Dwayne has an extensive history working in diverse roles across the community sector. Prior to his role as CEO at NEDA, Dwayne worked in a senior management role at the Richmond Fellowship, and also held the position of Executive Officer at the National Brain Injury Foundation. Previously, Dwayne has held the position of Chair at Advocacy for Inclusion (AFI), and has also been a member of the ACT Chief Minister's Disability Advisory Council.
Since 1983, Dwayne has worked with marginalised communities both domestically and internationally (Sweden, USA) in homelessness, child protection, refugee, criminal justice, disability and mental health sectors. Dwayne holds several qualifications in Disabilities & Community Sector Management and is passionate about social justice and allowing people to be heard over the white noise of the sector.
Dwayne has an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI/TBI), a disability he has lived with since being assaulted in 1999.
Senior Research & Policy Officer
Jane has an extensive work history in disability and multicultural sectors both within not-for-profit organisations and government. Her interests, skills and expertise include systemic advocacy and social policy development and implementation. Specifically Jane focuses on public policy and human rights issues associated with the intersections of disability, migration and culture.
Since joining our team in 2014, Jane continues to undertake a broad range of domestic and international advocacy activities for our constituency including advancing the interests of NEDA members through United Nations monitoring and reporting mechanisms.
Jane's initial qualifications were in the area of Disability Studies (Certificate III & IV). She then completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (Anthropology & History) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Arts (Research) in Anthropology from The Australian National University; she is a member of the Australian Anthropological Society (AAS).
Brian has an undergraduate degree in social science and postgraduate degrees in Urban Studies and Social Work. He has extensive expertise in human services ranging from homelessness to disability. He is one of Australia's leading human services social cartographers being responsible for the maps and data analysis for the publications by the late Associate Professor Tony Vison on social disadvantage. This work also produced the first interactive electronic map to be included in a print publication. One of his publications 'Shadow People' was the only Australian publication referenced by Habitat on homelessness.
Brian is a strong advocate for improved data collection/analysis and provides advice to Government to ensure various survey and administrative data collections have adequate measures of disability, ethnicity and gender.
His expertise in data visualisation has made NEDA Australia's leading agency in disability estimate for CALD communities. His work in disability estimates influenced the Commonwealth revising the NDIS estimates to a higher number. He is also one of the first recipients of the NEDA medal for his contribution to the development of CALD disability statistical approaches.
Policy & Projects Officer
Lokesh joined NEDA in July 2018, as part of NEDA’s exciting growth and change phase. In his position as “Policy & Projects Officer”, Lokesh is working on NEDA’s new policy and strengthening pre-existing member and key stakeholder relationships.
A migrant himself, Lokesh came to Australia when he was 17. Since then he has spent his time working for various not-for-profit (NFP) organisations /non-governmental organisations (NGOs), such as CREATE Foundation, Prisoners’ Legal Service (TAS), Tenants’ Union of Tasmania, Student Legal Services (University of Tasmania), Advocacy Tasmania, to name a few.
Having worked with various community legal services around Australia and more recently with Aboriginal legal service in Alice Springs, Lokesh brings with him a diverse range of work experience as a passionate human rights advocate.
Lokesh was admitted to practice law in 2014. He holds a “Bachelor of Laws” from the University of Tasmania. He is bilingual (English and Hindi).
Hema Mangad joined NEDA in August 2018, at an exciting time of growth and change. In this newly created position, Hema will spearhead NEDA’s internal communications and media activities.
Hema held a number of strategic and operational communication roles before moving into the not-for-profit sector. She has worked for both big and small organisations across various industries, ranging from Tourism, Banking, Technology to Insurance in three different countries - France, Mauritius and Australia.
Her breadth of experience in Communications will help NEDA accelerate its activities and showcase its work across all key stakeholder groups. Hema's strength is in building high level relationships with the media and other key stakeholders and designing social media and online campaigns.
Hema moved to Australia in 2012. Being a migrant herself, she is fully committed to the promotion of multiculturalism and inclusion. Hema is passionate about languages - she is fully bilingual (English and French) and has a sound knowledge of Hindi and Spanish.
Hema holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Science from “Université d’Avignon et des Pays du Vaucluse”, France.