Our board

The Board of Directors of the Migrant Information Centre are elected every three years to provide governance and strategic direction to the organization ensuring that all our contractual, financial and legal obligations are met

List of board members

  • Mr Peter McPhee

    Chairperson

    Peter has extensive experience in managing community based organisations. Peter was a director of the MIC’s first board; he was a director of Vasey RSL Care and RSL Veterans and Widows Trust. Peter is a former Chairman of the Australia Day Council (Vic) Inc. and an active member of Rotary.

  • Mr Kai Leung

    Deputy Chairperson

    Kai currently practises law as a partner in a Melbourne-based law firm. Before becoming a lawyer, he spent more than 10 years managing corporate services as CFO of public-listed and private companies. He has a strong interest in the successful settlement of migrants and refugees. Kai read law at Monash University, holds an MBA and a BBus, and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.

  • Mr Aliakbar Akbarzadeh

    Aliakbar is Professor and Leader of the Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Group in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, RMIT University. Aliakbar has been actively involved in community activities for over 30 years. Aliakbar was a founding member (1982) of the Iranian Cultural School in East Doncaster where he was also a volunteer teacher for 15 years. He has served two years as the Vice President of the Iranian Society of Victoria and presently is the Vice President of the House of Persia Community and Cultural Centre. For the last 18 years Aliakbar has been a volunteer with Do Care (Wesley Mission) looking after isolated elderly people.

  • Mr Mark Melican

    Mark is the Principal of Blackburn English Language School which has two campuses one in Blackburn and a second in Croydon North.  Mark has over 25 years’ experience in teaching with a focus on teaching English as an additional language.

  • Mr Tony Robinson

    Prior to joining the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Tony worked in politics for 20 years. Starting as an electorate officer, he served as private secretary to the then opposition leader John Brumby before entering the Victorian Parliament as the member for Mitcham in 1997. Over 13 years he served as Parliamentary Secretary, Parliamentary Committee Chair, Cabinet Secretary and between 2007 and 2010 Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Assisting with Veterans. As a Minister Tony was involved in major reforms to the state’s liquor and gaming industries as well as assisting with the establishment of the new Australian Consumer Law and the transfer of credit responsibility to the Commonwealth.

  • Mr Sudharma Hiremath

    Sudharma has extensive experience in managing corporate and operational services in both the commercial and not for profit sectors, with key interests in the areas of housing/homelessness, domestic violence and the settlement of new migrants.  Sudharma’s strengths include strategy, corporate governance, risk and compliance. Sudharma’s academic qualifications include an Executive Master of Business Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Alternative Medicine. Currently Sudharma is the Corporate Services Manager at Launch Housing.

  • Mr Tony Daqino

    Tony has worked in the Eastern Region for over 20 years.  He is currently the Managing Lawyer of the Outer Eastern Regional Office of Legal Aid.  Tony has extensive experience in working with people who are disadvantaged.  He has served on a number of Boards including Connections and Eastern Community Legal Service.  Tony’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws and Graduate Diploma in Innovation and Service Management.

  • Ms Viviane Chemali

    Viviane has extensive experience in the public and private sectors in policy advice, program development and monitoring and career advice.  Viviane has a Masters of Public Policy and Management and a Masters of Letters in Social Sciences as well as a post graduate qualification in careers development.  Viviane undertakes a range of volunteer work including with the Country Women’s Association.