SMRC Board of Directors

SMRC has a constitution that covers all areas of governance SMRC is governed by a Board of Directors, who are volunteers from local communities and local agencies. The Board provides governance and sets strategic directions for the organisation.  

Malik also works voluntarily with the Urdu Academy of Australia and has organised events with overseas academics and visiting performers to promote multi-cultural awareness. Malik produces and presents Hindi radio programs, undertakes freelance journalism and is a volunteer with the Salvation Army. He is a regular Red Cross blood donor and is registered as an Australian Organ donor. He has great commitment and care for Australian society.

Ananda is active in a range of civic leadership roles, including the Healthy Ageing Advisory Committee of the Federation of Ethnic Community Council of Australia (FECCA); Regional Advisory Council of Victoria Multicultural Commission; the Welcoming Cities Reference Group of the Darebin City Council; and the Tamil Senior Citizens Fellowship Victoria (as past President).

An agricultural economist by training, Ananda brings over four decades of professional experience in strategic planning, priority setting, programme management, monitoring, evaluation, impact assessment  and organizational management. He has worked in national, regional and international research and development organizations, and authored over two hundred publications. He enjoys facilitating diverse groups to achieve productive and progressive outcomes. Ananda’s services and impact have been recognized through a number of accolades from universities, government agencies international organizations and professional bodies.

Mr Ibrahim is one of the Somali pioneers to Melbourne, having arrived in 1986. He was the first Secretary of the Somali Community of Victoria. He has written many books and plays about Somali Culture. He has helped to introduce Somali culture and tradition to enrich the cultural diversity of Australia. In 2017 he was nominated for the Australian of the year.

Mr Ibrahim has an MBA, B.Sc.(Civil Eng.), and Gard Dip (Edu), Teaching Victorian Secondary schools for a number of years.

She has worked in local businesses managing accounts for many years. She is currently Treasurer of the Casey Residents and Ratepayers Association.

Wudad has dedicated her career to social inclusion and community capacity building in areas including community health, family and reproductive rights education, common equity housing initiatives, the Cancer Council, and FECCA.

She was one of the 80 community leaders whom are consulted in FGM national summit by the Gillard government. Wudad participated in developing best practice charter developed by “Our voice” project in Sydney. She was on national news advocating for migrant women pressing for equal opportunity for migrant women around employment. Wudad would like to be remembered as a person who always see the good in people and human right advocate. Her values are egalitarian, liberty and individuals have the right to persuading happiness, and every society have the responsibility to provide extra for the disadvantaged groups of the society. Wudad is the initiator of African Australian Women’s Health Advisory Group (AAWHAG).

She has interviewed hundreds of clients mostly from diverse backgrounds during her seven-year experience in various community service organizations and has pushed to make a difference in people’s lives by contributing her knowledge, skills and education.

She truly believes in continuous learning and growing. Not only has she gained proficiency in six different languages, Binita also graduated with an Executive Master of Business and Administration, Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Accounting from Chisholm.

With her love for finance and the community, Binita has pioneered Financial Engineering Australia, an organization which focuses on providing financial literacy to the needy for financial wellbeing, growth, and success. As a Managing Director and Financial Literacy Facilitator she helps to build finance and design a strong financial structure for empowerment and progress. Similarly, she has been actively involved in the “Multicultural and People Seeking Asylum Advisory Committee” of the City of Greater Dandenong Council and as a board member of the Women’s Association of South East Melbourne Australia Inc.

Jonathan is a trusted advisor and clients appreciate his extensive market awareness with exceptional customer service skills and a total can-do-attitude accompanied with academic qualifications Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration MBA makes him a true Leader. Jonathan has been a Media Executive for 20 years and has represented Fairfax Media and News Corporation Australia and has had the opportunity to work and liaise with Award Winning real estate agents in Australia. Jonathan is also an ordained Christian Minister with the Australian Christian Churches and his passion is serving the less fortunate and putting love and compassion into action. Both as a Pastor and an Entrepreneur, Jonathan’s relentless passion for developing potential in others permeates his organisation.

He is a marriage celebrant, Treasurer of the Australian-Albanian Community Assoc. of Dandenong, Secretary and Public Officer of the Albanian Sakie Islamic Society for st 15 years, Asst Treasuer for Dandenong Soccer Club for 2 years, and school council for 12 years. He has been a Justice of the Peace for the last 16 years.