Our Staff

    The operations team is made up of dedicated staff and volunteers who are passionate about ethnic and multicultural communities.

    Chris Christoforou
    Chris Christoforou

    Executive Officer

    Chris commenced as Executive Officer in January 2019, bringing extensive management and executive experience to the ECCV from the education, community and sport sectors.

    A teacher by profession, Chris believes in developing the people around him as the basis of a strong organisation. Chris is the Coburg born son of migrant parents from Cyprus and considers it as a privilege to lead an organisation that has been at the forefront of advocating for cultural diversity in Victoria since 1974. 

    Jiembra Sheils

    Jiembra Sheils

    Business Manager

    Jiembra commenced as ECCV’s Business Manager in March 2019 and is a Certified Practicing Accountant with a commitment to social justice. Jiem has many years’ experience working in not-for-profit organisations in operational and financial management, including with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Oxfam and Women’s Housing Ltd.

    Jiem is responsible for ECCV’s finance, HR, ICT and regulatory compliance and is a Brunswick local with Irish, English and Norwegian heritage.

    Rashmi Kumar

    Rashmi Kumar

    Policy & Advocacy Manager

    Rashmi Kumar has worked for several years in advocacy and policy development to promote social justice and eliminate inequality in Victoria, NSW and nationally.

    Before joining ECCV Rashmi worked with Our Watch, the national organisation for primary prevention of violence against women, as Senior Policy Advisor, Intersectionality, leading the implementation and evaluation of their Intersectionality Strategy, and development of a new Reconciliation Action Plan for the organisation.

    Rashmi has a Master of Development Studies and Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (Honours) from Sydney University.

    Diana Mastrantuono

    Diana Mastrantuono

    Projects Manager

    Diana comes to ECCV with experience in program and people management. She has a strong commitment to social justice and the principles that surround this including building the capacity of the community sector in order to support vulnerable groups, reduce disadvantage and increase participation in the community.

     

    Diana has extensive experience working with new and emerging communities and people seeking asylum including with Red Cross, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre. She is responsible for ECCV’s project work, developing relationships and supporting business development.

    You can contact her at dmastrantuono@eccv.org.au.

    Anjali Nambissan

    Anjali Nambissan

    Communications & Membership Manager

    Anjali joined as ECCV’s Communications & Membership Co-ordinator in July 2019 after having been the Media & Communications Officer at the Centre for Multicultural Youth for three years. Anjali comes to ECCV with a strong marketing and communications background, with proven skills in new media journalism. Anjali is leading ECCV’s communications, membership activities and events.

    Anjali migrated to Australia from India in 2014 and is currently undertaking a Master’s in Strategic Communications Management at Monash University.

    Matisse Yee

    Matisse Yee

    Office Administrator

     You can reach her at myee@eccv.org.au.

    Gabriele Rukas

    Gabriele Rukas

    Sector Development – Policy & Practice

    You can reach her at grukas@eccv.org.au.

    James Houghton

    James Houghton

    Policy Officer

     

    You can reach him at jhoughton@eccv.org.au.

    Dr. Martin Plowman

    Dr. Martin Plowman

    Project Lead, Culturally Safe Practice

    Riccardo Armillei

    Riccardo Armillei

    Advocacy and Policy Advisor

    Tala Abdulhadi

    Tala Abdulhadi

    Project Officer, Seniors

    You can reach her at tabdulhadi@eccv.org.au.

    Nikolaus Rittinghausen

    Nikolaus Rittinghausen

    Victorian Coordinator - Speak My Language

    You can contact him at nrittinghausen@eccv.org.au.

    Youssif Assafiri

    Youssif Assafiri

    CALD Disability Advocate

    You can contact him at yassafiri@eccv.org.au.

    Athena Papadatos

    Athena Papadatos

    CALD Disability Advocate

     

    You can contact her at apapadatos@eccv.org.au.

    Nimo Hersi

    Nimo Hersi

    CALD Disability Advocate

    You can contact her at nhersi@eccv.org.au.

    Amena Ziard

    Amena Ziard

    Communications and Events Assistant

    Snm Gray

    Snm Gray

    Sector Communications and Engagement Support

    You can contact her on sgray@eccv.org.au.

    Con Pagonis

    Con Pagonis

    Senior Volunteer

    John Watts

    John Watts

    Senior Volunteer, Proof-reader

    You can reach him at jwatts@eccv.org.au.

    We are proud to recognise the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the first Australians, cultural leaders and traditional custodians of the land from which we advocate for ethnic community groups. We pay our respects to their elders, past & present.

    ECCV Statement: Recognising the Rights of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders 

     

    Connect with ECCV

    Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
    Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road,
    Coburg VIC 3058
    Phone: 9354 9555
    Email: eccv@eccv.org.au

     

     

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