Our Board

    ECCV is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly and hosts an Annual General Meeting each year for its members. The ECCV Board is elected in accordance with the ECCV Constitution.

    Eligible ECCV members have the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidates at an annual general meeting. Those elected to the Board are appointed a position, which is determined by varying factors, such as skill set and experience.

    Officer Bearers

    Eddie Micallef


    Eddie has a professional background in Occupational Health and extensive experience in Community Health, where he supported policy and programs enabling culturally diverse communities to respond to drug and alcohol challenges. He is a former Director of Inner South Community (STAR) Health Service and William Angliss Institute.

    Eddie has previously served as Chairperson of the ECCV Board and is active on ECCV’s Health Policy Committee. He has also been actively representing the ECCV on external organisations such as with Hepatitis Victoria. He served as a Member of the Victorian Parliament from 1983 – 1999, during which he held numerous portfolios covering Health, Industrial Relations, Work Cover & Multicultural Affairs.

    Jill Morgan AM

    Deputy Chairperson

    Jill has worked extensively in multicultural and indigenous arts in Australia for over the past 25 years. She is a currently a Director of the Australian Art Orchestra. She is the former CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria and Executive Director of Kulcha, Multicultural Arts of Western Australia.

    She is an active cultural and community development worker and has worked extensively with many diverse communities to ensure they have a voice. Jill has contributed significantly to cultural policy development and strategies locally and nationally to promote diversity, human rights, and inclusion.

    She has received an Order of Australia for significant service to the promotion of multicultural and indigenous art through leadership roles in arts organisations. Jill has been awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award facilitators prize which pays tribute to outstanding excellence in the Arts in Australia.

    Jenny Semple

    Deputy Chairperson

    Jenny has worked in the multicultural sector as the CEO of the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre for 20 years. Currently, she is serving as a Board member of ECCV, and a non-Executive Director on the WorkWays Australia Ltd, Employment agency board. She has many years’ experience serving on the following boards, Refugee Council of Australia Board, Chisholm TAFE, Darebin Community Health Centre, a Founding member of the Settlement Council of Australia (Chair, Vice-Chair)

    She was also nominated on a Ministerial Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council (RRAC) for over 5 years. Jenny has many networks in the community sector and also the multicultural sector with agencies and community leaders and a demonstrated understanding of finance, budgets, HR and OHS.

    She received an award from the State government for meritorious services to the community, as part of Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2016.

    Mohammed Yassin


    Mohammed Yassin is former refugee from Iraq who has been living in Australia for 16 years. As a passionate young person, he has worked in and led many youth and community organisations in Melbourne’ s northern suburbs, as well as being part of many advisory and advocacy boards to multiple government and NFP organisations.

    With tertiary qualifications in biomedicine and cancer research, he has a passion for helping young people and migrant/refugee communities face their current challenges and prosper in this society.

    Jenny Matic


    Hailing from a Croatian migrant background, Jenny has a passion for community service, advocacy and empowerment. It is a passion undiminished to this day.

    Professionally, she is a partner in a small business, and has served at senior levels in the public service – as a Senior Ministerial adviser, and at Executive and CEO levels with a national peak body. She has over 15 years’ experience as a non-executive director (not-for-profit) and has well-developed governance and financial skills.

    She is a former Victorian Multicultural Commissioner and has received awards from the Migrant Resource Centre – North West, the VMC and the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia for many years of community service.

    Board of Directors


    Abiola Akinbiyi

    Abiola (Abi) has over 17 years’ experience working in the health sector and with different CALD communities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia.

    She is a registered nurse, a clinical Nurse Educator, IT professional and an entrepreneur with a great passion for community development and social justice. She advocates for people from CALD communities, aged care, women and youth, including mentoring African youth. Abi has contributed significantly to educating, training and empowering people from the CALD group in aged care, nursing and mental health.

    Joe Caputo OAM

    Joe has been involved in advocating for ethnic minorities since arriving in Australia in the 1960s. As a founding member of the Ethnic Community Council of Victoria (ECCV), he has seen this organisation grow. He has also served on the ECCV Board and as Chairperson between 2011 and 2013.

    Currently, Joe is the Honorary President of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) and has served as its Chairperson from 2013-2017.

    He has also served as Councilor and Mayor in the former City of Brunswick and Councilor and Mayor in the City of Moreland.

    Dr Medha Gunawardana

    Medha is passionate about helping seniors from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and is interested in developing a culturally tailored approach to addressing issues such as social isolation and elder abuse while promoting a positive view of ageing. She joined Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) in 2018 and is the current Community Strengthening Manager. Prior to this role, she completed a PhD (Community Development and Planning) at La Trobe University in 2016.

    She has more than 15 years of international experience as a lecturer and researcher, as well as experience in project management encompassing management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, and partnership development.



    Dr Sundram Sivamalai JP

    Sundram was born in Malaysia, he maintains his conversational language interests in Tamil and Malay. He was the Foundation Chair of the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council. He completed two terms as Victorian Multicultural Commissioner and been on the Ministerial Advisory Council for Responsible Gambling in Victoria and maintains his interest and passion for advocating for CALD communities.

    Sundram has held senior academic positions including Adjunct Professor with University of Manipal, India and Associate Professor at James Cook University in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Sundram was awarded the Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth Government for his work with migrants.

    Zeynep Yesilyurt

    Zeynep has worked as a researcher, community development worker and social worker in a range of non-profit community organisations in the areas of settlement, women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, and child and family services.

    She has a particular interest in human rights and social justice issues which has led her to be actively involved in many grassroots organisations as a volunteer, community advocate and committee of management members, including the Dallas Neighborhood House, Alevi Federation of Australia, Alevi Community Council of Australia, Northern Health and the Victorian and Immigration Refugee Women’s Coalition.

    Currently, she is a member of the Equality Rights Alliance, a national network of women’s organisations advocating for women’s equality, women’s leadership and recognition of women’s diversity.

    Board Standing Committees

    Past Chairs


    Cr Kris PAVLIDIS2017 – 2019
    Eddie MICALLEF2013 – 2017
    Joe CAPUTO OAM JP2011 – 2013
    Sam AFRA JP2007 – 2011
    Phong NGUYEN OAM2003 – 2007
    Marion LAU OAM JP (Acting Chair, then elected Chair)2001 – 2003
    George LEKAKIS AO1997 – 2001
    Victor BORG AM 1991 – 1997
    Maurice CAUCHI1989 – 1991
    Anne ECKSTEIN (Acting Co-chair)1988 – 1989
    Wellington LEE OAM, OBE (Acting Co-chair)1988 – 1989
    Anthony BONNICI1983 – 1988
    Walter LIPPMANN1975 – 1983

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    extend respect to Traditional Owners throughout Victoria.


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    Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
    Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road,
    Coburg VIC 3058
    Phone: (03) 9354 9555
    Email: eccv@eccv.org.au