Chairman – George Lekakis AO
Deputy Chair – Dr Geraldine Kennett
Deputy Chair – Miriam Suss OAM
Treasurer – Dr Bradley Potter
Secretary – Michael Van Vliet
Hilary Bucumi
Katie McLeish
David Wright
Cheri Ong
Judith Klepner
Symon Kohut
Bayarkhuu Purevedorj

Finance, Risk & Audit Subcommittee

Cheri Ong (Chair)
Judith Klepner
Katie McLeish
Bayarkhuu Purevedorj
Dr Bradley Potter
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)
Symon Kohut
Katie McLeish
Cheri Ong
Judith Klepner
Jill Morgan AM
Hung Nguyen
Andy Miller

House of World Cultures Subcommittee

Dr Geraldine Kennett (Chair)
David Wright
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.

Geraldine Kennett
Dr Geraldine Kennett
Deputy Chair

Geraldine is Professor of Practice in Management at La Trobe University for Australian Futures Project, and a Board member of Connecting Home. She was formerly the Institute for Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) Victorian Chief Executive Officer, Membership Strategy Manager at the Australian Industry Group and professional development manager with Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI). Geraldine holds a Doctorate of Business Administration.

Brad Potter
Dr Bradley Potter
Treasurer

Brad is an Associate Professor in accounting at Melbourne University, joining the Department in July 2003. Prior to that, Brad held various academic positions at Deakin University over a period of ten years.

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.

Michael Van Vliet - 4cm square
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.

Katie McLeish - 2016 - 4cm
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.

Cheri Ong
Cheri Ong

Cheri is a lawyer, regulatory compliance and risk expert and an experienced senior executive with in depth knowledge and understanding of Asia. She was former Asia Pacific Chief Operating Officer for KPMG Risk Management, which covered 18 countries in Asia Pacific. More recently, she was Head of Regulation and Compliance of KPMG Australia and served on the Board of the Victorian Immigrant Women’s Domestic Violence Service. She is currently the Chair and Founder of the Asian Australian Foundation and is a Love of Language Ambassador being conversant in three other languages in addition to English.

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Symon Kohut

Symon works in human resources for the Victorian government with expertise ranging from dispute resolution to conflict of interest management. He studied Arts and Law and completed part of his studies in Ukraine. Symon also writes, arranges and conducts music for choirs, specialising in East Slavic sacred music, and has devoted his time to numerous leadership roles in the Ukrainian community including as editor of its national newspaper for 8 years. He is a grandchild of the postwar Ukrainian refugee migration to Australia; his grandmother became an internationally recognised poet of the Ukrainian diaspora.

Bayarkhuu Purevdorj - 4cm square

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.