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The Team

Future Voices/ Nelson Mandela Centre has a Board and a Management Committee. The Board is currently headed by Dr Apollo S Nsubuga-Kyobe (Chairperson) and the Management Committee is currently headed by Rashidi Sumaili(Chief Executive Officer). Both chambers work synergistically to produce the best results in the interest of our stakeholders.

DR APOLLO S NSUBUGA-KYOBE- CHAIRPERSON

Dr Apollo is an empowering academic and community leader with high-level skills in cross-cultural capacity building and partnerships enhancement. He has diverse international higher education experience as well as multicultural community management capabilities that are critical in delivering innovation and change. ***He has extensive expertise in engaging and maintaining institutional networks, research and community development all of which aimed at driving sustainable knowledge growth and increased capacity development, research, social policy contributions and effective and efficient service delivery.***He has made significant inputs to emerging communities’ settlement, higher education knowledge delivery, research, development, and student career pathways.****He is a tireless community leader, who believes in equitable and fair treatment of all people. He holds a PhD in Business Management and a Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from La Trobe University and is active in many organisations:

  • Justice of the Peace (JP) in Victoria, Australia
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)
  • Fellow and Executive Member Asian Forum for Business Education (AFBE)
  • Former Vice President of the African Studies Association of the Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP)
  • Member Australian Human Resources Institute (MAHRI)
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Community Directors (AMICDA)
  • Former Deputy Chair D.H.S Victoria Multicultural Advisory Committee (Federal Body),
  • Councillor Pan African Diaspora Network Inc. (PAADN)
  • Patron of the Uganda Pearl of Africa Victoria Association
  • HUME Regional Advisory Council Member to the Minister of Citizenship & Multiculturalism, Victoria Government
  • Vice Chair the African Think Tank Inc.
  • Board Member the ECCV
  • Vice Chair Ethnic Council of Shepparton & Districts
  • Member of the Africa Day Committee
  • Chair Goulburn Valley African Communities Association
  • Convenor Australia Africa Dialogue La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Chair Future Voices (Goulburn Valley North East Victoria)
  • Honorary Academic Business Management, Business School – Bundoora, La Trobe University

RASHIDI SUMAILI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

I was a primary school teacher and also managed the family’s mineral (gold) and fishery business in Africa before the war.

Since arriving in Australia as a humanitarian refugee, Rashidi has undertaken studIies and a range of other educational opportunities to increase his skills and experience. He holds a Bachelor of Human Services from Latrobe University and is completing a Masters in Social Work. He has a Diploma in Community Welfare and a Certificate 4 in Front-line Management.Rashidi Is inspired by Christian values and has a strong commitment to social justice for the disadvantaged in communities.

Rashidi and his family were in refugee camps in Africa for 6 years. While there, he volunteered his leadership skills to support others. His goal was to empower the children and families that were at risk or vulnerable to manage their specific issues to live more effectively and to develop opportunities in their daily lives through referral to the local United Nations office and other organisations working with refugees.

Recently, Rashidi was appointed for two years to the Hume Regional Advisory Council to the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship. His duty is to advocate on behalf of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community in the Hume region and advise Victoria’s Multicultural Commission on multicultural affairs, resettlement services and citizenship.

Rashidi has a professional focus on capacity building, education, family, individual and community engagement, effective policy development and leadership.

My family, my wife Hadija and our seven children and I, are proud to call Shepparton home for the last 11 years. Now, Australian citizens, we believe that we have a big responsibility to think about how and what we can offer back to Greater Shepparton community in return for what has been done for us so far, in line with the concept of reciprocity. We believe that if something is done for you, then you need to give back twice as much or more in appreciation and this is among our fundamental values.
There is a word in South Africa ‘Ubuntu’ that defines the greatest of humanity. It reminds us that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to our eyes.”

BRUCE WEHNER BOARD MEMBER

Bruce Wehner is employed as an environment land and water planning officer for the Northern Victoria region of Parks Victoria. He has a Diploma of Forestry, a Bachelor of Forest Science and a Certificate IV in Business Management. He is a team player who sets an example for others to follow. He treats people with respect and takes into account differing opinions. He highly values the enjoyment and benefits of social interaction and aims to enrich others’ experiences and to preserve relationships. He possesses the ability to know, understand and work with people. He is driven to educate others to respect and protect our natural assets (particularly connecting migrant people to and indigenous people back to the natural environment). He is experienced in emergency incident management, particularly about bushfire incidents, and is currently accredited as a Level 2 Controller and Level 3 Planner.  He has been involved in many large fire campaigns including Cann River fire 1983 (incorporating Ash Wednesday), several NSW campaign fires, the Alpine fires of 2003 and 2006/07, and the Beechworth and Murrindindi Black Saturday fires of 2009.

FELIX ASADE BOARD MEMBER

Felix Asade,(Prof.) KOS, GCOE, is a Researcher and Minister.  He serves in the following capacities: • Jesus Partners- President Jesus College- Principal • Jesus Magazine- Editor and Board Chairman • Order of Elijah – Governor • Greater Nigeria Congress – President • Leadership Development Forum – Secretary • Society and Leadership Research Centre – Director, Research &Training • Future Voices/ Nelson Mandela Centre – Board Member • Glorious Africa – Board Member

He served in various capacities over the last twenty (20) years during which he pioneered new mission operations in nine (9)countries in Asia and America. For four years he supported the ministry efforts of Goulburn Valley Christian Fellowship in Shepparton, and upon relocating in December 2018, he became the Presiding Pastor of House of God, Incorporated, in Geelong, where he lives with his family.

Felix, the UK trained Chartered Credit Manager and a former Banker graduated from the University of Huddersfield (UK) with a First Class Honours Degree in Human Resource Management and did his Post-Graduate studies at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland (UK). He is Paul of Tarsus Research Professor of Missiology with a special interest in Missions Strategies and has varied research interests in Missions, Workforce Psychology, Culture and Society. He has lectured in some institutions in Europe and Asia. His current research efforts are in Society, Policy and Leadership. 

Felix has written some 42 academic and non-academic books and manuals on diverse disciplines including 6 Novels. Contact: ashafel@yahoo.com