This directory was compiled to help newsrooms access diverse multicultural talent and voices for interviews. Any views expressed by individuals sourced from this directory represent entirely their own perspectives and it is important for users to know that they have no formal endorsement by or connection to Media Diversity Australia. While we have endeavoured to verify their areas of expertise as at [December 2020], it is important for journalists to do their own due diligence and fact-checking when engaging interviewees.
Social enterprises, international relations, racism, cultural diversity, intersectionality with disability, mental illness, family violence, youth, international students, leadership and politics, activism and advocacy
Having founded the Australian Federation of International Students and initiated the project Resilience Against Racism, Young Victorian of the Year 2010 Wesa Chau remains committed to providing innovative avenues to advance and advocate for multiculturalism and cultural diversity. Wesa is motivated by improving equality within the local community, and has held several senior managerial and governance positions. She has served on the Ministerial Council for Women’s Equality and is currently a member of the advisory group of the National Foundation of Australia-China Relations.
PhD candidate - Swinburne University, Master of Business Management - Swinburne University 2012
Peace and harmony within communities, relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims, family matters
Sheik Alaa Elzokm, Imam of the Elsedeaq Mosque at Heidelberg Heights and member of the Australian National Imams Council, has exerted his efforts to deliver a moderate understanding of Islam to the Muslim community in Victoria.
Bachelor of Islamic Studies - Al-Azhar University, Victorian Multicultural Award
Refugee and migrant experiences, business, career and professional development, Christianity and conservative values, family wellbeing, Africa-Australia relations, Congolese politics, leadership and management communication
Clyde Salumu Sharady is a broadcaster, entrepreneur, author and community leader who founded AMA (Africa Media Australia) in 2012. He is a former board member of African Think Tank, former president of the DR Congo Community Association of Victoria, Elder at The Narrow Way Church, convenor and chair of the Wyndham African Communities Network.
Diploma of journalism - IFASIC DR Congo, Bachelor of Communications - Monash University
Aboriginal partnerships, governance, human resources, Aboriginal talent, Reconciliation Action Plan, empowerment, Aboriginal celebrations, traditions, kinship
Loretta Romeo, a proud descendent of the Narungga and Ramindjeri, is inaugural Co-Chair, Senior Management Council, Aboriginal Affairs Executive Committee for Economic Participation Working Group. The group drives systemic change within the Public Sector, leading to an increase in sustainable employment and procurement opportunities for Aboriginal people.
MA IR & HR Uni of Sydney, BSc HR Edith Cowan Uni, Adv Dip App Psy Aus College of App Psy
Banking, leadership, mental health, migrant experience, intersectional diversity, international relations with South East Asia, Malaysia, multiculturalism, power of coaching & mentoring, future of work, solo business owner - migrant, WoC, cultural diversity, Agile and Lean thinking, behaviour, creating unique career journey.
Hema is a change catalyst to shift the balance, mindset and approach in the corporate world. She uses her past struggles in the Australian market, after a successful career in London and Kuala Lumpur to illuminate a career path for culturally diverse individuals. She works with organisations that want to invest in the talents of their people.
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) - ACA - UK Qualified Chartered Accountant
Racism, human rights, anti-Semitism, religion, immigration, Judaism, interfaith dialogue, international relations, community cohesion, Australian history, political and religious extremism
Jeremy Jones AM has been President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and a number of other positions in leading state, national and international Jewish organisations. He has conducted significant research on anti-Semitism and other forms of racism in Australia, on multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and globally.
BA History and Government - Sydney University
Promotion of peace, abolition of nuclear weapons, Australia-China relations, governance, racism, multiculturalism, Australian republic
Dr Ka Sing Chua is a general practitioner with special interest in medical acupuncture, active in the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW) and International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and International Campaign for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICANW). He is a past president of the Chinese Association of Victoria and deputy chair of the Building Project Committee. He is national senior adviser of the Chinese Community Council of Australia
MBBS (Monash) FAMAC - RACGP, National Council member MAPW, International Councillor IPPNW, AMA Council Victoria, Deakin Community Award
Diversity and inclusion, racism, sexism, gender, leadership, family violence, community engagement, public health policy, migration policy, refugee issues, well being, media bias, Islamophobia, xenophobia, #MeToo
A cross-cultural consultant, Tasneem addresses the management of diversity and intersectionality in leadership and communication across Australian institutions. For her efforts in cultural competence and community engagement she was acknowledged with an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) in 2020. This follows her being named an Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2019.
BA (Psych & Sociology) - Swinburne Uni of Tech
Mental health, Muslim mental health, partner abuse, racist bullying, workplace bullying, cultural intelligence, intercultural skills in a multicultural globalised world, unconscious and conscious bias, intercultural marriages/relationships
Monique Toohey is a psychologist/mental health & family violence advocate in the diverse Muslim communities. She has delivered psychological services to clients of culturally and religiously diverse backgrounds for the past 23 years.
B.S.Science (Family Studies), Australian Catholic University, Registered Psychologist
Family violence, women's issues, misconceptions about Islam, interfaith relations, organisational culture for child safety, international relations, life experiences
Enrolled in Master's in International Relations, Monash University
Multiculturalism, human rights, gender equality, law and justice system, intersectionality
Maria Dimopolous was acknowledged in 2020 with an OAM for service to women, to cultural diversity, and to the prevention of domestic violence. In 2017 she received the Migration Council of Australia Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to Australian multiculturalism and support for CALD women.
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws - Monash University
Social cohesion, social connection, anti-racism, international business, migrant entrepreneurship, business success stories, lifestyle and family life, raising a harmonious family, blended families, starting new ventures, innovation
Rohini Kappadath has been at the forefront of building high-growth business units and startups within large multinational institutions in the technology and professional services sectors over the past 25 years. She started up the Indian subsidiary of US global software multinational SAS Institute as its managing director.
Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Swinburne University, Graduate of Aust Institute of Company Directors
Human rights, social justice, family violence, policy and reform, refugees, international law, politics, Islam, forced marriage, Islamic divorce, gender equality
Diana Sayed is an Afghan-Australian woman from refugee migrant parents who has been former campaigner and international human rights lawyer for over 10 years. She has been campaigns manager at Fair Agenda and a senior crisis response campaigner at Amnesty International Australia.
Muslim community in Victoria.
BA (Hons) Pol Science/International Relations, LLB (Hons) Law
International business, entrepreneurship, economic development, foreign trade & investment, economic diplomacy, social marketing, senior entrepreneurship, economic policy, COVID economic recovery.
Dr Aron Perenyi is co-founder of Melbourne’s Central European Business Forum and a regular participant in the international business activities of the Victorian Government. He is founding member of the Group of Energy Efficiency Researchers Australia, and founding co-chair of the International Competitiveness track of EURAM.
Islam, community sensitivities
Ahmet Keskin is a co-founder of the Affinity Intercultural Foundation and was a NSW Centenary ANZAC Ambassador. He has been actively involved in community work for over 25 years, with the last 20 years in intercultural dialogue.
BA Engineering - UTS, MA Islamic Studies - Charles Sturt University
Women's issues, Islam, identity.
Economics and economic policy, finance, government policy, real estate, investment, leadership.
Ming Long is a non-executive director experienced in a broad range of industries including financial services, real estate, education and professional associations. She has held leadership positions including CEO and CFO roles successfully navigating the global financial crisis. She is the first Asian woman to lead an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia.
BEc, LLB, MBA, FCA, FFin, AM, 100 Women of Influence, NSW Finalist Telstra Business Women's Awards
Education, women’s rights
Anam Javed, ICV Secretary since October 2016 has the Interfaith Portfolio and is on the management team for Project Mosaic, ICV’s small grants program. Anam is a VCE Biology/Chemistry teacher at a government co-ed high school, working with young people between the ages of 12 to 18. She looks after their behavioural, academic and wellbeing needs while providing them with crucial real-world skills. Anam grew up in Pakistan, Malaysia and Brunei. She moved to Australia at the age of 19 to go to university. She speaks Urdu, Bahasa Melayu and of course English. Anam came to ICV when she successfully applied for our Study Tour to Turkey, a joint venture between ICV and the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs in June 2015. At this time, she re-engaged with the broader Muslim community in a powerful way and then started volunteering as a Project Mosaic team member, managing small community events that were needs based and innovative. She gained an insight into extensive services provided by ICV to the Muslim community and found the drive and capacity to contribute. Finally, the support of ICV staff paved her way to the 2017 board elections. Anam’s goal is to connect diverse Muslim communities in Victoria to one another and to ICV, so that we can all share resources and skills instead of doubling up on similar events and programs. Her long-term aim is to create a positive image of Muslims in the media, as the media is a tremendous stakeholder in influencing people’s perceptions of Muslims, especially in today’s volatile socio-political climate. She would like to engage more active youth members into interfaith programs, and encourage them to discuss and debate topical issues on religion and ethnics, along with up-skilling and training more young Muslims to develop a diverse and dynamic bank of future leaders. Anam would like to see the media engage with us positively and shed more light on the contributions of Muslims in Australia; and to see peak Muslim bodies united and working towards specific and strategies common goals. She would like the Australia-Muslim community to feel that their peak representative bodies adequately support and champion them. In addition, for trust building to occur between Muslims and other minority faith groups, so that we can collectively push for positive change. Lastly, her focus is Muslim youth, as Victorian Muslims are predominantly a young population and are facing great challenges like disillusionment due to bullying and racism. She would like to see young Muslims feel that they are valued and supported, and that they have equal opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions. Anam recently graduated from a Leadership course, which featured 30 different ethnic groups. She adores Melbourne’s cultural diversity and the fact that she can hear multiple languages spoken on just one tram journey on any day. Anam hopes to see an Australia that truly cherishes its cultural richness, and ethnic minorities wearing their skin colour and tongue twisting names as badges of pride.
Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program alumnus 2018, Islamic Council of Victoria secretary 2017-2019.
Law, social justice, social cohesion, multiculturalism, women, Islam
Azmeena Hussain is listed in Doyle’s Guide as a preeminent personal injuries lawyer. She is Chair of the Islamic Museum of Australia and a Director of Football Victoria.
Dr Mimmie Watts is an Associate Professor at Federation University, Australia, and an associate in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is on the Editorial/Advisory Boards of the East African Journal of Health Sciences and the WAGEDI-GUU International Journal for Sustainable Development. Dr Watts chairs the Australian African Academic Network and is a Member of the African Science & Innovation Council (ASRIC) with the African Union. She is the convenor of the African Diaspora Women Summit.
Emerging Women in Public Health Leadership - Harvard University 2019
Mental health, agriculture, organic food, reconciliation action plans, international business experience, international travel experience, both professional & personal
Dalene Wray grew up in outback Australia and still has family living there. She has connections and "lived experience" with the bush. She has travelled extensively around the world and has studied a number of languages. She speaks French. She is active in organisations including the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce, the Export Council of Australia, the Australian Meat Industry Council, AgForce, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Femeconomy, Institute of Managers and Leaders, Advance
Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiations - University of South Australia,
Peace issues, migration issues, youth issues, family issues, local and Middle Eastern relations
Australo-Lebanese Christian Council founder and president.
Multicultural policy, settlement services and policy, refugee and migrant communities, aged-care policy, culturally responsive services and policy making
Eddie Micallef has been a Member of the Victorian Parliament from March 1983 to September 1999. He has held portfolios covering Health, Industrial Relations, Work Cover and Multicultural Affairs.
Eddie Micallef has a professional background in Occupational Health, and extensive experience in Community Health.
Poverty, international relations
Nevein is an international businesswoman of Egyptian and Turkish ancestry with more than 20 years of industry experience before she started her own business Realty International Group Pty Ltd in 2013. Busy as she is as a professional, mother and carer for her husband, Nevein is an avid volunteer including Gawith Villa for disabilities in Malvern and Migrant Resource Centre. She is involved in several other causes in the community aimed at enhancing social cohesion.
Business Management & Administration - American University
Documentary film, Kimberley indigenous issues, Australian-born Chinese, racism, multicultural Australia, diversity of Chinese people
Nicole Ma's films have been nominated and won awards in Australia and internationally. Her projects include the inaugural multimedia exhibitions for the centenary opening of the National Museum of Australia and the blockbuster exhibition Yiwarra Kuju featuring the history of the Canning Stock Route.
Postgrad in film - Victorian College of the Arts
Child sexual abuse, extremism, Judaism, mental health, justice, politics
Manny Waks was a vice-president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and president of the Canberra Jewish Community when he spoke out publicly about his child sexual abuse in 2011. In 2012 he established the support and advocacy group Tzedek.
Bachelor of International Relations
Women, Islam, social justice, indigenous reconciliation, community/women in business, wholistic approach to social and environmental justice, diversity competence and equity
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 OAM 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. As a long-time Melbourne icon, she is celebrated for both her generosity and success as a businesswoman.
La Trobe University, University of Melbourne, OAM, Victorian women’s honour roll, and buisness awards.
Islamic design services
Gould Studio designs brands, products and experiences for Muslim audiences. Founder Peter Gould has been active in the Sydney Muslim community for 15 years. Visit gouldstudio.com
Design-industry qualifications. Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (NSW Govt). Australia for UNHCR
Islam, Muslims, Middle East, politics, Arabic, Urdu, Pakistani, Pakistan, India, Hindi, religion, terrorism, terrorist, international religions, Christianity, comparative religions
Imam S. Wadood Janud is Minister of Ahmadiyya Muslims Community Victoria, Tasmania and Northern Territories, Muslimsdownunder.com
Theology and comparative religions - Jamia Ahmadiyya International Canada
Local government, multi-faith, diversity, representation, youth, politics
Kasuni Mendis is a local activist from south-eastern Melbourne supporting diversity. She has experience in community and grassroots campaigns for state and federal elections and other local community organisations. Kasuni has been a candidate for local government elections in the City of Casey.
Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Business (Governance)
Refugees, art, culture and community, social justice
Aseel Tayah is a Palestinian artist/activist using her cultural practice to shed light on the experiences of those living in war-torn countries and conditions. She is an advocate for humanity, and for humans to deal with each other with dignity, kindness and respect. Through her works such as Bukjeh and Lullabies Under the Stars, she invites communities into the experience of asylum seekers and refugees. She is a sought-after speaker on cultural rights and the role of the arts in building social cohesion and harmony, working towards cultural equity in a predominantly white arts sector.
Masters in Art and Education, Masters in Art and Community Practice, Bachelor of Arts and Education
Sophie Hatchers has stuttered since she was about four years old. She has attended various speech therapy and pathology sessions, among them the La Trobe Smooth Speech Intensive Program. Joining ASEA has given her support, friendship and confidence, and she seeks to give back.
Community politics, social issues, poverty, justice, discrimination, science and engineering, health, safety and risk, cultural issues
Elias Diacolabrianos is a Greek public broadcaster and community activist who has 40 years' experience in Safety and Risk Management and participation in international conferences and expert panels. He is a radio producer with ABC's 3ZZ, community radio 3CR, foundation member of 3ZZZ and currently the coordinator of the 3ZZZ Greek programs as well as a member of the 3ZZZ council.
Chemical Engineering - Swinburne University
Syriac/Aramaic indigenous people of the Old Syria in diaspora and abroad, Mesopotamian civilizations, Christians in the Middle East
Adibeh Abdo-Attia is an author, publisher, volunteer advocate and human rights advocate for CALD communities, accountant and small-business owner in tourism and hospitality. www.aaabooks.org
Accounting and Computer degree - La Trobe University
Islam, Muslims in Australia, Indigenous-Muslim relationship, women empowerment, gender bias, international relations, peace building, interfaith dialogue, Islamophobia, Muslim youth, Muslim women, refugees and asylum seekers
Masters in Technology
Muslim youth, law students, diversity in the legal profession, Muslim community issues
LinkedIn profile: Jazeer Nijamudeen
Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Journalism, diversity in the media, sport and diversity, journalism education, journalism and society in Indonesia
Dr Nasya Bahfen is a senior lecturer in media and communication at La Trobe University and an AFL Multicultural Community ambassador. She coordinates the Master of Communication (Journalism Innovation), teaches undergraduate journalism subjects, and supervises research students. She has been a journalist and producer at ABC Radio Australia, ABC Radio National, and SBS radio and online.
BA (Journalism) - RMIT, PhD - UTS
Arts and culture, performing arts (music, community theatre), representation in literary and arts scene, grief and loss, race-based discrimination, cultural safety
Gabriela Georges is a musician, writer, workshop facilitator and community development worker. She uses her creative skills in working with youth, children and adults to increase their confidence, develop their artistic skills, and enable them to speak on issues important to them.
Master of Arts and Community Practice - VCA University of Melbourne
Racism, diversity, social entrepreneurship, volunteering
Sibonginkosi is a social entrepreneur who through her Love Alive Foundation that provides education and opportunities to vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. Sibo tells her story her blog and being on the speaker circuit. She is a force in Corona Support for Africa.
BSc in Industrial Engineering - Hofstra University New York, Master of Engineering (Management) - RMIT University
Multiculturalism, issues related to women, immigrant issues, refugee issues, people living in disadvantaged areas/poverty, media representation, youth issues, educational issues, politics and international relatuons, human rights
Robina Ali is an ethnic Hazara from Afghanistan who with her family came to Australia as refugees. She went to a lanuage school then finished VCE from Dandenong High School. After that I studies from the univerity of Melbourne and graduated mid-2019. She works with an auditing firm.
BA (Politics, international relations and psychology) - University of Melbourne
Art, sport, mental health, international relations
Certificate 4, Member of Sabaoth media and art ministry, Exodus Ethiopians evangelical church
Technology, IT security, men's development work, sexuality, the power of transformation
Daniel Stefyn bridges the divide between technology and human solutions. He has been an election observer with the OSCE program in Europe.
Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications)
Guitars, music (live performance), medicine, food
Dr Jess Loh is a Malaysian involved in the creative arts in Australia. She was was born in Kuala Lumpur and picked up the guitar at the age of 13. She started playing in the church band and doing occasional shows while in school but her moment came when she moved to Melbourne in 2009. The turning point came when she had to move to the central Gippsland for her first year of medical school, missing family and the familiar. She rediscovered her love for performance making YouTube covers. Songwriting followed. She has cut two EPs and performed in numerous venues in Melbourne.
MBBS - Monash University
Multiculturalism and mental health, multiculturalism and LGBTIQ, multiculturalism and ageing/older adults, intersectionality
Dr Judy Tang is a Commissioner in the Victorian Multicultural Commission. She is an advocate for multicultural and LGBTQI+ communities with expertise in psychology, ageing, research and mental health.
Clinical Neuropsychologist BSc (Hons), DPsych
Mental health, domestic violence, wellbeing
Tracy Trang Pham graduated from RMIT University with a double degree in Communications & Advertising in 2015. She has been working in commercial and non-for-profit organisations.
Master in Communications & Advertising - RMIT University
Aviation, training and education, mental health, business and trade
Steven Antunovic has operational and management experience in general aviation and across diverse multinational business environments including manufacturing, export, mining and construction. He is a member of the board and committee within non-profit organisations https://www.linkedin.com/in/stjepan-steve-antunovic-87ab1312/
Business management, education, cyber security
Criminal justice, rehabilitation and reintegration (justice and mental health related), multiculturalism, diversity, family violence (from a diversity lens), aspects of Islam
Dr Shaymaa Elkadi is responsible for leading the development, implementation and monitoring of Forensicare’s strategic objectives and projects, quality and safety, information and data management, as well as data analytics and communications. She is also the executive sponsor of Forensicares’s First Nations portfolio.
Bachelor of Arts, postgraduate Diploma Applied Psychology, PhD (Psychology) - University of Melbourne
Education, education policy, education reform, early childhood education, Australia-China relations young voices, Chinese education system, international development in China, modern Chinese society, model minority issues
Lisa Qin is an education specialist passionate about community building and enhancing cross-cultural engagement. She envisages a world where quality education leads to a more sustainable and globalised world. An ANU graduate in Law and Commerce, Lisa holds master's degrees from the University of Melbourne and the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she received the Frank Knox Fellowship. She was awarded the Young Australia China Alumni of the Year award in 2018 for her contributions to the Australia-China community.
Ed.M Harvard, M.Teach Unimelb, UNICEF China, Young Australia China Alumni of the Year 2018, 40 under 40 Asian Australian award
Media, broadcasting, journalism, media management, diversity, diversity in media and journalism, diversity in executive leadership, business
Energetic and experienced leader, strategic planner, stakeholder whisperer; passionate about bringing disparate people and teams together to achieve collaborative results. Clear and skilled communicator with superior written and spoken English skills, specializing in creating understanding. Diversity & Inclusion capability at all levels, incl. designing & delivering strategy, executive coaching, individual and team development for practical outcomes. Experienced live broadcaster and public presenter.
BA Journalism - RMIT, Churchill Fellowship - topic “Practical strategies for increasing cultural diversity in broadcast media”
Interfaith dialogue, culturally diverse representation in leadership, race relations, sustainability, business strategy, infrastructure, transport, development policy
Miguel Vera-Cruz is a business strategist and youth leader. Born in Sydney and of Southeast Asian background, he is completing his MBA at INSEAD Singapore to apply his business strategy experience to investing in and growing Australian and Southeast Asian businesses that can improve the regions' development, competitiveness, and integration in ways inclusive of culturally diverse communities. He has co-organised the Youth Parliament of the World's Religions and Professional Development Forum, a speaker series upskilling culturally diverse professionals to become leaders in their industries.
MBA - INSEAD, Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelow of Laws - UNSW
Nutrition in health, tube feeding, nutrition during Ramadan, nutrition in the intensive care unit
Lina Breik is an accredited practising dietitian with a decade of clinical nutrition experience working across several Melbourne hospitals. Her expertise include intensive care nutrition, tube feeding, nutrition during Ramadan and in health. www.tubedietitian.com
Master of Public Health - Monash University, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Hons
Law, youth development, educational services, refugee, discrimination, women empowerment and opportunities
Ms Sahema Saberi is a law clerk and casework assistant at Refugee Legal recently admitted as an Australian lawyer
Juris Doctor University of Melbourne, BSc - Monash University
Equality, diversity and inclusion, gender and social inclusion, international development, humanitarian aid
Born in India to feminist parents and having lived and worked in many different countries, Navanita considers herself a global citizen.
She has been working in the social justice domain for more than 22 years. Her work has taken her to live in several countries in Asia, Africa and Oceania, with many different organisations, including Unicef, UNDP, International Rescue Committee, World Vision and Oxfam. She currently is working with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman as the Lead – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion where she works to create a workplace culture that accepts and celebrates human diversities and practice inclusion every day.
In every workplace she has been part of, Navanita’sstrategies include questioning, listening to understand, reimagining, and redesigning policies, processes, and practices to make them enabling and inclusive for all people.
Facilitating difficult conversations on ‘wicked’ issues by creating a safe, non-judgmental and uplifting environment is what she enjoys most. She is raising a feminist human, who at 8 years old continues to question and challenge stereotypes and biases in her school, playgrounds and at home.
Masters in Social Work - Delhi School of Social Work
Corporate governance, petroleum development
Angela Aroozoo is an accomplished legal executive with an international career in the petroleum industry following partnership at Phillips Fox’s Corporate, Energy and Resources practice. She advises boards and senior executives and is respected for her professionalism and integrity. Her career highlights include the foundation agreements for the PNG LNG industry and projects in Asia and Africa. Her personal commitment to integrity is shaped by her business experiences.
B.Juris and LLB - University of Western Australia. Admitted to practise in WA (1987) and Victoria (2000)
Livestock, agriculture, economy, community development, legal system, police reforms, international politics, diplomatic relationships, trade, exports, rural development, Islam, Pakistan
Rai Muhammad Usman is a managing director at AusAgri International and is an executive member of the Board of Directors Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industries Pakistan. He is a member of Dairy Australia and of Pakistan Australia Trade Development Organisation
MBA - Hanken Swedish School of Economics & Business Administration Finland.
Islam, migration, belonging, diversity, women in business, mothers in business, celebrations and events, small business, entrepreneurship, lifestyle, migrant mental health, migrant small business
Marwa Rida believes change can happen through speaking up about issues in society after her own struggle of belonging and connecting with a community that did not welcome her in initially.
Bachelor of Commerce in English ( Major Accounting) - Ain Shams University Cairo
Advancement of women and people of colour in leadership and entrepreneurship. Building up people, cultures and organisations through allyship.
Winitha Bonney has over 21 years of experience in executive roles and has founded several businesses and managed boards responsible for over $70 billion.
Master of Arts (Management) - RMIT, Master of Marketing - RMIT, Bachelor of Business with distinction - RMIT
Multicultural marketing and communications, social justice, media ethics
Kleoniki (Kleo) Anne Cruse works in diverse communications, creating strategy to engage Victorians from CALD backgrounds in media campaigns. She is passionate about social justice and representation.
Bachelor of Creative Writing - RMIT, Honour's degree in Media and Communications - RMIT, Master of Journalism - Monash University.
Podcasting, storytelling, media and journalism, content creation, communications training, female business leadership, entrepreneurship, Turkish culture, growing up first generation Australian, diaspora, interracial marriage, diversity & inclusion, Gallipoli, and multiculturism.
Serpil Senelmis is Co-Founder of Written & Recorded, a content marketing agency specialising in podcast production, copywriting and communications training. Before that she worked across Australia’s mainstream media in newspapers, radio, television and online for more than 20 years. Serpil was the first Turkish-Australian to host her own show on commercial radio. She’s also had stints on-air across TV and radio on the ABC, SBS and Channel 9. Serpil is an effervescent presenter and facilitator – on stage and on-screen.
BA (English & Media) – Edith Cowan University, Associate Degree in Broadcasting Degree - WAAPA
Arts and culture
Linda Catalano is an independent Australian producer with national and international experience as a programmer, curator and manager that spans live performance and film and television. Her professional practice is dedicated to developing, presenting, programming and representing diverse, evocative, irreverent and intersectional work. Community connection and professional development are also a key part of her practice.
Green Room Awards (2019) Outstanding Contribution to Cabaret
Young people, representation, mental health, job-seeking, migrant experiences, education, youth policy
Thomas Feng is media and communications manager at Youth Affairs Council Victoria who translates complex issues into compelling stories, particularly to help diverse and marginalised voices reach the mainstream. His work creates platforms and opportunities for communities, including young people and migrant and refugee communities to represent themselves through his work at Road to Refuge and the Centre for Multicultural Youth. His skills include developing and delivering marketing and communications strategy, implementing best practice in social media, media and public relations, public speaking, leadership and events management.
Bachelor of Commerce
Filmmaking, animal welfare
Vikas Kumar is an IT professional turned filmmaker. His debut self-funded feature film, which he started filming in 2018, has been viewed at international film festivals. He has released it on independent Video On Demand Service Vimeo. www.5daysmovie.com
Best Directorial Debut 2019 - Out Of The Can International Film Festival England
LOTE multicultural consultant, multicultural research, strategy and communications
Ash Chand comes from a sales and relationship management background that primarily revolves around banking.
CALD women leadership, mindset, life coaching, relationship
Vineti Anand is a life and leadership coach and helps professional women create, success, courage and happiness in thier personal and professional life.
MBA - The Life Coaching College USA, Engineering - India
Entrepreneurship (starting, pivoting and growing businesses), business strategy, racial issues, discrimination, funding for female founders, the media industry (global perspective), diversity especially around migrants, equality (gender and beyond)
Shamila Gopalan is an entrepreneur and corporate leader having built businesses independently and in Fortune 500 companies worldwide, from CNN to National Geographic Channel through to Fox International for close to 24 years across three continents. She has built two businesses and exited one before moving to Australia three years ago. Now on her third venture, HerWit, she keeps pushing the envelope for equality, diversity and inclusion in fostering female role models and leaders.
MBA - CUNY, Top 50 Female Leaders in Asia - World Federation of Marketing and Asian Federation of Business.
Professional development, diversity, racism, bamboo ceiling, multicultural markets, migrant experience, Asia relations
Development Forum in 2007 to help diverse young professionals. Jeffery developed a passion for mentoring culturally diverse talent to unlock their leadership potential.
MBA (MGSM), Mmgt (MGSM), B.Sc. - Macquarie University, Asianlink Leaders Program - University of Melbourne
Cross-cultural communication, entrepreneurship, education, teaching, training
Sabina Qader is an advocate embracing diversity to create a more cohesive culture, for better health and productivity
Master of Teaching - University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Journalism - RMIT University
Complex programs/transformation, risk advisory, management consulting
Amro Ibraheim is a corporate professional married to a wife who is in the Arts, specialising in dance - First Nation and international collaborations.
Masters Project Management - Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Positive social and economic impact of migrants in Australia, demonstrate inclusive communities drive progress and cohesion
After starting life with $20 in hand, Rinku Razdan knows first-hand the problems migrant women face. From that experience, Rinku is passionate about giving her voice and skills to migrants. Only in solidarity can we drive positive change, she says.
Technology consultant to create an inclusive Australia https://www.connectionsaustralia.com/our-purpose/
How to thrive as an immigrant, 100 lunches with 100 strangers
Kaley Chu is a TEDx speaker, author and entrepreneur who set out to have 100 lunches with strangers (now over 270).
Bachelor of Commerce - University of Melbourne
Mental health, fitness, nutrition, media misinformation, social media
Ella Nguyen is an alumna of the Professional Development Forum in Sydney.
Environmental science, immigration
Yan MA is an environmental professional and science communicator, sparked in the early 2010s as a new migrant at the height of national climate debates. Yan seeks to build bridges between his community and the mainstream, and to enhance the participation of minority communities in Australia’s affairs. He believes he was trained in Australia and trained for Australia to better serve the people as an advocate of science and facts.
Master of Environment, University of Melbourne
African issues, youth development, mentoring and coaching, community engagement
Charmaine Hunzwi is an inclusion advocate focusing on youth empowerment through mentoring and coaching for both professional and personal development.
BSc Applied Accounting - Oxford Brookes University
International education, cross-cultural communication
Xueqian Chien a community radio presenter and producer at Radio Adelaide passionate about sharing stories about cultures, international students and inspirations. She's a content and video creator and her blog post "3 Things Chinese Students Like About Adelaidians" is featured on the City of Adelaide's website. She also contributes content to the Women's Network of Australia China Youth Association.
Master of Social Work - University of South Australia, member of Women In Media
Jimmy Li has been involved in serving the community for many years. He is currently a member of Monash Multicultural Advisory Committee
PhD, University of Arizona
First Nations justice issues, incarceration, black deaths in custody
Roxanne Moore has been an Indigenous Rights Campaigner with Amnesty International Australia and Principal Advisor to Change the Record Coalition. She has international experience with UNHCR Jordan and New York University’s Global Justice Clinic.
Fulbright Scholar, LLM (International Legal Studies) NYU, LLB University of WA
Racial justice, intersectionality, feminism, intercultural communication, international relations, communications industry
Amena Ziard has been actively involved in community radio with diversified experience in communications strategy and content creation. In her free time, she is an avid podcaster.
Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Politics) - Monash University. Member MEAA
David Wei was born in China and migrated to Melbourne in early 2001. He started running his own business consulting business soon after arrival. David is involved in the Chinese community's activities and wishes to contribute to the multicultural community.
Business degrees from China and Australia
Immigration law, migration, modern slavery, human rights
Immigration lawyer Tina Masrour has practised law since 2011 with a primary focus on migration law. She has dealt with complex immigration issues and their overlap with family and criminal law. She also has extensive experience in business migration and am a global mobility specialist.
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Technology Sydney
Baha'i perspectives on social cohesion, diversity, role of religion in society, Baha'i Faith, role of media in society, gender equality, role of youth, persecution of Baha'is in Iran, media & technology, interfaith, religious harmony, community building
Venus Khalessi serves as a representative of The Australian Baha'i Community's Office of External Affairs. The Office engages and contributes on behalf of the community to public discourse, including those themes and topics of prevalent concern to the social progress of our country, including: social cohesion, gender equality, role of youth, role of religion and the role of media in society.
Admitted Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW. Law degree, University of Wollongong.
International relations, refugee, poverty, human rights
Gold award, social justice, 2002 NSW Premier’s public sector awards in a youth partnership with Arabic-speaking communities
Islam, family, mental health, medicine, arts, music, stroke, cardiology, health system.
Haseeb (Harry) Rizvi manages reception and administration and telehealth consultations at Everwell Medical group.
Member of PAAM, PSA, PSAA
Muslim women's rights, Islam, family violence, intersectionality, power of stories, peer support
Manal Shehab is an author of children’s books and a faith-based counsellor.
Diploma of Counselling, Dual Cert IV in Mental Health/AOD (Diversitat)
Psychology, women's issues, women of colour matters, addiction and drugs therapeutic intervention, East African affairs, racism
Toltu Tufa is globally recognised for her contribution towards reviving Oromo children's literature. She is an award-winning psychologist for developing sexualising assault prevention programmes in secondary schools.
Master of Professional Psychology (psychologist)
Family violence, sexual violence, restorative justice, Melbourne Women's Liberation Movement, migration and settlement, North Korean human rights, North Korean laws, mentoring law students and graduates
Daye Gang is a North Korean human rights consultant and PhD candidate on restorative justice for family violence and human rights. She is a barrister and mentors as many law graduates and students as she can.
BA/LLB (1H) - Monash University, PhD candidate - Monash University
Youth issues, social and environmental issues, international relations and politics, community issues, interfaith issues, spiritual issues, urban planning issues.
Oz Malik is a community leader, actor, artist and program curator. His practice adopts ideas and inspiration from Sufi mysticism, ancient wisdom and decolonialisation. As a person of colour, Oz Malik seeks to portray positive and honest representation of multicultural communities in the media and film landscape.
Postgraduate studies international politics and relations - University of Melbourne
Human rights, refugee, international law
Anita George is a lawyer, advocate and policy expert with experience in social justice and human rights, discrimination, global public health, and international law. She has extensive expertise in advocacy and public speaking, technical, evidence-based research and publication integrating a human rights-based transformative lens. Her focus is on empowerment, equality, diversity and social inclusion to policy and program development, creating, from inception, and delivering innovative programs including capacity-building training programs, stakeholder engagement, negotiation and group facilitation, governance and strategic planning and implementation, working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Masters of Public Affairs - Sciences Po Paris (Summa Cum Laude), LLB (1st Hons), BA (1st Hons) - University of Tasmania
Caste-ism, religious diversity, poverty, fake news, media and gender, media and minority representation.
Born in an Indian Bengali community and working and living in Australia are different to living experiences in India. Ali Saha is married to a Sri Lankan who also holds distinct lifestyles and living patterns.
PhD - Monash University
Emerging technologies, XR (AR + VR) and ethics
Priscilla Koukoui is a specialist in emerging technologies.
Masters degree in Management, studied two MBAs - IIFT Delhi and AIT Bangkok
Data and analytics in Australian and overseas retail markets. Specifically e-commerce, customer loyalty and women driving sales growth. Yet company decisions are made by men.
Meray Azar has worked in Big Box and speciality retail her entire professional life. She was head of digital and CRM for Jeanswest, head of digital channels for Spotlight retail group and now consult in speciality retail.
Bachelor of Commerce and Business Hons - Monash University, tech accelerator program via slingshot,
Diversity and inclusion in law and sport
Molina is the founder of the organisation Multicultural Women in Sport which aims to empower women from multicultural backgrounds through sport.
Molina is the Vice President of the Law Institute of Victoria and also sits on the boards of AMES Australia, Good Shephard ANZ, Gymnastics Victoria and the Graduate House of the University of Melbourne. She is also the National Vice President of the Asian Australian Lawyer’s Association and was the Chair of the Women in Business Chapter of the Australia India Business Council.
She is on the AFL South East Commission Advisory Board and has been a Cricket Australia Ambassador, Commonwealth Games 2018 Ambassador and Jean Hailes women’s Health week Ambassador. Molina is a member of the Football Federation of Victoria’s Tribunal.
Jemima Lotika is a Community Engagement worker with Anglicare Victoria in Mildura. She is undertaking her Masters in Public Health.
Bachelor of Public Health - Australian Catholic University
Refugee law, immigration law, migration issues, diversity and inclusion, mental health, endometriosis, migraines.
Joanna Abraham is a refugee and immigration lawyer, diversity and inclusion advocate and practitioner mentor.
Bachelor of Journalism - Monash University, Juris Doctor - Melbourne Law School
Discriminatory policing among Aboriginal and CALD communities, healthy eating, public health
Mayumi Polgahage Dona has worked on health impacts of discriminatory policing in Victoria among Aboriginal and CALD communities at the Flemington community legal centre in Kensington. This was in collaboration with cohealth community organisation.
Master of public health Victoria University, Mental Health Foundation Australia Multicultural Ambassador
Financial literacy, sexual violence, domestic violence, women's rights in Islam, gender pay gap, intersectional women's issues, personal branding, employment for migrants and refugees, entrepreneurship, social enterprise/purpose-led business, diversity & inclusion
Mariam Mohammed is an entrepreneur, speaker, and facilitator. From a student leader in university in 2016, Mariam by 2019 had co-founded MoneyGirl to empower and inspire women to become financially independent. Now she is one of AFR's 100 Women of Influence, 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians, and a 2020 NSW Young Woman of the Year Finalist. http://mariammohammed.com/
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Film), Master of Development Studies (Community Development) University of Sydney, Cert IV in Small Business Management
Gender equality, anti-racism, sexual harassment, WOC married to a white man, white privilege, healing circle work, bystander training and action, alternative education/homeschooling, gender inequality and racism and intersectional feminism in screen industry, feminist horror
Writer-director Katrina is co-founder, chair and Queensland board member of Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia, recently elected to the WIFT International board. She facilitates bystander training with Griffith University.
BA Social Science Uni of Canberra, Dip Ed Secondary (Bahasa Indonesia LOTE SOSE University of New England, Masters Creative Writing Queensland University of Technology
CALD mental health, CALD justice involvement, CALD offending, identity, racism, migration
Dr Stephane Shepherd is Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology at Swinburne University. His research explores cross-cultural issues at the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system. He is a member of the Eastern Regional Advisory Committee of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Department of Justice crime prevention committee and Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health's diversity committee. He is Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University.
BA Criminology, MA Communications, PhD Forensic Psychology - Monash University, Fulbright Scholar in Cultural Competence
Interpreter, translator, intercultural communicator, language coach, education advice, relocation advice
Andrea Lou is a former international student migrant from China, certified interpreter and translator, language coach and intercultural trainer.
NAATI Certified Interpreter, NAATI Certified Translator, Master of Teaching (Secondary) - University of Melbourne
Australian diaspora, offshore banking, accounting, diversity and inclusion
Karen Loon is a fourth-generation Australian-born Chinese expatriate in Singapore where she is a non-executive director, chartered accountant and former partner at PwC Singapore.
MBA (MGSM), BEc (Sydney), FCA, FinSIA
International development, social justice, social cohesion, multiculturalism, society building and values, community building
Azita Sobhani founded Edraak to work with government, not for profit, civil society, business and educational sectors for the betterment of society.
PhD candidate Monash University
Parenting and family, family life education conscious parenting, character education in schools, creating a culture of character in schools, personal spiritual growth, corporate virtues in the workplace
Mojgan is a Master Facilitator for The Virtues ProjectTM International, a character education program that empowers teachers, parents and students to develop core ethical and performance values and live by their highest values.
Mojgan has been conducting workshops for parents, teachers and schools for more than 19 years in Australia and internationally.
BA (Ed), BA (Ed Studies) Murdoch University
Cultural identity, cultural/diversity representation, graphic design, design thinking, writing and communication skills, community leadership
Aman Gupta is a South Asian immigrant who has been living in Australia for over 20 years. As Head of Experience of a next generation media company called SAARI Collective, he is part of a collective promoting South Asian Australian stories. He is Co-Founder/Director of Goodie, a charity that helps volunteers by connecting/match-making with opportunities available through charities and organisations. Aman has also held design roles previously with a multicultural marketing & advertising agency and at a national South Asian print magazine.
Communication Design Honours Graduate, Swinburne University
President, International Advertising Association - Australia Chapter
International relations, gender, peace and security, multiculturalism, intersectionality, diversity and inclusion
Aydon Edwards is interested in contributing to a more equitable world. He has a Masters in International Studies (International Relations and Peace and Conflict Resolution), a Bachelor of Business, and is completing a research Masters on the economic drivers of UN perpetrated sexual exploitation and abuse.
Master of International Studies (peace and conflict resolution), University of Queensland
Hungarian, European, leadership, Central Europe, EU Parliament, nationalism, globalism, education, teaching, teachers, universities
After 20 years in law and business, Charles Kovess left his legal career in 1993 to share success strategies as an author, professional speaker, educator, facilitator and coach.
Bachelor of Laws with Honours, University of Melbourne
Cultures, organisations, generations, technology startups, innovations in culture, entrepreneurship, intracultural challenges, generational change
Michael Huskii is a ‘Generation-Z’ startup founder who, in the early days, drove Uber and lived the tech-startup life to innovate the music, technology and blockchain fintech space.
Recognised accolades and initiatives from various ecosystems and bodies:
SME Business Training, Sales, Team Building, Business Leadership, Systems, Business Synergy, Social Entrepreneurship, Women's leadership, Cultural Transformation, Australia-Asia trade and investment, Multiculturalism, Personal Development.
Kim Wen, trained in finance, IT, international trade and marketing in the US, China and Australia, is author of the book Black Belt Entrepreneur.
RMIT Bachelor of Business, Columbia University Business School, Chinese Community Council of Australia, Australian Asian Business Women’s Association
Zoroastrian faith, interfaith, multicultural and multifaith, women's health, family violence in CALD communities, elder abuse in CALD communities, access and equity in CALD communities, diversity
Dilnaz Billimoria migrated from India two decades ago to Melbourne. Fluent in English and Hindi, she has strong spoken and written communication skills and in building interpersonal relationships. She has worked internationally in India, UAE, Middle East and Australia, and has had professional experience in banking and financial services for 35 years.
B.Com Mumbai University, MBA Mumbai University, Victorian Multicultural Commission Award
Baha'i faith, community building, spiritual education, children's spiritual education, spiritual discourse
Della is a member of the Australian Baha'i Community and member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Ballarat.
Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Major in Journalism - Deakin University
Indigenous issues, criminal law, civil law, family law, child protection, family violence, social justice, black deaths in custody
Nerita Waight completed her Bachelor of Arts and Laws at the University of Melbourne in 2011 whilst undertaking a cadetship through the Australian Taxation Office. In 2012, she commenced a traineeship with the Victorian Government Solicitors Officer. In 2014, Nerita commenced working at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service as a civil lawyer then moved to the family and youth team. In 2016, Nerita moved to undertaking both legal casework and policy work and established Balit Ngulu, a specialist legal service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Nerita is completing her Masters of Law at the University of Melbourne.
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws - University of Melbourne
Creative arts, ceramics, persecution of the Baha'is in Iran
Mehrzad Mumtahan is an Iranian-Australian artist. He was born in Shiraz Iran in 1968 and left at the age of 17 due to religious persecution. He arrived in Australia in 1987. Mehrzad sees art as a medium for education and social change. His work explores subjects such as human rights, justice and equality. Mehrzad has had a number of solo and group exhibitions of his works. For more about his works see https://www.facebook.com/Mehrzad-Mumtahan-Artist-761701010593776/ In 2016 Mehrzad, his wife and two children moved from Sydney to Lake Macquarie in the Hunter Region where he works as a hearing health professional in the field of Audiology.
BA Visual Arts University of South Australia, MA Art and Design Education University of NSW, Diploma in Audiometric Assessment and Hearing Device Prescription and Evaluation Sydney Institute of Technology, Hearing Rehabilitation Specialist Australian College of Audiology
Indigenous issues, economics, domestic politics, international politics, public administration, law, sport, social justice, governance
Ian Hamm has extensive government and community sector experience at executive and governance levels. Ian was CEO of a major Aboriginal community organisation from January to August 2018. He now devotes himself to improving the representation of Aboriginal people on boards and other high level governance, through strategic action, advocacy and mentoring.
Australian New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellows Program, Harvard Business School Executive Education, Fellow Institute of Public Administration Australia (Vic)
Aboriginal issues, mental health, Indigenous language restoration, suicide, education, Aboriginality, genetic memory
Nola Turner-Jensen is content writer and e-learning designer for Crackerjack Education. Nola is currently (2020) undertaking a Queensland Aboriginal suicide prevention project called Many Ways Forward.
World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium accreditation, Cert 3 Suicide Prevention, Fellowship recipient First Nation Writers Australia, NAIDOC award 2019
Podcasting, disability advocacy, criminal justice
John Mckenna is an empowerment advocate, podcaster and commentator. Having a lived experience of disability and using an electric wheelchair his entire life, John has worked for over 30 years to empower people who experience challenges in their daily lives and society. He is the host of So…Podcast and has produced over 30 episodes that cover topics such as suicide prevention, disability advocacy, inclusiveness and resilience. John also has extensive experience in the area of social justice, human rights and mentoring/peer support.
Asian democracy, Asean, Islamism, political economy, Malaysia, religious politics
Kean Wong is a writer, researcher, editor, journalist of 30 years experience in Southeast Asia, Washington DC, Berlin, London, Canberra and regions, for the BBC, The Economist, ABC, and newspapers such as The Straits Times, The Sun, and The Australian Financial Review. Also contributing editor for the ANU's Southeast Asia site New Mandala, and in books such as The Faber Book of Pop and Losing Control: Freedom of the Press in Asia. Editor and co-writer of the book Rebirth: reformasi, resistance, and hope in new Malaysia (2020). Co-founder of Malaysia's Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ).
Creative sector, diversity and inclusion initiatives, first-generation settler/migrant, race and racism
Rani Pramesti (she/they) is the Creative Strategist behind Creatives of Colour, a shared space and online platform for/by creative people of colour, based in Kulin Country (so-called Melbourne). Rani designs and delivers programs and services that grow the next generation of creative visionaries, thinkers and makers. Rani's approach to service design is centred on justice and uplifting communities as a core part of the process. They question the very structures of how decisions are made and how power is practised. Rani is also the Program Producer (of the Victorian Independent Producers Initiative and for Strategic Visioning) at Theatre Network Australia, where they lead and facilitate strategic advocacy campaigns to drive home the value of arts and culture to people in positions of power. Since graduating from the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of Arts in 2013, Rani has dedicated herself to collaborations with underrepresented groups in the arts and culture, working inter-sectionally with culturally diverse practitioners, First Nations communities and Deaf and Disabled people. As Rani P Collaborations, they lead culturally diverse teams across Indonesia and Australia to create transformative experiences at the intersection of storytelling and technology. Rani works, learns and loves across Kulin Country (Melbourne), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Ohlone Country (San Francisco).
Single parenting, feminism, divorce, Greek culture, Cypriot culture, cultural and religious repression, poetry, art, writing
Koraly Dimitriadis is a Cypriot-Australian writer and performer who explores cultural and religious repression in her work. She is the author of the poetry books Just Give Me The Pills and Love and F**k Poems. She is a freelance opinion writer who has been published extensively across the Australian media, with international publications in The Independent (UK) and The Washington Post. Koraly has performed her poetry nationally and internationally. She has received travel grants from Cyprus and has toured Europe and the USA, with performances at The Bowery (New York), and She Grrrowls at The Poetry Society (London). Koraly makes films of her poems. She made her theatre debut in 2016 with her one-woman poetic play Koraly: ‘I say the wrong things all the time’. For her novel-in-progress, Divided Island, Koraly was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2017, an artist residency at Chantilly Studio and a HOANI writer’s residency from Cyprus in 2018, in 2019 the UNESCO City of Literature residency (Krakow). In 2020 she was the Moreland writer-in-residence and an Associate Artist at Theatre Works. www.koralydimitriadis.com
Cultural safety, health research, cultural determinants, research, nursing, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research, social determinants of health
Janine Mohamed is a proud Narrunga Kaurna woman from South Australia. Over the past 20 years, Janine has worked in nursing, management, project management, and workforce and health policy in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector. Many of these years have been spent in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector at state, national and international levels, and most recently as the CEO at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM). Janine is now based in Melbourne. She was awarded an Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity Fellowship in 2019 and, in January 2020, was awarded a Doctorate of Nursing honoris causa by Edith Cowan University.
Interpreter/translator, cultural advisor
Born in Sudan to a Greek mother and Egyptian father, Mariam Elliott travelled the world as a young woman and met her Australian husband in England. Her Australian-born children were brought up in Brisbane, where she has lived for the past 35 years. For 15 years plus, Mariam has worked with refugees from the Sudanese and Iraqi communities on their arrival, and served them to break the language and cultural barriers, to get them accustomed to the Australian system and ways without losing their identity. Mariam is the managing director of the interpreting/translation and cross-cultural advisory service, Middle East Connect, and Cultural Advisors (MECCA), facilitates business and cultural exchanges between Australia and the Middle East. With a background in languages and leadership, Mariam brings an intelligent, focused, yet relaxed, approach to managing her business, which employs highly qualified and NAATI certified freelance translators. Mariam also facilitates productive and profitable relationships between Australian business leaders and their counterparts in the Arab Gulf, the Middle East and North Africa region. Mariam has been on the committee of the Australian-Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AACCI) - Queensland for over a decade and vice-chair since 2018. Mariam has also been on the committee leading the Queensland branch of Australian Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) since 2013.
Diversity and inclusion, community engagement, multiculturalism, community development, community mobilisation
Over the course of a substantial career, Rana Ebrahimi’s professional practice has grown to include building business strategies, setting the organisational vision, and leading mission-critical initiatives. Whether providing consultative and advisory services or leading functions within complex global and national organisations, she leads teams to deliver on key directives to grow and diversify. An expert in social inclusion and humanitarian ethics, Rana has headed strategic engagements to partners and build a shared vision with networks of stakeholders, funders and community groups to deliver transformative community and social development projects. She also seeks to deliver keynote speeches on intersectionality, human rights, diversity and inclusion to diverse audiences of international influencers, members of parliament and local community members.
LGBTIQ, queer Muslims, intersectionality, diversity, inclusion and belonging, multicultural, multifaith, inclusive leadership, Whiteness, power dynamics, systemic discrimination, race and racism, Islamophobia, queerphobia, multiple marginalisation, internalised prejudice, biases, stereotypes, gender diversity, gender non-conforming, sexuality, sexual health, international students, international education, health promotion, organisational change, inclusion with specificity, gender and sexuality
Budi Sudarto is the Director of Ananda Training & Consultancy, specialising in intersectionality, inclusion and belonging. Budi has been involved in the LGBTIQ+ communities for over 20 years, and has continued to use his knowledge, experience and advocacy work to support organisations in the development and implementation of diversity & inclusion policies and strategies that incorporate intersectionality. Budi has delivered training to several community organisations, including Monash Refugee Health, Brotherhood of St Laurence’s NDIS LAC, and Mind Australia, on inclusion and intersectionality. Budi has spoken to the media about the unique challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ international students in relation to health and well-being, as well as sharing his experience of being a queer Muslim and reconciling faith and LGBTIQ+ identities. In 2019, Budi spoke to Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTIQ Australians on Religious Discrimination Bill and the danger of using a narrow interpretation of faith to legitimise hatred. Budi is a strong advocate for multicultural LGBTIQ+ communities. He challenges Whiteness, power structure and racial hierarchy to advocate for inclusion and meaningful participation of multicultural/multifaith LGBTIQ+ communities. Budi is a member of Queer Muslims in Australia, and has continued to advocate for dismantling Islamophobia that exists within the LGBTIQ+ communities, and queerphobia within the faith communities through intersectional lens. Budi is a current committee member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Network (EEON) and a former vice president of the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC).
Workplace inclusion, inclusive leadership, inclusive language, work-life balance/flexible working, parental leave, gender equality/women in leadership, gender pay gap, cultural diversity/the ‘bamboo ceiling’/Asia capability, LGBTIQ+ inclusion, age diversity, mental health, discrimination, sexual harassment, disability and accessibility, family and domestic violence
Lisa Annese has been the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Council Australia since 2014. Under Lisa's leadership, DCA delivers innovative diversity practice resources for Australian businesses and supports them in improving their inclusion capability. She has led ground-breaking, evidence-based research, including Australia’s first national index on workplace diversity and inclusion, seminal research on the economics of the gender pay-gap and original work on building Asian Leadership Capability, as well as research supporting individuals being “Out at Work” and main-streaming flexible work. In 2018, Lisa was named one of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2019 she was elected to the Board of Amnesty International Australia. Lisa is also Executive Producer of DCA’s podcast, The Art of Inclusion. Lisa has had a long career in the diversity and inclusion space across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector. Some of her career highlights include advocating for policy action in areas including government-funded paid parental leave and closing the gender pay gap; presenting DCA’s leading research internationally; developing the first ever census of ‘Australian Women in Leadership’ while at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, and co-authoring “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in the Workplace”.
Asian-Australian leadership, diversity representation, inclusive leadership, leadership, cultural diversity, diversity and inclusion, multiculturalism, social cohesion, public policy, media engagement, community engagement, advocacy, Australian politics, local government, higher education, Australia-China relations, Australia-Asia relations
Jieh-Yung Lo is the inaugural Director of the Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership at the Australian National University (ANU). Established in January 2020, CAAL aims to address the significant under-representation of Asian-Australians in leadership positions within Australian public institutions and major private-sector corporations. Before joining ANU, Jieh-Yung worked in various policy and project roles for a number of not for profit and advocacy organisations. He was elected and served two terms as a Councillor with the City of Monash including two years as Deputy Mayor. www.anu.edu.au
Middle East politics and culture
Said El-Saadi is experienced in diplomacy working to develop trade and relations between Australia, the Middle East and North Africa. Having an Arabic background and understanding of the rich and diverse culture and politics in the MENA region, I hold comprehensive knowledge about regional and economic stability, cultural norms and regional trade requirements. Strong belief in interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong relationships based on transparency and rapport are the keys to achieve trusted connections within international markets. I observe and administrate the needs of the business community including policy, investment, corporate and public affairs. Practised in strategic planning on an international scale, I relish in cultivating and engaging clients and stakeholders using influential communication channels to find mutual ground. I have a broad knowledge of public relations, politics, law, corporate governance and regulatory compliance with extensive experience in narrative techniques aand strategies.
Sport (general, AFL, cricket), diversity and inclusion, community development, organisational culture, pop culture, gender equity, violence against women, parenting, cultural diversity in Australia, media diversity
Rana Hussain is a diversity and inclusion leader making important inroads into Australian sporting culture and the community at large. One of a handful of women of colour working in AFL (D&I for Richmond Football Club), Rana is a pioneer and a passionate advocate for social inclusion and reducing discrimination through sports and media. That passion has led to freelance writing as well as podcasting and broadcasting for the ABC. Rana is a board member of the Victorian Women’s Trust, a consultant on the DoMore Project and a member of the Cricket Australia Steering Committee. Critical thinking skills, personal leadership, creative content and the ability to bridge social divides make Rana a valuable addition to any room.
Mining, geology and minerals industry governance, risk management & corporate affairs
Mining and resource geologist, 33 years in industry, working as a minerals consultant. Company director for WA government regional electricity public utility, ASX-junior company director. 2020 Women in Mining UK’s biennial 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (from a field of 626 worldwide). Finalist in 2020 WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy - Outstanding Woman in Resources. Malaysian migrant, with expatriate experience in PR China as an Australian. Director for NFP Multicultural Futures, supporting migrants in their first five years in Australia.
Multiculturalism, Australian politics, public sector, privatisation, future of work, racism, diversity in politics
Osmond Chiu is a research fellow at the Per Capita think tank. He worked in policy roles in the trade union movement and Australian Public Service for over a decade. He has spoken and written about a range of topics including the public service, the future of work, diversity in politics, social democracy, the privatisation of services and multiculturalism. His writing has appeared in publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Canberra Times and South China Morning Post. He was also a contributor to the book ‘What Happens Next? Reconstructing Australia after COVID-19’.
Films, Cinema, Bollywood, Indian Cinema, Inclusive Screen Culture
Mitu Bhowmick Lange is the founding director of Mind Blowing Films. She is also the director of Mind Blowing World, an independent film distribution company that specialises in the distribution of quality local content to Australian, New Zealand and Fiji audiences. Mitu has been one of the most renowned names in the global outreach of Indian cinema in the past decade. She is the festival director of the Indian Film Festival - Bollywood and Beyond, and the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. She has produced and introduced several Indian productions to Australia, including 13 episodes shot in Australia of India’s No. 1 daily television serial Kahani Ghar Kii (similar to Neighbours), the Bollywood film Koi Aap Saa, and blockbusters such as Salaam Namaste, Chak De India, Bachna Aye Haseeno, Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic, Love Aaj kal and several leading television commercials with international cricketers made for the Indian market. She also produced Spice Girls of India, which screened at the London Feminist Film Festival. In 2016, Mitu produced the multi award-winning documentary, Raising the Bar, directed by renowned Indian filmmaker, Onir. The film depicts the trials, tribulations and joys of six individuals from Australia and India with Down Syndrome attending the World Down Syndrome Conference in Chennai, India. Mitu received the Jill Robb Award from Film Victoria in 2017 in recognition of her achievements, leadership and mentorship of women in film. In 2018 she was appointed to the Board of Film Victoria, the first Indian to be offered this prestigious role.
Community building, empowerment of young people, using the arts to transform, art for change, working with young people, capacity building, storytelling to change culture
May Saba Sabet is driven to create lasting change at the grassroots level with young people, families and institutions in the South East of Naarm. She is a member of Twende Theatre. Through her work, she aims to raise consciousness, help build the skills, tools and attitudes needed to contribute to a more just and understanding world. Her work, both within arts and education, aims to dissolve barriers and understand deeper the oneness of humanity.
Bachelor of Education
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