Elena Berrocal-Capdevila (Chair)
Elena is passionate about community diversity and has over 15 years experience working in the areas of capacity building, governance, management, evaluation, social policy and research.
Elena currently works as the Manager at the Behavioural Insights Unit for Family and Community Services, Strategic Policy and Reform department. She previously worked as a Senior Consultant at Matrix on Board, an organisation that provides financial management, management support, and training to non-profit organisations across Australia.
Elena has been actively involved in the NDIS Taskforce and NDIS Reform Group and worked for Housing NSW as a Policy Analyst. She has worked for the Pitjantjara Homelands Council Aboriginal Corporation, as well as the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care as a Senior Policy Officer.
Elena has a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies from The University of Sydney along with a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Macquarie University, where she won the NSW Premiers Equity & Diversity Prize. Elena also holds a Masters in Cultural Anthropology and bachelor's degrees in both Gender Social Policy and Communications Sciences.
She has previously been on the boards of Family Planning NSW, Settlement Services International, Australian Red Cross, the Settlement Neighbourhood Centre Redfern, and on an advisory group to NSW Police.
Jacob Carswell-Doherty (Treasurer)
Jacob is a solicitor director at Foulsham & Geddes, acting and advising in relation to family law, employment, commercial law, wills and estates among other matters.
During high school, Jacob was an active member of the Army Reserve, serving as a Gunner/Signaller with the Royal Australian Artillery. While at University of Western Sydney, Jacob held the role of President of the Student Association from 2008-2010. He has a Masters in Law from the University of Sydney and has worked in the legal field since 2009. Jacob is passionate about social justice and advocates for multicultural values and issues concerning refugees and migrants.
Jon Soemarjono (Director)
Jon has got a sheer passion for education and promoting multiculturism. He had been a English teacher for many years in Indonesia before becoming a senior lecturer of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney (1963-1995) and University of Western Sydney (1962-2002). With over 35 years as a trusted educator, he has authored many text books in Indonesian Language and Cultures, as well as hosted programs on Channel 7 and on ABC Radio.
Jon’s work in the community and multicultural sector started as early as 1963 as Chairperson of the Indonesian Students Association at Sydney University. By 1976 he was amongst the foundation members of the Indonesian Association of Australia which he continues to support today in his retirement. His many community service roles include Ambassador for Peace with the Universal Peace Federation, Director of the Ethnic Child Care Development Unit, and Vice President of the Ryde Multicultural Centre.
For his tireless contribution to the community, Jon has been awarded Canterbury Citizen of the Year, National Volunteer’s Award, NSW Premier’s Award and several other community and government acknowledgements and accolades.
Thuat Nguyen OAM (Director)
Thuat V. Nguyen is originally from Saigon, but escaped Vietnam on a boat in 1981 and migrated to Australia in 1989 after living nearly 8 years as a refugee in West Germany.
Thuat has worked for Westpac Banking Corporation in Sydney as an IT specialist, and is now the President of Children’s Festival Organisation and the Chairperson of the Grand Cultural Festival marking the 40th Anniversary of the Vietnamese Settlement in NSW and Australia.
Thuat won the 2005 Bankstown Citizen of the Year and in 2007 he was also awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for community service, particularly for his work with Vietnamese Youth and the Vietnamese Scouting Movement.
Ting Lim (Director)
Ting is a Policy Lawyer for a legal member’s Association working in the area of criminal law and diversity and inclusion. She is also a volunteer solicitor at Redfern Legal Centre on their employment and discrimination law nights.
Ting was previously Adviser to the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane. Between 2011 and 2015, Ting was an Investigator/Conciliator with the Australian Human Rights Commission working on matters involving race and disability discrimination in employment, education and goods and services, as well as alleged breaches in human rights. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Ting was a solicitor/migration agent at Refugee Advice and Casework Service for over two years where she provided advice and represented asylum seekers through the immigration process to obtain protection visas. Ting has a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW.
Helen Elisabeth Miller (Director)
Helen has a strong background and extensive work experience in health care and aged care management in the public and not-for-profit sector. She is a general manager for SVCS NSW and Victoria at St Vincent’s Health Australia. She has a Juris doctor degree and an honorary fellow at UTS, faculty of Health.
Dr Devaki Monani (Director)
Dr Devaki Monani is a Lecturer in Social Policy and the coordinator of the Master of Social Work program at Australian Catholic University. She completed her PhD in (2008) from the School of Social Work, University of Melbourne. Devaki also holds a qualification in Social Impact Investment from the University of Oxford (2013). She is a fluent speaker of Hindi, Gujarati and Urdu. Devaki has conducted research on the topics of community capacity building, social impact and promotion of well-being of ethnic communities in regional areas in Australia.
Harriet Davidson (Vice Chairperson)
Harriet has strong policy and strategic perspective with extensive experience in a large NFP. Previously a Board member of Auburn Diversity Services, she has a strong understanding of CALD issues and is very familiar with the environment which MRCs operate in.