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Our Board

Giri Sivaraman - Chair
Giri Sivaraman
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
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 is also a Director of Mercy Community Services South East Queensland and Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland and is the inaugural Chair of Mental Health Lived Experience Peak Queensland.
Ed Box Director
Ed Box Director
Ed has held senior executive roles across banking, most recently as the General Manager of Retail Distribution with Bank of Queensland and in General Manager Roles with CBA. Ed brings to the Board more than 30 years’ experience in financial services and a proven track record in business transformation and building high-performing businesses. Ed has been a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and Chair of the Multicultural Council for the BoQ Group and, at CBA, he oversaw Migrant Financial Services and also established their Multicultural Council. 
Jessica Gallagher Director
Jessica Gallagher Director
Jessica is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) at The University of Adelaide. 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.


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.