenous News & Current Affairs, NITV

  • Ring Mayer

    South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria (SSCAV)

  • Robyn Martinez

    Diversitat, Healthy Living Centre

  • Rocio Perri

    Director, Department of Human Services

  • Rose Karlo

    President, African Australian Women's Association

  • Ross Barnett

    Multicultural & Aboriginal Strategic Planner, City of Whittlesea

  • Ross Wait

    General Manager, Power Community Limited - Port Adelaide Football Club

  • Rukaiyah Abdullah

    IYAL Member

  • Ruth Das

    Project Manager, Embrace Multicultural Mental Health Project

  • Sakina Hassani

    Diversity Case Manager, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

  • Sarabjit Kaur

    Migrant English Program Coordinator, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council

  • Savindhi Perera-Jainudeen

    Economist

  • Shaheen Hughes

    CEO, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance

  • Shankar Kasynathan

  • Shen Narayanasamy

    Director, Colour Code and GetUp!

  • Shyla Vohra

    Migration Director, Regional Australia Institute (RAI)

  • Sorayya Rasouli Shemirani

    Diversitat

  • Sulal Mathai

    Project Director and Vice Chair, Ignite Potential Inc

  • Talia Stump

    Senior Policy Officer, Multicultural NSW

  • Tamana Bismil

    Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast

  • Tamas Nyeste

    Head of Interpreting, 2M Language Services

  • Tammy Wolffs

    Chief Executive Officer, SCoA

  • Tanya Sofra

    HealthWest

  • Tejman Monger

    Executive Member, Cairns and Regional Multicultural Association (CARMA)

  • Teresa Corbin

    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network

  • Terrie Leoleos

    Manager, Speak My Language, Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW

  • Tessa Hughes

    ILC Project Coordinator, AMES Australia

  • Tim Costello

    Ethical Voice

  • Trang Hoàng

    Deakin University, Deakin University

  • Veema (Doolaree) Mooniapah

    Executive Committee Member, Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN)

  • Violet Roumeliotis

    CEO, Settlement Services International

  • Warwick Agnew

    Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, QLD

  • Wendy Lobwein

    AMES Australia

  • Wesa Chau

    Cultural Intelligence

Abanob Saad

Founder, QMEACA

Abanob Saad is a young and passionate Coptic Orthodox faithful and a proud gay man. The survivor of an insidious and secret conversion practice is an emerging leader and advocate for queer people in the Orthodox community both ethnically and religiously. Abanob founded Queer African and Middle Eastern Christians in Australia (QAMECA) to shed a light on the invisibility of LGBTIQ people of faith and culture in that region while advocating through his writing and work their plight challenging the institution to acknowledge their presence. The award-winning journalist and author will speak on the unique challenges facing his people ethnically and religiously building a better future for those in that community.

Abdallah Al-Tibi

Multicultural NSW

Abdallah Al-Tibi is a passionate youth worker, specialising in refugee resettlement services. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Social Work from Western Sydney University, and hopes to continue working in his chosen field after graduation. He is an avid researcher on durable solutions for refugee resettlement policies and best practices. When he is not busy studying and working Abdallah volunteers his time for the newly arrived young refugees, in their resettlement journeys. He is the recipient of the Community Leadership Award for 2019 and was nominated under the Community Spirit award with the Fairfield Council.

Abdul Aziz Muhamat

Human Rights Advocate

Abdul Aziz Muhamat is a human rights advocate committed to advancing the rights of asylum seekers and migrants around the world. Born in Darfur, Sudan, his high school human rights activism attracted harassment and eventually death threats. He fled Sudan in 2013 through Indonesia and via boat to Australia. Under Australian immigration policy he was brought to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and detained in conditions that amounted to torture and inhuman treatment. While he was granted refugee status in 2015, resettlement options excluded Australia and New Zealand and so he, with over thousand others asylum seekers and refugees, remained in detention for six years. Aziz provided daily psychosocial support to the other men, also smuggling out information to journalists and activists in Australia, becoming the de facto public spokesperson for his fellow detainees. In February 2019 he was awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders and received a visa to attend the ceremony in Geneva. He has since been granted residency in Switzerland and engages in extensive advocacy for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from Geneva.

Agnieszka Chudecka

Multicultural Learning Development Manager, Multicultural Aged Care Inc.

Agnieszka is the Multicultural Learning and Development Manager at Multicultural Aged Care Inc., PICAC SA – providing information, resources and training in the aged and community care sector. Agnieszka delivers cultural awareness training to generalist and CALD workforces; sharing her passion for cultural intelligence, cultural competency and provision of culturally appropriate care, anticipating older people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds can receive targeted and culturally inclusive information and services.

Agnieszka is an accredited Cultural Detective Facilitator. Completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Gerontology at Flinders University. Currently, studying the Masters of Dementia Care at the University of Tasmania.

Alan Harris

Noongar Elder and Custodian, Bibbulman Clan

Alan Harris, a Noongar Elder and Custodian from the Bibbulman Clan near Margaret River, WA is the Education Director of Cultural Infusion’s First Nations’ program. Since 2002, Alan has delivered workshops to over 600,000 students. In his programs, Alan draws on lived experiences to promote reconciliation and awareness throughout Australia.

Aleem Ali

Welcoming Cities / Welcoming Australia

Aleem has spent the past 20 years seeding and mentoring the development of leading initiatives and social enterprises that advance welcoming and inclusive communities.

He is a mentor and advisor to various startups, community enterprises and government agencies; including Immigration New Zealand, the Council on Economic Participation for Refugees, and Regional Opportunities Australia.

As the CEO of Welcoming Australia, Aleem is working with leaders and organisations across the country to cultivate a culture of welcome and advance communities where people of all backgrounds can belong, contribute and thrive.

Ali Akbar Albattaat

Student

Ali is a second-year student at La Trobe University studying a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social work. Currently working as a Social Cohesion Through Education project officer at the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District. Also, the spokesman for the Professional People of Colour and Culture (PPCC).  He was born in Iran and comes from an Iraqi refugee background.

 

Twitter handle: @ABattaat

Alison Jones

Youth Transition Support Worker, ADSi

Alison Jones graduated from Macquarie University in 2013 with First Class Honours in Japanese Studies (Bachelor of Arts) after completing the Bachelor of International Studies in 2012. She taught sociology and Japanese at Macquarie University until 2017. She continues to explore her interests in social justice issues with her PhD research which focuses on the experiences of female politicians in Japan. Since 2018 Alison has worked at ADSi as a Youth Transition Support Worker for newly arrived refugee youth.

Amiel Nubaha

President, Rwandan Association of Queensland Inc

Mr Amiel Nubaha migrated to Australia in 2009 aged 14 through UNHCR Resettlement Program. A recent graduate with a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University, Amiel is the current President of the Rwandan Association of Queensland Inc., a founder of Thousand Hills Inspire Initiative and also a founding member of Rochedale South-East Technology Park Rotary Club. Amiel currently sits on the Youth Advisory Committee of the Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development, and a current Youth Member for Woodridge Electorate. An active member of the Queensland Multicultural Youth Council, Amiel was recently nominated by the Queensland Government to be one of the 3 2019 Multicultural Young Achievers.

Amro Zoabe

Multicultural NSW

Amro is a 19-year-old young man from a Syrian refugee background. He arrived in Australia in August 2016 and since then, he has worked hard, achieving extraordinary results in his HSC studies.

Currently, he is studying Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) at UOW. Due to his academic achievements, Amro was awarded many scholarships, most notably, the Friends of Zeinab, Public Education Foundation Tertiary Scholarship.

Amro works in social research in collaboration with Western Sydney University and Multicultural NSW. He advocates for a range of social issues, mostly focusing on achieving equality between the different genders, ethnicity and ideologies.

Andrew Giles MP

Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Shadow Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Shadow Minister Assisting for Immigration and Citizenship

Andrew was elected as Member for Scullin in 2013. He is a strong believer in the value of community and a passionate advocate for Melbourne’s north. Locally, Andrew has advocated for better public transport and local roads including an upgrade to the O’Herns / Hume Highway interchange, North-East Link and better funding for local schools.

In his current role as the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Andrew is committed to bringing all Australians together to benefit from Australia’s multicultural diversity.

Andrew’s policy interests include cities, the future of work, climate change, immigration, refugees and social policy.

He has contributed to public debate, as well as policy formulation on these issues and on improving the health of our democracy.

Andrew previously served as Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools from 2016.

In this role he focussed on Labor’s policies for students with disability, rural and regional schools and vocational education in high school.

Prior to being elected, Andrew worked mostly as an employment lawyer helping people uphold their rights at work.

Andrew lives with his wife Jill, and they are proud parents of two young children – Daniel and Alice.

Ann Foley

Executive Officer, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council

Ann Foley is Executive Officer of Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC).BRMC promotes cultural diversity and harmony in Ballarat and region and is the lead partner in the Interkultura: Friendship through Football initiative. Ann was born in Melbourne Victoria and has lived and worked on intercultural and community policy and services  in regional Victoria, NSW and Western Australia. Ann’s professional qualifications are in law, mediation and social sciences. Ann was recipient of the VMC multicultural champion award in 2017 for development and  implementation of collective impact and partnership networks in Ballarat and western region.

Assoc. Prof Rebecca Wickes

Monash University

Rebecca Wickes is the Director for the Migration and Inclusion Centre at Monash University and the Chief Investigator of the Australian Community Capacity Study, a multi-site, longitudinal study of 298 Australian neighbourhoods. Her research centres on social cohesion and the spatial concentration of social problems in urban and regional areas.

Brian Cooper

Data Analyst, National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)

Brian has and academic background in social science with post graduate qualifications in Urban Studies and Social Work. His area of practice is to present information (numbers) in ways others are able to understand through graphs, tables and maps.  Brian has been associated with NEDA for over 10 years. He has been instrumental in the development of the approach NEDA has taken to the use of evidenced based policy in the area of ethnicity and disability.  NEDA is currently the Australian leader in the use of data and statistics for the development of disability policy and advocacy. The focus of his work for NEDA has been the social demography of disability and the development of reliable and robust estimates of ethnicity and disability at a local area. The impact the methods developed for NEDA have been  used to refine the language surrounding the disability estimates by the federal government for the NDIS.  This led NEDA to argue for a higher estimation of disability estimates than that adopted by the NDIA and provision for local area estimates of those eligible for the NDIS.

Brian’s social cartography were a key element in the first three studies of poverty and social disadvantage by Tony Vinson for Jesuit Social Services.

Brian’s range of experiences in human services extend from homelessness to disability services to various aspects of policy practice.

Brian is interested in the social demography and epidemiology of disability through the lens of the social model of disability.  His pet peeves are the use of postcodes by lazy researchers when both Australia Post and ABS state that postcodes are not the best practice for local area planning and should not be used as such and the statistical cowpersons who make exaggerated claims about disability numbers without any basis in understanding the data, temporal factors or the spatial factors associated nor any real evidence to validate their claims.

He has received the NEDA award for his contribution to the development of an evidenced based approach to ethnicity and disability estimates. He has received  the Enablement Award as “The Most Outstanding Social Cartographer in Australasia in 2019”. He is one of a limited number of persons who have both a conceptual and practical understanding of the intersection ethnicity and disability numbers and their role in advocacy.

Cammy Lu

Cammy is a proud Vietnamese young woman who is passionate about the potentials of young people. Coming from a migrant background she is now working as a teacher, inspiring and empowering students in many aspects of life. She is a member of the Vietnamese Community Australia – youth leadership team and is currently sitting on the advisory board for the Dual identity leadership program.  One of her main objective is working to reconcile the intergenerational conflict within the Vietnamese community and encourage a deeper sense of understanding through compassion and empathy.

Carmel Carroll

Community Development Project Coordinator, Diversitat

Camel has been working as a community development project coordinator in Settlement Services for eleven years.  Carmel has managed a number of projects and has introduced experience based co design into much of her work, bringing service providers and community members from a refugee and asylum seeker background together in partnership to design strategies and programs to improve settlement outcomes.  Carmel holds a Masters in Community and International Development and a certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.

Carmel Guerra OAM

CEO, Centre for Multicultural Youth

Carmel Guerra is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Centre for Multicultural Youth, the first and largest organisation in Australia to work exclusively with migrant and refugee young people. She is also the Chairperson of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Australia, the national peak body representing multicultural youth issues.

Carmel is widely recognized for her knowledge and advocacy on multicultural youth issues and her awards include the Victorian Premier’s Award for Community Harmony in 2015 and a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2016.

Catherine Dell’Aquila

Acting Program Manager, Youth and Diversity, Western Bulldogs Community Foundation

Catherine is passionate about using the power of sport to engage and unite communities.  Catherine works in the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation which utilises the brand of the Western Bulldogs Football Club to provide people living in the western suburbs of Melbourne and the western region of Victoria with the tools to succeed and thrive within their community.

Celia Finch

Senior Policy Officer – Settlement, Multicultural NSW

Celia is a project manager and policy officer for migration and settlement issues. Most recently, she joined Multicultural NSW to support the NSW Coordinator General for Refugee Resettlement, Professor Peter Shergold AC. Prior to this, Celia was living in Indonesia and consulting on internal displacement issues with the UN Migration Agency, the International Organisation for Migration. She has a Master of International Security and a Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney.

Charitha Dissanayake

Ethnic Programs Coordinator/ Program Producer, Mountain District Radio (3MDR)

Charitha Dissanayake M.A. (Professional Communication) & M.A. by Research- Deakin University, Australia. Presently writing for the PhD- ‘Developing a new radio program model for the Sinhala listeners in Australia’. Professional journalist over two decades. Presents his own radio program weekly in Sinhala language in Australia since 2003 at 3MDR Radio station, which had acclaimed national level awards, including the best ethnic radio program at CBAA Awards. Currently a board member at 3MDR station, who is also be the ethnic programs manager and Grant Assessor at CBF.

Chris Lacey

CEO, Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra

Chris Lacey, LLB/BSc(Hons), Dip. Mmgt, Dip Bus. (Gov) is the Chief Executive Officer of the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra. MCCI is the regional peak body for multicultural communities in the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Region of NSW and delivers services in aged care, youth development, community capacity building, and training in NSW and the ACT. Chris has been an executive manager in the non-profit sector since 2012 and previously held senior roles with the NSW Government. He is also currently the Chairman & non-executive director of Family Services Australia, a multidisciplinary family support service operating in the Illawarra, northern NSW and SE QLD.

Christine Ai

Christine is a Lawyer and Policy and Quality Improvement Coordinator. She received a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the Juris Doctor degree from the University of New South Wales before eventually being a part of the Environmental Defenders Office. She is currently working at Seniors Rights Service the leading Community Legal Centre and Aged care advocacy centre for elder rights in New South Wales.

Chudier Tharjiath

Chudier Tharjiath, aged 20 is a player for Ballarat City Football Club (seniors). Born in Ethiopia and of South Sudanese culture, Chudiar was a refugee in Kenya for 10 years. He started playing football at the age of 4 and moved to Australia in 2013. Chudiar aspires to be a professional football player and inspire kids from similar backgrounds. He is a Youth Advisor for the Centre for Multicultural Youth in Ballarat.

Clarissa Adriel

Client Service Coordinator, Settlement and Community Services, Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

Clarissa Adriel has 10 years practice experience in health and 7 years with Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania. She is Client Services Coordinator of Settlement and Community Services. Her first volunteering with refugees as an undergraduate student was supporting a social enterprise ‘Muooz’ that still trades in Queensland. Now she is undertaking a Masters of Business Administration, Social Impact with University of New South Wales to enhance entrepreneurial thinking. Being an occupational therapist by trade, she’s dedicated to creating and enabling occupational opportunities that enable people to perform necessary and meaningful life roles.

Craig Foster

Sports Analyst, SBS

Craig Foster is a former Socceroos captain and current sports analyst for SBS. He is also an Amnesty International ambassador and sits on the sits on the Australia Multiculturalism Council

David Manne

Executive Director, Refugee Legal

David Manne is a human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Refugee Legal (previously the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre (RILC)). He has worked in various capacities assisting refugees and asylum seekers for over 20 years. He has headed up Refugee Legal for the last decade.

David sat on the Board of the Refugee Council of Australia for seven years, and currently the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Ethics Committee, and a number of peak Government consultative bodies. He has also been appointed to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Advisory Board of Eminent Persons. He has been invited to attend and present at the UN High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges on numerous occasions.

David has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

David has also headed Refugee Legal’s legal teams in successfully arguing 10 out of 10 landmark High Court challenges.

Deruka Dekuek

Refugee from South Sudanese

Deruka works for the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, as a settlement coordinator helping newly arrived refugees and migrants. She is a mother of five beautiful children.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Bachelor of Art in Community Development International
  • Master in International Development Studies

Dewayne Everettsmith

Australian Singer

In 2007, Dewayne graduated with his Cert III in Aboriginal Primary Health Care (Aboriginal Health Worker) and has since actively played many roles within his community. Dewayne has been recognised with a Human Rights Week award – for bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and language to the broader community, educating children and working to protect his Aboriginal heritage. Dewayne continues his role within his community with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre as the Cultural Awareness Coordinator delivering cultural awareness training. Dewayne is passionate about the revival and continuation of language (palawa kani), especially in the area of songs for ceremony and dance.

From his childhood appearances within his own Tasmanian Aboriginal community, through many festival stages around Australia and across the Pacific, his audition for Australian Idol, one thing has become very clear – Dewayne’s a very special performer. One of those rare performers with a gift, a presence, Dewayne simply tells his story to a crowded room and most individuals listening feel he’s singing just for them. He can’t explain it and he’s not consciously trying to use it; it’s just there, it’s just him

“ … as a support act on this tour, a Tasmanian, Dewayne Everettsmith, a uniquely gifted singer with hints of the soul of Marvin Gaye and the sunny beauty of Johnny Nash. His short opening set, full of memorable songs and glorious harmonies, was spellbinding” Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2011

High praise, indeed, from Australia’s pre-eminent music critic. But, typical of the praise heaped on Dewayne around Australia during a national & international tour with Gurrumul Yunupingu

And audiences were even more enthusiastic when Dewayne repeated this support role for eight shows across Europe – with the promoter, Dramatico Entertainment’s managing director Andrew Bowles, saying, “We’ve never before had such an amazing audience response to a support act.”

Dewayne’s on stage presence, song writing and the beauty of his voice – has earning recognition as a rising star, a future great, of the Australian music industry.

Even without the album Dewayne’s been places and done things most Australian performers only dream of:

  • Supported Gurrumul Yunupingu nationally and in Europe;
  • Performed a private show for Oprah Winfrey’s best friend, Gayle King, and her entourage;
  • Starred in a Tourism Australia video, receiving over 560,000 hits on Youtube;
  • Supported artists of the calibre of Archie Roach, John Farnham and Guy Sebastian;
  • Wowed audiences in two shows with the prestigious Black Arm Band – including a duet with Paul Kelly during the Melbourne International Arts Festival;
  • Performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York as part of G’Day USA; and
  • Appointed national ambassador for the official Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal.
  • Young Australian of the Year (Tasmania) Finalist 2014

Topping all of these, he’s become the voice of Australia as his song ‘Its Like Love’ is the centrepiece of the new $250M global TV advertising campaign for Tourism Australia. This international marketing drive centres around Dewayne’s song and has received over 20,000,000 views since June 2012.

Aside from the popular “It’s Like Love”, the other available song is significant. One of them, Make it feel so right’, Dewayne wrote for the official Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. Dewayne has been appointed one of the two national ambassadors for the Appeal. Proceeds from this song go directly to funding efforts to save the Tasmanian Devil.

Dominic Hong Duc Golding

Policy and Projects Officer at NEDA

Dominic Hong Duc Golding came in a box, ‘Operation Babylift’ one of some 300 plus children and babies evacuated from orphanages in South Vietnam. Dominic has a background in community arts to disability support worker. His projects has been with Australian Vietnamese Youth Media, in partnership with the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VIC chapter) directed Walking Without Feet (2004) an arts showcase by Vietnamese young adults with special needs. Dominic has returned to Vietnam three times, each time a new show was developed, Shrimp (2005, 2007) which won the Drama Victoria Award, Mr. Saigon, Ms. Hanoi (2007). He curator of two exhibitions; Unseen Habitation (2014) and Vessels to a Story (2016) for RISE, a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers. Dominic recently completed a University of Melbourne fellowship on refugees with disabilities. He is currently the Policy and Projects Officer at NEDA, an NGO to supporting those from NESB with disabilities.

Dr Devaki Monani

Lecturer in Social Work, Charles Darwin University

Dr Devaki Monani is a lecturer in Social work. Her research deals with multicultural policy and exploring the interface of immigrant settlement, health, employment and well-being. She has co-published with leading experts on multiculturalism such as Professor Andrew Jakubowicz, Professor Santina Bertone & Professor Jock Collins. She has an executive qualification in Social Impact Investment from the University of Oxford.

Dr Helen Merrick

Research Officer, Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

Dr Helen Merrick is the research officer at the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania. She is currently working on a research project exploring the social cohesion of families entering Tasmania on the Women at Risk visa. Helen previously worked as an academic in WA for over 20 years, and is the convener of the southern Tasmanian branch of Rural Australians for Refugees.

Dr Josefine Antoniades

Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute

Dr Josefine Antoniades is a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute, where she manages a large national project aimed at raising dementia awareness in Australia’ multicultural communities. Her prime research interests include the nexus of culture, mental health and health behaviours. Josefine further has a strong interest in the use of, and further development of IT modalities in health care services. These interests are supported by her disciplinary background in psychology, public health and primary care and professional experience working in IT.

Dr Layla Al-Hameed

Sessional Academic/Researcher, Edith Cowan University

Dr Layla Al-Hameed is a sessional academic/researcher at Edith Cowan University; until 2019 she also worked as the Coordinator of St Vincent de Paul Society WA, Refugee and Migrant Learning Centre. Layla involved in the learning centre form the begging of its establishment as a volunteer tutor. In that role, Layla managed the daily process of the learning centre and was developing an overarching curriculum for refugees learners who arrived on humanitarian visa. Layla also started programs aimed to ease the pressure from those refugees such as School Assistance Club to teach their children English, Mathematics and Science to improve their school performance. The other program, Layla developed was horse-riding training for these young new arrivals.

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Founding Member, AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council)

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli teaches, writes, researches and is a community activist on  cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity. She is a Founding Member of AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), an umbrella organisation supporting culturally and religiously diverse LGBTIQ communities, services and organisations in Australia. Maria also sits on two Victoria Police Priorities Communities Reference Groups: the LGBTIQ Reference Group and the Multicultural Reference Group; and the DHHS (Dept of Health and Human Services) LGTBTIQ Taskforce Working Group.   Her current research is “Mobs and Wogs”: Family Histories of Indigenous People with Southern European Heritage”.

Dr Nora Amath

National Manager of Refugee Settlement, Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA)

Dr Nora Amath is a sociologist and community developer whose research focuses on multiculturalism, social inclusion, diversity, leadership and community development. She is the author of The Phenomenology of Community Activism and her writings have also appeared in several edited volumes and journals. Nora is an adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University and also works at the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia (IWAA) as the National Manager of Refugee Settlement and the CAMS Statewide Coordinator. She is currently the acting CEO.

Nora has strong connections to the community across a number of areas, including youth, women and multi-faith groups, and is a member of the Minister’s Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council. She is the founder and/or chair of a number of different organisations focussed on supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including founding a domestic violence shelter. Nora has received many awards for her efforts. In 2006, she received the prestigious award of Australian Muslim Woman of the Year. In 2007 and again in 2012, she received the Australia Day Community Awards. In 2017 she was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards.

Dr Samantha Croy

Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)

Samantha Croy is a researcher at the National Ageing Research Institute in Melbourne, and the Project Officer for the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research’s CALD Dementia Research Action Plan project.

Dr Sundram Sivamalai

Deputy Chairperson, Ethnic Communities Council, Victoria

Sundram is the Deputy Chair of ECCV. Born in Malaysia and educated in UK and Australia. He holds several qualifications and passionate about rural and regional issues that impacts the lives of diverse communities.He also holds a position as Commissioner with Victorian Multicultural Commission. He has published widely on migrant and refugee issues in journals and books. He sits on several advisory boards. Recently he has been appointed as a Professor of Rural Health with Emotional Well-Being Institute- Geneva.

Dung Tran

Program Support Manager, Department of Human Services

Dung is of Vietnamese heritage having arrived in Australia 35 years ago as a refugee. She is the Program Support Manager in the Multicultural Training Team in the Multicultural and Tailored Services Branch of the Department of Human Services. She is responsible for the delivery of cultural competency training to 30 000 departmental staff. She is passionate about addressing social injustice and inequalities, with a keen interests on the impacts structural and everyday racism has on culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and communities. Using storytelling as her tool, she share her life experiences to empower and inspire others to be anti-racists with the aim of building more inclusive and cohesive communities.

Elizabeth Jeroboam

Project Assistant, AMES

Elizabeth is from South Sudan and has been in Australia since 2003. Elizabeth is one of AMES’s Community Champions and has experience working as a Teacher’s Assistant and a Bookkeeper. Elizabeth has 6 grandchildren and one more on the way and can speak 10 languages!

Emiliano Zucchi

Director, Northern Health

Emiliano is the Director of the Transcultural & Language Services (TALS) department and the Aboriginal Support Unit (ASU) at Northern Health. He is responsible for his organisation’s Cultural Responsiveness and Disability Action plans, as well as the Northern Health Reconciliation Action Plan. Emiliano has published articles and book chapters, and presented over 30 conference papers nationally and internationally.

Fablice Manirakiza

Come and See Burundi (CSBU)

Fablice Manirakiza grew up as a child soldier in war-torn Burundi. In 2007, he escaped his country, arriving in Australia as a refugee to build his life in music. Now a rap icon among Australian youth, he has performed at concerts and workshops across Australia, East Timor and Africa. Fablice was named the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year. In 2019, the Australian Council for the Arts recognised his work in community arts and cultural development with the Kirk Robson Award. Since arriving in Australia in 2007, Fablice has established himself as an artist of influence in Melbourne’s cultural landscape.  Fablice has served as President of the Australian Burundian Community in Victoria  and is a proud ambassador of his community and his people.

Faustina Agolley

Faustina Agolley is a TV Host (Video Hits, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, The Voice, Cybershack), Writer (Growing Up African in Australia, Huffington Post), Actor (Harrow) and a DJ

Fiona Jolly

Chief Executive Officer, Ad Standards

Fiona Jolly has been Chief Executive Officer of Ad Standards since October 2005, following an extensive and diverse career with a number of Commonwealth Government departments. In her role at Ad Standards she has implemented her vision of a best practice and innovative advertising complaints handling body.

Gaetano Greco

Gaetano has been a Darebin City Councillor since 2008 and served as Mayor in 2014.

He was a board member of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the inaugural chair of the MAV Advisory Committee on Multicultural Affairs. He served as Deputy Chair of the Victorian Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and as chair of the Darebin Ethnic Communities’ Council. Gaetano is also a recipient of the MAV McArthur Fellowship Award and the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Multicultural Excellence Award.

Gail Ker OAM

CEO, Access Community Services Ltd

Gail Ker’s industry experience and arguably unrivalled expertise in Australia’s multicultural, humanitarian and community sectors sees her create social, cultural and economic experiences and opportunities that transform lives. Gail is a recognised thought leader in needs-based community planning, innovative business models, social cohesion, strategic partnerships, employment pathways and strategic direction.

Ghassan Kassisieh

Legal Director, Equality Australia

Ghassan Kassisieh is the Legal Director at Equality Australia, an organisation working to ensure equality for LGBTIQ+ people and their families.  Prior to his role at Equality Australia, Ghassan was a litigation lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin in Sydney and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, and the Policy and Development Coordinator at the NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby. He is the author of works on homophobia experienced by same-sex attracted Australians from Arabic-speaking backgrounds and Australian refugee decisions based on sexual orientation.

Gini Ennals, Te Ka Myee Paw & Surjen Magar

Students Against Racism

Students Against Racism gives a voice to young people from migrant and refugee background . The group is organised by young people who want to develop their communication and employability skills while sharing their stories to fight racism. Over the past 11 years 300 young people have trained as presenters and delivered workshops and presentations to schools,   Uni and TAFE classes, professional organisations and community groups, reaching over 12,000 Tasmanians. The group won the 2015 Australian Human Rights ‘Racism it stops with me’ award. Their presentation is ” raw, real and eye opening”  and they are using their stories to build their skills and create employment opportunities in their community.

Hana Assafiri OAM

Social Activist

Whether it is fostering social cohesion through community events or creating a safe, diverse space for Muslim women to share their stories, Ms Hana Assafiri is a compassionate and unspoken hero within the Victorian community. She is a tireless advocate for women in the community, a spokesperson for Islamic feminism in Australia and as a long-time Melbourne icon, she is celebrated for both her generosity and success as a businesswoman.

Hanan Ibrahim

Hanan Ibrahim is a Kenyan-Born, Somali refugee raised in Melbourne. She is Australia’s first hijab wearing model and juggles her modelling career with her medical career as a Radiation Therapist. Previously, Hanan worked as a project officer for the Australian Multicultural Foundation working in CVE and running leadership programs to empower young Somali women.

Hiranthi Perera

Program Manager, National Community Hubs Program

Hiranthi Perera is the National Community Hubs Program Manager. Since 2017, Hiranthi has supported hubs to expand the breadth of programs and services offered nationally by creating opportunities for networking and sharing knowledge, skills and experience among the hub network. Hiranthi has over 10 years’ experience in the community development sector and holds a Masters of Business Administration from RMIT University Melbourne.

Huss Mustafa OAM

General Manager Multicultural Community Banking, Commonwealth Bank

Huss is a very proud Australian with a Turkish Cypriot heritage with very humble beginnings who migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 10 at a time where you were expected to assimilate into the Australian way of life and not to be different. Multiculturalism was not promoted than and he had very little support to learn the English language

Huss under these very difficult circumstances was able to in just over 5 years learn the English language, pass his grades and at the ripe old age of 16 obtained his first  job at the then known State Bank Of Victoria which merged with Commonwealth Bank in 1991.

Huss is now a Senior Executive at Commonwealth Bank of Australia and is the General Manager, Multicultural Community Banking Australia, a division that he initiated in establishing in August 2016. Huss  has 45 years of service with CBA who during this period returned to university part time with the support of CBA and he currently Holds a:

  • Diploma of Business Studies Majoring in Accounting
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Services Management
  • Master of Management,

Huss for over a quarter of a century now has been very active in promoting Cultural Diversity both in the community and his work place and he is also on the CBA’s Cultural Diversity steering committee leading important initiatives in promoting a work force that is reflective of the Multi Cultural – Multi Faith community that we live in.

Huss also serves on a number of Government and Non Government boards including, Chair Person of Multicultural Business Ministerial Council for the Minister for Small Business in Victoria. Huss has also served a 4 year term as a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Huss has been instrumental in leading the way in both at the Commonwealth Bank and the corporate world   in promoting the benefits of a diverse workforce

Huss’s work in promoting Cultural Diversity in the community and the work place was also acknowledged on the 2014 Queens Birthday’s Honours list and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to Multiculturalism and Business.

Ilsa Hampton

Ilsa has over twenty years experience in health, community services and aged care. Prior to taking up the role of CEO with Meaningful Ageing, Ilsa worked in strategic and operational leadership in a range of senior roles in aged and community services including research, social policy, sustainability, spiritual care and community engagement. Ilsa has served on the boards of Spiritual Care Australia and Meaningful Ageing; and was chair of Spiritual Health Victoria’s aged care working group. Ilsa had a parallel career for some ten years teaching migrants and refugees. She lives in a five generation intercultural household.

Jayne Bryant

Department of Home Affairs

Jayne Bryant is from the Department of Home Affairs and is currently leading the Multicultural and Social Cohesion branch. Her role includes the delivery of the ‘Fostering Integration Grants’ program which was introduced in 2018 and aims to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and multicultural communities in Australia.

Jennifer Dobak

A/g Director Migration Statistics and Small Population Insights

Jennifer joined the ABS as a graduate in 1991 and has worked predominantly in the area of Social Statistics. The first part of her ABS career focussed on the development of household surveys and this included the implementing of innovative methodologies such as cognitive interviewing to improve question wording and respondent experience to yield more accurate survey results. Jennifer then moved to an externally facing role managing both the Culture and Migrant’s user funded National Statistical Centres. It was in this role that Jennifer was able to contribute to the early ABS forays into data linkage and unlocking the value of  administrative datasets. Jennifer pushed the ABS migrant data integration agenda forward by being an early champion and overcoming many obstacles on the way to be able to publish the first linked dataset of integrated Census and Permanent Migrants Data. Integrated datasets such as the Australian Census Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACMID) and the Australian Census Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset (ACTEID) have significantly improved the field of migrant statistics and the results – in terms of new data – are tangible and recognised as a significant leap forward by policy makers.

Jennifer has a BA (Psychology) from Flinders University and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Adelaide University.

Jesusa Helaratne

Media Manager, NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

Jesusa Helaratne has significant experience running award-winning media campaigns for over 14 years on major health projects targeting culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Jesusa also worked as a broadcast journalist close to 13 years with news organisations such as CNN, SBS, ARD German TV, ABS-CBN News Channel and other major TV and ethnic radio stations gaining specialised training in Australia, Philippines, Southeast Asia and USA.

She loves working in multicultural media campaigns to spread key health messages to multicultural communities by showcasing inspiring stories of people with lived experiences combining innovative arts and health initiatives to target diverse groups more effectively.

Jill Morgan AM

ECCV

Jill Morgan AM has worked extensively in multicultural and indigenous arts in Australia for over the past 25 years. Jill has been an active cultural and community development worker and leader in multicultural arts.  Jill has contributed significantly to multicultural arts policy development and strategies locally and nationally. She is currently on the Board of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria  and is the former CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria and Multicultural Arts Western Australia.  She has been awarded the  prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award facilitators prize which pays tribute to outstanding excellence in the Arts in Australia and has received an Order of Australia in for significant service to the promotion of multicultural and indigenous art.

Jinu Kavungal Mathew

Director, Transwings Dance Studio, Artback NT Corrugated Iron

Jinu Mathew is a teacher, psychologist, professional dancer and choreographer living in Darwin. Having choreographed various programs in Australia, India, Switzerland and Saint Lucia Jinu started her dance school – Transwings Dance Studio in 2016. Since then she has been working with Indigenous communities in Northern Territory with her cross cultural dance workshops.

Joel Pringle

Advocacy Campaigner, The Benevolent Society

Joel Pringle is an Advocacy Campaigner at The Benevolent Society, working on projects to increase the well-being of older Australians including the Fix Pension poverty campaign, the EveryAGE Counts campaign and the Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians. He came to this role through a career spanning community development work and social research, policy and advocacy.

John van Kooy

Monash University

John van Kooy is a Research Associate and PhD Candidate in the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. He has over 10 years’ experience in the international community development, migration and multiculturalism space. His PhD research focuses on the local conditions for the inclusion of refugees in Australian neighbourhoods.

Juliana Nkrumah AM

Domestic Violence Project Manager, Settlement Services International

Ms Juliana Nkrumah AM is the Domestic Violence Project Manager at Settlement Services International. Juliana founded African Women Australia and has served on several Boards to improve the status of women, including the Board of YWCA NSW, Australian National Committee on Refugee Women, Act for Peace, African Ministerial Committee, and the Eminent Australians Committee to review the Australian Citizenship Test.

Juliana was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for her work in the community, and was the winner of Woman of the West from University of Western Sydney in 2007.

Juma Piri Piri

Juma has also filled the roles of Deputy Chair of the Migrant Resource Centre Board of Directors, President African Communities Council of Tasmania and President of the Sudanese Community Launceston, National President Federation of Equatoria Community Association in Australia, President of Young Seeds Foundation of Tasmania and is a Member at the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) Advisory Committee for New and Emerging Communities Advisory Committee.

Kani Kenyi

Committee Member, African Australian Women's Association

Kani is 25 years old, from a refugee background, born in Sudan. Her family sought refuge in Egypt before arriving in Darwin through UNHCR. She has an arts degree in Sociology/Islamic studies and is currently completing her Master of Social Work.

Her interest lies in refugee affairs, women issues, youth engagement and community development.

Kani has volunteered in various organisations such as Multicultural youth NT, MDA, Griffith University African Students Association, Migrant youth vision project and African Australian Women’s Association QLD and have sat on several advisory councils.

Aside from volunteering, Kani loves to write/read and manage her hair braiding business.

Karen Bevan

General Manager – Service Delivery (Community), Settlement Services International

Karen Bevan is the General Manager – Service Delivery (Community) at Settlement Services International. She combines her deep experience in the NGO sector with qualifications in human rights law and communications to play a key role in strategy, advocacy and policy. Karen oversees SSI’s employment, disability and child and family services across NSW.

Kat O’Neill

Community Engagement Coordinator, Settlement Services International

Kat is a positive deep thinker interested in learning from our past to find innovative ways to create strong connected communities.  She has worked in varied roles as a climate change scientist, urban planner, policy officer and currently in community engagement supporting settlement of newcomers at Settlement Services International.

Kenny Duke

Community Services Senior Manager, Access Community Services

Kenny currently oversees all client services activities and has worked for Access Community Services for over 9 years, with extensive experience and expertise in delivering innovative and responsive services for at-risk youth, refugees, migrants and their communities.  She has qualifications in human services, management and training.

Kenny Tran

IYAL Member

As a member of the Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders, Kenny Tran aspires to become an active community leader for a fairer, diverse and more inclusive Australia. Kenny is a legal clerk completing his Law/Commerce Degree. IYAL has given Kenny the opportunity to connect to his Vietnamese heritage and community.

Khadija Gbla

Director, Khadija Gbla Cultural Consultancy

Khadija Gbla is a very passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award-winning human rights activist, inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant. She has displayed great courage and determination in achieving her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level. Khadija utilises her powerful and inspired voice to advocate equality.

Khadija provides advocacy, training, speaking on domestic and family violence, sexual health, racism, human rights, mental health, migrants and refugees and cultural diversity through her cultural consultancy. She is the survivor advocate protecting Australian girls from FGM and supporting survivors of FGM. She has represented Australia in the international arena at the Harvard National Model United Nations, Commonwealth Youth Forum and Australian and Africa Dialogue, Commonwealth heads of States Women’s Forum etc. She has displayed great courage and determination in achieving her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level.

Khadija has been recognized through numerous awards for her vision and leadership, including 2019 Instyle Magazine The Advocate for Acceptance Human Rights Award, 2017 cosmopolitan magazine women of the year finalist, 2016 women’s Weekly and Qantas Women of the Future finalist, 2016 AusMumpreneur Rising Star and Making a difference –non-profit Award, 2014 The Advertiser South Australia’s 50 most Influential Women, 2013 Madison Magazine Australia’s top 100 inspiring Women, 2013 Amnesty International Human Rights Activists to watch out in 2013, 2011 State Finalist Young Australian of the Year – just to name a few.

Kodjo Lunorphare Folly

Kodjo Lunorphare Folly, aged 19 and born in Togo, moved to Australia as a refugee with his family in 2008. Lunorphare started playing football at age 9 in Ballarat and  now plays for Sebastopol Vikings.  He is studying Sports Development at SEDA and is the Youth Development Officer for the Ballarat African Association. Lunorphare is also a regular volunteer with the Centre for Multicultural Youth

Kris Pavlidis

Chairperson, ECCV

Cr Kris Pavlidis is the Chairperson ECCV.

Kris is an experienced, passionate  advocate for social justice, holding leadership roles over thirty years across Government and Non Government organizations.

Kris is an elected Local Government representative currently serving her 4th term and 2 terms as Mayor, and a Board Director with Pronia.

Kwame Selormey

CEO, Melaleuca Refugee Centre

Kwame Selormey is the CEO of Melaleuca Refugee Centre.
Previously, he has worked as a Service Quality and Standards Evaluator with the National Childcare Accreditation Council, nationwide. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the NGO sector.

Lakshmi Jones

Dream Plan Do Coordinator Support, Community Arts Network

Lakshmi has a passion for all things events, communications, culture and the arts. Currently in her final semester studying event management at Curtin University, Lakshmi has gained an immense range of experience through her work in various positions over the last six years, before joining Community Arts Network earlier this year.

Lisa Sainsbury

Bureau of Meteorology

Lisa Sainsbury works for the Bureau of Meteorology—Australia’s national weather agency. Her focus is on providing weather information for the marine and general public sectors, and encouraging all members of our community to check the weather before they participate in outdoor activities such as rock fishing, boating, bushwalking, or snow sports.

Loar Deng

IYAL Member

Loar Deng Migrated from South Sudan as a refugee in 2006, armed with the English alphabet! He is an active social changer working on The Other Side project to address issues for African youth.

As a retail manager and keen basketball player, Loar is passionate about business and sports & entertainment.

Maha Abdo OAM

Maha Abdo OAM has spent over three decades working together with the Muslim Women Association to help give Muslim women safety and assurance in difficult and trying circumstances.  Today she represents and gives voice to all women abroad as well as in Australia. She works at the local, national and international levels advising government on policy, services and strategies to create a harmonious community for future generations of Muslim and non-Muslim women. In 2016 Maha was the NSW Seniors Week Ambassador as well as the Breast Screen NSW Ambassador. In 2015 Maha was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Medal, and in 2014 she was the NSW Human Rights Ambassador for 2014-15.

Maker Mayek

Principal, Mayek Legal, Barristers & Solicitors

  • Maker Mayek is a lawyer and the principal solicitor at Mayek Legal, Barristers & Solicitors, based in Melbourne.
  • Education: Maker Holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the University of Canberra and a Masters of Law from the University of New South Wales as well as a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade from Monash University
  • Maker is a board member of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV)
  • Background: Maker was born in the current day South Sudan and migrated to Australia in 2004 as a refugee, together with his elder brother and his auntie’s family.
  • Maker is based in Melbourne and is called upon regularly in the media to comment on the issues of racism and emerging communities in Victoria.
  • Maker is a passionate advocate for multicultural Australia and strongly believes that Australia is a massive tent, that has enough room and can accommodate all of us irrespective of our individual backgrounds: so why hate!

Malini Raj

Head of Strategy – Multicultural Community Banking, Commonwealth Bank

Malini has worked in the Finance industry for 20 years in several domestic and international institutions. She is now Head of Strategy for Multicultural Community Banking at the Commonwealth Bank, a role that allows her to work in her area of passion on a daily basis – promoting cultural diversity and social cohesion.

Manal Younus

Australian-based Freelance Storyteller

Manal Younus is an Australian based freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance, Manal explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on a vast number of issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. The young artist also facilitates writing, performance, public speaking, youth empowerment and intercultural awareness workshops in schools, community groups and professional environments to encourage others to develop their own voices.

Mandi Wicks

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content

Mandi Wicks is the Director of Audio and Language Content, which includes SBS Radio. SBS Radio is the world’s most linguistically diverse public broadcaster, with 68 language services and three music channels – SBS PopAsia, SBS PopDesi and SBS Chill.

Mandi has more than 30 years’ experience in the media industry, working at many of Australia’s leading networks (including SBS, Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo and Nova Entertainment). She worked as a journalist for 12 years before moving to senior management roles.

At SBS, she oversees a team of more than 200 journalists, representing more than 100 cultures, delivering news and information to the nearly 5 million people in Australia who speak a language other than English at home.

Mariam Mgoter

Student

Mariam is a third-year student at La Trobe University studying a Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social work. Also, the Vice-President of the Shepparton Students Association. Currently working as a Project Officer for Safer and Stronger Communities at the Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District. She was born in Australia but come from an Iraqi refugee background.

 

Twitter handle: @mariammgoter

Marie Daix

Membership and Community Development Officer, Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast

Originally from France, Marie migrated to Australia six years ago after obtaining a Degree in Sociology followed by a Masters in Urban Planning and International Cooperation. For the last 5 years, Marie has worked in the community sector developing programs and events to support multicultural communities. Combining her lived experience and her work, she has a strong understanding of the migrant journey and pathways. As a Community Development Officer, Marie works closely with local ethnic groups, service providers and businesses to ensure the Gold Coast community is an inclusive and welcoming place.

Mary Karras

Chief Executive Officer, Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW

Mary is a passionate believer in the principles of multiculturalism. Throughout her career she has been instrumental in ensuring that multicultural policies, programs and services are respected and valued in culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse communities across Sydney.

In her current role as Chief Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW Mary works closely with the Board of Management and the Members’ Forum to strengthen its mission and vision through her strategic thinking, executive leadership and operational management.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Psychology and Sociology and a Post Graduate Degree in Psychology from Macquarie University, a Post Graduate Diploma in TESOL from University of Technology, a Master of Education from the Australian Catholic University and an Accreditation in Leadership and Management from Leadership and Management Australia. Both professionally and personally Mary bring a wealth of learnings and experiences in working with diverse communities.

Mary sits on numerous Boards, Advisory Panels and Committees that contribute to the broader agenda of enhancing social cohesion and community harmony.   Recently she was profiled as advocate of anti-racism , multiculturalism and cultural diversity by the Human Rights Commission.

Mellisa V. Silaga

Project Officer, Ethnic Council of Shepparton

Mellisa Silaga is a proud Samoan who has lived in Australia for over 21 years. Mellisa currently works for Ethnic Council Shepparton & District as a Social Cohesion Officer and in other work both professionally and in the community, she is a Leader in Pacific Island cultures, Community Engagement and Development.

Memoona Rafique

Program Coordinator, Relationships Australia South Australia

Memoona is the Coordinator of PEACE Multicultural Services and have been an International Civil Servant for United Nations for over 8 years. Memoona is a counsellor and a project management professional serving multicultural communities nationally/internationally in community development, education & training and one-on-one support.

Michael Camit

NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

Michael Camit is a PhD candidate at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and is interested in the potential of emergent technology, social media and social innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. He is also Manager of Marketing and Communication of the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service with over 20 years of developing award winning campaigns.

Michael Zgryza

Community Services Manager

Michael Zgryza has worked across the community sector for over 30 years, specifically in the youth and refugee/multicultural space and is currently the Community Services Manager with MultiLink Community Services Inc. Michael has oversight of the Youth, Community Development, Financial Wellbeing, Employment & Training, Settlement, Aged and Disability service areas.

Mohammed Yassin

IYAL Member, ECCV

Mohammed is an ex-refugee from Iraq who has been in Australia for 16 years. He has a wide-ranging experience in the youth/ community sector and an intimate understanding of the issues facing young people in Australia. He is a Youth Leadership Trainer at the Centre for Multicultural Youth, and a member of multiple advocacy and advisory boards to government and non-government bodies including being a member of ECCV’s “Intercultural Youth Advocacy Leaders” group . Mohammed holds a degree in Biomedical Science and is currently completing a PhD with the University of Melbourne and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Monica Kane

General Manager, Community Arts Network

Monica Kane is from Noongar boodja (country) and is the daughter of Dutch and Irish parents. She is co-leader of CAN – Community Art Network. Working with First People’s First CAN achieves inspiring, artistic outcomes that honour stories from all communities. CAN’s purpose is to increase representation of diverse voices in the arts in WA.

Monisha Sandhu

Research Officer, Multicultural Centre for Women's Health

Monisha Vaid Sandhu has over 15 years’ experience in project management and research and evaluation studies in India, Kenya, Yemen and Australia. She is passionate about working on women’s health and empowerment. At Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, she is working on preventing violence against women among immigrant and refugee communities and faith communities. She hold a Masters in Public Policy and is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Health from La Trobe University, Australia.

Moreno Grison

Board Chair of Spectrum MRC

Moreno is currently Board Chair of Spectrum MRC, having served as a Director since 2014.  Strongly committed to social justice, he has also previously been a health care consumer advocate and workplace representative, advising on and advocating for the participation and engagement of diverse community groups. Professionally, Moreno has over 33 years’ experience in a range of audit, compliance and assurance roles.

Nathan Despott

Co-Leader, Brave Network

Nathan Despott is a survivor of ten years of conversion practices in Melbourne’s evangelical community. He is the co-leader of Brave Network Melbourne (www.thebravenetwork.org), a peer led support and advocacy group for survivors of LGBTQA+ conversion practices, and has advocated heavily for a carefully nuanced response to conversion practices in Australia. He is co-author of the SOCE Survivor Statement and a committee member of Equal Voices Melbourne. Nathan is the Manager, Policy and Projects, at Inclusion Melbourne, running a range of projects to support the citizenship of people with intellectual disability, including LGBTIQA+, oral health, democratic participation, NDIS readiness for CALD communities, and justice. He married his husband Nathanael (also a survivor of conversion practices) in January 2019 in front of his proud and supportive Maltese family.

Nicole Bissett Laupepa

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specialist, Settlement Services International

Nicole Bissett Laupepa is a brave and strong Gomaroi woman from Northern NSW – she has come from a strong line of Gomaroi warrior women.

Nicole has worked for 25 years in 100’s of Aboriginal remote and regional communities. She is an experienced and passionate cultural community advocate for social justice and work within a framework that allows Aboriginal people to be served, supported and understood within their own cultural belief systems.

Nikki Schroder

Head, Housing and Homelessness Reporting and Development Unit, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Nikki heads the Housing and Homelessness Reporting and Development Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). She commenced at the AIHW in 2008, and has been involved in all processes involved with national administrative data collections, including metadata development, database management, data validation, data analysis and reporting. She has a strong interest in data visualisation.

Pancha Narayanan

President, Multicultural New Zealand

Pancha was born in Malaysia and has now lived in New Zealand for 33 years.  As a professional he is a management consultant specializing in Government and private sector business re-engineering.

Pancha is the current President of Multicultural New Zealand. He has been a member of the Multicultural Councils since 1992.

Pancha is known for his passion for the rights of more recent migrants. He leads the thought and vision for a community-based approach to a Treaty based Multicultural New Zealand. This work is regarded as a world leader where migrant communities seek to build networks and relationships with the natives and first nation people of the country.

He was awarded the Queen’s Services Medal for his services to the ethnic communities in the Queen’s birthday honours’ list 2010.

Paris Aristotle AO

Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc.

Paris Aristotle AO is the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc., also known as Foundation House, a position which he has held for the past 30 years.

Throughout this period he has served on a wide range of state and federal government bodies. From 2012 – 2018 Paris Chaired the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers.
He is currently the Chair of the Settlement Services Advisory Council (SSAC).
He is also an executive member of the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT).
In 2017 Paris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and named the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year.
In the same year Paris was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from RMIT and in 2003 he was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal.

Paris is supported by the Foundation House Agency Management Team and Board of Management.

Petr Svoboda

Executive Committee Member, Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN)

Petr Svoboda is an executive committee member of the Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN) and member of organising team of both 2019 and 2018 VLGMIN annual forums. Petr has over 10 years’ experience as a social policy and diversity officer working across Moreland and Maribyrnong City Councils, Victorian State Government and a variety of local interfaith networks

Prof Andrew Jakubowicz

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Technology Sydney

Andrew Jakubowicz is emeritus professor of Sociology at the University of Technology Sydney. He researches race, ethnicity, identity and communication, in both contemporary and historical contexts. A central focus has been on the possibility of culturally diverse societies, and the conditions for their survival. He directs Making Multicultural Australia, at multiculturalaustralia.edu.au.

Prof Des Cahill OAM

Chairperson, Religions for Peace Australia

Emeritus Professor Desmond Cahill OAM Professor of Intercultural Studies at RMIT University, is one of Australia’s leading social researchers. In 2006, he was made an honorary fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders for his work in immigrant, cross-cultural, multifaith and international education.

From 2015-2017 Desmond was consultant to the Royal Commission on Sexual Abuse and Religious Organizations. He currently chairs Religions for Peace Australia, and is the Deputy Moderator of the Asian Conference of Religion and Peace. He is a member of Australian Partnership of Religious Organizations and is on the Victoria Police Multifaith Advisory Council.

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh is Deputy Director (International) of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University. His research program includes multiculturalism, social inclusion and Muslim integration in Australia. He recently completed an ARC Linkage project on Australian Muslim experience of multiculturalism. His publications include a book on Muslim Active Citizenship in the West (with M Peucker, 2014).

Rachael McIntyre

General Manager nbn™ local, NBN Co

Rachael McIntyre is an accomplished senior leader and telecommunications professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the sector.

Specialising in stakeholder engagement, sales and marketing and business development, Rachael has extensive experience in Australia and the UK and has led teams for some of the most iconic telco organisations including Cable & Wireless, iiNet and NBN Co

Rachael joined the National Broadband Network (NBN Co) in 2015 as part of its Corporate Affairs Directorate and is General Manager of nbn local – a nation-wide team of community relations specialists dedicated to improving the customer experience on the nbn™ access network for all Australians.

Rhanna Collins

Executive Editor, Indigenous News & Current Affairs, NITV

Rhanna Collins, a proud Aboriginal woman, has worked at NITV for the past five years and is the Executive Editor, working across the TV station’s news and current affairs digital and on-air portfolio. Collins is an experienced cross-platform producer and journalist with a strong news, current affairs and journalism background.

Ring Mayer

South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria (SSCAV)

Mr Ring Mayar is a Chairperson for South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria Inc (SSCAV). Mr Mayar studies include Policing, Criminal Justice, Policy Development, National and Global Security.

Robyn Martinez

Diversitat, Healthy Living Centre

Robyn Martinez is the General Manager of Diversitat’s Healthy Living Centre promoting independence for older people from culturally diverse backgrounds through social support. She brings a wealth of experience in program and staff management, diversity and inclusion in the aged and disability sectors. This includes managing programs for elderly clients from 23 different countries, collaborating with Aboriginal Cooperatives and LGBTI peer networks. Under her leadership, the Centre was awarded the “Most Outstanding Multicultural Aged Support Provider in the World” (June 2019) and the “Best Aged Care Facility” (Australian Health Care Week 2019). Robyn has a Bachelor of Arts, with further training in Community Services.

Rocio Perri

Director, Department of Human Services

Rocio is a Director in the Multicultural and Tailored Services Branch within the Department of Human Services (DHS). She is responsible for developing and driving the Multicultural Servicing Strategy, which is DHS’s contribution to the government’s multicultural access and equity framework. The department has responsibility for delivering a range of payments and services. Some of those in the multicultural space include Multicultural Service Officers through-out Australia, community engagement through the National Multicultural Advisory Group, the development and delivery of multicultural awareness training and a language services team, who provide interpreters for the department. Over the course of her career, Rocio has worked with CALD customers and communities starting in the Department of Social Security, Centrelink and now the Department of Human Services. She has been a driving force in building multicultural servicing into core business within DHS

Rose Karlo

President, African Australian Women's Association

Arrived in Australia as a refugee from South Sudan. Currently working as a Consumer Engagement Coordinator with the Mater Hospital. Has over 15 years experience in community development, project management and administration. Holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Diploma of Business Management in Leadership. Founder and former President of African Australian Women’s Association.

Ross Barnett

Multicultural & Aboriginal Strategic Planner, City of Whittlesea

Ross Barnett is the Chair of the Victorian Local Government Issues Network and works at the City of Whittlesea in Melbourne’s north as their Multicultural & Aboriginal Strategic Planner. Ross has a long and distinguished career in the multicultural space having worked in the Commonwealth and State Government sectors before moving to the Community sector where he has held senior roles leading service delivery and advocacy. Ross is a board member of the Russian Welfare Society.

Ross Wait

General Manager, Power Community Limited - Port Adelaide Football Club

Ross has worked for the Port Adelaide Football Club’s community development, not for profit arm, Power Community Ltd (PCL) since 2013. His role with the club is to strategically lead the PCL team with the charter to leverage the power of elite football. With this charter, PCL drive real social and economic change in the community through programs that create education and employment outcomes.

Rukaiyah Abdullah

IYAL Member

Rukaiyah Abdullah is a Law graduate who continuously advocates for equal opportunity. She is a young leader who considers herself to be a champion of diversity. Rukaiyah has represented Australia at the United Nations and has led numerous youth initiatives. Rukaiyah currently coordinates Australia’s first Youth Action Hub supported by the UN.

Ruth Das

Project Manager, Embrace Multicultural Mental Health Project

Ruth Das is the Project Manager for the Embrace Multicultural Mental Health Project.

Prior to this role she has worked in health policy, project management, health promotion and community development over the past 20 years.. This work has been in the various organisations across multicultural and refugee health areas in Sydney and the ACT. She has a Master’s degree in  Public Health and a strong commitment to equity and working to address the social determinants of health.

Sakina Hassani

Diversity Case Manager, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

Sakina Hassani was born in Afghanistan in 1990.  After the disappearance of her father, Sakina’s mother fled with her and her siblings to live as refugees in Pakistan where they remained for almost 10 years.

In 2009, Sakina arrived in Victoria, Australia, and since then has completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Social Work at Monash University, where she is also currently studying for a Master of Human Rights Law.  Sakina works as a Diversity Case Manager at Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre and Shakti Migrant and Refugee Women’s Support Group in Melbourne Victoria, and Sakina is the only worker in Victoria who is assisting survivors of family violence to obtain an Islamic divorce (Shia Muslims). Sakina was one of the speakers for the National Forced Marriage Conference held in Sydney by Anti-Slavery Australia in March 2018.  She is fluent in English, Dari, Persian, Hazaragi, Urdu and Hindi.

Sarabjit Kaur

Migrant English Program Coordinator, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council

  • Born in India, proud mother of a 19 year old son
  • Worked as Secondary school teacher, International Coordinator and Face to Faith Program Manager

Current roles:

  • Migrant English Program Coordinator at Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council
  • Peer Educator at Ballarat Community Health
  • Consultant Trainer at Women’s Health Grampians
  • Intercultural Ambassador at City of Ballarat
  • Volunteer at Food id Free Laneway

Awards:

  • British Council ‘Global Teacher Accreditation’
  • Tony Blair Faith Foundation ‘Outstanding Award’
  • British Council International Teacher Award

Savindhi Perera-Jainudeen

Economist

Savindhi Perera-Jainudeen is an active leader in the Sri Lankan and broader South Asian community who advocates for the empowerment and participation of young people in multicultural affairs and decision-making. Savindhi works as an Economist, is a member of the Ministerial South Asian Council, President Committee for Sri Lanka. 

Shaheen Hughes

CEO, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance

As CEO of MFTWA, Shaheen has developed an innovative, arts-based approach to raise awareness of the impact of racism on human rights, to amplify marginalised voices, and to create pathways to positive social change. She is passionate about using storytelling to deepen empathy and influence a more inclusive and just national conversation.

She has over 20 years experience in advocacy, policy development, international events management and communications in Perth, and a Masters of International Communications and Honours in Art History and Literature from the University of Leeds.

Shankar Kasynathan

Shankar Kasynathan came to Australia with his family as refugees. He has worked with migrant & refugee communities in Victoria, the Northern Territory and the ACT. Since December 2017, he has served as the National Refugee Campaign Manager for Amnesty International. Shankar is a Commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Shen Narayanasamy

Director, Colour Code and GetUp!

Shen Narayanasamy has led GetUp’s Human Rights work for the last 4 years. During that time she’s lead successful campaigns against changes to 18C and citizenship, driven the #KidsOffNauru campaign and the historic passage of the Medevac Bill. She also instituted Colour Code – GetUp’s platform for First Nations and multicultural migrant communities to advocate and campaign for racial justice.

Shyla Vohra

Migration Director, Regional Australia Institute (RAI)

Shyla Vohra has been working on migration and refugee issues for almost 25 years, in Australia, the Pacific and Europe. Since July 2019, she has been the Migration Director at the Regional Australia Institute, supporting towns and communities around Australia to develop sustainable locally-led migration strategies researching barriers to successful regional settlement. Shyla’s work takes her around Australia to speak with community members, Councils, migrants and employers on the opportunities and challenges for migration in their region. Shyla has a Masters degree in Public International Law and has worked as a migration lawyer as well as legal adviser on migration issues at the United Nations.

Sorayya Rasouli Shemirani

Diversitat

Sorayya came from Iran as a refugee and settled in Geelong, Victoria in 2014.

Sorayya finished high school and completed certificate IV in accounting and bookkeeping in Iran.  Her Iranian qualifications are not recognised in Australia so Sorayya has completed an accounting and bookkeeping certificate at The Gordon TAFE in Geelong and completed a certificate in Financial Literacy Capacity.

Sorayya was involved in swimming and wheelchair racing in Iran and plays table tennis in Australia.

Sorayya is an NDIS participant and is currently participating in the ‘Advocate Myself’ project with the Barwon Disability Resource Council.

Sulal Mathai

Project Director and Vice Chair, Ignite Potential Inc

Sulal is a seasoned HR Professional working as Senior Executive Officer – Workforce Strategy and Planning with Danila Dilba Health Services, Darwin, NT.

He is a founding member and Vice Chair of Ignite Potential Incorporated, a not for profit organisation working for migrant career pathways. Sulal hosts Careers Australia program in M4 Malayalam.

Talia Stump

Senior Policy Officer, Multicultural NSW

Talia Stump is a Senior Policy Officer at Multicultural NSW where she leads a regional resettlement program. She has over 10 years’ experience working with refugee communities through policy, research and practice. In 2018 Talia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research international refugee attraction and retention strategies in regional towns.

Tamana Bismil

Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast

Member of MCCGC youth ambassadors program, Tamana Bismil is 22 years old and originally from Afghanistan. She moved with her family to the Gold Cost In March 2018 as a refugee after living a few years in Pakistan. Tamana recently completed her tertiary preparation course at TAFE Queensland and is planning to study a double bachelor degree in International Relations and Law at the University of Queensland in February 2020.

Tamas Nyeste

Head of Interpreting, 2M Language Services

Tamas Nyeste is Head of Interpreting at 2M Language Services, leads interpreting assignments in health & justice into 250+ languages across Australia and was instrumental in our innovative remote video interpreting platform 2MLingo being implemented across QLD Courts and hospitals. Tamas holds himself NAATI certification as Interpreter/Translator and works with AFP, ATO, ASIC & other agencies providing migrant & Indigenous language interpreters.

Tammy Wolffs

Chief Executive Officer, SCoA

Tammy Wolffs is the Chief Executive Officer of SCoA. She has a background in social policy, research, program management, administrative law, communications and stakeholder engagement, including at Carers Australia, the Department of Social Services, the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office and the Department of Communications.

Tanya Sofra

HealthWest

Tanya Sofra has expensive experience managing projects across the spectrum of public health from primary prevention through to advancing the service system. She is drawn to the bigger picture, facilitating strategic partnerships in the health and community sectors. With an ongoing interest in diversity, Tanya leads the workforce mutuality project at HealthWest.

Tejman Monger

Executive Member, Cairns and Regional Multicultural Association (CARMA)

Tejman, also known as Tej, was born in Bhutan and raised in a refugee camp in the eastern lowland of Nepal. After spending 10 years in a Nepalese refugee camp, Tejman sought Asylum in Germany where he lived as a refugee for further twelve years and finally came to Australia in 2013. He has been recently conferred with Australian Citizenship which ended 27 years of his statelessness.

Tejman has served as President to of the Cairns Bhutanese Community Inc. from 2014 to 2016 and as Secretary from 2016 – 2018. Currently, he is an executive member of Cairns and Regional Multicultural Association (CARMA) and a member of Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council. In addition to his work commitments and voluntary engagement Tej is half way through on his way to earn Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Human Services at James Cook University.

As a father of two, settled in Cairns, Tej prides himself on being able to send his eldest daughter to a local Catholic school. Tej works as a Caseworker at Centacare Multicultural Services and supports his wife in managing a grocery shop.  Tej is proud of the Cairns Bhutanese people, their journey to safety and their profile in the Cairns community.

Teresa Corbin

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network

Teresa Corbin is a co-founder and now CEO of ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers. She has many years of experience working in telecommunications policy both in Australia and internationally. Teresa is a director on the Board of the International Telecommunications Users Group (INTUG). In Australia she currently sits on several bodies including the ACMA Consumer Consultative Forum and she chairs Standards Australia’s Consumer Policy Committee. In 2015, she was awarded the Charles Todd Medal by the Telecommunications Society for having made an outstanding contribution in recent years. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Linguistics from La Trobe University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Terrie Leoleos

Manager, Speak My Language, Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW

Terrie Leoleos joined the ECCNSW team in March 2016. She has had the pleasure of working in the community care sector for over 25 years in various roles including senior management and community development roles working with youth, families, aging and disability and alongside new and emerging communities. Throughout her career, Terrie has been driven by her passion and commitment to community harmony, social cohesion and celebrating our cultural diversity.

She has completed various studies in social sciences and is currently undertaking studies to complete her Masters in Management majoring in corporate policy and strategic change.

Terrie participates on a number of national, state and regional networks and advisory boards contributing to the development of frameworks and policies which encourage partnerships, community participation and promote the value of multiculturalism.

Tessa Hughes

ILC Project Coordinator, AMES Australia

Tessa is managing the Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Project which aims to increase CALD communities’ access to the NDIS. Twelve people from the target communities have been hired to deliver information sessions about the NDIS and disability.

Tim Costello

Ethical Voice

Rev Tim Costello directs Ethical Voice and is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.

For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA). He then completed over 2 years as WVA’s Chief Advocate.

Currently Tim remains as Executive Director of Micah Australia and continues to place the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. He is also Senior Fellow for the Centre for Public Christianity. He remains spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.

Other positions he holds are: Chair of the Community Council of Australia, Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership and Patron of the National Youth Commission.

In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

Trang Hoàng

Deakin University, Deakin University

Trang Hoang, MICDA, undertakes her doctoral research at Deakin University and is the Vice-Chairperson of the Vietnamese Women’s Association SA Inc. Trang is also Co-Founder of “nguonhocbong.com”, an online platform that enables Vietnamese aspiring students to successfully apply for international higher education scholarships that best match their circumstances and aspirations”

Veema (Doolaree) Mooniapah

Executive Committee Member, Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN)

Veema (Doolaree) Mooniapah – executive member of Victorian Local Government Multicultural Issues Network (VLGMIN); organising team member of VLGMIN annual forums – 2016 to 2019. Over 12 years working experience in the Multicultural space in Local Government and not-for profit organisations. Currently, working at the City of Greater Geelong.

Veema’s previous roles include working with adults and young people with problematic use of drug and alcohol; board director at the Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West;  coordinating Police Family Protection Unit Northern Division, Mauritius Police Force. Her passion includes exploring alternative therapies and outside-the-box strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities as “one size does not fit all” particularly in relation to addressing family violence.

Violet Roumeliotis

CEO, Settlement Services International

Violet is a social entrepreneur with an extensive not-for-profit career characterised by collaboration, growth, adaption and innovation. In her time as Settlement Services International CEO, she has identified service gaps for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and invested in tailored initiatives that capitalise on their unique strengths.

Warwick Agnew

Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs, QLD

Warwick Agnew is the Director-General of the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs in Queensland.

Prior to joining the Department, Warwick had an extensive career in both private and public sectors, including as a senior executive in Queensland Treasury with direct experience in social and economic policy issues.

Wendy Lobwein

AMES Australia

Wendy Lobwein recently returned to Australia after 23 years leading the development of services to victims and witnesses appearing before two International War Crimes Tribunals, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Netherlands, and the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT or ECCC) in Cambodia.  Wendy’s expertise in witness and victim protection, support services, both psychological and practical, and operational/logistics matters has been sought by numerous emerging judicial and legal entities, NGO’s and interests from post conflict countries around the world such as Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Kosovo, as well as South-East Asian countries such as Laos, Nepal, East Timor and Indonesia.

Wendy has had a particular focus on violence against women throughout her career, prior to her international work she was a founding member of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House) and a Counsellor/Advocate in Victorian Centres against Sexual Assault (CASA House). Wendy is currently based in Melbourne leading the innovative AMES Australia Prevention of Violence against Women in culturally and linguistically diverse communities program.

Wesa Chau

Cultural Intelligence

Wesa is CEO of Cultural Intelligence and co-founder of Belonging From The Inside Out, an initiative to promote belonging through leadership programs and workshops, especially for people from a different cultural background. She has been a strong advocate for cultural diversity and gender diversity for two decades. Her work is recognised through a number of prestigious awards, including being an inductee of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and is a finalist for the Agenda Settle of the Year Award in 2016.

Conference Secretariat

Concept Event Management
PO Box 1179 Crows Nest,
NSW 1585 Australia

Contact Us

Tel: +61 2 9436 0232
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Key Dates

Deadline for Early Bird Registration
Friday 12 July 2019
Scholarship Application Closing Date
Sunday 21 July 2019
Scholarship Notification of Acceptance
Friday 26 July 2019
FECCA 2019 Conference
9 – 11 October 2019

Acknowledgment of Country

FECCA pays respect to the traditional and original owners of the land on which the FECCA conference is being held, the Muwinina people, and pays respect to those that have passed before us and acknowledges today’s Tasmanian Aboriginal community who are the custodians of the land.

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