ATT Board

Haileluel Gebre-selassie – Chair

Haileluel Gebre-selassie is a Managing Director of Teff Australia Company with expertise in stakeholder management, public relations, leadership and organisational development. In his role with the Victorian government Haileluel has worked in a variety of departments in various roles including in policy advice, community engagement, community participation, social inclusion, education and training, overseas qualifications and project management.

Haileluel has initiated and managed a number of grassroots community capacity building programs including the successful African Leadership Development Program (ALDP). For his outstanding work for ALDP Haileluel, received the Melbourne Award which is our city’s highest accolades. Graduating with a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne, Haileluel developed and managed several programs and projects including – the stakeholder communication strategies part of the state wide brokerage program. Prior to government Haileluel worked as a postgraduate education adviser at Deakin University and as a settlement and integration advisor for the Footscray Migrant Resource Centre. Haileluel is Charing several organisations.

In 2018 Haileluel was nominated as Chair of the African Communities Task Force, established by the Chief of the Victorian Police force to oversee the highly publicised youth related issues in Victoria. He is Chairperson and co-founder of the African Think Tank. He was also executive board member of Footscray Communities Arts Centre and Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria. In 2010 Haileluel was awarded the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) which offers one of Australia’s most sought-after leadership development experiences. In 2009 Haileluel was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship and after travelling to New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Germany and Israel published his project report on migrant and refugee integration strategies. In 2004 he was also awarded Victoria’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs for his Meritorious Service in the Community by the former Victorian Premier.

Dr Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe  – Deputy Chair

An empowering, client-focused academic, researcher and engagements Manager with outstanding community leadership added to high-level and exceptional professional management skills of cross-cultural sensitive capacity building nature (collaborative and participatory development). He plays excellent roles in advisory, advocacy, and collaborative relationship building including admirable partnerships’ enhancements. He is one of the experts in the settlement services deliveries to the African Australians communities in Victoria/Australia as well with an international African Diaspora links. He holds diverse international higher and other forms of educational experience and qualifications embedded in multicultural community stakeholders-ship management capabilities that are critical in delivering innovation and change especially in the current global world. He operates with exceptional collaborative relationship management and business facilitation skills.

As well, he has extensive expertise in engaging and maintaining institutional connections, research, and community development, all of which tend to be aimed at driving sustainable knowledge growth, new capacities’ development, knowledge creation and sharing for social policy reforms, as well for better services delivery, in addition to reforms’ contributions including supporting the marginalised. For a number of years, he has researched, published, engaged communities, taught as well as being units’ coordinator of strategic Management subjects including International Business and International Management, Project Management, Organisational Change and Development, Employment Relations, Human Resources Management/Development, and Strategic Management. He has made significant inputs to higher education knowledge creation, sharing and delivery particularly through research developments and contributing to students’ career pathways; all done with shared visions and strategies.

Apollo is specialised in Strategic and Effective Cross-Cultural knowledge delivery and Change Management especially in reference to the management and delivery of Settlement Services to Emerging Communities in both metro and regional/rural Victoria (Effective Management of Settlement Services). All these are added to being a tireless community leader, who believes in equitable and fair treatment of all (access and equity). He holds a PhD in Strategic Organisational and Human Resources Management from La Trobe University, Business School, where has been teaching/lecturing for over 17 years. Other qualifications include: a Graduate Diploma/Masters Personnel and Industrial Relations, a Graduate Diploma Therapeutic Counselling, a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, a Graduate Certificate in Social and Medical Research, and he is a member of a number of top professional bodies (see below and the designation following his signature/name reflect so).

Muza Ntuwah – Secretary

 

Dr Negassa Bedassa – Treasurer

 

Wadzanai Nenzou – Board Member

Wadzanai Nenzou is the Social Entrepreneur, Founder and Community Builder of Herconomics a community which brings women together to talk and learn about money via the Herconomics Sisterhood Facebook group,face to face and online money conversation events.

She graduated from the African Think Tank’s African Leadership Development Program in 2016 where she received a great foundation of becoming a leader in the Australian community and supporting the advancement of African Australians. Wadzanai is passionate about African Australians taking full responsibility of their own lives and thriving in Australia.

A Financial Services Professional with over ten years’ experience in the industry. She has worked in the areas of Financial Planning, Superannuation, Investments, Banking and Compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University, Master of Accounting from Swinburne University, Diploma of Financial Planning from ASFA and a Graduate Diploma of Public Policy from RMIT University.

She is a member of The Coalition for Female Social Entrepreneurs a self-leadership platform for Female Social Entrepreneurs in Australia. The group learns from and support each other and have access to mentors and other individuals that can help them grow as leaders and scale their enterprises for greater impact.

Wadzanai is passionate about the empowerment of Women. She believes the sky is not the limit it’s only the beginning when women take full responsibility for their own lives. Her focus is in becoming the best version of herself and inspiring others especially women to be the best versions of themselves and in turn changing the world.

 

Dr Berhan Ahmed (Shiday)   – Board Member, Ex Chair

Dr Berhan M. Ahmed (Shiday) is the current ex-Chairperson of the African Think Tank (ATT); ex-chief editor of the ATT focus E-magazine; CEO of the African Australian Multicultural Employment and Youth Services; Board member of Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre; and White Ribbon Ambassador and well-known to many African residing in Australia, through his commitment to numerous community issues via main stream media and community media and community activities. First African Australian Senate Candidate for federal election 2004 for Victoria. Dr. Ahmed is a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne for over 17 years.

Elected as chairperson on 19 March 2006 for the African Think Tank and Dr. Ahmed served as the advocate of human rights and refugee settlement in Australia for African refugees, Refugees committee (1997 – 2005), and Board member of AMES 2008 – 2016.

Dr Ahmed is motivated by five core principles – social justice, sustainability development, Aboriginal reconciliation, building stronger and dynamic communities and applying democracy in action. His current leadership role will explore new ways of engaging youth in participation, decision and eliminate the culture of cover up and continued hostility and lack of co-operation among community members. The African communities will also engage with other communities to create harmony and good image of the youth in Australia.

Dr Ahmed first priority is to make Victorian diverse multicultural society a strong, dynamic and a show case “yard stake” society in Australia and around the world. A community that values its heritage while embracing multiculturalisms, tolerance, respects and cares for each other. The challenges are enormous and will be faced with happiness, community member’s consultation, talents and team work of the leadership.  This stems from my own life experience; my memories of being a refugee as a teen age (1978), discriminated, entrenched in poverty and treated as enemy before I knew what an enemy mean; this stand in sharp contrast to the dignity and love that I got from my family and from my adopted country Australia.

My job as a leader is to help others achieve their full potential, and also want to see community members engaged actively in shaping their own futures with a confidence that comes from a sense of pride of their identity and respect and trust of each other.

I hope in doing so, community members to place emphasis on local and national issues and provide moral and financial support to all the homeless, youth, and refugees regardless of their religion, tribe, race, skin color, political membership, gender, age, income, education level etc. I will not be a mouthpiece of either the government or the opposition, but I will support any youth to participate and practice his/her democratic rights within any political, social, economic, cultural and sport activities.

 

Robert Olney (B.Ec, DFP, Grad Dip Banking and Finance) – Board Member

Robert has over 30 years’ sales experience in the financial services industry working with Corporate Australia.  As a result he brings to the ATT Board significant Finance, Management, Administration and People Management acumen. Through the business activities with clients throughout his professional career he has developed the practical skills required in identifying what are the key issues that any organisation is facing and provided solutions that were specific to each client’s requirements. This applied irrespective of the type or size of the organisations he has engaged with, from SMEs and Community based non for profit organisations through to ASX top 200 clients, they all have specific issues that require solutions that apply to their unique strategic objectives. He has been actively involved and successfully led change management and project management activities that have delivered significant outcomes for the corporate organisations that he has worked for. To be successful he has developed strong referral networks that enable him to influence relevant stakeholders to assist in delivering desired commercial outcomes.

His belief to implementing effective change in our community is through education, in particular leadership development, as this will have a direct and significant impact on social justice outcomes. Robert is currently a mentor to a participant in the African Leadership Development Program 2016.

Through his 2 daughters active involvement with many sporting pursuits over the last 20 years Robert has been actively involved with all facets of running sporting teams and organisations with the key learning being how critical stakeholder management is, ensuring all are relevant parties are regularly informed as to what is what is being done to ensure the common goal or outcome is being achieved. Trust and credibility have been the foundations to all these stakeholder engagement activities.

Robert’s key philosophy when talking to any stakeholder is not accepting the words – “We can’t” and always looking for the answer to “How can we”.

 

Kenyatta J Dei Wal – Board Member

Kenyatta is the founder and the current chairman of the Federation of South Sudanese Associations in Victoria. The Federation of South Sudanese Associations in Victoria Inc. is a peak-body community organization that was formed in 2015 to represent various South Sudanese community organizations’ interest in Melbourne/Victoria.

Kenyatta has been a longtime advocate for community empowerment, social inclusion and social justice, he has extensive experience in youth issues and very passionate about youth engagement and empowerment.

Kenyatta is a public relations and communications trained professional with extensive experience in community services and resettlement programs. Demonstrated skills in community development and employment sector with well-established contacts and professional relationships build over the years in the industry.

Experienced in programs planning and implementation, designing professional communication and marketing materials for Government, Non-governmental Organizations, and Community organizations.

 ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Federation of South Sudanese Associations in Victoria Inc.

Founder/Chairman

  • Migrant Training & Employment Solutions

Founder/CEO

  • Member of African Ministerial Working Group
  • Executive Member of African Australian Community Taskforce
  • Spokesperson of the African Australian Community Taskforce.

EDUCATION:

  • Master of Arts (International Relations)

Deakin University.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication)

Monash University

  • Advanced Diploma in Public Relations

Swinburne University.

AWARDS:

  • Winner of two Mission Australia Celebrate Awards 2011
  • Winner of AMA Community Leadership Award 2017

Marta Borena – Board Member

Marta borena is a support worker and a manager of Jim’s franchise cleaning business.M arta  worked in a variety of public service such as Qantas Arline as a customer service .She has studied Tourism and travel management,as well as graduated from the African Leadership Development program in 2015.
Marta is passionately involved in the community and church as a volunteer and  continuing to support the the wider Australian and African community.

Dr Steve Rametse – Board Member

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AFRICAN THINK TANK BOARD MEMBERS:                       board@att.org.au

Haileluel Gebre-selassie – Chair

Dr Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe  – Deputy Chair

Muza Ntuwah – Secretary

Dr Negassa Bedassa – Treasurer

Wadzanai Nenzou – Board Member

Dr Berhan Ahmed (Shiday)   – Board Member, Ex Chair

Robert Olney (B.Ec, DFP, Grad Dip Banking and Finance) – Board Member

Kenyatta J Dei Wal – Board Member

Marta Borena – Board Member

Dr Steve Rametse – Board Member