Our Staff



Jiembra Sheils

Acting Executive Officer

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.


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 as the Team Leader in People and Workplace Services. 

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.

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.

Business Operations

Ozana Bozic

Business Support Coordinator

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

Dr Martin Plowman

Practice Lead,
Inclusion & Cultural Safety

Denisse Sandoval

Advocacy Lead

Batool Moussa

Policy Officer

James Houghton

Policy Officer

Dr Riccardo Armillei

Policy & Practice Advisor

Rahel Davies

Youth Engagement Officer

Projects & Capacity Building

Hayat Doughan

Project Coordinator
Carer Capacity Building


Nimo Hersi

Disability Advocacy

Osman Ali Mohamed

Speak My Language
Victorian Coordinator

Surmeli Aydogan

Energy Advocacy

Tonina Gucciardo-Masci

Ageing Well Lead

Youssif Assafiri

Disability Advocate

Multicultural Communities Outreach

Shivani Sharma

Project Coordinator

Ada Chan

Project Worker

Suzan Saka

Project Worker

Speak My Language Travellers

Athena Papadatos

Abdikadir Osoble

Charmaine Shun Chan

Charitha Dissanayake

Hamza Shahid

Julie Sciberras

Malavika Kadwadkar

Neha Gogia

Rocio Mendieta

Serap Filiz

Yousef Alreemawi

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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