State & Territory Coordinators

Meet our State and Territory Coordinators
National Chairperson
  Victoria Northern Territory 
  Queensland

John Nze-Bertram


Principal Convenor and Chairperson, Celebration of African Australians Inc.


Member of the Roll of Lawyers, Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of South Australia

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Migration Law – Australian National University;

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – Australian National University;
  • Master of Business Administration; and Master of Professional Accounting and Business (2015)
  • Master of Law (2015)

 

John Nze-Bertram, a Nigerian & Australian citizen, is the:

 

* Principal Convenor and Chairperson of Celebration of African Australians Inc:

Currently, networking with over 500 community organizations, supported by over 300 volunteers and community leaders, and have an audience of over 100,000 people across Australia (through collaborative information sharing with communities and local media).

 

* Australian National Coordinator, Organization for the Harmonization of Business Laws in Africa (OHADA)  in Australia Club


* President, World Youth Empowerment Association Inc (WYEA):

International Team Leader, Trade and Tourism Project -- a project of WYEA, coordinating and networking with over 4000 organizations worldwide


* Former President, African Chamber of Commerce South Australia Inc.


* CEO, Strategic Trades Services – Import and Export Network


* President, Sweet Mother International Inc:

Currently collaborating with Birthing Kits Foundation Australia to supply sterilised birthing kits to pregnant women in Africa so as to reduce avoidable pregnancy related deaths --(over 20000 community members in Africa are benefiting from this project including Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Liberia).


* Sponsoring Member, Society for Values and Ethics in Leadership (SOCVEL)

* President, African Wrestling and Sport Federation of Australia

John is a dedicated and versatile administrator, with several years of experience among international organizations and private enterprises. Possessing extensive skills, knowledge and experience in strategic project management - planning, networking, analysing, implementing, integrating, monitoring and reviewing. Strong blend of managerial, professional and interpersonal skills. Proven success working under pressure within stringent time frames and meeting demanding targets. Capacity to make difficult decisions and achieve results. Ability to achieve goals with limited resources and to facilitate and optimize difficult and complex negotiation situations with across linguistically and culturally diverse groups.


 
 
 
 

Sisay Dinku

  • Winner, Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence. Presented by His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria.
  • Executive Committee and Co - Organiser of Celebration of African Australians Inc.
  • Co-founder and Management Committee of Team Africa
  • AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador
  • Member of the United Nation Association of Australia
  • Member of the Migration Institute Australia
  • Ex - Board Member Horn of African Communities Network
  • Member of Australian Institute of International Affairs

Sisay graduated in Bachelor of Law, Master of International Law and Post Graduate in Australian Immigration Law and Practice including Employment Service. He has insight into domestic and international law, community development, human rights, social inclusion, particularly in the area of international treaties, migration, employment, education and social welfare. Sisay has lived and worked in the UK and Australia involved in solving the challenges and settlement of new emerging communities.

Sisay actively participated in the establishment and delivery of a specialised intensive service for job seekers and employers through the Victorian Government Workforce Participation Program (WPP). WPP catered for newly arrived migrants and highly disadvantaged jobseeker focused on equipping them to compete in the local labour market, especially in industries experiencing skills shortages, prepared job search Plan and provided Australian work culture orientation and employability skills training in order to secure ongoing employment.

Sisay also managed Just Start project a Vocational Preparation and Employment Service for significantly disadvantaged young people which caters primarily for young people involved in the Justice system but also assists those who face other barriers. Sisay also engaged in development and provision of comprehensive job search support services through Job service Australia Program, with particular emphasis on very long term unemployed and those facing significant challenges to active participation in the work-force.

Further, Sisay coordinated Australian Multicultural Foundation peer education program for African communities which trained African professionals to deliver health promotion messages to the communities.  He also participated with Rotary Club to assist with community engagement and support. Sisay has undertaken multiple roles in communities and assisted clients from different background through his work in community development program, advocacy, legal research, marketing, and Education and employment sector. Sisay was awarded the following awards for his significant contribution in the community and his achievement.

2012 - African Australians Champion Awards.

2011 - National Outstanding Community Service Awards.

2010 - Employee of the month Awards.

2009 -Highest achieving Stream 4 Employment Consultant Melbourne Region.




Charles Koker    

  • Bachelor of Social Science - University of Canberra (Ongoing)                                                   Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management -   Canberra Institute of Technology                                                 
  • Diploma in Youth Work - Canberra Institute of Technology                     
Work in the community service directorate  as a public servant.

Former Secretary General Sierra Leone community In Canberra. 

Youth Worker  at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.  

Volunteer with Migrant and Refugee settlement Services.  

Coordinator, Africa Village for the National Multicultural Festival Canberra.  

Director African Gospel Band Canberra.  

Choir master and assistant pastor Christian Revival Assembly. 

Professional  African Solo Djembe drummer



TBA


Tasmania

AUSTIN NNAJIEZE


 South Australia

STEPHEN TONGUN


National Treasurer

Emily Korir

 

 


BupeAmon Kyelu is a Registered Nurse with twenty two years work experience. In 1991, she completed General Nursing in Tanzania and worked for 15 years. In 2006, she came to Australia as an international student at Charles Darwin University (CDU). In 2008, Bupe completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree, including a Graduate programme at  Darwin Private Hospital in in 2009.

Through her Masters of Public Health course and work experience, Bupe has learned how to think about and approach problem analytically. She has developed and demonstrated strong interpersonal skills from working closely with communities, delivering numerous presentations and including, heavy involvement in extracurricular activities.

Bupe is a renowned leader that has promoted African cultural awareness to African and non-African people in the Northern TerritoryShe is the Founder & President  of the African-Australian Women & Girls Association NT Inc. Through this organisation, Bupe has empowered, mentored and assisted women and girls in the Northern Territory. She fights againt injustices and is very passionate about protecting human rights.  According to Bupe, “I like to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensure equal participation of women and men in community and working places.”

 

EDUCATION
  • Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Joint Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health and
  • Master’s in Public Health (current)
  • Charles Darwin University – Northern Territory, Australia - Bachelor of Nursing 2008
  • Sengerema School of Nursing, Mwanza – Tanzania - Certificate of General nursing, 1991
 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Miss Africa-Darwin pageant 2014  as a Judge African-Australian Women & Girls Association NT Inc (Founder & President) from 2012  to current                                  
     
  • African Dinner Dance - Coordinator (Women Business) -  2011 -2013
     
  • East Africa Darwin NT, Founder Leader 2012 and now, an active member
     
  • African–Australia Conference (presenter - Women Business) - 2011                                             
     
  • Volunteer on national campaign to promote awareness on heart diseases control -  2008               
     
  • Swahili English interpreter mostly for hospitals and schools activities  - 2007-2009                        
     
  • Volunteered to teach Swahili to Australians who intend to visit East Africa -  2006 –2007    

REGISTRATION AND AFFILIATIONS

  • International Nurses Association Recognized as a Worldwide Leader In Healthcare 2013 - 2014
     
  • Registered Nurse,  Australian Nursing Council 2008 current Registered Nurse
     




Ronnie Kakaire JP

Ronnie, born and bred in Uganda is the current State Coordinator of New South Wales, a position he has held since 2015. He has a kin eye to identify African Australian achievers in NSW and closely works with various African communities and groups to spearhead unity and networking.

Ronnie is former President of the Uganda Association in NSW (2011-2013) and serves on various committees every year, playing a leading role in activities of the Association. He was also chairman of the committee that organized a historical function that brought 100s of Ugandans across Australia together to mark 50 years of Uganda’s Independence (October 2012) hosted in Sydney, Australia.

Ronnie is a Justice of the Peace in NSW and he is also a volunteer Crisis Supporter with Lifeline Australia on the 131114 crisis helpline. He has volunteered for Red Cross Australia, YMCA Sydney, Rotary International, World Youth Day (Sydney 2008), Netball World Cup (Sydney 2015) and Amnesty International among others.

Ronnie currently works with Suicide Prevention Services under Wesley Mission in Sydney. He has previously worked for Mission Australia and has also worked as a High School Teacher in a Ugandan private school. He was a sports Journalist with The New Vision (Uganda’s leading government Newspaper) while in Uganda.

Ronnie is educated and learned. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations, Masters in Communication, Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Diploma in Teaching, Diploma in Public Administration and Management, Graduate Certificate in Australia Migration Law and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

He loves public speaking and playing a lead role in big functions. Ronnie has co-hosted the Celebration of African Australians national functions with Janice Petersen of SBS TV (Opera House 2012), Kathy Novak of SBS TV (ACT Parliament House 2013) and also with Anton Enus of SBS at the NSW State function (NSW Parliament House 2014). Ronnie was Master of Ceremony at the Heart of Gold Africa fundraising dinner (2014 & 2015) and also at the Unify Africa launch in Sydney 2015.

Ronnie is founder of the Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Men Initiative of NSW, and a board member on the Heart of Gold Africa foundation. He has also acted as a link for various Australian based charities with projects in Uganda and Africa at large.

Ronnie has a strong passion for sports especially cricket. He has played age group cricket for Uganda, club cricket and was also an established national umpire for Uganda for over a decade. He also loves Rugby, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Chess, Cycling, Basketball and Athletics among others.

Ronnie has travelled wide visiting America, England, Sri Lanka, India, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia, Botswana, Namibia, Singapore and Zambia among many others.

Ronnie currently leaves in Sydney, NSW (Australia) and during his holidays, he enjoys visiting other states and territories. He has visited Melbourne in Victoria, Darwin in the Northern Territory, Canberra in Australia Capital Territory, Hobart in Tasmania, Adelaide in South Australia and various parts of NSW.

Favorite quote

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” Nelson Mandela

Last updated on 10 February 2016


 


Robert Mukombozi
  • Community Development Officer-Access Community Services Limited
  • President-Queensland African Communities Council-Logan Branch Inc
  • Secretary-Global United Ethnics Inc.
  • Secretary-Rwandan association of Queensland Inc.

African-Australian investigative journalist, Robert Mukombozi, a Rwandan, has used his profound social skills to improve lives of African refugees across Australia.

As President of Queensland African Communities Council in Queensland Logan district, he has created many initiatives that have transformed lives of African migrants and refugees.

Among these initiatives include:

  • establishing famous drumming project, which has received wide media coverage. This project has helped to restore peace and harmony between Africans and islander.  
  • liaising with social service providers and job network providers to find relevant training and jobs for African refugees.
  • liaising with the police services, centrelink, courts, and emergency services among others to assist families that have had trouble with government services.
  • creating links for Africans who want to find places/enrolment into Universities across Queensland.
  • helping African international students with research, linking them to relevant communities, departments, NGOs and agencies.

Through The African Voice magazine, he is creating awareness about key settlement issues affecting African communities in Queensland as well as educating communities and individuals on policies and how they can contribute for their welfare. This has greatly empowered African communities/individuals in influencing policies in Australia.

He has used his influence in the media to promote positive values of Africans in Australia. Apart from organising African festivals to celebrate positive values of African cultures and traditions, Mr Mukombozi organises fundraising dinners to support humanitarian activities across Africa, Christchurch (NZ), Japan, Asia and the middle east disaster victims.  

As a result, he has been the commended nominee for the University of Queensland’s 2011 communication for social change Award.  He was also the 2010 UNESCO Press freedom Ambassador. 



2016 National Awards Host Coordinator, Queensland.

Elijah Buol
is South Sudanese and arrived to Australia in 2002. He is a Criminologist with a Master of Justice in Intelligence from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence (QUT), a Bachelor of Human Services (QUT) and a Diploma of Community Welfare Work-TAFE and TAE40110-Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is currently studying a Master of Law at Queensland University of Technology.

With many multicultural award-winning achievements, he is a recipient of the Australian Day Community Legend 2016 Awards, Minister for Multicultural Affairs African Australians of the Year 2015 Award, the Lord Mayor’s Australian Day 2015 Awards and Queensland Multicultural Greater Brisbane Volunteers 2013 Awards.

Elijah has over 10 years of experience working with a variety of community organisations and has held leadership positions in both the public and government sectors. In his career, Elijah has established and operated a range of community associations and has sat on the management committees and reference groups for several organisations.

He is a former President of Queensland African Communities Council (QACC). He is currently a member of Multicultural Advisory Council advising the Queensland State Government, Director with Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Member of the Brisbane Lord Mayor‘s Multicultural Round Table and Vice-President of  Youth Affairs Network Queensland.

He is currently employed as a Youth Practitioner at the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) and Managing Director of Smart Answers Consulting. Elijah has a unique understanding of refugee and migrants’ community issues, particularly those for young people and has strong community links.