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Trixie Chow

Research Team Member

Trixie Chow (she/her) is a volunteer with Women of Colour Australia. Born in Fiji, raised in Australia, she is thankful to be living on Gadigal land. Trixie has extensive experience in media, marketing, and design across London and Sydney. She brings expertise from multiple verticals, including tech, retail, media, and entertainment. Trixie is curious about how people interact with the world around them, believing that the ability to better connect with people allows us to influence others and drive positive change.   

Subhashni Devi Ram

Mentorship Resource Development Team Member

Subhashni Devi Ram (she/her) was born in Labasa, Fiji, and is Indian-Fijian. She migrated to Sydney, Australia, with her family in 1988 and now lives in Meanjin (Brisbane). Subhashni has been in the vocational education and training industry for over 20 years and has run her own successful local and international college (RTO) for 10 of those years. She is now the founding director of Bluedge Consulting, a multi-discipline, professional consulting company. Her team consults, coaches, and mentors businesses from startups up to their growth and evolution, while providing change management, executive and team development, and tactical growth strategies. Subhashni has rich and extensive experience in the training and development of people to succeed, while helping them to achieve their best personally and professionally.

Her passion is helping women like herself enter the business world with a dream and turn it into a reality and a success. Subhashni is proud to help WoCA to be a part of the growth and empowerment of women in their personal and professional lives. She is proud to support women’s excellence at everything they do and leave behind a positive difference.

Pradhima Shyamsunder

Finance Lead

Pradhima Shyamsunder (she/her) is Sri Lankan Tamil and lives on Wangal land. She is a chartered accountant and currently works as a financial analysis and grants manager for Settlement Services International (a large NFP focused on refugees, asylum seekers, and new migrants). Her career is about helping others and making a tangible difference to non-profit organisations. Through volunteering, Pradhima has had the privilege of being part of amazing non-profit organisations with causes close to her heart, and she has dedicated her career to working in them. Starting at the Big 4 and then moving into the non-profit sector was an exciting move for her career. Over the past 15 years, Pradhima has built solid skills in influencing and building relationships, financial performance, analysis, business planning, business partnering, and people management. She loves helping others, playing sport, and fashion. Pradhima is passionate about making a difference to other Women of Colour, because of the unconscious bias that exists in the community. She believes that this can be accomplished by ensuring WoCA has the funds and resources to do their work. And she wants to support this journey and assist WoCA’s vision to come to life.

Diana Omuoyo

Ambassador Outreach Lead

Diana Omuoyo is the Ambassador Outreach Lead with Women of Colour Australia and currently lives in the ancient country of the Gadigal of the Eora nation (Warrane – Sydney, NSW) and works as a Solution Architect for a global technology company. Her passion for Tech has grown to include EdTech with a focus on improving student outcomes in underserved communities globally. She is also an avid advocate for Women in Tech. As Ms. New Zealand World Universal titleholder, Diana stays active as a community leader by volunteering with various programs and charities that promote and support  STEM, Equality, and Inclusion.

Sara Kitaoji

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Dr. Sara Kitaoji (she/her) lives and works on the unceded lands of the Cammeraygal people of the Eora nation. Born and raised on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, she later moved to her parents’ homeland, Japan, for her MA and PhD research in comparative culture and literary translation. She taught English and Japanese in Australia and Japan for several years and has spent most of her life studying different languages–Mandarin, German, Russian, Italian, and French. After completing her PhD, Sara became a professional Japanese–English translator and academic editor. She specialises in working with writers from diverse backgrounds, focusing on helping individuals to articulate their own unique voice.

Sara is also passionate about First Nations people’s rights and justice, just as her parents were after moving to Australia in 1969 to work with the Dunghutti community in NSW and the Meriam peoples of Mer (Murray) Island. Having been an active member of various editing and translation associations for many years, she came to appreciate the value of collaborating and sharing insights with Women of Colour, as well as listening to and learning from the lived experience of others. Through volunteering with WoCA, Sara hopes to leverage her multilingual and intercultural communication skills, using language consciously and sensitively to challenge stereotypes and promote inclusion. In her free time, she enjoys tinkering in her vegan kitchen and learning to communicate with nonhuman animals–her regular outdoor office companions are wild lorikeets, currawongs, magpies, mynahs, and kookaburras.

Having been an active member of various editing and translation associations for many years, Sara came to appreciate the value of collaborating and sharing insights with Women of Colour, as well as listening to and learning from the lived experience of others. Through volunteering with WoCA, she hopes to leverage her multilingual and intercultural communication skills, using language consciously and sensitively to challenge stereotypes and promote inclusion.

Suga Gunathilake

Mentor Team Member

Sugandi (Suga) Gunathilake (she/her) is a volunteer with Women of Colour Australia, currently living in Darug Country. She works as a finance manager in an engineering consultancy firm, and she has held many finance and accounting roles in different companies and across different industries. Suga likes to use her knowledge, experience, and network to empower other women, especially Women of Colour, and to promote diversity and inclusion in leadership roles in the corporate sector.   

Mannie Verma

Legal & Compliance Team Member

Manmeet (Mannie) Kaur Verma (she/her) is an Indian-born Australian. She now resides on the unceded lands of the Kulin nation. She is a lawyer, advocate, wife, and mother to two beautiful children. As a lawyer, Mannie feels tremendous gratification in empowering her clientele, particularly young women of diverse backgrounds, to fight for their rights. This may include demanding a respectful relationship, employee entitlements, or justice in a dispute. She appreciates that her fortunate and privileged position allows her to advocate for people.

As a young Woman of Colour, Mannie is passionate about advocating and empowering local communities to address the issues affecting young girls (particularly girls from diverse cultural backgrounds) and bringing these issues to the attention of key decision-makers. Her advocacy is grounded upon intersectional feminism, which requires us to view individuals through a multi-faceted lens. She believes that the intersection of our various identities (such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preferences, economic status, etc.) are not in conflict with one another, but that these many facets combine to give each individual their unique experiences of life. Mannie is currently undertaking research with Deakin University on the topic of viewing Australian politics from the lens of intersectionality.

Kelly Wong

Social Media Lead

Kelly Wong (she/her) is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) and has over 10 years of experience in social media, working across the not-for-profit sector and media industry. She is passionate about creating and fostering online community spaces, using social media as a means to give a platform for underrepresented minorities. You can find her on social media: @kellyyyllek.

Helena Louise Rebadulla

Government Relations Team Member

Helena Louise Rebadulla (she/her) is a Griffith University student pursuing a Bachelor of Government and International Relations, with majors in international relations and politics and public policy. She is a Filipina native who was born and raised in Northern Samar, Philippines, before emigrating to Brisbane, Australia, in 2018. She now resides on the traditional lands of the Yugambeh people of the Bundjalung nation. Her passions are learning about public service and community development, with a focus on poverty alleviation and the protection of women’s and children’s rights. Currently, Helena is part of Griffith Business School Academic Excellence Society and Griffith Grocery Grabbers. She joined WoCA because she considers it a great opportunity to meet and work with people from all backgrounds who share a common goal: to build an inclusive community that supports and empowers all Women of Colour.

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Personnel 4 Columns

Trixie Chow

Research Team Member

Subhashni Devi Ram

Mentorship Resource Development Team Member

Diana Omuoyo

Ambassador Outreach Lead

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  • Trixie Chow

    Research Team Member

    Trixie Chow (she/her) is a volunteer with Women of Colour Australia. Born in Fiji, raised in Australia, she is thankful to be living on Gadigal land. Trixie has extensive experience in media, marketing, and design across London and Sydney. She brings expertise from multiple verticals, including tech, retail, media, and entertainment. Trixie is curious about how people interact with the world around them, believing that the ability to better connect with people allows us to influence others and drive positive change.   

  • Subhashni Devi Ram

    Mentorship Resource Development Team Member

    Subhashni Devi Ram (she/her) was born in Labasa, Fiji, and is Indian-Fijian. She migrated to Sydney, Australia, with her family in 1988 and now lives in Meanjin (Brisbane). Subhashni has been in the vocational education and training industry for over 20 years and has run her own successful local and international college (RTO) for 10 of those years. She is now the founding director of Bluedge Consulting, a multi-discipline, professional consulting company. Her team consults, coaches, and mentors businesses from startups up to their growth and evolution, while providing change management, executive and team development, and tactical growth strategies. Subhashni has rich and extensive experience in the training and development of people to succeed, while helping them to achieve their best personally and professionally.

    Her passion is helping women like herself enter the business world with a dream and turn it into a reality and a success. Subhashni is proud to help WoCA to be a part of the growth and empowerment of women in their personal and professional lives. She is proud to support women’s excellence at everything they do and leave behind a positive difference.

  • Pradhima Shyamsunder

    Finance Lead

    Pradhima Shyamsunder (she/her) is Sri Lankan Tamil and lives on Wangal land. She is a chartered accountant and currently works as a financial analysis and grants manager for Settlement Services International (a large NFP focused on refugees, asylum seekers, and new migrants). Her career is about helping others and making a tangible difference to non-profit organisations. Through volunteering, Pradhima has had the privilege of being part of amazing non-profit organisations with causes close to her heart, and she has dedicated her career to working in them. Starting at the Big 4 and then moving into the non-profit sector was an exciting move for her career. Over the past 15 years, Pradhima has built solid skills in influencing and building relationships, financial performance, analysis, business planning, business partnering, and people management. She loves helping others, playing sport, and fashion. Pradhima is passionate about making a difference to other Women of Colour, because of the unconscious bias that exists in the community. She believes that this can be accomplished by ensuring WoCA has the funds and resources to do their work. And she wants to support this journey and assist WoCA’s vision to come to life.

  • Diana Omuoyo

    Ambassador Outreach Lead

    Diana Omuoyo is the Ambassador Outreach Lead with Women of Colour Australia and currently lives in the ancient country of the Gadigal of the Eora nation (Warrane – Sydney, NSW) and works as a Solution Architect for a global technology company. Her passion for Tech has grown to include EdTech with a focus on improving student outcomes in underserved communities globally. She is also an avid advocate for Women in Tech. As Ms. New Zealand World Universal titleholder, Diana stays active as a community leader by volunteering with various programs and charities that promote and support  STEM, Equality, and Inclusion.

  • Sara Kitaoji

    TBD

    Dr. Sara Kitaoji (she/her) lives and works on the unceded lands of the Cammeraygal people of the Eora nation. Born and raised on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, she later moved to her parents’ homeland, Japan, for her MA and PhD research in comparative culture and literary translation. She taught English and Japanese in Australia and Japan for several years and has spent most of her life studying different languages–Mandarin, German, Russian, Italian, and French. After completing her PhD, Sara became a professional Japanese–English translator and academic editor. She specialises in working with writers from diverse backgrounds, focusing on helping individuals to articulate their own unique voice.

    Sara is also passionate about First Nations people’s rights and justice, just as her parents were after moving to Australia in 1969 to work with the Dunghutti community in NSW and the Meriam peoples of Mer (Murray) Island. Having been an active member of various editing and translation associations for many years, she came to appreciate the value of collaborating and sharing insights with Women of Colour, as well as listening to and learning from the lived experience of others. Through volunteering with WoCA, Sara hopes to leverage her multilingual and intercultural communication skills, using language consciously and sensitively to challenge stereotypes and promote inclusion. In her free time, she enjoys tinkering in her vegan kitchen and learning to communicate with nonhuman animals–her regular outdoor office companions are wild lorikeets, currawongs, magpies, mynahs, and kookaburras.

    Having been an active member of various editing and translation associations for many years, Sara came to appreciate the value of collaborating and sharing insights with Women of Colour, as well as listening to and learning from the lived experience of others. Through volunteering with WoCA, she hopes to leverage her multilingual and intercultural communication skills, using language consciously and sensitively to challenge stereotypes and promote inclusion.

  • Suga Gunathilake

    Mentor Team Member

    Sugandi (Suga) Gunathilake (she/her) is a volunteer with Women of Colour Australia, currently living in Darug Country. She works as a finance manager in an engineering consultancy firm, and she has held many finance and accounting roles in different companies and across different industries. Suga likes to use her knowledge, experience, and network to empower other women, especially Women of Colour, and to promote diversity and inclusion in leadership roles in the corporate sector.   

  • Mannie Verma

    Legal & Compliance Team Member

    Manmeet (Mannie) Kaur Verma (she/her) is an Indian-born Australian. She now resides on the unceded lands of the Kulin nation. She is a lawyer, advocate, wife, and mother to two beautiful children. As a lawyer, Mannie feels tremendous gratification in empowering her clientele, particularly young women of diverse backgrounds, to fight for their rights. This may include demanding a respectful relationship, employee entitlements, or justice in a dispute. She appreciates that her fortunate and privileged position allows her to advocate for people.

    As a young Woman of Colour, Mannie is passionate about advocating and empowering local communities to address the issues affecting young girls (particularly girls from diverse cultural backgrounds) and bringing these issues to the attention of key decision-makers. Her advocacy is grounded upon intersectional feminism, which requires us to view individuals through a multi-faceted lens. She believes that the intersection of our various identities (such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preferences, economic status, etc.) are not in conflict with one another, but that these many facets combine to give each individual their unique experiences of life. Mannie is currently undertaking research with Deakin University on the topic of viewing Australian politics from the lens of intersectionality.

  • Kelly Wong

    Social Media Lead

    Kelly Wong (she/her) is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) and has over 10 years of experience in social media, working across the not-for-profit sector and media industry. She is passionate about creating and fostering online community spaces, using social media as a means to give a platform for underrepresented minorities. You can find her on social media: @kellyyyllek.

  • Helena Louise Rebadulla

    Government Relations Team Member

    Helena Louise Rebadulla (she/her) is a Griffith University student pursuing a Bachelor of Government and International Relations, with majors in international relations and politics and public policy. She is a Filipina native who was born and raised in Northern Samar, Philippines, before emigrating to Brisbane, Australia, in 2018. She now resides on the traditional lands of the Yugambeh people of the Bundjalung nation. Her passions are learning about public service and community development, with a focus on poverty alleviation and the protection of women’s and children’s rights. Currently, Helena is part of Griffith Business School Academic Excellence Society and Griffith Grocery Grabbers. She joined WoCA because she considers it a great opportunity to meet and work with people from all backgrounds who share a common goal: to build an inclusive community that supports and empowers all Women of Colour.

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  • Trixie Chow

    Research Team Member

    Trixie Chow (she/her) is a volunteer with Women of Colour Australia. Born in Fiji, raised in Australia, she is thankful to be living on Gadigal land. Trixie has extensive experience in media, marketing, and design across London and Sydney. She brings expertise from multiple verticals, including tech, retail, media, and entertainment. Trixie is curious about how people interact with the world around them, believing that the ability to better connect with people allows us to influence others and drive positive change.   

  • Subhashni Devi Ram

    Mentorship Resource Development Team Member

    Subhashni Devi Ram (she/her) was born in Labasa, Fiji, and is Indian-Fijian. She migrated to Sydney, Australia, with her family in 1988 and now lives in Meanjin (Brisbane). Subhashni has been in the vocational education and training industry for over 20 years and has run her own successful local and international college (RTO) for 10 of those years. She is now the founding director of Bluedge Consulting, a multi-discipline, professional consulting company. Her team consults, coaches, and mentors businesses from startups up to their growth and evolution, while providing change management, executive and team development, and tactical growth strategies. Subhashni has rich and extensive experience in the training and development of people to succeed, while helping them to achieve their best personally and professionally.

    Her passion is helping women like herself enter the business world with a dream and turn it into a reality and a success. Subhashni is proud to help WoCA to be a part of the growth and empowerment of women in their personal and professional lives. She is proud to support women’s excellence at everything they do and leave behind a positive difference.

  • Pradhima Shyamsunder

    Finance Lead

    Pradhima Shyamsunder (she/her) is Sri Lankan Tamil and lives on Wangal land. She is a chartered accountant and currently works as a financial analysis and grants manager for Settlement Services International (a large NFP focused on refugees, asylum seekers, and new migrants). Her career is about helping others and making a tangible difference to non-profit organisations. Through volunteering, Pradhima has had the privilege of being part of amazing non-profit organisations with causes close to her heart, and she has dedicated her career to working in them. Starting at the Big 4 and then moving into the non-profit sector was an exciting move for her career. Over the past 15 years, Pradhima has built solid skills in influencing and building relationships, financial performance, analysis, business planning, business partnering, and people management. She loves helping others, playing sport, and fashion. Pradhima is passionate about making a difference to other Women of Colour, because of the unconscious bias that exists in the community. She believes that this can be accomplished by ensuring WoCA has the funds and resources to do their work. And she wants to support this journey and assist WoCA’s vision to come to life.

  • Diana Omuoyo

    Ambassador Outreach Lead

    Diana Omuoyo is the Ambassador Outreach Lead with Women of Colour Australia and currently lives in the ancient country of the Gadigal of the Eora nation (Warrane – Sydney, NSW) and works as a Solution Architect for a global technology company. Her passion for Tech has grown to include EdTech with a focus on improving student outcomes in underserved communities globally. She is also an avid advocate for Women in Tech. As Ms. New Zealand World Universal titleholder, Diana stays active as a community leader by volunteering with various programs and charities that promote and support  STEM, Equality, and Inclusion.

  • Sara Kitaoji

    TBD

    Dr. Sara Kitaoji (she/her) lives and works on the unceded lands of the Cammeraygal people of the Eora nation. Born and raised on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, she later moved to her parents’ homeland, Japan, for her MA and PhD research in comparative culture and literary translation. She taught English and Japanese in Australia and Japan for several years and has spent most of her life studying different languages–Mandarin, German, Russian, Italian, and French. After completing her PhD, Sara became a professional Japanese–English translator and academic editor. She specialises in working with writers from diverse backgrounds, focusing on helping individuals to articulate their own unique voice.

    Sara is also passionate about First Nations people’s rights and justice, just as her parents were after moving to Australia in 1969 to work with the Dunghutti community in NSW and the Meriam peoples of Mer (Murray) Island. Having been an active member of various editing and translation associations for many years, she came to appreciate the value of collaborating and sharing insights with Women of Colour, as well as listening to and learning from the lived experience of others. Through volunteering with WoCA, Sara hopes to leverage her multilingual and intercultural communication skills, using language consciously and sensitively to challenge stereotypes and promote inclusion. In her free time, she enjoys tinkering in her vegan kitchen and learning to communicate with nonhuman animals–her regular outdoor office companions are wild lorikeets, currawongs, magpies, mynahs, and kookaburras.

    Having been an active member of various editing and translation associations for many years, Sara came to appreciate the value of collaborating and sharing insights with Women of Colour, as well as listening to and learning from the lived experience of others. Through volunteering with WoCA, she hopes to leverage her multilingual and intercultural communication skills, using language consciously and sensitively to challenge stereotypes and promote inclusion.

  • Suga Gunathilake

    Mentor Team Member

    Sugandi (Suga) Gunathilake (she/her) is a volunteer with Women of Colour Australia, currently living in Darug Country. She works as a finance manager in an engineering consultancy firm, and she has held many finance and accounting roles in different companies and across different industries. Suga likes to use her knowledge, experience, and network to empower other women, especially Women of Colour, and to promote diversity and inclusion in leadership roles in the corporate sector.   

  • Mannie Verma

    Legal & Compliance Team Member

    Manmeet (Mannie) Kaur Verma (she/her) is an Indian-born Australian. She now resides on the unceded lands of the Kulin nation. She is a lawyer, advocate, wife, and mother to two beautiful children. As a lawyer, Mannie feels tremendous gratification in empowering her clientele, particularly young women of diverse backgrounds, to fight for their rights. This may include demanding a respectful relationship, employee entitlements, or justice in a dispute. She appreciates that her fortunate and privileged position allows her to advocate for people.

    As a young Woman of Colour, Mannie is passionate about advocating and empowering local communities to address the issues affecting young girls (particularly girls from diverse cultural backgrounds) and bringing these issues to the attention of key decision-makers. Her advocacy is grounded upon intersectional feminism, which requires us to view individuals through a multi-faceted lens. She believes that the intersection of our various identities (such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual preferences, economic status, etc.) are not in conflict with one another, but that these many facets combine to give each individual their unique experiences of life. Mannie is currently undertaking research with Deakin University on the topic of viewing Australian politics from the lens of intersectionality.

  • Kelly Wong

    Social Media Lead

    Kelly Wong (she/her) is based in Meanjin (Brisbane) and has over 10 years of experience in social media, working across the not-for-profit sector and media industry. She is passionate about creating and fostering online community spaces, using social media as a means to give a platform for underrepresented minorities. You can find her on social media: @kellyyyllek.

  • Helena Louise Rebadulla

    Government Relations Team Member

    Helena Louise Rebadulla (she/her) is a Griffith University student pursuing a Bachelor of Government and International Relations, with majors in international relations and politics and public policy. She is a Filipina native who was born and raised in Northern Samar, Philippines, before emigrating to Brisbane, Australia, in 2018. She now resides on the traditional lands of the Yugambeh people of the Bundjalung nation. Her passions are learning about public service and community development, with a focus on poverty alleviation and the protection of women’s and children’s rights. Currently, Helena is part of Griffith Business School Academic Excellence Society and Griffith Grocery Grabbers. She joined WoCA because she considers it a great opportunity to meet and work with people from all backgrounds who share a common goal: to build an inclusive community that supports and empowers all Women of Colour.

ACKNOWLEGMENT OF COUNTRY

We acknowledge the Wallumattagal clan of the Darug nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which Women of Colour Australia is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge and honour the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with whom we stand in solidarity. We acknowledge that as settlers on this stolen Aboriginal land, we are beneficiaries of the dispossession, genocide, and ongoing colonial violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We believe that it is our collective responsibility and moral imperative to help dismantle the systemic barriers and structural inequities oppressing the original inhabitants of this land. We are also painfully aware that this land was taken forcibly, without a Treaty or reparations made. We have taken a practical step towards honouring sovereignty by paying the rent – and we invite you to do so too. This land is and always will be Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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