CR KRIS PAVLIDIS
CHAIRPERSON ETHNIC COMMUNITIES ’COUNCIL OF VICTORIA
MAYOR, CITY OF WHITTLESEA
Kris is an experienced and passionate community advocate for social justice and cultural diversity. She has worked across various Government and non-Government Organisations, primarily in Policy Development, Community Development, Training and Strategic Change to address issues of access and equity.
CEO, IEMPOWER YOUTH INC.
CHAIR, MELBOURNE EMPLOYMENT FORUM (MEF).
Previously, Abeselom was the State and General Manager of AMES Employment and served as Board member for VEOHRC. He is interested in facilitating meaningful opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through partnerships with public, private and community sector based organisations. @abeselomabbay
ROBIN SCOTT MP ‐ MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
Robin Scott MP entered the Victorian parliament in 2006 as the Member for Preston, where he lives with his wife Shaojie and their son. Robin wants Victoria to be a place where diversity is not just tolerated, but a community where we celebrate the common humanity of all cultures. Robin is also Minister for Finance and a self-confessed cricket-tragic
Inga Peulich MP
Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Inga was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina and migrated to Australia with her family when she was ten years old. Inga began her political life as a childcare activist. She is married to Savo, a small business owner and has one adult son, also in local government and former Mayor of Kingston.
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PRESENTER AND REPORTER, SBS WORLD NEWS
Syrian-born Sarah Abo reports for SBS World News, Dateline and Small Business Secrets. She has reported from across the world, including the US Presidential Election, Afghanistan war, the Cop21 Climate Conference, Brazil World Cup and Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon.
Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission
A proud Greek Australian, Helen is passionate about supporting Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. She is an accomplished journalist, presenter, executive producer and filmmaker who has worked for all three commercial television networks and the two public broadcasters in Australia
Andrew Crisp APM
Deputy Commissioner, Regional Operations, Victoria Police
Andrew has more than 37 years’ experience in a range of operational, project and specialist roles within Victoria Police and overseas. Two of his main passions are supporting frontline members and community engagement, especially our youth. Andrew has a Masters of Leadership and Management and in 2012 was awarded the Australia Police Medal.
Fiona Patten MLC
Member of the Legislative Council for the Northern Metropolitan Region
Fiona is a member of the Victorian parliament and leader of Reason Australia. Fiona has been a catalyst for evidence based law reform. Before politics, Fiona was a fashion designer & small business owner in Canberra.”
Chief Edge Officer, Deloitte Centre for the Edge, Co Founder Lifetimes.co
Pete leads Centre for the Edge a Deloitte future focused think tank. Prior to that Pete led Deloitte into the digital world starting an eBusiness Consulting Group in 1996. Pete has been at the forefront of adopting new ways of working and shaping the future of work. Pete is also co founder of family history start up LifeTimes.co
COMMISSIONER, VICTORIAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
Kristen was appointed as Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner in 2016. Kristen’s role is to promote and protect human rights and equality across the state and lead the Commission’s work in creating a rights respecting culture within organisations, governments and communities
NATIONAL MANAGER, WELCOMING CITIES
Aleem has spent the past 20 years seeding and mentoring the development of leading initiatives and social enterprises that advance communities where everyone can belong. As the National Manager of Welcoming Cities he is working with local government to leverage the socioeconomic benefits of cultural diversity and inclusion.
SECRETARY, VICTORIAN TRADES HALL COUNCIL - THE VOICE OF VICTORIANS AT WORK.
Trades Hall is the central organising force of the mighty Victorian trade union movement. Under Luke’s leadership, Trades Hall organises campaigns for wage justice, to fix dangerous workplaces, to end workplace discrimination and to fight for a progressive, socially just Victoria.
SHERENE HASSAN OAM
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION MANAGER, ISLAMIC MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA.
Sherene served as vice president and board member of the Islamic Council of Victoria for eight years. In 2007 The Age newspaper selected her as one of Melbourne’s 100 Most Influential people and In 2016, Sherene was selected as 'Muslim Woman of the Year' at the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards.
MARK STONE AM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, VICTORIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, VICTORIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL BUSINESS ORGANISATION.
Mark was awarded The Order of Australia in 2016. He is a Director on the Board of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), an Australia Day Ambassador and Fellow of the Williamson Leadership program. Mark has also worked as Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria and Chief Executive of Parks Victoria.
CEO, CENTRE FOR POLICY DEVELOPMENT
CPD’s CEO since 2014. Previously, Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. Worked initially in public law, including as an Associate to Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court. Board member of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.
Victorian State Director - Strategy, Growth & Partnerships, Settlement Services International
Sonia is an executive manager with over 18 years’ experience. She has significant knowledge of the multicultural sector, migration and settlement. She also has strong leadership, strategic and stakeholder engagement skills and a proven track record in developing and maintaining effective partnerships with all tiers of Government and civil society.
JAN OWEN AM HON DLITT
CEO, FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG AUSTRALIANS
Jan is a highly regarded social entrepreneur, innovator,influencer and author who has spent the past 25 years growing Australia's youth, social enterprise and innovation sectors. Her lifelong mission is to unleash the potential of young people to lead positive change in the world.