IG Alpbach Armenia
Marine Sargsyan - President
My academic background is in both the Humanities (BA and AM Diplomas in History from the Yerevan State University) and Social Sciences (Public Servant Diploma (equivalent to Master’s Diploma) from the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia, and a Human Rights non-degree Diploma from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund (Sweden).
Vasan Srinivasan, Assistant Director General, Global Dialogue Foundation
- The first person of Indian origin to be appointed as member of the Australian Multicultural Council.
- Board of Mental Health Foundation of Australia
- Former member – Victorian Government International Education Board
- Former President – Federation of Indian Association of Victoria (FIAV) 2009-2014
- Former Member (2011-2014) of Victorian Government Ministerial Advisory Ethnic Business Council.
- Awarded MERETORIOUS SERVICE AWARD for excellence in multicultural affairs, Victorian Government
- Former chair of Confederation of Indian Australian Association Inc (CIAA)
Global Dialogue Foundation (GDF)
Peter (Pece) GorgievskI
2007 - Present: Chief Executive Coordinator - General
Administrative Board of Directors
In 1994, Andrew established the accounting practice Cambel Cass (Melbourne), to continue and expand his involvement in the finance industry through the provision of a quality and timely advice.
Administrative Board of Directors
Carolyn Briggs is an elder of the Boon Wurrung people,
who are the traditional owners of the country that starts at the
Werribee River and extends east, through part of the city of Melbourne
and as far east as Wilson's Promontory.
Global Dialogue Foundation
Venerable Lobsang Tendar (Tibetan Buddhist Monk), Director-Religion, Faith & Traditional Faiths, Global Dialogue Foundation
Ven. Lobsang Tendar comes from Kham, Eastern Tibet. Ordained at Dego Samdupling Monastery at the age of 12, Tendar left for Lhasa shortly after where he joined Gyuto Monastery and trained as a monk for 7 years. In 1989, he made the journey across the Himalayas to join the Tibetan community in India. There, he continued his studies at the Gyuto Tantric University in Northern India, specializing in tantric chanting, meditation and butter sculptures and sand mandala.
Global Dialogue Foundation
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Director and Founder of Displacement Solutions (www.displacementsolutions.org), an organisation dedicated to resolving cases of forced displacement throughout the world, in particular displacement caused by climate change and conflict. In 2009 Scott founded Oneness World (www.onenessworld.org), an institution dedicated to developing alternative forms of global governance grounded in global citizenship. He is also Founder of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE - www.cohre.org), an organisation he headed from 1991-2007. He regularly advises several United Nations agencies and has worked on human rights issues in 65 countries.
Raquel Tobar - Director, GDF Sanctuary, Global Dialogue FoundationCommercial Engineer: 6 years experience in mergers and acquisitions at Pricewaterhouse Coopers both in Chile and Australia. Although having a financial background, Raquel's biggest passion is animals! Since arriving in Australia, she is an active member of the Victorian Ferret Society. Raquel participates in shows and events to educate people in caring for their pets and provide a better understanding of ferrets.
Nigel Williamson - Director, GDF Sanctuary, Global Dialogue Foundation
Owner, Nigel's Animal Rescue / Director, Australian Animal Rescue
Bill Penrose, Director - Citizens, Organisations & Community
Global Dialogue Foundation
Bill has worked in several local organisations such as festival committees, newspaper groups and community centres and has been a shire councillor for over 10 years at various times since 1991, including one year as mayor of the Shire of Nillumbik in Victoria, Australia. His passion is to improve community understanding of local government activities to allow them greater control of their own environment.
Born Malaysia 1955
Migrated to Melbourne in Melbourne 1975
Accountant; Property Developer
Chairperson, Federation of Chinese Association of Victoria
Chairperson, Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival Organising Committee
Chairperson, Glen Waverly Chinese New Year & Lantern Festival Organising Committee
President: Chinese Association of Victoria (2002 –2004)
Elleni BerededElleni was born in Ethiopia. She has focused her life's work on strengthening education, training and employment for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. From 2005-2011 Elleni served as the first African Commissioner appointed to the Victorian Multicultural Commission. For six years she has also served as Board of Directors of The Women’s Hospital and chaired the Community Advisory Committee and from 2008 -2011, Elleni has served as the inaugural member of Australian Social Inclusion Board. Elleni is a Director of the SBS Board & member of the Community Engagement Committee. Recently Elleni was appointed to Western Health Board of Directors and chair of Cultural Diversity and Community Advisory Committee.
Colin is Mia Mia Gallery’s founder, as well as its principle artist, educator and curator.
Over the past 15 years, Colin has been a founding member of many Indigenous initiatives throughout Australia including the Aboriginal Actors Corporation, Wadamba Bic, One-Fire Dance Troope and the Aboriginal Arts Development Trust. In addition, he initiated a Community Theatre Diploma Course for Indigenous actors and production designers at the Victorian College of the Arts in response to television and theatrical agents request for more trained Indigenous actors.
Ikani migrated to Australia with his family from Tonga in 1980 and finished his secondary schooling in Australia. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts. Ikani’s career has included roles in Asset Management, Economic Development and teaching at secondary school level in Tonga. He has also competed professionally for Tonga in athletic events internationally including the 1990 Commonwealth Games.
Bill Kardamitsis JP
Managing Director / CEO at Atlas Import Export and TradingExperienced and Successful Business Owner and Operator in a range of Industries in Australia
Profound political career, Member of the "Australian Labour Party"
Candidate for the Federal Electorate Seat of Wills in 1992-1993 with the Australian Labour Party.
Elected Councilor twice in the City of Coburg. Extensive community involvement (founding member of the Coburg Community Health centre; Founder and Coordinator of the St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Victoria, Australia; Representative Member of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Australia.
Director, Cultural Development Network (appointed December 2005)
John is an arts manager with experience working on policy development and a background of arts programming, specifically in cinema, new media arts, and screen education. He studied at the Tasmanian School of Art, the South Australian School of Art, Monash University and the Academy of Fine Art Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1992, John was Director of the State Film Centre of Victoria leading it through its development as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and was responsible for opening the new public facilities at Federation Square in Melbourne in October 2002. John left ACMI in 2004 and joined CDN in 2005 as Director. Since then, he has worked with the CDN Board and a highly skilled team to support stronger arts planning within the cultural development activities of local government.
Supreme Sikh Council of Australia
Harikirat Singh - General Secretary
At the age of 21, working at administrative roles of different organisations, Harkirat Singh started the Sikh Blood Donation Drive with Australian Red Cross and Sikh Food Donation with Food Bank Vic and travelled all around Australia to get more and more Sikhs to donate blood to serve the humanity and make the Australians aware of the Sikh Identity. With his management and hard work, Sikhs broke the record of most number of Blood donations in one day. He was awarded with a medal by Australian Red Cross Blood Service in 2010 and 2011. He is the Sikh representative in many councils/Govt projects and continuously raises issues related to Sikhs with higher authorities.
Since 1988, Peter has had an extensive career in the arts as a creative director, producer, artistic director, music director, composer and a champion of intercultural understanding. He has established himself as one of Australia’s leading cross cultural directors. Some memorable events include:
promote enduring, daily intercultural cooperation, that celebrates the
diversity and skills of the individual and to broker, consult, design
and assist projects that lead to sustainable communities and business in
Food Security with cultures of peace, justice and healing for the
Earth, its people, its lands and seas and its creatures."
To educate the new generations in all cultures to respect what has gone before, including the elders of our time and to collaborate, share resources gifts, and skills to support the renewal of consciousness leading to the above statement
APG Foto - Guruswamy Perumal
Member: Delhi Journalist Association, New Delhi, India.
I am doing Photography from 1961 onwards. My first photo published in 'Health' magazine in Pune, India in the year 1965. I joined Indian Army Postal Service as Warrant Officer in 1972. and retired 1990. In APS also I worked as Photographer in addition my work. In Delhi , I worked two state Governments 1. Tamil Nadu and Kerala as official photographer more than 18 years. In that time I met most of the Indian and foreign leaders and took photos. I took photos. Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates, Mother Teresa and Indian Presidents, Prime Ministers. Also I took so many Bollywood film stars. I came here in Melbourne 2008. Here also I am doing photography for Indian Consulate General . as well most of Indian magazines. FIAV, Housing for the Aged Action Group, NRISA etc.. 1972 onwards I am doing photography with Nikon cameras, lenses flashes.
Darren has an extensive background in social work and business and has been designing, facilitating and evaluating a vast range of group work practices for over 15 years. After establishing two successful companies in Sydney he spent six years at university studying social work and psychology whilst continuing to work in medical research. He has since integrated his business and social work skills to design, facilitate and evaluate a variety of group work practices. Darren is dedicated to providing groups for adults and children that incorporate a self help model that encourages people to take ownership in understanding themselves and create their own destiny.
3ZZZ - Melbourne Ethnic Community Radio
George Silloum - President
I was born in Syria and migrated to Australia in 1974 as a young man
I have studied Aeronautical engineering in Melbourne and worked in that field till about 1985 and after that I have completed various studies in building and architectural studies and started my business in designing and building various construction projects the business still operating till now.
Married with 2 children’s boys both university graduates.
Finnish Society of Melbourne
- 1985- 1992 Participated in various Textile Crafts Workshops by leading Australian and overseas craft persons.
- 1980-1982 Certificate of Handloom weaving, Melbourne College of Textiles
- 1960-1961 Finland’s Travel Bureau-ticketing and sales
- Until 1958 Kallion Yhteiskoulu ( high school) Helsinki, Finland
Mr. Mantelli J.P.
Sovereign Weddings & Events
Macedonian Community Council of Victoria
Sangam Community Association
Gurpreet Singh Tuteja - President
Australian Somali Welfare Botherhood Association Inc
Mohamed Ibrahim - Secretary
Hararian Community Association
Abdulhakim Adus - Chairperson
Terefe Aborete - Services Director
Australian Education and Leadership Centre
Muslim Women Council of Victoria Inc
Rabia Syed - Project Officer
Mixay Chittaphong - President
Sue Clark - Director
Iliana Schmatelka, MBA
2012 - Present: Founder & Managing Director
Strategic consulting, Business Coaching, Interim and change management, Training and workshops
Great Silk Way
2012 - Present: Acting Secretary-General
2011 - Present: MP Fuad Muradov Position: Assistant
The “Great Silk Way” International Youth Union was established for the purpose of coordination of activities of youth organizations, as well as representing and protecting common interests of the countries historically located on the silk route. The main objective and scope of activities of the organization is intercultural and interreligious dialogue, globalization issues.
Gender Project for Bulgarian Foundation
Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF) was set up in 1995 as NGO in public benefit. There are 2 people working full time and 4 people part time. GPF is an advocacy group for promotion of gender equality in all spheres of the private and social life in Bulgaria, Europe and globally.
Vital Actions for Sustainable Development
Jean Paul Brice Affana
Youth and Action Instructor trained by the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Cameroon. His fields of interest and experiences include social development, climate change, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue, peace-building, youth empowerment and development, and human rights.
GABI WAMBO LAURENT, http://www.recaad.org/
WORK: SOCIAL WORKER AND CSO LEADEORGANIZATION: RECAAD-CAMEROON
WORK FIELD: HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE, GOVERNANCE AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Fanji Self Help Womens Group
Horn Dialogue Foundation
Mohamed Adan http://hdialogue.org/
I am highly motivated with graduate Degree of International Relations from Addis Ababa University and enthusiastic worker with 10 years’ experience in Local and International NGOs. I also have two Diplomas of Information Technology and Human Resources Management, as well I earned online Certificates from Geneva University at International Organization Management in 2013, and The Changing Global Order from Leiden University 2014.
I am performing individual with demonstrating drive, enthusiasm and initiative, with the ability to work well under pressure, consistently delivering quickly and accurately and able to prioritise to ensure deadlines are met whilst maintaining a high standard of analysis and insight.
I am Co-Founder of Horn Dialogue Foundation
[HDF] which is a collaborative, participatory non political, impartial,
non-governmental and not for profit Foundation, Which has Difference
offices that Registered Different Countries such as Denmark, Sweden,
United Kingdom, Switzerland, Turkey, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia,
The branches and offices of Horn Dialogue Foundation in Somalia are
located in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu and in Hargeisa and
More info log on http://hdialogue.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/Horndialogue