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.  

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.

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.

From 1983 to 1989, Wicki was employed in the UK and later, in August 1989, he migrated to Australia. He is married and has two children and four granddaughters. He is the founder of the Victorian Tamil Cultural Association, which was started in 1993. He is also the chairperson of Justice and Freedom for Refugees, and the founder of the Tamil Community Volunteer Broadcasting Services for the entire Tamil community in Australia.

Wicki has been serving as an SMRC board director for a long time. He has also served as a school councillor at Dandy West Primary Cleeland, Dandenong High School, and Noble Park English Language School. He is a Commonwealth Marriage Celebrant, Justice of Peace, and a refugee advocate, and was honoured as a living treasure by the City of Greater Dandenong Council.

Dhileepan achieved an Advanced Diploma in accounting at RMIT University and is studying for a Bachelor of Commerce ( Major Accounting) at Deakin University, expected to be completed in 2023. He presently works for Telstra as a business specialist and previously worked as a complaint case manager and subject matter expert for 5 years. Dhileep brings 5 years of professional experience in impact assessment, evaluation, monitoring, people management, and accounting. Dhileep also works voluntarily with Tamil cultural organisations in Victoria. He helps migrants and refugees from different cultures.

She was admitted as a lawyer in October 2022 and continues her practice as an accountant and tax agent since 2012.  She now uses her knowledge and experience to provide relevant information to the community.

Despite her busy schedule, she allocates time to serve the elderly community in Clarinda and is currently part of the executive committee of the Unified Filipino Elderly Association Inc.

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.

Her professional background includes collaboration with diverse ethnic groups, NGOs, and various government departments such as Centrelink, the Department of Immigration, schools, community centers, hospitals, medical clinics, police stations (both federal and state), ASIO, and courts within the Australian community. She has also provided her expertise to asylum seekers at numerous detention centers, both domestically and internationally. Sivanthi’s educational qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from Thames Oxford, a bachelor’s degree in business information systems, a Diploma in Interpreter, and a Graduate Certificate in Family Violence.


Moreover, Sivanthi actively contributes as an Executive Committee Member in multiple Community organizations. She regularly takes charge of coordinating and organizing cultural and fundraising programs, sporting events, cultural functions, picnics, games, trips, and festivals for both children and adults in the community. In addition, she serves as a dedicated parent council member at Lyndale Secondary College in 2021 and 2022. Furthermore, Sivanthi is an esteemed Parent school Council member and Parents Friends Association member at Nossal High School for the year 2023.

She migrated to Australia 20 years ago and started her life with her husband. Bindiya serves as a deputy chair of the RACGP VIC faculty and is also a committee member of Women in General Practice. She is very passionate about public health especially health economics & policy. Bindiya has worked a lot with migrant communities looking after their health. She has also served on the committee of shared maternity care policies.

Yakindra is deeply embedded in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community, with a fervent commitment to socio-cultural transformation. He holds several civic leadership roles, contributing to the Victorian Multicultural Commission as a Regional Advisory Council member, Community Leadership Nepal Foundation as a Director, managing finances as Treasurer for the Nepalese Association of Victoria, and steering the Nepalese Association of Agriculture, Forestry, and Environment in Australia as President. Additionally, Yakindra is a pivotal member of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and chairs the Nourish Nation Foundation Incorporated, an Australian for-purpose charity.

His career spans over two decades, marked by significant contributions to research and development organizations, academia, FMCG, NFP, and government organisations with over 30 co-authored research articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Holding a graduate diploma in environmental health practice, Yakindra is dedicated to enhancing the health, well-being, and social harmony of migrants and refugee communities.

Beyond his professional endeavours, Yakindra is adept at orchestrating festival and cultural events, fundraising activities, sporting events, and educational webinars and seminars, thereby enriching community life and fostering engagement. Yakindra currently works for CSIRO as a food research scientist and brings with him a wealth of expertise in research and development, strategic planning, and organizational management.

Currently, she works at Herbert Smith Freehills, in digital transformation, digital product development and leveraging generative AI to create new operational efficiencies within existing business structures and nurturing a culture of innovation and digital fluency. Committed to supporting underrepresented communities, she is currently on the firm’s Social Mobility Network Committee, which supports the attraction, development of people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Karyan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Economics) and Juris Doctor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from College of Law, and is a member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia. In 2021, she was a Board Observer with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

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