DCA is proud to work with a team of experienced facilitators to deliver our research-based Knowledge Program workshops.
A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem addresses leadership, cultural competence and intersectionality across private and public spheres. For her efforts she was recently appointed the inaugural Ambassador for Women of Colour, Australia - and in 2020, awarded an OAM.
Tasneem has been named an ‘Anti-Racism Champion’ by the Australian Human Rights Commission and holds a Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University in recognition of her impact in the diversity sector.
She is a Board Director for The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Crescent Institute as well as a Strategic advisor for Fire Rescue Victoria and the Collingwood Football Expert Panel on Anti-Racism.
A TEDxMelbourne presenter and writer, Tasneem has featured in SBS Life, The Guardian, The SMH and appeared on BBC’s IQ2 Debates, Q&A is a regular panellist on The Drum and host of the podcast series, ‘Strengths Untold’.
Maree Burgess is a trainer, coach, facilitator, author, and speaker whose practicality guides leaders and teams to create the culture you desire, and importantly, they want to be part of – which greatly improves performance.
Obsessed with building environments of excellence where staff collaborate, work and even play well together, she is renowned for bringing out the best in teams and individuals alike.
Like you, Maree knows there can be occasional challenges and draws upon a vast skillset developed throughout her career of over 30 years. With a focus on inclusion Maree is adamant that everyone should be able to work in a psychologically safe workplace.
From being a registered nurse at a major Melbourne trauma hospital, followed by several senior roles in banking to over 19 years as an expert behavioural consultant, she is equipped with the resolve and knowledge to connect with and inspire any mix of people.
Author of 3 books:
- ‘The XX Project - Giving women the skills and confidence to step up in the corporate world’
- ‘Connecting Us, Develop the engaged, goal-kicking team you've always dreamed of’
- ‘Level Up, how managers can do less and be more’
- She has also released an eBook ‘Going From Pressure to Performance, working
with your team to amplify your results’.
Maree knows exactly what is required to create environments where dynamic staff turn up invested in common success.
Loren is a lawyer who has worked in the public, private and NGO sectors. She has extensive experience in policy, human rights, legal and regulatory reform. Her specialist areas have included working with a range of organisations to embed an intersectional approach, and consulting with a diverse range of communities to work towards achievable reform.
Zach Ghirardello, former Member Engagement and Partnerships Manager at Diversity Council Australia, has extensive knowledge of DCA programs and continues to work closely with the council in his role as Director, Diversity and Inclusion, at The Australian Academy of Science.
Zach brings extensive experience in all aspects of diversity and inclusion and has worked with all parts of the economy to advance equity in Australia.
Sarah Ibrahim is a mother of two and a fierce, culturally diverse woman with social justice at her heart. Sarah recently founded her own law firm Central Lawyers, in which she is the Principal. Sarah also dedicates a portion of her time on a pro bono basis to communities and people in need. Her law firm practice focuses on assisting businesses in commercial law.
Previously Sarah worked as a solicitor at Legal Aid NSW for ten years. Sarah studied a combined Bachelor in Laws and Economics and worked as a Civil and Criminal Defence lawyer representing disadvantaged clients throughout New South Wales. She became the Solicitor-In-Charge of Legal Aid NSW’s and Acted as Manager of the In-House Counsel Unit of Legal Aid NSW in corporate law. Sarah has successfully represented detainees on Christmas Island and Manus Island. She has also successfully ran many race discrimination cases. Sarah has advocated for increased diversity within the legal profession since her admission in 2008 and continues to mentor many young, diverse women.
Manjusha helps leaders to navigate through the complexities of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) considerations so that they get clarity on the strategy, processes and behaviours required for meaningful impact and outcomes.
She guides organisations to work from their current state, identify gaps and co-create adaptable solutions through contextualising strategy and practices aligned to the organisation’s Purpose, Vision and Values. She partners with organisations that prioritise people and a sense of belonging along with profit.
Her expertise includes Board roles establishing DEI portfolios, inclusive policies and practices, cross-cultural communication and advising on strategic considerations. Her focus on engaging diverse demographics such as CALD and People of Colour, LGBTQ, Women, First Nations and Ageing populations in strategic conversation and solution generation effectively and respectfully address challenges and meet their needs to work towards equitable experiences. An experienced translator of intersectional insights and data to people with varying levels of DEI awareness, Manjusha is also passionate about creating thriving cultures through somatic leadership, consultation, 1:1 and group coaching.
Dr Susan Oguro is an expert facilitator, consultant and coach in the areas of intercultural communication, diversity, language use and inclusive cultural practices. She is principal of Susan Oguro Consulting.
Susan has had an extensive career as an academic in the field of International Studies and Education and as a senior manager in the higher education sector. Her work locally and globally with corporate, government, NGO and educational institutions has successfully established and delivered effective training programs and supported diverse and inclusive workplace practices. Her expertise has been formally acknowledged with awards from the European Association for International Education and the University of Technology Sydney. She has formal qualifications in Workplace Training and Assessment, in Education and in the Humanities.
Bhuvana is an energetic public policy professional, who weaves DEI into her work and leadership. With degrees in law and social science, her global career spans investment banking, a for-purpose organisation, the Dept. of Home Affairs, United Nations and now Treasury NSW. Through roles ranging from Executive advisory, managing teams, client service and stakeholder liaison, she has crafted an ability to speak and respond to any audience with warmth and cogency.
As a committed advocate, Bhuvana has spoken (and written) on various DEI issues to create real change. She offers fresh perspectives and stimulates reflection, leveraging audience input to engage, and promote change beyond each setting. Bhuvana also leverages online platforms to broaden the conversation, highlighting progress (or where it might be needed) in Australian society.
Bhuvana’s DEI strengths lie in Gender, Culture & Faith, and Flexibility (Parent/ Carer) issues, drawing on her lived experience. Bhuvana’s DEI advocacy achievements include:
- Years driving staff Reconciliation & Gender networks in Federal Government
- Advocating for and setting up the ‘Parent and Carer Network’ in NSW Treasury, writing content and moderating virtual events
- Setting up and and leading the ‘Culturally & Linguistically Diverse’ network in NSW Treasury
- Serving as an Observer on the Board of Media Diversity Australia
Bhuvana is passionate about ensuring that we all take ownership of the DEI conversation; and that DEI is progressed in all areas of Australian life (e.g. work, politics, schools, media). She looks forward to collaborating widely to achieve that goal.
Margaret has been a campaigner for social justice for as long as she can remember. Her paid work in equity and inclusion has been in the University sector. She has worked in the Equity Department at QUT for many years where she is a trainer and a discrimination complaints adviser. She has been a University Ombudsman.
Margaret continues to research and write about racism. She has a particular interest in the discourse of white privilege.
Margaret holds degrees in Law and Arts. She holds a Masters in Cultural Heritage and a post-graduate diploma in Library Science. She had trouble deciding what she wanted to be when she grew up.
Margaret was a board member of Micah Projects Inc in Brisbane for many years. She feels very fortunate to have been educated by the staff and clients of Micah Projects Inc about the consequences of social marginalisation and structural inequality.
She is the mother of three adult children who have willingly followed her as social justice warriors. This makes her very proud.
Gāya has experience working in both the health + wellbeing and diversity + inclusion industries and is a passionate advocate for LGBTQIA+ human rights.
They have worked with numerous government, not for profit and private organisations to develop and implement diversity + inclusion policies, procedures, action plans and training which aim to ensure all members of our community are included, supported and safe in the workplace. Gāya’s work experience also includes delivering social and emotional learning programs and professional development training to primary and high school students and teachers in WA and NSW.
Gāya has experience lecturing in tertiary educational institutions and their qualifications include a Master of Wellness from RMIT and a Diploma of Counselling.
Madeline is a legal research and policy consultant who works with private sector, government, non-profit, and academic stakeholders in the gender equity space. Her clients are based in Australia and abroad. TIME’S UP and Germany’s international development agency have been counted among them. Madeline previously served as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Columbia Law Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and African American Policy Forum, including on the Say Her Name campaign. From 2012 to 2017 she worked at King & Wood Mallesons, where she was extensively involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives and pro bono legal service delivery. Madeline holds a Masters of Law degree from Columbia, where she graduated as a James Kent Scholar. She has given guest lectures, led workshop sessions, and presented independent research at universities including Oxford, Yale, Columbia, Sydney, and Melbourne.
Deb operates at the nexus of Diversity and Inclusion and High-Performance Leadership and Teams.
She has had a dual career, in General Business Management in small and medium enterprises, and as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Specialist, Human Resource and Learning leader in global multinationals.
Deb’s Diversity and Inclusion journey commenced 15 years ago, and she has watched with fascination as the research and practice has grown to where it is today. There’s now no doubt, robust D&I strategies, are high-value business strategies in their own right!
As an integral member of the small global team supporting SAP’s leadership and business transformation, Deb has mentored and guided hundreds of leaders and teams throughout the world.
She brings both an empathetic appreciation and pragmatic approach to enabling top and bottom-line business performance and is passionate about leveraging strengths and valuing differences to enable Innovation & Performance and Wellbeing & Belonging in teams.
Deb has been a member of multiple Brandon Hall award-winning learning design teams and holds a Master of Management in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and is an Erickson Certified Professional Coach with a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.
Eva is a Certified Diversity Professional with broad experience in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). She has developed and implemented D&I strategies, guided and coached leaders and HR professionals in D&I related matters, and provided expertise about various areas of diversity including gender equity, disability, First Nations people, LGBTQI+ and age diversity. Eva also has an extensive background in group facilitation and workshop development and delivery.
Prior to embarking on a career in D&I, Eva worked as an organisational development professional leveraging her degree in organisational psychology with a key focus on leadership development, team coaching, outplacement and career development, and behavioural assessments. She is currently completing a PhD researching how to most effectively lead age diverse employees, with an emphasis on inclusive leadership.