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Dr Helen Szoke, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia
Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Education), Deakin University, Australia
Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University, Australia
Mr Chin Tan, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Australia
Dr Helen Szoke was appointed as Australia’s full time Race Discrimination Commissioner on 5th September 2011 for a five year term. She is responsible for leading the National Anti-Racism Strategy and has recently launched the Agenda for Racial Equality 2012-2016 which sets out the priorities for her term.
Previously, Helen Szoke was the Commissioner with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and worked with the Commission from 2004 until August 2011. During this period she managed the expansion of the Commission’s functions under the Charter of Human Rights Act and the modernisation of the Equal Opportunity Act in that state.
She is currently Co-Chair of Play by the Rules, a Board Member of Multicultural Arts Victoria and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for International Mental Health, School of Population Health University of Melbourne.
She has held various other Statutory and Directors positions including the Adult Migrant Education Services, National Health and Medical Research Licensing Committee, Consumers Health Forum, the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Key Centre for Women’s Health, Women’s Health Victoria and various community agencies.
Helen is a Patron of New Beginnings which is an NGO set up to deal with peaceful conflict resolution with a focus on people of African Descent.
She is also Patron of the Australian Arabic Women's Foundation Inc, which aims to empower, encourage and support women from Arabic backgrounds to become independent.
In 2011, Helen was awarded the Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Award for contribution to Human Rights.
Professor Brenda Cherednichenko commenced at Deakin as Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Education on 1st December, 2011. Brenda came to Deakin from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia where she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement, Equity and Indigenous and Executive Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts from 2007.
With a teaching background in schools and then in teacher education and the social sciences, Brenda’s research has focussed on educational equity and community-university partnerships for improved educational opportunity and socially just outcomes. She has worked on many projects and partnerships with Indigenous Australian leaders and communities to enhance educational and social experiences for Aboriginal peoples. Brenda has her earliest qualifications from Deakin’s predecessor institutions, her Master from the University of Rochester, NY and her PhD is from the University of Melbourne. She has been a director and board member of several boards and is currently President-elect of the Australian Council of Deans of Education. In previous roles Brenda was Director, Access and Success, Head of Campus at the outer urban campus in Melton and Head, School of Education at Victoria University.
In 2009 she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar and studied community-university partnerships at the University of Texas, El Paso. Her commitment to the role of the Arts and Education as essential to community building and social inclusion is realised as a Chief Investigator on current ARC linkage project with a consortium of Australian universities which examines social inclusion through community embedded university education.
Professor Jane den Hollander has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University since July, 2010. At Deakin, Professor den Hollander has introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.
Professor den Hollander holds a BSc (Honours) First Class in Zoology and a Master of Science degree from Wits University, Johannesburg. Her PhD is from the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Professor den Hollander is currently a board member of Universities Australia, Education Australia Limited, and UniSuper, a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Learning and Teaching, and a trustee of the Geelong Performing Arts Council. From 2005-2008, Professor den Hollander was a Board member of Graduate Careers Australia, and from 2008-2011 on the Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.
Mr. Chin Tan is the Chairperson of The Victorian Multicultural Commission. Chin was previously a Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission between 1997-2001 and has had continual involvement and interest within the multicultural community.
Chin has broad experience and involvement in the legal profession, business and community service. Chin is committed to active involvement in the area of multiculturalism having held various community and government board positions. Chin brings to his role at the Commission valuable legal, community and leadership skills.
He previously served as President of the Chinese Professional and Business Association and Secretary of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and other associations. He has experience with local government having served on a number of planning and steering committees.
He was also a legal practitioner for more than 24 years and has had extensive legal experience in his practice with large corporate to mid and small sized firms. Chin was admitted to practice as a solicitor and barrister in the State of Victoria and the Federal and High Courts of Australia since 1987. He specialised in commercial and property law and has acted for various foreign investors and interests in Australia.
Chin is the joint Chair of the Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Committee (PACMAC) and is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council for a Multilingual and Multicultural Victoria
Chin obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Politics) from La Trobe University and his Bachelor of Laws (Graduate) from the Australian National University.
Chin is married to Theresa, with two adult children, both presently studying interstate.
Chin is also a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Group.