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Advisory Board Members

Our Advisory Board is an independent body that draws on the cultural diversity, skills and experience of its members to maintain and build our multicultural society

Dr G.K (HARI) Harinath OAM, Chairperson

Chairperson, Multicultural NSW
Chairman, Parramasala
Member NSW Centenary of ANZAC Advisory Council

Former achievements include Chairman and Board Member of Cricket NSW, Board Member of Cricket Australia, Board Member of the South East Area Health Board and President Sydney Cricket Club.

Dr Harinath was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to cricket through executive roles at state and national level, and to the community. Dr Harinath was also awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Medal) by the President of India in 2017, the highest honour conferred to Indians living overseas.

Dr G.K (HARI) Harinath OAM, Chairperson

Mr Joseph La Posta

CEO, Multicultural NSW
Former Chairperson, Sport NSW
NSW Advisory Board Member, The Reach Foundation
Former State Manager of Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs at AFL NSW/ACT
B App Sci (Town Planning) RMIT

Mr Joseph La Posta

Mr Simon Chan

B.Arch (Hons.I) B.Sc.(Arch)
Director of Art Atrium, Contemporary Australian, Asian & Aboriginal art gallery
Director of SCA Architects
President of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce
Chair of Aboriginal Benefits Foundation
Director on the Board of VisAsia of Art Gallery of NSW
Member of NSW Government Chinese Garden of Friendship Advisory Committee
Member of City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Committee
Member of Woollahra Council Cultural Committee
Member of Contemporary Asian Australian Performance Committee
Member of Sydney Boys High Ethel Killip Memorial Trust Art Advisory Committee
Community Ambassador at Art Gallery of NSW
Recipient of the inaugural NSW Premier's Multicultural Award for Arts & Culture in 2013

Mr Simon Chan

Ms Sonia Sadiq Gandhi

M.Com
Founder and Director, Gandhi Creations Pty Ltd
2018 Australia Day Ambassador
Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
Chair, Women in Business, AIBC
International Students Officer, CAPA (1999-2001)

Ms Sonia Sadiq Gandhi

Prof Sandra Hale, B.A., Dip.Ed., M.App.Ling., PhD, NAATI

Professor of Interpreting and Translation at UNSW
Pioneer in Community Interpreting education and research
Author of numerous academic books, book chapters and journal articles in Interpreting
Researcher specialising in Legal Interpreting
AUSIT Immediate Past President
NAATI professional translator and Conference Interpreter (Spanish)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Fellow of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators
Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Antwerp, Belgium

Prof Sandra Hale, B.A., Dip.Ed., M.App.Ling., PhD, NAATI

Mr Kyung Il (Kenneth) Hong

Principal, H & H Lawyers
Council Member, Medical Council of NSW
Principal Solicitor, Korean Community Legal Services
Past President, Korean Australian Lawyers Association (KALA)
Past President, Korean Australian Young Leaders (KAY Leaders)
Notary Public

Mr Kyung Il (Kenneth) Hong

Ms Dai Le

Councillor, Fairfield City Council
Founder & Director, Diverse Australasian Women's Network (DAWN)
Former Deputy Chair, Ethnic Communities Council of NSW
Director, STARTTS
Ambassador, NSW Cricket Mosaic Program
Justice of the Peace
Vincent Fairfax Ethics and Leadership Fellow

Ms Dai Le

Cav. Felice Montrone OAM

CEO of public company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange
Board Member, Geographical Names Board of NSW
Executive Council Member in Australia, Knights of the Order of St. Sylvester Association
Chairman, Father Atanasio Gonelli Charitable Fund
Secretary General for Australia, Confederation of Italians in the World
Chairman, Centre for Australian Studies in the Mediterranean Foundation
Trustee in Australia for the John Paul II Foundation for Youth Photographic Exhibition
Chairman, Apulian Business Association of Australia

Cav. Felice Montrone OAM

Ms Margaret Piper AM

Director, Margaret Piper and Associates
Member, Australian Red Cross Board
Member of the Australian Red Cross Migration Programs Advisory Committee
Member of the Australian Red Cross Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the NSW Human Services' Cultural Diversity Expert Advisory Group
Member of the STARTTS CiCT Consultants Panel
Author of three VET training packages targeting people working with refugees and many articles and research reports
Executive Director, Refugee Council of Australia, 1991 to 2005

Ms Margaret Piper AM

Mr Devpaal Singh, Youth Member

Founder and President, Sydney University Sikh Society (SUSS)
National Communications and Marketing Director, Sikh Youth Australia (SYA)
Research and Sales Assistant, Amaton Australia
HSC Tutor and Mentor
Teaches traditional North Indian dance “Bhangra”

Mr Devpaal Singh, Youth Member

Ms Cristina Talacko

Owner and founder: SalDoce Fine Foods
Vice-President: Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Chairperson: Coalition for Conservation
Director: Naked Foods Northbridge and Naked Foods Indooroopilly
Secretary and Board Member: One Meal - It Makes a Difference
Benefactor: Art Gallery of NSW - CCB and Foundation
Former NSW Vice-Chair of Australia Latin America Business Council, former Board Member of Council on Australia Latin America Relations (DFAT)

Ms Cristina Talacko

Mr Albert Vella OAM

Electrician
Founding member for the Polish School of Sydney
Member of the NSW Federation of Community Language Schools
Current President of NSW Federation of Community Language Schools
Member of the NSW Community Languages Schools Board
Management Committee  of Australian Federation of Ethnic School Association

Mr Albert Vella OAM

Mr Steve Widders

Past-President Armidale AM Rotary Club
External Fellow, Austin College UNE
Past President and member Duval Lions Club Armidale
Member National NAIDOC Committee
Member Disability Council of NSW
Member NSW Police and Justice Advisory Committee on Disability
Member DADHC Aboriginal Advisory Committee
NSW Seniors Week Ambassador
NSW Australia Day Ambassador
Member First Peoples Disability Network
Member Rotary Group Study Exchange to India
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar University of Alaska
Awardee Churchill Fellowship

Mr Steve Widders