Harold Mitchell AC
Harold currently serves as Chairman of a number of organisations, including FreeTV Australia, the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Art Exhibitions Australia, the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and TVS, the University of Western Sydney’s television service for Greater Sydney. He is also a board member of the New York Philharmonic and the Vice President of Tennis Australia. In previous years, he has served as Chairman of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, CARE Australia and the National Gallery Australia; as President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts and the Museums Board of Victoria; and as a board member of the Opera Australia Council.
In December 2000, he launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation to promote health and the arts in the community. The organisation has since provided over $6 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations.
In 2010, Harold was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the community through his leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and Indigenous communities.
Greg LeeDirector, Judicial College of Victoria
Greg Lee is the founder of recruitment, training and employment services in the hospitality, health, logistics and industrial markets. Appointed by the Governor in Council as a Director of the Judicial College of Victoria, Greg is responsible for the training of Victorian judicial officers. He also has extensive experience in disruptive technology, labour hire, professional sport and tertiary education. Greg is an experienced director and company manager with high level career experience intraining, human resources, professional sport, marketing and advertising. He is also an independent non-executive company director on a number of boards.
Romany AmarasinghamCoordinator Strategy and Development, City of Boroondara
Romany holds a Masters of International Relations and has over 15 years of experience working to build the capacity of communities both in an international and domestic setting. She has previous experience working for not for profit organisations including UNICEF, Relationships Australia, Beyond Blue and the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatric Unit.
Romany has played an active role advocating for social inclusion of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, with a passion for advancing community issues and working with key stakeholders to achieve community-based solutions.
She has been an advisor on various government, community and cultural panels including the Victorian Multicultural Commissions Regional Advisory Council and the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Multicultural Committee. Romany is currently the Coordinator of Strategy and Development at the City of Boroondara
Tim DemetriouManaging Director, Pencil
A natural and charismatic leader with a proven track record motivating teams and developing exceptional business culture, Tim specialises in SME, consumer sales and acquisition. Analytical and data focused, he is a true hands-on operator with over ten years’ experience driving sales, on-boarding and delivering quality service for businesses across the education, recruitment, gaming, technology and hospitality industries. Tim worked in various hospitality roles for 11 years across Melbourne, New York and London. He now owns multiple venues in Melbourne. From 2010-15 he grew his data, education and recruitment group of businesses to $120 million in annual revenue.
Most recently Tim led a $2 million capital raise on behalf of KLIPDESK; a start-up software business that automates the distribution and analytics of sporting vision across multiple platforms. With a broad skill set of data management, sales, marketing and product management plus operational and financial structure, Tim’s skills and professional network creates the perfect platform to turn good ideas into great businesses.
Ali FahourManaging Director, Islamic Museum of Australia
Ali began his career as a teacher in Melbourne’s northern suburb. In 2005, he joined Essendon Football Club as a Multicultural and Education Officer developing curriculum to engage the multicultural community with AFL.
He has previous experience as the National Diversity Programs Manager at the AFL as well as extensive experience in the multicultural sector. Ali brings his experiences and learning from the AFL on social leadership, employment and engagement programs to broaden opportunities for multicultural youth.
Ali Fahour is the Managing Director of the Islamic Museum of Victoria overseeing the strategic direction and engagement.
Ali AhmedCEO, Youth Activating Youth
Ali Ahmed is a qualified counsellor with a Bachelor of Counselling (psychotherapy) from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. He has significant experience within the public sector with a special focus on supporting and advocating for disadvantaged youth across some of Melbourne’s most marginalised communities.
Ali believes there is a lack of opportunity for multicultural youth to access education, employment opportunities and services due to cultural differences which undoubtedly hampers their ability to integrate into mainstream society. Ali is committed to giving a voice to young people who do not feel heard.
Ahmed HassanDirector, Youth Activating Youth
Ahmed Hassan is a passionate and respected advocate for Melbourne’s multicultural community, working with government, Victoria Police and industry to highlight the issues faced by disadvantaged youth. Born in the northern suburbs of Melbourne to parents from Somalia and Eritrea, Ahmed is driven by a passion for social cohesion and bridging cultural divides.
At 18 he became the co-founder and Director at Youth Activating Youth.
Ahmed works hard to empower and motivate young people to break the cycle of disadvantage, with his efforts recognised by appointments to the Multicultural Youth Network, African Australian Community Taskforce and Deputy Chair of the Victorian African Action Plan Implementation Committee.
Ahmed is studying a Bachelor of Information Technology at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and aspires to be a champion for multicultural communities.
Peter grew up near a small town in rural southeast Queensland and joined the Nine Network back in 1973. While you might know him best from presenting the Nine News weeknights on Channel Nine, he can also be heard regularly on 3AW Melbourne, BAY FM Geelong and Melbourne’s Light FM. He has a wide range of interests, and a fondness for animals.
He writes car reviews and co-host the motoring podcast for Behind the Wheel and he proudly support a number of charities that do amazing work in our community.
A product of Melbourne Victory's youth program, Thomas Deng was promoted to the senior squad in August 2015. Deng, who was born in Kenya, came to Australia at the age of six and played his junior football with Western Eagles and Green Gully. The rapid rise of Deng continued in 2015 when he made his senior debut in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 against Balmain Tigers, earning the plaudits of head coach Kevin Muscat for his performance. After an impressive 2015/16 campaign, Deng joined Dutch side PSV Eindhoven on a season-long loan in June 2016 before returning to Victory for the 2017/18 campaign.
In October 2018, Deng was named in the Socceroos squad, recently debuting for the national Australian team.
A Sudanese-born Australian footballer who plays as a forward professionally for Melbourne Victory in the A-League. Athiu is most acclaimed for being a local Victorian footballing success story, in slowly progressing from the lower skill level football leagues of the state to Australia's highest football tier with the country's biggest club Melbourne Victory, following the fleeing of him and his family from the Second Sudanese Civil War.
After initially being linked with a move to Perth Glory FC, Athiu signed his first professional contract with Melbourne Victory in October 2017 on a season-long loan from Heidelberg United.