Our Staff



    Emiliano Zucchi

    Chief Executive Officer 

    Emiliano has extensive experience providing strategic leadership on diversity and inclusion, developing policy and implementing a diverse range of services in the health sector. During his 15 years at Northern Health, he led their Cultural Responsiveness, Disability and Reconciliation Action plans and transformed the way hospital language services are delivered to people with limited English proficiency, leading to improved health outcomes.

    Prior to working in the health sector, Emiliano worked for 10 years as a university lecturer and researcher and holds the position of Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Languages, Literature, Cultures & Linguistics at Monash University. He has published widely on the impact of cultural competence on health outcomes, and presented over 30 conference papers nationally and internationally. 

    Emiliano has been the Chair of ECCV’s Health & Wellbeing Policy Committee since 2015.


    Jiembra Sheils

    Director of Operations

    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.

    Rosita Vincent

    Director of Regional Affairs

    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 Director of Regional Affairs for ECCV.


    Diana Mastrantuono

    Director of Policy & Partnerships

    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.

    Victoria Kyriakopoulos

    Director of Media & Engagement

    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 & Executive Support

    Ozana Bozic

    Business Support Coordinator


    Business Support Officer

    Media, Communications & Membership

    Xiaoran Shi

    Media & Communications Officer

    BASHKIM nuka

    Communications Officer

    Policy & Advocacy

    James Houghton

    Policy Officer

    Batool Moussa

    Policy Officer

    Projects & Capacity Building

    Hayat Doughan

    Carers Capacity Building Coordinator


    Tonina Gucciardo-Masci

    Ageing Well Lead

    Surmeli Aydogan

    Energy Advocacy

    Nail Aykan

    Healthy Ageing Coordinator

    Multicultural Communities Outreach

    Shivani Sharma

    Project Coordinator

    Suzan Saka

    Project Worker

    Abdikadir Osoble

    Project Worker

    Osman Ali Mohamed

    Community Outreach Adviser


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    ECCV acknowledges the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the Country on which we work. We pay respect to their Elders past and present, acknowledge their continuing connections to land, sea and community, and
    extend respect to Traditional Owners throughout Victoria.


    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