Ramesh was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre on 15 November 2017. Ramesh comes to SMRC with a long and successful career in Community and Human Services for over 30 years in the field with local, state, commonwealth government, UN and community based agencies in Australia and overseas. He previously worked as a member of AMES Australia Executive and led the implementation of Social Participation and International Affairs. In this role his other portfolio responsibilities included oversight of the Multicultural Hub, Volunteer Management Unit, Social Enterprises, Community Engagement and Participation. Prior to this, Ramesh led settlement and asylum seeker programs for AMES Australia and 15 consortium partners for 11 years. Ramesh has been on several boards of not-for-profit organisations and contributed to the development of social and environmental policy. Some boards and national committees Ramesh has been involved include: Settlement Council of Australia; Connect Settlement Services; Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement and Working Group on Resettlement at the UNHCR; ACCC Advisory Committee; ATO Advisory Committee; Community Information Services Victoria; Northern Adult and Community Further Education Council etc. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Ramesh holds Post Graduate Qualifications in the areas of Social Work, Community Development and Environment Management.