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CLV Committee Biographies and Qualifications

Mr Tassos Douvartzidis, President

Tassos I. Douvartzides was born in Greece and came to Australia in 1975. In 1984, with the assistance of a team of parents and his wife Matoula, they founded Omiros College, which grew to become one of the largest Greek Language Schools in Australia. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Standing Ministerial Advisory Council on Languages Other Than English and English as a Second Language and Multicultural Education (MACLEM). He often advises academic bodies and government authorities on issues pertaining to language education . His involvement with Community Languages Australia, of which he is a co-founding member and Chairperson, has earned him the appreciation of the wider community. Through the years, he has published a number of articles. He has given radio talks and lectures and presented papers at conferences concerning community affairs and education, both in Australia and overseas. His work includes the co-ordination and the publication of a number of textbooks for the teaching of Greek. He is the co-author of the Mediterranean Europe Phrasebook, published by Lonely Planet. Mr Douvartzides holds a BA Degree in Modern Greek and Sociology, Graduate Diploma of Education and Masters of Education (Curriculum and Administration).
Emilija Simic, Vice-President

School Coordinator at Serbian Orthodox Church School, Holy Trinity Secretary at Committee of Community Languages Victoria Emilija holds a Master and Bachelor of Economics. She has a large number of professional development courses in Education, Finance and Finance Management. For more than 23 years, she was working as a Senior Finance Officer, and Finance Manager at RMIT University, School of Engineering, School of Education, School of Arts, School of Architecture and Urban Design. For more than 25 years, Emilija was teacher and coordinator at Serbian Orthodox Church School responsible for school accreditation, curriculum design and delivery.
Takavada Zivave, Secretary

Mr Takavada holds a PhD in Education from Federation University Australia. His 35+ years of professional experience is extensive and includes international educational exchanges, teaching and researching in Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany, Finland and the United Kingdom. He did his educational leadership training at Exeter University (UK) and is a recipient of the British Council Zimbabwe Leadership Scholarship. Takavada has presented at several international conferences and his most recent presentation was at the WFATE conference (2023) held at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Philip Chui, Treasurer

Kai-Sing (Philip) Chui, JP from Nanhai Province in China immigrated to Australia with his family in 1985 and has spent more than 30 years in Australia engaging in various business trading enterprises and media business to serve the Victorian community. Philip has served as the President for the Chinese Fellowship of Victoria and Chairman of the Chinese Fellowship Chinese School over the years. He has served in public office such as the Australia-China General Chamber of Commerce and Economic Cooperation, the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Whitehorse, the Rotary Club of Australia, and the Victorian Chinese Federation Australia Inc. He has also served as a consultant to a number of organisations, and as a "bridge" between Australia and China in cultural, educational and commercial exchanges. Philip was a founder of Asian Multimedia Enterprise with friends in 1997. From there the enterprise business has expanded and diversified, including weekly and annual published magazines, website designs, printing and media promotion services.
Murugesu Paramanathan, Ordinary Member

Principal of the Victorian Tamil Association - Tamil School with 8 campuses across Melbourne with around 950 students and employing over 70 teachers. Director and Chairman of the Victorian Tamil Community Centre Pty Ltd - UT Executive Committee member of the Victorian Tamil Association. Director and Chairman of the Padimurai Tamil Ontrium (a Canada based global organisation to promote Tamil language among the Diaspora Tamils) Graduated from University of Moratuva, Sri Lanka (Telecommunication) Worked for Cables & Wireless (UK) for 10 years as Telecommunication Engineer Worked for Telstra (Australia) for 32 years in various positions and retired as a Senior Business Analyst in 2018 Currently full-time volunteer with the VTA Tamil School.
Stella Lambrou, Ordinary Member

Dip Lib, Grad Dip in Education School Principal at AHEPA GREEK SCHOOL Stella holds a Diploma of Librarianship from RMIT (majors in Sociology and Library Studies) and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Monash University with methods. Teacher Librarian (Information Literacy, ESL. Methodology in LOTE Modern Greek from UOC (Greece) and from CLV. VIT registered (current) Stella led school libraries with (DET) for 17 years until retiring in 2022. She taught language methodology for 43 years.

Stella created the school charter and upgraded to meet new requirements. Developed the curriculum for the school.

As Principal of a Community Language school Stella’s leadership defines the success of this school having pronounced improvement in three vital areas: student numbers, teacher professional excellence and curriculum innovations.

Stella’s teaching philosophy is in her words: “I value effort, I am fair and consistent, embracing a growth mindset. I am committed to create challenging, interactive and nurturing learning environments where students are encouraged to develop and cultivate cultural awareness, embrace diversity, explore and reflect on their learning to achieve success”.
Thomas Wu, Ordinary Member

Mr. Thomas Wu has been active in the activities of Chinese communities since he came to Melbourne, Australia in the 1990s. He has been the host of the annual Chinese New Year party held in Chinatown, Melbourne for more than ten consecutive years. He is also the program host and public relations director of CH31, Australia Asian National Television Station, and the Secretary General of the Federation of Chinese Associations of Victoria for four consecutive years. He is so much welcomed by everyone in the community.

In 2019, he served as host for the Bohua Pacific 2019 "Autumn of Melbourne" International cultural Week in Melbourne, and hosted the 70th anniversary celebration of the Australian Chinese Liaison Association and the second Melbourne International Martial Arts Festival in the same year. In 2020, He was the host of the "Madam World" Australia Finals.

Mr. Thomas Wu is now the deputy president of the Melbourne Spring Arts Multicultural Association, the head of the managing board of the JNU Chinese Language and Culture School and the educator of several choirs. He has led his team, performed excellently in many concerts and festivals and won many praises
Mahbub Amin, Ordinary Member

General Secretary, South East Bangla School Portfolio & Program Management (Construction Management - NBN Fixed Wireless) in Ericsson Australia Mr Mahbub Amin is an Enterprise Solution and Project Management Professional with more than 18 years experience in Telecom/ IT industry and with comprehensive knowledge of technology products. He is PMP certified with ITIL® and Lean Six Sigma White Belt certification. He is a ERICSSON Global Certified Senior Network Engineer with work exposure at multinational companies in Bangladesh, Malaysia and Australia. He has under his belt research and teaching experiences in university. His education qualifications include a B.Sc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MBA in Finance. He is currently volunteering in Australia with Bangladeshi community language schools, and organisations like CareerSeekers, RMIT, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, and Community Languages Victoria.
Roman Sawko, Ordinary Member

Mr Roman Sawko is trained and worked as a Mechanical Engineer, in both the private and public (Commonwealth) sectors before retiring in 2020. In his career as an Engineer, he developed various skills beyond the traditional Mechanical Engineering, including analysis of systems and training of adults (and children). He manages the Polish School in St Albans where he has been involved for over thirty years.
Xiaoyuan (Cathy) Bu, Co-Opted Member

Cathy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked at ANZ developing client services and collaboration skills. She is currently passionate about teaching language to children in the community language school in which she serves.

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