BOARD MEMBERS

Sulal Mathai (CPHR)

Chair 

A business professional worked across the globe, Sulal has been part of Darwin multicultural community since 2016. He is a member of Minister’s Advisory Council of Multicultural Affairs NTG and he co-chairs the skills and employment (SEWG) working group and partner with various government departments, both federal and state to address the challenges faced by CALD people. Sulal is a founding member of Ignite and has been the lead trainer for the onboarding program for skilled migrants since its inception in 2018.
An avid researcher, Sulal has presented at global conferences and authored articles on topics such as leadership, migration and career pathways. Sulal hosts Careers Australia program in M4 Malayalam television channel, an IPTV broadcasting from Melbourne, Australia. He is currently the secretary of Australian HR Institute NT state council and was the judge for AHRI HR Awards 2019.

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Jaimon Abraham

Vice Chair 

Jaimon Abraham is a social worker working with Territory Families in Alice Springs. Jaimon lived in Darwin and Alice Springs and travelled across the Territory.
Jaimon has twelve years of experience in a broad range of areas which includes administration, disability, counselling, teaching, public relation, and project management with various organisations in Australia, Maldives and India. 

Jennifer Dowling

Secretary

Jen worked for NT Department of Education as a teacher of English Literature, Drama, Dance and Creative Arts to senior High School students from 1985 to 2016. In the last four years she has volunteered at annual Literary Festivals in Darwin, Bali and Sri Lanka (Galle) while also teaching English to migrants, giving private tuition to University students, copy writing and editing. 
Jennifer is currently a teacher at Steps, who provides adult migrant English learning program in Darwin.

Manu Kurian

Treasurer

Manu Kurian is a Registered Social Worker and has a number of years of experience under his belt. He has earned various Certificate IV qualifications in areas such as Disability, Child Youth and Family Interventions, Mental Health, etc. 
Manu is a community person and actively volunteers at various culturally and linguistically diverse programs that is conducted across Northern Territory. In the most recent event, he participated in the workshop on cultural awareness by Cross Cultural Consultants, Darwin in the year 2018. He is currently working as Coordinator of Residential Services at Team Health.

Edwin Lourdes Joseph

Public Officer 

Edwin is passionate about serving the community and being active in public life. He has got multidisciplinary education, including a doctoral degree. His experience is multifaceted, working for private and public sectors, including roles in education, HR, project management, community engagement, research, policy, etc. Having migrated to Australia as an adult, Edwin understands the problems faced by CALD people in Australia. He is also active in the refugee space, volunteering with Red Cross, Melaleucca Refugee Centre and DASSAN (Darwin Asylum Seeker and Advocacy Network). Throughout his life, Edwin has been volunteering for community groups, not-for-profit organisations and professional associations, often with leadership positions. He also serves on DASSAN (as Social Media Admin), Institution of Public Administration Australia, Australian Computer Society and Australia Day Council (as Vice Chair)

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Arun Alexander

Committee Member

Arun Alexander is a university student currently working with Jaycar Australia. Arun has lived in Darwin for over 10 years and is currently studying at Deakin university to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and nutrition science.
Arun has engaged in community work from working in a school-based soup kitchen to raising funds for Food Bank Australia through stand-up comedy for Canned Comedy. He aims to use his skills and knowledge in nutrition and community work to assist migrants in maintaining and improving their mental health.

Ananda Chandra Daniel Noone

Committee Member

Ananda is a popular community member and has dedicated his professional and volunteering work towards building the capacity of others as he feels fulfilled and accomplished in seeing other people reach their dreams and aspirations. Ananda possesses great interpersonal skills and has the natural ability to form meaning relationships and partnerships with people of all backgrounds and cultures which allows him to work effectively throughout the community.

Ananda is currently working as a Project Officer and Project Coordinator with National Disability Services. In the past, Ananda served in the Australian Army and worked in remote regions of the NT to serve the communities.

Letwinnie Heartburns

Committee Member

Letty is an experienced migrant and community worker. She has several years of experience as a Teacher and has worked in the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture as counselling officer and teacher. She also has worked for the cause of building strong families among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
In her current venture, Letty is working with YWCA to support the causes of Women and works very closely with government and non-government organisations. Letty is hard working and a self-motivated individual and adds immensely to the skills that exist in the Ignite board.

Ajeesh Sebastian

Committee Member

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Sai Mohite

Committee Member

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STAFF

Mathews David

(Administrator and Project Coordinator)

Mathews is a skilled and experienced Registered Migration Agent (RMA) and an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker.

 

Mathews brings 12 years of professional experience in working in Social services and worked with International organisations such as International Trade Union Confederation; the world's largest trade union federation as a coordinator for Migrant outreach Project. He also held senior positions in Therapeutic services under Department of Territory Families and Department of Health, Northern Territory Government.

Sunil Alexander

Project Officer

Sunil is a multifaceted and skilled professional with over 20 years of work experience in Finance & Accounting, Transitions, Transformations and Process Improvements in the IT & ITES sector and has worked across the globe. Most of his experience has been in top Multinational Companies where he has held senior positions in Delivery Operations and Delivery Excellence. He is trained and certified in various Leadership and Development skills and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Practitioner and Agile Practitioner.

Sunil migrated to Australia very recently and during his recent stint, he was the manager of the Peak Body for multicultural community organisations. He has a passion to serve the community and has been doing so since his youth. He is also volunteer in The Australian Red Cross and hopes to serve culturally and linguistically diverse people whenever he gets an opportunity.

Suzie Whitfield

(Mentor Advisor)

Suzie has a huge passion for personal development.  She uses a range of evidence-based behaviour and coaching models to assist clients in gaining insight into themselves – their interest, abilities, personality and values.  She will then leverage her experience to tailor the coaching approach to meet the individual’s circumstances and needs.  Suzie’s experience in teaching helps to make sure the material used in the group sessions is relevant and appropriate for the specific audience. Also, her experience in event management helps to ensure it is upbeat and fun. Suzie also has plenty of life experience which she believes is key in this industry.

 

Suzie served in the British army reserves for 4 years. She has coached tennis in America, flown in a Private Jet across Canada and has climbed the highest mountain in Africa.

 

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