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Our Board

Giri Sivaraman - Chair
Giri Sivaraman
Chair
Giri joined the board in 2018 and was appointed as Chair of the Board in 2021. Giri is a principal and head of Maurice Blackburn’s Queensland employment law department. He regularly advises trade unions and non-government organisations on governance, has acted for refugees in pro bono matters, and ran the firm’s pro bono scheme for underpaid 7-Eleven workers. Giri is a member of the Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council.
Jade Demnar - Deputy Chair
Jade Demnar
Deputy Chair
Jade joined the Board in 2018 and was appointed as Deputy Chair of the Board in 2021. Jade is a member of the senior executive service in the Federal Government and previously spent many years as a management consultant in global professional services firm, Accenture. Jade is a member of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation Board.
Peter Forday - Director
Peter Forday
Director
Peter Forday joined the Board in 2011 and held the position of Chair from 2016 to 2021. He owns and operates a management consultancy specialising in organisational change, stakeholder engagement and leadership. Peter holds a number of other community leadership roles, including being Chair of Welcome Sports, the Police Ethnic Advisory Group, and the Cohesive Communities Coalition. Peter is also a Director of Mercy Community Services South East Queensland and Mercy Aged Care Central Queensland.   
Fahim Khondaker - Director
Fahim Khondaker
Director
Fahim joined the board in 2015 and chairs our Audit and Risk Committee. He is a data analytics & insights partner at BDO and was an Australian Financial Review BOSS Young Executive of the Year for 2021. Fahim has extensive experience working with charities and other organisations which aim to have a positive societal impact.
Milly Darby - Board Observer
Milly Darby
Board Observer
Milly is a Senior Associate at Wendy Brooks & Partners and has background in marketing, stakeholder engagement, fundraising, and business development. Milly is a committee member for Arts Nexus and forum member for Queensland Government, FNQ Regional Community Forum. She sits on Dancenorth Australia’s Board and is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and Philanthropy Australia. Milly has joined the Multicultural Australia Board in the position of Board Observer. The observership role provides an opportunity to gain Board experience and mentorship for a period of 12 months.
Ed Box Director
Ed Box Director
Ed is the General Manager of Retail Distribution with Bank of Queensland and brings more than 30 years’ experience in financial services and a proven track record in building high performing businesses to the Board. Ed is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and Chairs the Multicultural Council for the Group.
Jessica Gallagher Director
Jessica Gallagher Director
Jessica is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship) at The University of Queensland. She brings extensive experience in strategy development, delivery of innovative engagement programs, and building highly effective global partnerships across sectors to the Board. Jessica is also a Director on the Board of the Kokoda Track Foundation, an organisation working to improve the lives and futures of Papua New Guineans.

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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.

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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.