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Imam Alaa El Zokm
Imam Alaa El Zokm
Elsedeaq Mosque, Heidelberg Heights
Imam Alaa El Zokm
Position Imam
Email a.elzokm@hotmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group African, Asian, European, Middle Eastern Muslim
Expertise Family Matters, Peace and harmony within communities, Relationship
Gender Male
Elsedeaq Mosque, Heidelberg Heights
EXPERTISE

Peace and harmony within communities, relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims, family matters

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Islamic Studies - Al-Azhar University, Victorian Multicultural Award

Clyde Salumu Sharady
Clyde Salumu Sharady
Afroshine Professionals' Alliance, Victoria
Clyde Salumu Sharady
Position Chair
Email clydesha@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group African, Christian, Congolese
Expertise Leadership, Africa-Australia Relations, Business Strategy, Career and Professional Development, Christianity and Conservative Values, Congolese Politics, Family, Refugee and Migrant Experiences
Gender Male
Afroshine Professionals' Alliance, Victoria
EXPERTISE

Refugee and migrant experiences, business, career and professional development, Christianity and conservative values, family wellbeing, Africa-Australia relations, Congolese politics, leadership and management communication

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Diploma of journalism - IFASIC DR Congo, Bachelor of Communications - Monash University

Loretta Romeo
Loretta Romeo
Co-Chair Senior Management Council Aboriginal Affairs Executive Committee | Economic Participation
Loretta Romeo
Position Senior Manager
Phone 0436 967 549
Email romeoloretta0@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Australian, Aboriginal, Narungga, Ramindjeri
Expertise Governance, Reconciliation Action Plans, Aboriginal partnerships, Human resources, Aboriginal talent, Empowerment, Aboriginal celebrations, Traditions, kinship
Gender Female
Co-Chair Senior Management Council Aboriginal Affairs Executive Committee | Economic Participation
EXPERTISE

Aboriginal partnerships, governance, human resources, Aboriginal talent, Reconciliation Action Plan, empowerment, Aboriginal celebrations, traditions, kinship

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

MA IR & HR Uni of Sydney, BSc HR Edith Cowan Uni, Adv Dip App Psy Aus College of App Psy

Hema Kangeson
Hema Kangeson
InSpur Pty Ltd
Hema Kangeson
Position Founder
Phone 0413 925 516
Email hema@inspur.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Tamil
Expertise Leadership, Mental Health, Agile and Lean Thinking, Banking and Finance, Behaviour, Creating Unique Career Journey, Cultural Diversity, Future of Work, International Relations and Politics, Intersectional Diversity, Malaysia, Migrant Experiences, Multiculturalism, Women of Colour Matters
Gender Female
InSpur Pty Ltd
EXPERTISE

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.

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) - ACA - UK Qualified Chartered Accountant

Jeremy S Jones AM
Jeremy S Jones AM
Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council
Jeremy S Jones AM
Position Director of International and of Community Affairs
Phone 0411 536 436
Email mrjsjones@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Jewish
Expertise International Relations and Politics, Racism, Human Rights, Anti-Semitism, Armenian History, Community Cohesion, Immigration, Interfaith Dialogue, Judaism, Political and Religious Extremism, Religion
Gender Male
Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council
EXPERTISE

Racism, human rights, anti-Semitism, religion, immigration, Judaism, interfaith dialogue, international relations, community cohesion, Australian history, political and religious extremism

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA History and Government - Sydney University

Akshaya Naronikar
Akshaya Naronikar
Iridium Private
Akshaya Naronikar
Position CEO
Phone akshaya.naronikar@iridiumprivate.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Hindi
Expertise Banking and Finance, Corporate Advisory and Growth, Female Business Leader, Female Entrepreneur, Mental health and mindset, Resilience, Work Life Balance, Working Mother
Gender Female
Iridium Private
EXPERTISE

Banking and finance, corporate advisory and growth, mental health and mindset, resilience, work life balance, working mother, female entrepreneur, female business leader

BIO

Akshaya Naronikar is an entrepreneur, published author and working mother

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Masters in Business Administration

Ka Sing Chua Dr
Ka Sing Chua Dr
Medical practitioner in community activities and anti-nuclear advocate
Ka Sing Chua Dr
Position General practice
Phone 0409 838 388
Email kasingchua@hotmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese
Expertise Multiculturalism, Racism, Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Australia-China Relations, Australian Republic, Governance, Promotion of Peace
Gender Male
Medical practitioner in community activities and anti-nuclear advocate
EXPERTISE

Promotion of peace, abolition of nuclear weapons, Australia-China relations, governance, racism, multiculturalism, Australian republic

BIO

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

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

MBBS (Monash) FAMAC - RACGP, National Council member MAPW, International Councillor IPPNW, AMA Council Victoria, Deakin Community Award

Tasneem Chopra OAM
Tasneem Chopra OAM
Cross Cultural Consultant
Tasneem Chopra OAM
Position Founder, Director, Broadcaster, Author
Phone 0407 854 152
Email tc@tasneem.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Kenyan, Muslim
Expertise Leadership, #metoo, Community Engagement, Diversity and inclusion, Family Violence, Gender Bias, Islamophobia, Media Bias, Migration Policy, Public Health, Racism, Refugee Issues, Sexism, Wellbeing, Xenophobia
Gender Female
Cross Cultural Consultant
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA (Psych & Sociology) - Swinburne Uni of Tech

Monique Toohey
Monique Toohey
Centre for Muslim Wellbeing
Monique Toohey
Position Co-founder, Board Member
Phone 0404 153 653
Email monique@nasihahconsulting.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim
Expertise Mental Health, Cultural Intelligence, Intercultural Marriages/Relationships, Intercultural Skills in a Multicultural Globalised World, Muslim Mental Health, Partner Abuse, Unconscious and Conscious Bias, Workplace Bullying
Gender Female
Centre for Muslim Wellbeing
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

B.S.Science (Family Studies), Australian Catholic University, Registered Psychologist

Naureen Choudhury
Naureen Choudhury
Victoria civil service
Naureen Choudhury
Phone 0481 393 182
Email nchoudhry@yahoo.com
Expertise International Relations and Politics, Family Violence, Interfaith Relations, Life Experiences, Misconceptions about Islam, Organisational Culture for Child Safety, Women’s Issues
Gender Female
Victoria civil service
EXPERTISE

Family violence, women's issues, misconceptions about Islam, interfaith relations, organisational culture for child safety, international relations, life experiences

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Enrolled in Master's in International Relations, Monash University

Maria Dimopoulos
Maria Dimopoulos
National Harmony Alliance
Maria Dimopoulos
Position Chairperson
Phone 0477 244 233
Email myriad@myriadconsultants.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Greek, Orthodox
Expertise Multiculturalism, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Intersectionality, Law and Justice System
Gender Female
National Harmony Alliance
EXPERTISE

Multiculturalism, human rights, gender equality, law and justice system, intersectionality

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws - Monash University

Ahmet Keskin
Ahmet Keskin
Australian Intercultural Society
Ahmet Keskin
Position Exec Director
Phone 0425 236 560
Email akeskin@intercultural.org.au
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim, Turkish
Expertise Islam
Gender Male
Australian Intercultural Society
EXPERTISE

Islam, community sensitivities

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA Engineering - UTS, MA Islamic Studies - Charles Sturt University

Saara Sabbagh OAM
Saara Sabbagh OAM
Benevolence Australia
Saara Sabbagh OAM
Position Founder and Chair
Phone 0433 131 667
Email saara@BenevolenceAustralia.org
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim, Arabic
Expertise Women’s Issues, Islam, Identity
Gender Female
Benevolence Australia
EXPERTISE

Women's issues, Islam, identity.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

OAM

Ming Long OAM
Ming Long OAM
Diversity Council of Australia
Ming Long OAM
Position Deputy Chair
Email longmyy@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Malaysian, Chinese, Christian, Singaporean
Expertise Leadership, Economics and Economic Policy, Finance, Government policy, Investment, Real Estate
Gender Female
Diversity Council of Australia
EXPERTISE

Economics and economic policy, finance, government policy, real estate, investment, leadership.

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BEc, LLB, MBA, FCA, FFin, AM, 100 Women of Influence, NSW Finalist Telstra Business Women's Awards

Anam Javed
Anam Javed
Educationist, women’s rights advocate
Anam Javed
Phone 0411 747 781
Email jav@elthamhs.vic.edu.au | anamjaved_216@hotmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim, Pakistani
Expertise Education, Women’s Rights
Gender Female
Educationist, women’s rights advocate
EXPERTISE

Education, women’s rights

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program alumnus 2018, Islamic Council of Victoria secretary 2017-2019.

Mimmie Claudine Watts A/Prof Dr
Mimmie Claudine Watts A/Prof Dr
Public health advocate
Mimmie Claudine Watts A/Prof Dr
Position Academic
Phone 0401 568 268
Email m.labeautenoire@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group African, Cameroonian, Roman Catholic
Expertise Public Health
Gender Female
Public health advocate
EXPERTISE

Public health

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Emerging Women in Public Health Leadership - Harvard University 2019

Dalene Wray
Dalene Wray
Agribusiness and regional development
Dalene Wray
Position Advocate
Phone 0439 224 968
Email dwray@obeorganic.com
Cultural or linguistic group European
Expertise Mental Health, International Business, Agriculture, International Travel Experience, Organic Food, Reconciliation Action Plans
Gender Female
Agribusiness and regional development
EXPERTISE

Mental health, agriculture, organic food, reconciliation action plans, international business experience, international travel experience, both professional & personal

BIO

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

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiations - University of South Australia,

Camil Shalala
Camil Shalala
Middle East Times International
Camil Shalala
Position Founder and Editor
Land Phone 02 98921802
Phone 0414 523 910
Email altimes@bigpond.net.au
Cultural or linguistic group Lebanese, Maronite Catholic, Middle Eastern
Expertise Family Issues, Local and Middle Eastern Relations, Migration Issues, Peace Issues, Youth Issues
Gender Male
Middle East Times International
EXPERTISE

Peace issues, migration issues, youth issues, family issues, local and Middle Eastern relations

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Australo-Lebanese Christian Council founder and president.

Eddie Micallef
Eddie Micallef
Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
Eddie Micallef
Position Chairperson
Land Phone 03 9354 9555
Email eccv@eccv.org.au
Cultural or linguistic group Multicultural, Multifaith
Expertise Aged-Care Policy, Culturally Responsive Services and Policy Making, Multicultural Policy, Refugee and Migrant Communities, Settlement Services and Policy
Gender Male
Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
EXPERTISE

Multicultural policy, settlement services and policy, refugee and migrant communities, aged-care policy, culturally responsive services and policy making

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Eddie Micallef has a professional background in Occupational Health, and extensive experience in Community Health.

Nevein
Nevein
African Diaspora Women Summits
Nevein
Position Committee member
Phone 0414 370 666
Email info@realtyinternationalgroup.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Arabic, African Muslim
Expertise International Relations and Politics, Poverty
Gender Female
African Diaspora Women Summits
EXPERTISE

Poverty, international relations

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Business Management & Administration - American University

Nicole Ma
Nicole Ma
Filmmaker
Nicole Ma
Phone 0414 910 203
Email nicolema@bigpond.net.au
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese, Cantonese
Expertise Racism, Australian-born Chinese, Diversity of Chinese People, Documentary Film, Kimberley indigenous issues, Multicultural Australia
Gender Female
Filmmaker
EXPERTISE

Documentary film, Kimberley indigenous issues, Australian-born Chinese, racism, multicultural Australia, diversity of Chinese people

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Postgrad in film - Victorian College of the Arts

Manny Waks
Manny Waks
Child sexual abuse activist
Manny Waks
Position Survivor
Email manny.waks@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Jewish, Israeli
Expertise Mental Health, Politics, Judaism, Child Sexual Abuse, Extremism, Justice
Gender Male
Child sexual abuse activist
EXPERTISE

Child sexual abuse, extremism, Judaism, mental health, justice, politics

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of International Relations

Hana Assafiri OAM
Hana Assafiri OAM
Advocate for women and Islamic feminism
Hana Assafiri OAM
Position Businesswoman
Email hana.assafiri@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim, Arabic
Expertise Community/Women in business, Diversity Competence and Equity, Indigenous Reconciliation, Wholistic approach to social and environmental justice, Women
Gender Female
Advocate for women and Islamic feminism
EXPERTISE

Women, Islam, social justice, indigenous reconciliation, community/women in business, wholistic approach to social and environmental justice, diversity competence and equity

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

La Trobe University, University of Melbourne, OAM, Victorian women’s honour roll, and buisness awards.

Peter Gould
Peter Gould
Gould Studio design services provider
Peter Gould
Position Founder
Email pg@peter-gould.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim
Expertise Islamic design services
Gender Male
Gould Studio design services provider
EXPERTISE

Islamic design services

BIO

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

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Design-industry qualifications. Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (NSW Govt). Australia for UNHCR

S. Wadood Janud
S. Wadood Janud
Minister of Ahmadiyya Muslims Community Victoria, Tasmania & NT
S. Wadood Janud
Position Imam
Phone 0457 093 457
Email wjanud@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Arabic, Middle Eastern, Muslim Pakistani, Punjabi
Expertise Islam, Politics, Religion, Arabic, Christianity, Comparative Religions, Hindi, India, International Religions, Middle East, Muslims, Pakistan, Terrorism
Gender Male
Minister of Ahmadiyya Muslims Community Victoria, Tasmania & NT
EXPERTISE

Islam, Muslims, Middle East, politics, Arabic, Urdu, Pakistani, Pakistan, India, Hindi, religion, terrorism, terrorist, international religions, Christianity, comparative religions

BIO

Imam S. Wadood Janud is Minister of Ahmadiyya Muslims Community Victoria, Tasmania and Northern Territories, Muslimsdownunder.com

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Theology and comparative religions - Jamia Ahmadiyya International Canada

Kasuni Mendis
Kasuni Mendis
Casey Multi-Faith Network
Kasuni Mendis
Position Secretary
Email kasuni.mendis2@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Sri Lankan, Sinhalese
Expertise Politics, Diversity, Local Government, Multi-Faith, Representation, Youth Policy
Gender Female
Casey Multi-Faith Network
EXPERTISE

Local government, multi-faith, diversity, representation, youth, politics

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Business (Governance)

Sophie Hatcher
Sophie Hatcher
Australian Speak Easy Association, Victoria
Sophie Hatcher
Position President
Phone 0417 304 309
Email sophiehatcher@yahoo.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Christian, Australia-born Cypriot, Stuttering Community
Expertise Stuttering
Gender Female
Australian Speak Easy Association, Victoria
EXPERTISE

Stuttering

BIO

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.

Adibeh Abdo-Attia
Adibeh Abdo-Attia
Author, Publisher, Volunteer Advocate, Human Rights Advocate
Adibeh Abdo-Attia
Phone 0405 690 928
Email aaattia@optusnet.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Arabic Community Christian, Aramaic, Syriac
Expertise Christians in the Middle East, Mesopotamian Civilizations, Syriac/Aramaic indigenous people of the Old Syria in diaspora and abroad
Gender Female
Author, Publisher, Volunteer Advocate, Human Rights Advocate
EXPERTISE

Syriac/Aramaic indigenous people of the Old Syria in diaspora and abroad, Mesopotamian civilizations, Christians in the Middle East

BIO

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

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Accounting and Computer degree - La Trobe University

Ayesha Bux
Ayesha Bux
CALD advocate for Indigenous-Muslim relationship, women empowerment, peace building, interfaith dialogue, refugees and asylum seekers
Ayesha Bux
Email ayeshabux@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim
Expertise International Relations and Politics, Gender Bias, Islamophobia, Islam, Interfaith Dialogue, Indigenous-Muslim Relationship, Muslim Women, Muslim Youth, Muslims in Australia, Peace Building, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Women Empowerment
Gender Female
CALD advocate for Indigenous-Muslim relationship, women empowerment, peace building, interfaith dialogue, refugees and asylum seekers
EXPERTISE

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

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Masters in Technology

Nasya Bahfen Dr
Nasya Bahfen Dr
Journalism academic
Nasya Bahfen Dr
Position Senior lecturer, La Trobe University
Email n.bahfen@latrobe.edu.au
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim, Indonesian
Expertise Diversity in the Media, Journalism, Journalism and society in Indonesia, Journalism Education, Sport and Diversity
Gender Female
Journalism academic
EXPERTISE

Journalism, diversity in the media, sport and diversity, journalism education, journalism and society in Indonesia

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA (Journalism) - RMIT, PhD - UTS

Gabriela Georges
Gabriela Georges
Syrian-Australian musician, writer, workshop facilitator and community development advocate.
Gabriela Georges
Phone 0412 083 202
Email gabgeorges.art@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Syriac, Syrian Orthodox
Expertise Arts and Culture, Cultural Safety, Grief and Loss, Performing Arts (music), Race-based Discrimination, Representation in literary and arts scene
Gender Female
Syrian-Australian musician, writer, workshop facilitator and community development advocate.
EXPERTISE

Arts and culture, performing arts (music, community theatre), representation in literary and arts scene, grief and loss, race-based discrimination, cultural safety

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of Arts and Community Practice - VCA University of Melbourne

Yonas Shefaraw
Yonas Shefaraw
Sabaoth media and art ministry
Yonas Shefaraw
Position Founder
Phone 0448 469 599
Email dereje20@yahoo.com
Cultural or linguistic group Christian, Ethiopian
Expertise Mental Health, International Relations and Politics, Art, Sport
Gender Male
Sabaoth media and art ministry
EXPERTISE

Art, sport, mental health, international relations

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Certificate 4, Member of Sabaoth media and art ministry, Exodus Ethiopians evangelical church

Daniel Stefyn
Daniel Stefyn
Australia Ukraine Chamber of Commerce
Daniel Stefyn
Position President
Email dstefyn@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group New Age Spirituality, Ukranian
Expertise IT Security, Men’s Development Work, Sexuality, Technology
Gender Male
Australia Ukraine Chamber of Commerce
EXPERTISE

Technology, IT security, men's development work, sexuality, the power of transformation

BIO

Daniel Stefyn bridges the divide between technology and human solutions. He has been an election observer with the OSCE program in Europe.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications)

Jess Loh Dr
Jess Loh Dr
Medical practitioner in the creative arts
Jess Loh Dr
Phone 0420 547 788
Email jesslohmusic@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Malaysian, Christian
Expertise Food, Guitars, Medicine, Music
Gender Female
Medical practitioner in the creative arts
EXPERTISE

Guitars, music (live performance), medicine, food

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

MBBS - Monash University

Judy Tang Dr
Judy Tang Dr
Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council
Judy Tang Dr
Position President
Land Phone 03 9478 1810 (clinic)
Phone 0413 244 098
Email judy.tang@vmc.vic.gov.au
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese
Expertise Intersectionality, Multiculturalism and LGBTIQ, Multiculturalism and Mental Health
Gender Female
Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Council
EXPERTISE

Multiculturalism and mental health, multiculturalism and LGBTIQ, multiculturalism and ageing/older adults, intersectionality

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Clinical Neuropsychologist BSc (Hons), DPsych

Tracy Trang Pham
Tracy Trang Pham
Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association
Tracy Trang Pham
Position Media officer
Land Phone 03 9428 9078
Phone 0497 832 999
Email tracy.pham@avwa.org.au | phamtrangg7@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Buddhist, Vietnamese
Expertise Mental Health, Wellbeing, Domestic Violence, Digital Marketer, Entrepeneur, Entrepreneur, Industry Mentor
Gender Female
Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association
EXPERTISE

Mental health, domestic violence, wellbeing

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master in Communications & Advertising - RMIT University

Steven Antunovic
Steven Antunovic
Victorian Croatian Chamber of Commerce
Steven Antunovic
Position President
Email santun@stirmedia.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Croatian
Expertise Mental Health, Aviation, Training and Education
Gender Male
Victorian Croatian Chamber of Commerce
EXPERTISE

Aviation, training and education, mental health, business and trade

BIO

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/

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Business management, education, cyber security

Lisa Qin
Lisa Qin
Odyssey Learning
Lisa Qin
Position Director
Phone 0413 203 253
Email lisaqin@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese
Expertise Education, Australia-China Relations Young Voices, Chinese Education System, Early Childhood Education, Education Policy, Education Reform, International development in China, Model Minority Issues, Modern Chinese society
Gender Female
Odyssey Learning
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Ed.M Harvard, M.Teach Unimelb, UNICEF China, Young Australia China Alumni of the Year 2018, 40 under 40 Asian Australian award

Andrea Ho
Andrea Ho
Economic Media Centre
Andrea Ho
Position Co-founder
Phone 0400 864 768
Cultural or linguistic group Asian, European
Expertise Diversity, Journalism, Broadcasting, Business, Diversity in Executive Leadership, Diversity in Media and Journalism, Media, Media Management
Gender Female
Economic Media Centre
EXPERTISE

Media, broadcasting, journalism, media management, diversity, diversity in media and journalism, diversity in executive leadership, business

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA Journalism - RMIT, Churchill Fellowship - topic “Practical strategies for increasing cultural diversity in broadcast media”

Miguel Vera-Cruz
Miguel Vera-Cruz
INSEAD Singapore
Miguel Vera-Cruz
Position MBA candidate
Email miguel.vera-cruz@insead.edu
Cultural or linguistic group Asian, Catholic, Filipino, South East Asian
Expertise Interfaith Dialogue, Business Strategy, Culturally Diverse Representation in Leadership, Development Policy, Infrastructure, Race Relations, Sustainability, Transport
Gender Male
INSEAD Singapore
EXPERTISE

Interfaith dialogue, culturally diverse representation in leadership, race relations, sustainability, business strategy, infrastructure, transport, development policy

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

MBA - INSEAD, Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelow of Laws - UNSW

Lina Breik
Lina Breik
Tube Dietitian
Lina Breik
Position Founder, Consulting Dietitian
Phone 0422 999 408
Email linabreik@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim, Palestinian
Expertise Nutrition during Ramadan, Nutrition in Health, Nutrition in the Intensive Care Unit, Tube Feeding
Gender Female
Tube Dietitian
EXPERTISE

Nutrition in health, tube feeding, nutrition during Ramadan, nutrition in the intensive care unit

BIO

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

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of Public Health - Monash University, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Hons

Navanita Bhattacharya
Navanita Bhattacharya
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Activist
Navanita Bhattacharya
Position Member
Email bnavanita@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indian
Expertise Diversity and inclusion, Equality, Gender and Social inclusion, Humanitarian Aid, International Development
Gender Female
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Activist
EXPERTISE

Equality, diversity and inclusion, gender and social inclusion, international development, humanitarian aid

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Masters in Social Work - Delhi School of Social Work

Angela Aroozoo
Angela Aroozoo
Energy and resources, Corporate Governance
Angela Aroozoo
Phone 0419 407 066
Email angela@aroozooconsult.com
Cultural or linguistic group South East Asian, Eurasian
Expertise Corporate Governance, Petroleum Development
Gender Female
Energy and resources, Corporate Governance
EXPERTISE

Corporate governance, petroleum development

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

B.Juris and LLB - University of Western Australia. Admitted to practise in WA (1987) and Victoria (2000)

Marwa Rida
Marwa Rida
LifeStyle Design Consultant, Image Consultant, New Life by Design, Author, Speaker @ Marwa Rida
Marwa Rida
Position Founder
Phone 0415 523 159
Email marwa@marwarida.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Egyptian, North African
Expertise Lifestyle, Islam, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Migration, Belonging, Women in business, Celebrations and events, Small business, Migrant mental health, Migrant small business
Gender Female
LifeStyle Design Consultant, Image Consultant, New Life by Design, Author, Speaker @ Marwa Rida
EXPERTISE

Islam, migration, belonging, diversity, women in business, mothers in business, celebrations and events, small business, entrepreneurship, lifestyle, migrant mental health, migrant small business

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Commerce in English ( Major Accounting) - Ain Shams University Cairo

Winitha Bonney
Winitha Bonney
Thought Leader in advancing People of Colour into leadership and building inclusive cultures in organisations
Winitha Bonney
Position Founder
Phone 0438 599 932
Email hello@winitha.com
Cultural or linguistic group Sri Lankan, Christian
Expertise Advancement of women and people of colour in leadership and entrepreneurship, Building up people, Cultures and organisations through allyship
Gender Female
Thought Leader in advancing People of Colour into leadership and building inclusive cultures in organisations
EXPERTISE

Advancement of women and people of colour in leadership and entrepreneurship. Building up people, cultures and organisations through allyship.

BIO

Winitha Bonney has over 21 years of experience in executive roles and has founded several businesses and managed boards responsible for over $70 billion.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of Arts (Management) - RMIT, Master of Marketing - RMIT, Bachelor of Business with distinction - RMIT

Serpil Senelmis
Serpil Senelmis
Multimedia, content marketing specialist
Serpil Senelmis
Position Co-Founder & Director
Phone 0409 292 475
Email serpil@writtenandrecorded.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim, Turkish
Expertise Diversity, Media, Communications, Podcasting, Storytelling, Content creation, Small business ownership, Turkey, Growing up first generation Australian, Diaspora, Interracial marriage, Diversity & inclusion, Entrepreneur, Female business leadership
Gender Female
Multimedia, content marketing specialist
EXPERTISE

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.

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA (English & Media) – Edith Cowan University, Associate Degree in Broadcasting Degree - WAAPA

Linda Catalano
Linda Catalano
Creative Producer/Director/Curator/Writer/ Performer
Linda Catalano
Email me@lindacatalano.com
Cultural or linguistic group Italian
Expertise Arts and Culture
Gender Female
Creative Producer/Director/Curator/Writer/ Performer
EXPERTISE

Arts and culture

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Green Room Awards (2019) Outstanding Contribution to Cabaret

Thomas Feng
Thomas Feng
Youth Affairs Council Victoria
Thomas Feng
Position Media and Communications Manager
Phone 0431 285 275
Email thomasfengwork@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese, Cantonese, Australian
Expertise Mental Health, Migrant Experiences, Education, Representation, Youth Policy, Young people, Job-seeking
Gender Male
Youth Affairs Council Victoria
EXPERTISE

Young people, representation, mental health, job-seeking, migrant experiences, education, youth policy

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Commerce

Vikas Kumar
Vikas Kumar
Independent filmmaker
Vikas Kumar
Phone 0450 560 396
Email Vvolution2@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Pakistani, Buddhist, Hindi
Expertise Film making, Animal welfare
Gender Male
Independent filmmaker
EXPERTISE

Filmmaking, animal welfare

BIO

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

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Best Directorial Debut 2019 - Out Of The Can International Film Festival England

Ash Chand
Ash Chand
LOTE Agency
Ash Chand
Position Multicultural consultant
Email Ash@loteagency.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Hindi, Fiji
Expertise LOTE multicultural consultant, Multicultural research, Strategy and communications
Gender Male
LOTE Agency
EXPERTISE

LOTE multicultural consultant, multicultural research, strategy and communications

BIO

Ash Chand comes from a sales and relationship management background that primarily revolves around banking.

Vineti Anand
Vineti Anand
Change Window
Vineti Anand
Position Founder
Phone 0427 212 835
Email info@changewindow.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Hindi
Expertise Leadership, Relationship, CALD women leadership, Mindset, Life coaching
Gender Male
Change Window
EXPERTISE

CALD women leadership, mindset, life coaching, relationship

BIO

Vineti Anand is a life and leadership coach and helps professional women create, success, courage and happiness in thier personal and professional life.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

MBA - The Life Coaching College USA, Engineering - India

Shamila Gopalan
Shamila Gopalan
HerWit
Shamila Gopalan
Position Founder
Phone 0421545023
Email shamila.gopalan@herwit.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group South Asian, Hindi, Catholic
Expertise Gender Equality, Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Discrimination, Equality, Racial issues, Funding for female founders, Media industry, Diversity especially around migrants
Gender Female
HerWit
EXPERTISE

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)

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

MBA - CUNY, Top 50 Female Leaders in Asia - World Federation of Marketing and Asian Federation of Business.

Jeffery Wang
Jeffery Wang
Sydney Professional Development Forum
Jeffery Wang
Position Founder
Phone 0429 024 211
Email jefferyadc@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese, Christian, Buddhist, Taiwanese
Expertise Migrant Experience, Racism, Diversity, Professional development, Bamboo ceiling, Multicultural markets, Asia relations
Gender Male
Sydney Professional Development Forum
EXPERTISE

Professional development, diversity, racism, bamboo ceiling, multicultural markets, migrant experience, Asia relations

BIO

Development Forum in 2007 to help diverse young professionals. Jeffery developed a passion for mentoring culturally diverse talent to unlock their leadership potential.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

MBA (MGSM), Mmgt (MGSM), B.Sc. - Macquarie University, Asianlink Leaders Program - University of Melbourne

Sabina Qader
Sabina Qader
S&S Development Co
Sabina Qader
Position Co-founder, director
Phone 0413 811 490
Email sabina@sandsdev.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Bangladesh, Ukraine
Expertise Entrepreneurship, Education, Cross-cultural communication, Teaching, Training
Gender Female
S&S Development Co
EXPERTISE

Cross-cultural communication, entrepreneurship, education, teaching, training

BIO

Sabina Qader is an advocate embracing diversity to create a more cohesive culture, for better health and productivity

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of Teaching - University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Journalism - RMIT University

Amro Ibraheim
Amro Ibraheim
Corporate consultant in risk advisory, management consulting
Amro Ibraheim
Phone 0405 404 253
Email Amroibraheim@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Middle Eastern, Egyptian
Expertise Complex programs/transformation, Risk advisory, Management consulting
Gender Male
Corporate consultant in risk advisory, management consulting
EXPERTISE

Complex programs/transformation, risk advisory, management consulting

BIO

Amro Ibraheim is a corporate professional married to a wife who is in the Arts, specialising in dance - First Nation and international collaborations.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Masters Project Management - Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Rinku Razdan
Rinku Razdan
Connections Australia
Rinku Razdan
Position Founder & CEO
Email rinku@connectionsaustralia.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Australian
Expertise Positive social and economic impact of migrants in Australia, Demonstrate inclusive communities drive progress and cohesion
Gender Female
Connections Australia
EXPERTISE

Positive social and economic impact of migrants in Australia, demonstrate inclusive communities drive progress and cohesion

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Technology consultant to create an inclusive Australia https://www.connectionsaustralia.com/our-purpose/

Kaley Chu
Kaley Chu
100 Lunches
Kaley Chu
Position Founder & CEO
Phone 0421 312 288
Email kaley@kaleychu.com
Cultural or linguistic group Cantonese, Hong Kong Chinese, Mandarin
Expertise How to thrive as an immigrant, 100 lunches with 100 strangers
Gender Female
100 Lunches
EXPERTISE

How to thrive as an immigrant, 100 lunches with 100 strangers

BIO

Kaley Chu is a TEDx speaker, author and entrepreneur who set out to have 100 lunches with strangers (now over 270).

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Commerce - University of Melbourne

Yan MA
Yan MA
Chinese Community Council Australia, Victoria
Yan MA
Position Committee member (science communication portfolio)
Phone 0413 071 022
Email mayan-eric@hotmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese, Australian, Chinese Australian
Expertise Immigration, Environmental science
Gender Male
Chinese Community Council Australia, Victoria
EXPERTISE

Environmental science, immigration

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of Environment, University of Melbourne

Charmaine Hunzwi
Charmaine Hunzwi
Incubate Foundation
Charmaine Hunzwi
Position President
Email charmaine@incubatefoundation.org.au
Cultural or linguistic group African, Zimbabwean, Shona
Expertise Community Engagement, Youth Development, African issues, Mentoring and coaching
Gender Female
Incubate Foundation
EXPERTISE

African issues, youth development, mentoring and coaching, community engagement

BIO

Charmaine Hunzwi is an inclusion advocate focusing on youth empowerment through mentoring and coaching for both professional and personal development.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BSc Applied Accounting - Oxford Brookes University

Xueqian (Chien) Zhang
Xueqian (Chien) Zhang
Aspiring cultural ambassador to enhance mutual understanding between nations
Xueqian (Chien) Zhang
Phone 0412 590 598
Email chienqian.z@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese, Spiritual
Expertise Cross-cultural communication, International education
Gender Female
Aspiring cultural ambassador to enhance mutual understanding between nations
EXPERTISE

International education, cross-cultural communication

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of Social Work - University of South Australia, member of Women In Media

Jimmy Li
Jimmy Li
Chinese Community Council of Australia, Victorian Chapter
Jimmy Li
Position Secretary
Email jli@ieee.org
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese, Australian
Expertise Multiculturalism
Gender Male
Chinese Community Council of Australia, Victorian Chapter
EXPERTISE

Multiculturalism

BIO

Jimmy Li has been involved in serving the community for many years. He is currently a member of Monash Multicultural Advisory Committee

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

PhD, University of Arizona

Amena Ziard
Amena Ziard
Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria
Amena Ziard
Position Communications and Events Assistant
Phone 0406 028 633
Email amena.ziard@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Sri Lankan, Muslim, Filipino, Agnostic
Expertise Intersectionality, International relations, Racial justice, Feminism, Intercultural communication, Communications industry
Gender Female
Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria
EXPERTISE

Racial justice, intersectionality, feminism, intercultural communication, international relations, communications industry

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Politics) - Monash University. Member MEAA

David Wei
David Wei
Chinese Community Council of Australia, Victorian Chapter
David Wei
Position Committee Member
Phone 0425 788 666
Email david.wei@live.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese
Expertise International relations
Gender Male
Chinese Community Council of Australia, Victorian Chapter
EXPERTISE

International relations

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Business degrees from China and Australia

Nancy Yang
Nancy Yang
Chinese Community Council of Australia, Victorian Chapter
Nancy Yang
Position Committee Member
Email nancyyang119@hotmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese, Christian
Expertise Christianity, Politics and community engagement
Gender Female
Chinese Community Council of Australia, Victorian Chapter
EXPERTISE

Politics and community engagement, Christianity

BIO

Living with a disability | I have served the Chinese community for more than 10 years. I worked for Members of Parliament for seven years.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of Business Information Technology

Tina Masrour (née Nematian)
Tina Masrour (née Nematian)
Tina Masrour (née Nematian)
Phone 0416 621 919
Email tina.nematian@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Persian, Baha'i
Expertise Human Rights, Migration, Immigration law, Modern slavery
Gender Female
EXPERTISE

Immigration law, migration, modern slavery, human rights

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Technology Sydney

Venus Khalessi
Venus Khalessi
Australian Baha'i Community (www.bahai.org.au) and (www.oea.bahai.org.au)
Venus Khalessi
Position Member, Office of External Affairs
Email Venus.Khalessi@bnc.bahai.org.au
Cultural or linguistic group Persian, Baha'i
Expertise Gender Equality, Diversity, Baha'i perspectives on social cohesion, Role of religion in society, Baha'i Faith, Role of media in society, Role of youth, Persecution of Baha'is in Iran, Media & technology, Interfaith, Religious harmony, Community building
Gender Female
Australian Baha'i Community (www.bahai.org.au) and (www.oea.bahai.org.au)
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Admitted Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW. Law degree, University of Wollongong.

Hussen Hubadin Mahamed
Hussen Hubadin Mahamed
Candidate, Master of Arts, Journalism, Bircham International University
Hussen Hubadin Mahamed
Phone 0415 733 620
Email masswa.m@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Refugee, Arabic Muslim
Expertise Human Rights, Poverty, International relations
Gender Male
Candidate, Master of Arts, Journalism, Bircham International University
EXPERTISE

International relations, refugee, poverty, human rights

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Gold award, social justice, 2002 NSW Premier’s public sector awards in a youth partnership with Arabic-speaking communities

Haseeb (Harry)  Rizvi
Haseeb (Harry) Rizvi
Everwell Medical group
Haseeb (Harry)  Rizvi
Position Internship
Phone 0403 203 728
Email hrrizvi@yahoo.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim, Pakistani
Expertise Mental Health, Islam, Family, Art, Medicine, Music, Health system, Cardiology, Stroke
Gender Male
Everwell Medical group
EXPERTISE

Islam, family, mental health, medicine, arts, music, stroke, cardiology, health system.

BIO

Haseeb (Harry) Rizvi manages reception and administration and telehealth consultations at Everwell Medical group.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Member of PAAM, PSA, PSAA

Manal Shehab
Manal Shehab
Islamic Council of Victoria
Manal Shehab
Position Community Engagement Officer
Phone 0433 533 484
Email mshehab67@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim
Expertise Family Violence, Intersectionality, Islam, Muslim women's rights, Power of stories, Peer support
Gender Female
Islamic Council of Victoria
EXPERTISE

Muslim women's rights, Islam, family violence, intersectionality, power of stories, peer support

BIO

Manal Shehab is an author of children’s books and a faith-based counsellor.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Diploma of Counselling, Dual Cert IV in Mental Health/AOD (Diversitat)

Toltu Tufa
Toltu Tufa
Afaan Publications
Toltu Tufa
Position Director
Phone 0401 958 237
Email toltutufa@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Muslim
Expertise Women of Colour Matters, Racism, Women’s Issues, Psychology, Addiction and drugs therapeutic intervention, East African affairs
Gender Female
Afaan Publications
EXPERTISE

Psychology, women's issues, women of colour matters, addiction and drugs therapeutic intervention, East African affairs, racism

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of Professional Psychology (psychologist)

Daye Gang
Daye Gang
North Korean human rights consultant
Daye Gang
Position Victorian Bar
Email dayegang@vicbar.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Korean
Expertise 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
Gender Female
North Korean human rights consultant
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA/LLB (1H) - Monash University, PhD candidate - Monash University

Anita George
Anita George
International consultant on international law, human rights, refugees, social justice
Anita George
Position Consultant, WHO, UNICEF, OECD
Phone 0497 296 330
Email anitageorgetas@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Christian
Expertise Human Rights, International Law, Refugees
Gender Female
International consultant on international law, human rights, refugees, social justice
EXPERTISE

Human rights, refugee, international law

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Masters of Public Affairs - Sciences Po Paris (Summa Cum Laude), LLB (1st Hons), BA (1st Hons) - University of Tasmania

Ali Saha PhD
Ali Saha PhD
Monash University
Ali Saha PhD
Position Teaching Associate
Email alisaha.designer@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Hindi, Bengali
Expertise Poverty, Caste-ism, Religious diversity, Fake news, Media and gender, Media and minority representation
Gender Female
Monash University
EXPERTISE

Caste-ism, religious diversity, poverty, fake news, media and gender, media and minority representation.

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

PhD - Monash University

Priscilla Koukoui
Priscilla Koukoui
OviSquare
Priscilla Koukoui
Position Founder
Phone 0404 212 588
Email Priscilla.koukoui@ovisquare.com
Cultural or linguistic group Australian, French
Expertise Emerging technologies, XR (AR + VR) and ethics
Gender Female
OviSquare
EXPERTISE

Emerging technologies, XR (AR + VR) and ethics

BIO

Priscilla Koukoui is a specialist in emerging technologies.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Masters degree in Management, studied two MBAs - IIFT Delhi and AIT Bangkok

Meray Azar
Meray Azar
Digital retail specialist
Meray Azar
Phone 0450 108 919
Email Meray@masatch.com.au
Cultural or linguistic group Arabic, Christian, Lebanese
Expertise Specifically e-commerce, Data and analytics in Australian and overseas retail markets, Customer loyalty and women driving sales growth, Yet company decisions are made by men
Gender Female
Digital retail specialist
EXPERTISE

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.

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Commerce and Business Hons - Monash University, tech accelerator program via slingshot,

Molina Asthana
Molina Asthana
Swarup Asthana Lawyers and Business Advisors
Molina Asthana
Position Principal
Email masthana@liv.asn.au | masthana@gymnasticsvictoria.org.au
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Hindi
Expertise Diversity and inclusion in law and sport
Gender Female
Swarup Asthana Lawyers and Business Advisors
EXPERTISE

Diversity and inclusion in law and sport

BIO

Molina Asthana is president of the International Law Association Victorian Chapter and Chair of the Women in Business Chapter of the Australia India Business Council. She is a Commissioner for the AFL South East Commission and founder of Multicultural Women in Sport.

Jemima Lotika
Jemima Lotika
Public Health Professional
Jemima Lotika
Position Community Engagement worker
Phone 043 415 1159
Email Jemimalotika@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Christian, Congolese
Expertise Public Health
Gender Female
Public Health Professional
EXPERTISE

Public health

BIO

Jemima Lotika is a Community Engagement worker with Anglicare Victoria in Mildura. She is undertaking her Masters in Public Health.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Public Health - Australian Catholic University

Joanna Abraham
Joanna Abraham
Victorian Women Lawyers
Joanna Abraham
Position Diversity and Inclusion Chair
Phone 0452 530 646
Email Joanna.abraham88@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Christian, Singaporean
Expertise Mental Health, Diversity and inclusion, Migration Issues, Refugee law, Immigration law, Endometriosis, Migraines
Gender Female
Victorian Women Lawyers
EXPERTISE

Refugee law, immigration law, migration issues, diversity and inclusion, mental health, endometriosis, migraines.

BIO

Joanna Abraham is a refugee and immigration lawyer, diversity and inclusion advocate and practitioner mentor.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Journalism - Monash University, Juris Doctor - Melbourne Law School

Mayumi Polgahage Dona
Mayumi Polgahage Dona
Community volunteer and connector.
Mayumi Polgahage Dona
Phone 0449 872 747
Email mayumiisurika3@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Asian, Buddhist
Expertise Discriminatory policing among Aboriginal and CALD communities, Healthy eating
Gender Female
Community volunteer and connector.
EXPERTISE

Discriminatory policing among Aboriginal and CALD communities, healthy eating, public health

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of public health Victoria University, Mental Health Foundation Australia Multicultural Ambassador

Katrina Irawati Graham
Katrina Irawati Graham
Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia
Katrina Irawati Graham
Position Co-founder, chair
Phone 0432 493 304
Email katrinairawati@hotmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indonesian, Australian
Expertise 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
Gender Female
Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA Social Science Uni of Canberra, Dip Ed Secondary (Bahasa Indonesia LOTE SOSE University of New England, Masters Creative Writing Queensland University of Technology

Stephane Shepherd PhD
Stephane Shepherd PhD
Afri-Aus Care
Stephane Shepherd PhD
Position Deputy board chair
Email sshepherd@swin.edu.au
Cultural or linguistic group African, Christian heritage, Muslim heritage
Expertise Racism, Identity, Migration, CALD mental health, CALD justice involvement, CALD offending
Gender Male
Afri-Aus Care
EXPERTISE

CALD mental health, CALD justice involvement, CALD offending, identity, racism, migration

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA Criminology, MA Communications, PhD Forensic Psychology - Monash University, Fulbright Scholar in Cultural Competence

Andrea Lou
Andrea Lou
Chinese interpreter, translator, intercultural trainer
Andrea Lou
Phone 0425 136 362
Email andrealouyue@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese
Expertise Translation, Translators and interpreters, Interpreter, Intercultural communicator, Language coach, Education advice, Relocation advice
Gender Female
Chinese interpreter, translator, intercultural trainer
EXPERTISE

Interpreter, translator, intercultural communicator, language coach, education advice, relocation advice

BIO

Andrea Lou is a former international student migrant from China, certified interpreter and translator, language coach and intercultural trainer.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

NAATI Certified Interpreter, NAATI Certified Translator, Master of Teaching (Secondary) - University of Melbourne

Karen Loon
Karen Loon
CAANZ - Singapore Council
Karen Loon
Position Vice Chair
Email karen.loon@insead.edu
Cultural or linguistic group Asian Australian, Anglican
Expertise Diversity and inclusion, Australian diaspora, offshore banking, Accounting
Gender Female
CAANZ - Singapore Council
EXPERTISE

Australian diaspora, offshore banking, accounting, diversity and inclusion

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

MBA (MGSM), BEc (Sydney), FCA, FinSIA

Mojgan Tosif
Mojgan Tosif
Virtues Project
Mojgan Tosif
Position Master Facilitator, Educator
Phone 0401 759 144
Email mojgantosif@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Persian, Baha'i
Expertise 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
Gender Female
Virtues Project
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

BA (Ed), BA (Ed Studies) Murdoch University

Aman Gupta
Aman Gupta
SAARI Collective
Aman Gupta
Position Head of Experience
Phone 0417 609 432
Email amangupta.melbourne@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Indian, Hindi
Expertise Cultural identity, cultural/diversity representation, Graphic design, Design thinking, Writing and communication skills, Community leadership
Gender Male
SAARI Collective
EXPERTISE

Cultural identity, cultural/diversity representation, graphic design, design thinking, writing and communication skills, community leadership

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Communication Design Honours Graduate, Swinburne University

President, International Advertising Association - Australia Chapter

Aydon Edwards
Aydon Edwards
Masters in research
Aydon Edwards
Position Candidate
Phone 0430 569 753
Email aydon.edwards@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Australian, Tongan
Expertise Multiculturalism, Diversity and inclusion, Intersectionality, International relations, Gender, Peace and security
Gender Male
Masters in research
EXPERTISE

International relations, gender, peace and security, multiculturalism, intersectionality, diversity and inclusion

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Master of International Studies (peace and conflict resolution), University of Queensland

Charles Kovess
Charles Kovess
Kovess International
Charles Kovess
Position Founder
Phone 0412 317 404
Email charles@kovess.com
Cultural or linguistic group European, Hungarian, Christian
Expertise Leadership, Education, Teaching, Hungarian, European, Central Europe, EU Parliament, Nationalism, Globalism, Teachers, Universities
Gender Male
Kovess International
EXPERTISE

Hungarian, European, leadership, Central Europe, EU Parliament, nationalism, globalism, education, teaching, teachers, universities

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Laws with Honours, University of Melbourne

Michael Huskii
Michael Huskii
Valyou Xchange
Michael Huskii
Position Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer
Email michael@asianheritagetreks.com
Cultural or linguistic group Buddhist, Vietnamese Australian
Expertise Entrepreneurship, Culture, Organisations, Generations, Technology startups, Innovations in culture, Intracultural challenges, Generational change
Gender Male
Valyou Xchange
EXPERTISE

Cultures, organisations, generations, technology startups, innovations in culture, entrepreneurship, intracultural challenges, generational change

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Recognised accolades and initiatives from various ecosystems and bodies:

Kim Wen
Kim Wen
BBE Training Academy
Kim Wen
Position Founder
Phone 0488 600 985
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese Australian
Expertise Banking, Leadership, Mental Health, Women’s Leadership, Poverty, SME business training, Team, Teach, System, Culture
Gender Female
BBE Training Academy
EXPERTISE

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.

BIO

Kim Wen, trained in finance, IT, international trade and marketing in the US, China and Australia, is author of the book Black Belt Entrepreneur.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

RMIT Bachelor of Business, Columbia University Business School, Chinese Community Council of Australia, Australian Asian Business Women’s Association

Dilnaz Billimoria
Dilnaz Billimoria
Community volunteer and connector.
Dilnaz Billimoria
Phone 0410 659 460
Email dilnaz.bil@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Hindi, Indo-Australian, Zoroastrian
Expertise Diversity, Interfaith, Zoroastrian faith, Multicultural and multifaith, Women's health, Family violence in CALD communities, Elder abuse in CALD communities, Access and equity in CALD communities
Gender Female
Community volunteer and connector.
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

B.Com Mumbai University, MBA Mumbai University, Victorian Multicultural Commission Award

Dellaram	Jamali
Dellaram Jamali
Independent media professional
Dellaram	Jamali
Email della@vreelandmedia.com
Cultural or linguistic group Australian, Persian, Baha'i
Expertise Community building, Spiritual education, Children's spiritual education, Spiritual discourse
Gender Female
Independent media professional
EXPERTISE

Baha'i faith, community building, spiritual education, children's spiritual education, spiritual discourse

BIO

Della is a member of the Australian Baha'i Community and member of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Ballarat.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Major in Journalism - Deakin University

Mehrzad Mumtahan
Mehrzad Mumtahan
Artist, hearing health professional
Mehrzad Mumtahan
Phone 0413 330 452
Email mehrzad.mumtahan@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Persian, Baha'i, Iranian Australian
Expertise Creative Arts, Ceramics, Persecution of the Baha'is in Iran
Gender Male
Artist, hearing health professional
EXPERTISE

Creative arts, ceramics, persecution of the Baha'is in Iran

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

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

Nola Turner-Jensen
Nola Turner-Jensen
The CultuRecode Project
Nola Turner-Jensen
Position Lead researcher
Phone 0413 281 980
Email nola@culturecodesv.com
Cultural or linguistic group Aboriginal, Wiradjuri Aboriginal Australian
Expertise Mental Health, Education, Aboriginal issues, Indigenous language restoration, Suicide, Aboriginality, Genetic memory
Gender Female
The CultuRecode Project
EXPERTISE

Aboriginal issues, mental health, Indigenous language restoration, suicide, education, Aboriginality, genetic memory

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium accreditation, Cert 3 Suicide Prevention, Fellowship recipient First Nation Writers Australia, NAIDOC award 2019

John Mckenna
John Mckenna
So…Podcast
John Mckenna
Position Host
Email letstalk@sopodcast.com.au
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Australian
Expertise Criminal Justice, Podcasting, Disability advocacy
Gender Male
So…Podcast
EXPERTISE

Podcasting, disability advocacy, criminal justice

BIO

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.

Kean Wong
Kean Wong
Southeast Asian studies
Kean Wong
Email rebirth2020@protonmail.com
Location Sydney
Cultural or linguistic group Malaysian, Asian, Chinese Australian, Southeast Asian
Expertise Asian democracy, Asean, Islamism, Political economy, Religious politics
Gender Male
Southeast Asian studies
EXPERTISE

Asian democracy, Asean, Islamism, political economy, Malaysia, religious politics

BIO

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).

Rani Pramesti
Rani Pramesti
Creatives of Colour
Rani Pramesti
Position Creative Strategist
Phone 0401 504 800
Email rani.pramesti@gmail.com
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese, Indonesian
Expertise Race and racism, Creative sector, Diversity and inclusion initiatives, First-generation settler/migrant
Gender Female
Creatives of Colour
EXPERTISE

Creative sector, diversity and inclusion initiatives, first-generation settler/migrant, race and racism

BIO

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).

Koraly Dimitriadis
Koraly Dimitriadis
Poet, writer, performer
Koraly Dimitriadis
Email koraly.dimitriadis@gmail.com
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Greek Cypriot
Expertise Art, Feminism, Single parenting, Divorce, Greek culture, Cypriot culture, Cultural and religious repression, Poetry, Writing
Gender Female
Poet, writer, performer
EXPERTISE

Single parenting, feminism, divorce, Greek culture, Cypriot culture, cultural and religious repression, poetry, art, writing

BIO

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

Mariam Elliott
Mariam Elliott
Middle East Connect, and Cultural Advisors (MECCA)
Mariam Elliott
Position Managing director
Email mariam@middleeastconnect.com.au
Location Brisbane
Cultural or linguistic group Middle Eastern, Coptic Orthodox Christian
Expertise Interpreter/translator, Cultural advisor
Gender Female
Middle East Connect, and Cultural Advisors (MECCA)
EXPERTISE

Interpreter/translator, cultural advisor

BIO

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.

Rana Ebrahimi
Rana Ebrahimi
Hueman Equity Consulting
Rana Ebrahimi
Position Co-founder/director
Email rana@huemanequity.co
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Persian
Expertise Multiculturalism, Community Engagement, Diversity and inclusion, Community Development, Community mobilisation
Gender Female
Hueman Equity Consulting
EXPERTISE

Diversity and inclusion, community engagement, multiculturalism, community development, community mobilisation

BIO

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.

Budi Sudarto
Budi Sudarto
Ananda Training & Consultancy
Budi Sudarto
Position Director
Email contact@anandalearning.com.au
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Multicultural, Multifaith, Indonesian Muslim, Person of colour
Expertise Islamophobia, Intersectionality, Diversity, Sexuality, International students, International education, Inclusive leadership, Gender and sexuality, Inclusion with specificity, organisational change, Health promotion, sexual health, Gender non-conforming, Gender diversity, Stereotypes, Biases, Internalised prejudice, Multiple Marginalisation, Queerphobia, Race and racism, Systemic Discrimination, Power dynamics, Whiteness, Multicultural, Inclusion and belonging, Queer Muslims, LGBTIQ
Gender Non-binary
Ananda Training & Consultancy
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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).

Lisa Annese
Lisa Annese
Diversity Council Australia
Lisa Annese
Position CEO
Phone 0425 203 297
Email lisa@dca.org.au
Location Sydney
Cultural or linguistic group Italian
Expertise Mental Health, Cultural Diversity, Gender Equality, Discrimination, Bamboo ceiling, sexual harassment, Gender pay gap, Inclusive leadership, Workplace inclusion, Inclusive language, Work-life balance/flexible working, Parental leave, Women in leadership, Age diversity, Disability and accessibility, Family and domestic violence, LGBTIQ+ inclusion, Asia capability
Gender Female
Diversity Council Australia
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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”.

Said El-Saadi
Said El-Saadi
Australia Saudi Business Council
Said El-Saadi
Position General manager
Phone 0450 044 444
Email said@elsaadi.com
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Arab Australian
Expertise Middle East politics and culture
Gender Male
Australia Saudi Business Council
EXPERTISE

Middle East politics and culture

BIO

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.

Rana Hussain
Rana Hussain
Richmond Football Club
Rana Hussain
Position Diversity & inclusion
Phone 0424 316 546
Email ranahuss@gmail.com
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Pakistani, Urdu
Expertise Diversity and inclusion, Community Development, cricket), Organisational Culture, Pop Culture, Gender Equity, Violence against women, Parenting, Cultural diversity in Australia, Media Diversity
Gender Female
Richmond Football Club
EXPERTISE

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

BIO

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.

Ivy Chen
Ivy Chen
CSA Global
Ivy Chen
Position Principal consultant
Phone 0417 917 332
Email ivesgeo@gmail.com
Location Perth
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese
Expertise Mining, Geology and minerals industry governance, Risk management & corporate affairs
Gender Female
CSA Global
EXPERTISE

Mining, geology and minerals industry governance, risk management & corporate affairs

BIO

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.

Osmond Chiu
Osmond Chiu
Per Capita think tank
Osmond Chiu
Position Research fellow
Phone 0424 159 463
Email osmond@osmondchiu.com.au
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Chinese
Expertise Future of Work, Multiculturalism, Racism, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Privatisation, Diversity in Politics
Gender Male
Per Capita think tank
EXPERTISE

Multiculturalism, Australian politics, public sector, privatisation, future of work, racism, diversity in politics

BIO

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’.

Mitu Bhowmick Lange
Mitu Bhowmick Lange
Mind Blowing Films
Mitu Bhowmick Lange
Position Founding director
Email mitu@mindblowingfilms.com
Location Melbourne
Cultural or linguistic group Indian
Expertise Films, cinema, Bollywood, Indian cinema, Inclusive Screen Culture
Gender Female
Mind Blowing Films
EXPERTISE

Films, Cinema, Bollywood, Indian Cinema, Inclusive Screen Culture

BIO

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.

May Saba Sabet
May Saba Sabet
Footscray Community Arts Centre
May Saba Sabet
Position Cultural Leader
Phone 0459 294 729
Email maysaba@gmail.com
Cultural or linguistic group Persian, Farsi
Expertise Community building, Empowerment of young people, Using the arts to transform, Art for change, Working with young people, Capacity building, Storytelling to change culture
Gender Female
Footscray Community Arts Centre
EXPERTISE

Community building, empowerment of young people, using the arts to transform, art for change, working with young people, capacity building, storytelling to change culture

BIO

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.

AFFILIATIONS, MEMBERSHIPS

Bachelor of Education