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Our Executive Team

Christine Castley - Chief Executive Officer
Christine Castley
Chief Executive Officer
Christine is an experienced senior executive leader, with substantial expertise in organisational transformation and change management, strategic governance, project management, policy, community engagement, operations and service delivery.  She was previously Deputy Director-General in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Housing and Public Works.  Christine is a passionate advocate for equal access to justice and services for everyone regardless of their gender, beliefs or circumstances, and to doing everything possible to help the most disadvantaged people in our community, including refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, to live in safety and to go about their lives free from danger or harm.
Christina Skoien - Company Secretary
Christina Skoien
Company Secretary
Christina oversees Multicultural Australia’s corporate governance and manages compliance, quality and risk management. She joined Multicultural Australia in 2015 with extensive state government experience in the areas of women’s policy, seniors programs and homelessness. Christina has completed a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. She is a passionate advocate for gender equality, particularly for refugee and migrant women and girls.
Vanessa Fabre - Executive Manager, Partnerships and Events
Vanessa Fabre
Executive Manager, Partnerships and Events
Vanessa oversees major events and strategic partnerships for Multicultural Australia. She has over 20 years’ experience in community and government sectors, joining Multicultural Australia in 2015. She holds a Master of Health Science, Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) and Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion. Vanessa’s vision is a community that collaborates to make Queensland a welcoming and inclusive place to live work and play.
Susanne Behrendt - Chief Operating Officer
Susanne Behrendt
Chief Operating Officer
Susanne is a highly capable executive leader with broad experience across senior management roles in the not-for-profit sector.  She was previously the General Manager of Operations and Company Secretary for the Institute of Managers and Leaders, Brisbane. Prior to this, Susanne was the Chief Financial Officer at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. With over 10 years of experience in senior management roles in the not-for-profit sector and 7 years with accounting firm KPMG across both Australia and Germany, Susanne brings a high degree of excellence and deep experience in business operations to Multicultural Australia. Susanne holds a Bachelor of European Business (First Class Honour) and a Masters of Science in Business/Finance. In addition, she is a qualified CA, Member of AICD and Member of GIA. Her clear alignment with and commitment to Multicultural Australia's mission, purpose and values are evident in all her work. 
Jason Olsson-Seeto - Chief Development Officer
Jason Olsson-Seeto
Chief Development Officer
Jason joined Multicultural Australia as Chief Development Officer in September 2021.  Prior to joining Multicultural Australia, Jason was the General Manager of Membership and Engagement for the Queensland Law Society, ensuring community access to law services and access to justice, while engaging with regional Queensland to support the delivery of professional development, wellness programs, services and events. As the co-founder of Vocalise, a boutique outsourced social media engagement agency servicing high profile, Tier 1 clients, Jason brings valuable skillsets in communications and media engagement to Multicultural Australia.  This experience, combined with extensive experience in Marketing, Communications and Engagement places Jason well to progress many of Multicultural Australia’s Strategic Pillars. Jason is a passionate advocate for Queensland's multicultural communities and is deeply committed to building a fair and inclusive state for every Queenslander. 
Rose Dash - Chief Client Officer
Rose Dash
Chief Client Officer
Rose Dash is the Chief Client Officer at Multicultural Australia. Rose has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Graduate Certificate in Business, Philanthropy and Non-profit studies, and has been working in the refugee and multicultural sector in Queensland and internationally in client service delivery, torture and trauma services, and community development for over 10 years. With a highly demonstrated history of working holistically and collaboratively with diverse communities, and complex, vulnerable, resilient individuals and families. Rose is experienced in developing organisational strategies and turning them into achievable operational plans and modelling for direct service delivery and community development. She is passionate about leading teams in creating impact for new arrivals through empowerment, opportunity generation, and building safe, inclusive and welcoming communities in Australia.


Acknowledgement of country
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of all the lands on which we meet, work and live and recognise that this land has always been and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.


Multicultural Australia respects and values Australia’s First Nation peoples’ enormous resilience, courage, determination and often unrecognized contributions to this country’s social and economic development. We walk together in solidarity in the shared pain of the past and with shared hope for the future.