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Board Members

Representing the diversity of our community
Dattaraj Mahambrey

Dattaraj Mahambrey

Chairperson

Dattaraj Mahambrey is the Chair of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, the founder of the Coronation Music and Arts Festival group, and a founding member of the multicultural cricket club. Datta has worked in Tasmania’s energy industry for more than a decade, and is currently a senior commercial analyst at Tas Hydro.

Chris Ferdinands

Chris Ferdinands

Board

Chris Ferdinands is an entrepreneur/businessmen as Managing Director of White Glove Pty Limited, He is also the Secretary of the Sri Lankan Community of Southern Tasmania, President of The Mercantile Rugby Football Association of Sri Lanka and Sponsorship Chairman of the Ceylonese Rugby Football Association Sri Lanka.

Joana Cubillos

Joana Cubillos

Secretary

Originally from Chile, Joana Cubillos has lived inTasmania for 20 years. She has a PhD in biological science and runs a small food business. Joana is a Board Member of the Latin American Culture Association of Tasmania (LACAT) and an active member of the Latina American Community in Hobart, organising, supporting and facilitating cultural, food and dance events.

Huzaifa Fakhruddin

Huzaifa Fakhruddin

Board

Huzaifa is an active member of the Pakistan Cultural Society of Tasmania (PCST) and also an active member of Shabab Al Eid Al Zahabi Melbourne for the last 12 years. He is currently employed with Department of Primary Industries Parks Water and Environment (DPIPWE) as a Biosecurity Inspector and hold a Bachelors degree in Business Accounting and Finance. 

Nadia Azizabadi

Nadia Azizabadi

Board Member

Nadia Azizabadi is a TEDX speaker, business owner, swimming and ScubaDiving instructor, NAATI interpreter and advocate of migrants empowerment. She is a National team player for Tasmanian underwater sports teams and passionate about inspiring people with diverse background to get mentally and physically fit through sport. Her goal is to help people become a better version of themselves and to make sure new arrivals to Tasmania are safe in and around the water. Recently trying to achieve this by assisting adult migrants to get to know about water sports &water safety through a project named: “From Zero to hero”

She joined as a board member of Multicultural Council of Tasmania(MCOT) in 2018 and now returned in 2022.  She has ever since, been passionately assisting  migrants in any possible way. Watch her TEDx talk here.

 

Aimen Jafri

Aimen Jafri

Vice-Chairperson

Aimen Jafri is the Senior Vice chair Of Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT) and the Vice Chair of Pakistani Cultural Society of Tasmania (PCST). She is a State Service Employee and holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and Marketing. She has been volunteering internationally for past 14 years and has an eye for photography, gardening, and passion for Volleyball.

Gibbs Hatendi

Gibbs Hatendi

Board

Gibbs Hatendi is a Disability Services Manager for Care Force Disability Services and Coordinator of Supports for NDIS at Richmond Futures assisting participants with plan implementation and management. He has over 10 years of management experience working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and communities and enjoys working with people from different backgrounds with an emphasis  on capacity building and achieving goals.

Muthukumar Nachiappan

Muthukumar Nachiappan

Treasurer

Muthukumar Nachiappan, originally from Tamil Nadu, Southern part of India is the founder of Weily Park Rockers Cricket Club and Treasurer of Southern Cricket Association that comprises 28 clubs with 60 teams. He is also the Treasurer of Rotaract Club of Sandy Bay from 2014 till 2016 and been the Treasurer of the Australian Rotaract Conference and has been working in the IT sector for Local Government for close to a decade.

Meghna Chhetri Raut

Meghna Chhetri Raut

Board Member

Meghna Chhetri Raut is a Finance Specialist and an advocate of women empowerment. She came to Australia as an international student and graduated with Masters in Business Administration from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2015.

During her time in Australia, she has worked in several leadership roles within the Australian Telecommunications Industry with companies like Telstra and Vodafone Hutchison Australia.  In 2019, Meghna became the first franchisor for MoneyQuest

Australia, in Tasmania. She has ever since, been passionately assisting home buyers particularly within the migrant community. She is also the vice president at Nepali Society of Tasmania.

She is an avid traveller, knowledge seeker, a book lover, and a shrewd businesswoman.

Arman Rahman

Arman Rahman

Board

Arman is a graduate from the University of Tasmania. Originally from Bangladesh, Arman came to Tasmania in June 2015 and has received the Vice- Chancellor Leadership Award in 2018 from the University of Tasmania. Arman is currently working as a Program Officer at the Department of State Growth.

Joel Ortiz

Joel Ortiz

Board

Joel Honesto Imbing Ortiz is the President of the Philippines-Australia Community of Tasmania, Inc. He serves as a Multicultural Pastor of Hobart Baptist Church and has served as a Multicultural Representative to the Multicultural Task Force of Australia Baptist Ministry, and Pastor of Mabuhay Christ Homes network.  He has served as a volunteer at TasTafe, FOCUS, and Glenorchy Community Care.

Ifeoma Obi

Ifeoma Obi

Board

Dr Ifeoma Obi lectures at the University of Tasmania and is a member of the AMC Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee, championing the cause for a more diverse and inclusive workplace. She works with Teen Challenge Tasmania, where she advocates for teenagers building resilience in the AOD space. She is also an active member of the Nigerian Community in Tasmania.

K.S. Vijayalayan (Vijay)

K.S. Vijayalayan (Vijay)

Board

Dr K.S. Vijayalayan (Vijay) is a professional in Engineering, Project Management and Strategic Management with a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Melbourne. He is a founder of Tamil Association of Tasmania Inc and Tamil Language and Culture School of Hobart, and a founding member of Birdlife Australia. Vijay is passionate about photography and interested in travel, nature, bird watching and gardening.