Chairman – George Lekakis AO
Deputy Chair – Miriam Suss OAM
Treasurer – Bayarkhuu Purevedorj
Secretary – Michael Van Vliet
Hilary Bucumi
Katie McLeish
David Wright
Judith Klepner
Huss Mustafa OAM

Finance, Risk & Audit Subcommittee

Judith Klepner
Katie McLeish
Bayarkhuu Purevedorj
Hung Nguyen
Jill Morgan AM
Andy Miller

Philanthropy & Fundraising Subcommittee

Miriam Suss OAM (Chair)
Michael Van Vliet
Katie McLeish
David Wright
Bayarrkhuu Purevedorj
George Lekakis AO
Jill Morgan AM
Andy Miller

Governance

George Lekakis (Chair)
Katie McLeish
Judith Klepner
Jill Morgan AM
Hung Nguyen
Andy Miller

House of World Cultures Subcommittee

David Wright (Chair)

Miriam Suss OAM

Hilary Bucumi

Sean Sweeney

Jill Morgan AM

Andy Miller

George Lekakis AO

George Lekakis AO
Chairman


George is currently Chair of the Victorian Interpreting and Translating Service. He was Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) from 2001 to 2011, Chair of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, and has served on many other government and community-based boards. In 2010 George was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community through leadership roles in multicultural organisations.



Miraim Suss
Miriam Suss OAM
Deputy Chair


Miriam is a Board Member of Alfred Health, and is the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Interpreter and Translation Service (VITS). She was the Director of Social Work and Community Development Services at Jewish Care, the Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, and has participated in several Ministerial Advisory Committees in Health, Community Services and Multicultural Affairs. In 2013 Miriam was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for Service to the Jewish Community.



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Michael Van Vliet
Secretary


Michael is City of Yarra’s grants manager. He has extensive experience in the multicultural sector including in the Victorian Government’s Multicultural Affairs portfolio, grant manager at the Victorian Multicultural Commission from 2003-2011, and two years at the Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre. He has also worked as a journalist holding a BA in Journalism from RMIT, studied visual arts at Monash University, and plays piano and guitar.



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Katie McLeish


Katie McLeish is an internationally experienced CEO in the non-profit Arts sector. Her passion is melding mission integrity and business imperatives to deliver successful outcomes.

With over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Katie has held CEO and Senior Leadership roles including at the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, New York City Center, the Sydney Festival and The Australian Ballet. Career highlights include staging a highly successful $75M capital campaign and building a $10M program endowment for the Fall for Dance Festival in New York City and leading the team to achieve a record breaking 2015 Melbourne Festival.

Katie is an active member of the CEW (Chief Executive Women) network and the AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors).  She is the mother of 2 teens, loves languages and travel and is a recent yoga convert! Katie is proud to serve on the board of Multicultural Arts Victoria, reflecting her deep commitment to diversity in the Arts.



David Wright
David Wright


David is Managing Director of Wright Management Consultants, working as a facilitator of strategy, organisation development and large project design. He has been involved in the NZ Maori Treaty settlements and facilitated the development of Creative New Zealand. He played a leadership role in the establishment of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa.



Hilary Bucumi
Hilary Bucumi


Hilary is currently the Community Guides Administrator at AMES Settlement – HSS and also a member of the Australian Burundian Community in Victoria and leader of Burundi Drumming Group. He completed Bachelor of Arts at University of Bujumbura (Burundi), Department of French Language and Literature.



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Judith Klepner


Judith is the President of Inner South Community Health Service and chairs its Strategic Policy and Planning Committee. She was ECCV’s first Policy & Regional Development officer (2001-2004), a former ECCV committee member and former member of the Victorian Adult, Community and Further Education Board. Judith served two terms as Councillor for the City of Port Phillip, chaired its Planning Committee for 6 years and served on many other CoPP committees. Judith holds a BA, Dip Ed and a Graduate Diploma in Multicultural Studies and Education, is a Graduate member of the Institute of Company Directors and a qualified Mediator.



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Huss Mustafa OAM


Huss Mustafa OAM has a Turkish Cypriot heritage with very humble beginnings who migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 10 and is currently a Senior Executive at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with over 43 years of service. Huss is a highly motivated and passionate leader with an outstanding track record as an effective General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank, a Fellow of The National Institute of Public Accountants and Member of the Institute of Company Directors. Having experienced great difficulties as a migrant from a non-English background, he has over the last 25 years been very active and passionate in supporting community-based initiatives in Australia. He has established a high profile amongst a cross-section of the ethnic population of Australia, and has a passion for supporting and celebrating Multiculturalism in Australia that recognizes the contribution and benefits of cultural diversity. Huss in 2011 was appointed as a Commissioner at The Victorian Multicultural Commission for a 4 year term and is currently a member of the Small Business Minister’s Multicultural Business Ministerial Council. He is a founding member of the Australian Turkish Business Council and is currently the President in his 10th term. Huss has been a role model citizen within our Community and he continues to mentor a large number of professionals and Business owners and in 2014 he was included on the Queen’s Birthday Honors list and received the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to Multiculturalism and Business.



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Bayarkhuu Purevdorj


Bayar is the Honorary Consul of Mongolia in Melbourne (since 2015). He has worked in diverse industries such as tourism, mining, franchising and retail, and has always had a desire to be more active in the community. For the past 7 years he has been the Director of the Mongolian community association and is intimately aware of the challenges that are faced by not-for-profit organisations. He has extensive knowledge and experience in business analysis and management. It is his desire to contribute to the promotion of multiculturalism, the culture and history of all the communities that reside in Melbourne.