Established in 2017, our Advisory Board brings together expertise and passion across sectors including media, law, advertising, business, and academia, and a commitment to increasing diversity and representation in Australia’s media landscape.
Isabel is the founder and co-chair of Media Diversity Australia. She is an advisory board member at the Centre for Media Transition. Prior to this she was part of the fledgling team that launched ABC News 24, Australia's first free-to-air 24-hour news network. She later went on to work at CNN International in London and as the Editor of Opinion and Commissioning at Mamamia. She is the mother of three kids and lives in New York City.
Antoinette is the co-founder and co-chair of Media Diversity Australia. She is a multi-award-winning journalist and media commentator. Antoinette has worked across television, radio and online news and current affairs at Network 10, ABC, triple j and SBS. She has appeared on panels including ABC's Q&A and Afternoon Briefing, Sky News, Studio10, and SBS and has written opinion articles for several publications including Sydney Morning Herald, news.com.au, The Guardian and Mamamia.
In 2019, Antoinette was named among AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2021, she was awarded a Women’s Agenda Leadership Award and B&T Women in Media Champion of Change. Her first book, ‘How to Lose Friends and Influence White people’ will be published by Penguin Random House in early 2022.
Antoinette is also part of the Judith Nielson Institute For Journalism and Ideas’ International Advisory Council. She is an Ambassador for mental health organisation the Gidget Foundation and the Australian Thyroid Foundation.
Alvaro is the company secretary of Media Diversity Australia. He has has over 15 years’ experience in commercial planning and strategy and currently works for Qantas Loyalty. He worked for several years in the not-for-profit sector, delivering funding strategies to ensure the sustainability of the organizations he worked for. Originally from Spain, Alvaro has lived in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East. He holds a Bachelor's in Law and recently completed an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales.
Talal is an accomplished business figure, academic and philanthropist. He is the managing director of Crescent Wealth, an Islamic superannuation and investment firm, and the company secretary of the Crescent Foundation charity. He serves on the boards of The Whitlam Institute and the Australian Arab Dialogue. Talal received an OAM in 2010 for his services to business and community. His charity funds a dozen scholarships a year at Western Sydney University for refugees.
Waleed is one of Australia's most prominent media commentators. The multi Logie and Walkley award winner presents 'The Project' on Network Ten, writes a regular column for Fairfax Media, co-hosts 'The Minefield' on ABC Radio National and lectures at Monash University. He also plays a pretty mean lead guitar for the Melbourne band Robot Child.
Tanya Denning Orman, a Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman from Central and North Queensland, has led NITV since joining SBS in 2012 and became its first Head of Indigenous Content. With more than 20 years' experience working in media, Tanya has previously held positions as a journalist and producer for ABC and SBS, and a number of different roles at NITV since its inception in 2007. She also holds a number of industry Board positions including with First Nations Media Australia and the World Indigenous Television Broadcast Network.
Tim is the Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) at the University of Sydney. Prior to this, he was Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner from 2013-18. Before taking on his role at the Australian Human Rights Commission, he held positions at the University of Sydney and Monash University. He is the author of five books on national identity and multiculturalism, and chairs the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity.
Katrina Rathie is a non-executive Director to the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Board. She was formerly the Partner in Charge of King & Wood Mallesons, Sydney. As the only Asian Australian woman to lead a top-tier law firm, Katrina is a role model for gender and cultural diversity in the professional services industry. Katrina was named the winner of the AFR Woman of Influence awards in the Board & Management category and NSW Woman Lawyer of the Year. She is a non-executive director of The Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia, Cranbrook School and NSW Rugby/Waratahs. She is a member of Chief Executive Women, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a former member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Law Society of NSW.
Monica is a multi Walkley award-winning journalist. In her 35-year career, she hosted prime-time shows for the ABC including 'Media Watch', 'PM' and 'The World Today'. She is the author of the best-selling “Russia: Which Way Paradise?”, which details the collapse of Soviet communism. Monica received an OAM in 1992 in recognition of her work as a radio correspondent in Moscow. She is currently the head of journalism at UTS.
Maker is a practicing lawyer, enrolled in the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and High Court of Australia, and a passionate community advocate. He has a Bachelor of Arts/Law, Masters of Law, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and Master of Diplomacy and Trade. Currently, he is the Principal Solicitor and Director of Mayek Legal, Barristers & Solicitors and a board member of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils’ of Australia, and the Chair of its New and Emerging Communities. He was a former Board Member of Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria; and a former editor and board member of Journal of Politics and Law, an international journal dedicated to promoting academic exchange in the field of politics and law. Mayek was also a recipient of the 2020 Victorian Government’s African Board and Governance Scholarship and undertook Company Director’s Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sheba is a multicultural marketing and advertising expert. She founded Multi Connexions, one of Australia’s largest multicultural and diaspora advertising agency and advises leading brands and government on cultural strategy. She is on the board of the International Advertising Association – IAA Australia among other government and industry boards. Sheba was the first woman National Chair of Australia India Business Council and is Trustee & Board Member of Follow Your Dreams Foundation Australia.
Hugh Riminton has worked as a foreign correspondent, host, political editor and bureau chief for over three decades. He was a correspondent for CNN, the presenter of Nine Network’s 'Nightline' and is currently a senior reporter at Ten Eyewitness News. Hugh is an ambassador for Soldier On, an organisation supporting soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. He also mentors young refugees who are considering careers in journalism.
Stan is one of the leading voices in Australia on Indigenous affairs. He has written two books on the subject of national identity and his family history. In the course of his career, Stan has worked for Sky News, the Seven Network and Macquarie Radio. He was a correspondent for CNN and is currently the ABC's Asia correspondent. Stan received an AM in 2009 for services to Indigenous education and the preservation of the Wiradjuri language.
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