Our Staff

    ECCV’s operations team is made up of dedicated professionals who are passionate about ethnic and multicultural communities.

     

    Leadership

    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. 

     

    Diana Mastrantuono

    Projects & Capacity Building 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.

    Cassandra Ong

    Executive Assistant

    Cassandra is passionate about supporting emerging Women of Colour (WOC) realising their potential and hopes to see more WOC in mainstream media and leadership roles in the future. Before joining ECCV, Cassandra worked in Central Australia with Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council, where she committed to improving social justice for those that were unheard and underrepresented.

    Born in Melbourne to a Hong Kong-born mother and Malaysian-born father, Cassandra is proud of her cultural heritage and excited to work for a peak body advocating for Victoria’s multicultural communities.

    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

    Policy & Advocacy Manager

    Rashmi 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.

    Rosita Vincent

    Regional Lead

    Rosita is a Community Planner by profession with extensive experience working cross-culturally with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and in innovative community development roles in regional Australia. Since 2017 Rosita worked as Manager then more recently as Interim Executive Officer of the Ethnic Community Council for the Loddon Campaspe Region.

    Rosita is a trusted, collegial leader and community connector who brings extensive networks, community engagement and strategic planning expertise to her role as Regional Lead for ECCV.

    Victoria Kyriakopoulos

    Media & Member Engagement Manager

    Victoria is journalist and communications specialist who brings broad local, national and international experience to ECCV across media, communications, events and multicultural engagement.

    Victoria has worked for leading Australian media, including the Herald-SunThe Age and The Bulletin and her diverse experience includes roles as a Victorian Government Media Adviser, author of Lonely Planet’s Greece series and television and video production.

    Media, Communications and Membership

    Xiaoran Shi

    Media & Communications Officer

    Hella Ibrahim

    Sector Communications & Engagement Officer

    Khalid Farah

    Media Production Officer

    Natasha Rubinstein

    Membership & Events Assistant

    Vrinda Rajanahally

    Digital Support Assistant

    Policy and Advocacy

    Denisse Sandoval

    Advocacy Lead

    Gabriele Rukas

    Sector Development,
    Policy & Practice

    James Houghton

    Policy Officer

    Dr Martin Plowman

    Practice Lead,
    Inclusion & Cultural Safety

    Rahel Davies

    Youth Engagement Officer

    Dr Riccardo Armillei

    Policy & Practice Advisor

    Projects & Capacity Building

    Hayat Doughan

    Outreach Coordinator
    Multicultural Communities

    Nimo Hersi

    Disability Advocacy
    Coordinator

    Osman Ali Mohamed

    Speak My Language
    Victorian Coordinator

    Surmeli Aydogan

    Energy Advocacy
    Coordinator

    Tonina Gucciardo-Masci

    Ageing Well Lead

    Youssif Assafiri

    Disability Advocate

    Yuli Liang

    Disability Advocacy
    Project Officer

    Multicultural Communities Outreach

    Ada Chan

    Project Worker

    Shivani Sharma

    Project Worker

    Suzan Saka

    Project Worker

    Speak My Language Travellers

    Athena Papadatos

    Abdikadir Osoble

    Julie Sciberras

    Serap Filiz

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    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: (03) 9354 9555
    Email: eccv@eccv.org.au

     

     

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