The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria is pleased to present its new management team to members and stakeholders.
Chris Christoforou commenced as Executive Officer in January 2019 and arrived at ECCV with extensive management and senior management experience across the education, community and sport sectors. A teacher by profession, Chris is committed to developing the people around him as the foundation of a strong organisation. Chris is the Coburg born son of migrant parents from Cyprus and views 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 commenced as ECCV’s Business Manager in March 2019 and is a Certified Practicing Accountant with a commitment to social justice. Jiembra 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. She is responsible for ECCV’s finance, HR, ICT and regulatory compliance and is a Brunswick local with Irish, English and Norwegian heritage.
Zuleika Arashiro commenced as Advocacy Leader at ECCV in June 2019 and is a lawyer by profession, who migrated to Australia from Brazil in the 2000s. Since completing her PhD in Politics and International Relations, Zuleika has lectured in international relations at Australian National University and worked in research, policy and project management with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Good Shepherd Microfinance. Zuleika is responsible for ECCV’s policy and advocacy work, including leading ECCV’s anti-racism campaign Better Together.
Ross Buscemi accepted the position of Projects Leader at ECCV in July 2019, after commencing with the organisation as a project officer in August 2018. Ross spent 15 years as CEO of New Hope Foundation and has an extensive work history in migrant settlement and aged care services. Ross is responsible for ECCV’s broad range of projects, including in the areas of family violence, aged care and disability and is an outstanding mentor and support to his team. Ross migrated to Australia from Italy as a child and was raised in Brunswick.
Anjali Nambissan joined as ECCV’s Communications & Membership Coordinator 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 will be leading ECCV’s communications, membership activities and events. Anjali migrated to Australia from India in 2014 and is currently undertaking a Master’s in International Relations and Journalism at Monash University.
We are excited about the year ahead, where our staff will continue to work collaboratively with our Directors, members and funders to respond to the needs and aspirations of multicultural Victoria.
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