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Tycho Buningh

Tycho Buningh

Chairman

Tycho Buningh is a port management and logistics consultant. Tycho has extensive experience in management and has held a number of senior executive roles in port administration and the shipping industry, including roles in port operations and port infrastructure planning, coastal shipping operations, business development, project management and commercial management. Tycho is also the founder of Winangali Logistics, an independent majority owned Indigenous logistics company providing road transport, warehousing, pick ‘n’ pack, inventory management, integrated logistics and supply chain solutions.
Aurelius Yan

Aurelius Yan

Director

Aurelius Yan is a proud Mentawai elder from Siberut Island. In 1979, Aurelius began working as a teacher in the interland communities of Siberut. Within this role Aurelius offered assistance in finding solutions for day-to-day issues, but as these were more often problems relating to traditional culture he found it difficult because he was not yet acquainted with his traditional Mentawai knowledge. In 1983, Aurelius was invited to guide a Dutch anthropologist on Siberut and through this he himself became drawn to anthropology. Aurelius soon accompanied the anthropoogist to the Netherlands and began studying anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit, in Amsterdam. In addition, he undertook studies in medical anthropology. Completing his study, Aurelius pursued multiple jobs in Amsterdam, including assisting Prof. Dr. Reimar Schefold in interpreting Mentawaian transcriptions. Whilst relevant, Aurelius realised his purpose was in fact to do meaningful work for the people of the Mentawai Islands. In 2003, Aurelius was invited to coordinate healthcare projects for NGOs Kirekat and a Yayasan Reimar Schefold funded by Cordaid, so Aurelius decided to move back to his homeland Mentawai. For 7 years Aurelius coordinated expeditions through the rainforests of Siberut Island. The main objective was to combine modern healthcare with traditional Mentawai medical systems in the remote areas. He coordinated doctors to visit several of these remote communities on a regular bases to provide medical examinations and essential medicine. Additionally, he provided consultation whilst coordinating various projects subsequent to tsunamis in Aceh and Sikakap; and made an unsuccessful attempt to be elected as Regent of the Mentawai Islands. Hence, in 2012 Aurelius took a step back and pursued a role managing a tourism resort in Bunaken island, North of Sulawesi. Missing Mentawai, Aurelius moved back home again after a year and built a traditional Mentawaian longhouse called an Uma on a beautiful bounty island, called: Karangmajat. After a few years his daughter Sitta joined and Umata Village was born. When Aurelius is not providing his support to Mentawai's grassroot cultural-based education initiatives, he is sharing his expansive knowledge of the history, culture, traditions and ecology on Siberut with his guests.
Tri

Tri Duc Nguyen

Director

Tri Duc Nguyen arrived to Australia from Vietnam by boat as part of the UNHCR Refugee Program in the early 1980s, at a young age. Having benefitted greatly from growing up in strong supportive communities that encouraged cultural diversity and importantly retention, he is particularly keen to ensure that Indigenous cultures are maintained wherever possible and through empowerment. Professionally, he is currently the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Redundancy Payment Central Fund Ltd (Incolink), a redundancy fund for the Commercial Building and Civil Construction industry in Victoria and Tasmania.  He is an accomplished corporate lawyer with substantial commercial and legal experience, particularly in the areas of M&A, Capital Raising, Litigation, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance (ASX listed entities & Government), Company Secretarial & Compliance (ASX listed entities & Government), General Commercial Law, Property, Industrial Law and Intellectual Property. Tri has been in practice for over 22 years with 18 years in various senior in-house roles at ASX listed entities and Federal Government. He is a founding Board member of the Vietnamese Australian Benevolent Foundation (SA) and a Director of Clean Swell Dreaming Pty Ltd.
Jade Preston

Jade Preston

Director

Jade Preston has dedicated twenty years of her career to supporting disadvantaged individuals in align with her strong sense of social justice. Within her current role in the Department of Health and Human Services she is tasked with supporting vulnerable individuals with complex needs who are experiencing significant challenges navigating disability and mainstream systems. Jade works with people at risk of homelessness, justice involvement, children in the protection system and those unable to leave mental health facilities due to a lack of support in the community. An integral element of Jade's work is to empower each mainstream interface by building capacity, and ensuring each intersect is held accountable to their responsibilities. Jade brings a wealth of hands-on experience and knowledge to the IEF Board.
Rob Henry

Rob Henry

Director

Rob Henry has worked with marginalised groups at a grass-root level for over a decade. Since 2008, Rob has lived and worked in collaboration with the Mentawai community in West Sumatra, listening, learning and providing any assistance they required of him in strengthening their connection to culture and advancing education equity for their younger generation. In 2014, Rob founded the Indigenous Education Foundation (IEF) to continue his support for the Mentawai community and other First-Nations peoples across the globe. In 2017, Rob produced and directed award-winning documentary film, As Worlds Divide. In 2019, Rob co-editored the first-edition Mentawai Rereiket to Indonesian language dictionary. Rob held the position of Chairman of Directors on the IEF Board from 2014 - 2018. He continues volunteering his time as IEF President and working closely with our Indigenous partners.
Andrew Lunardi

Andrew Lunardi

Director / Secretary

Andrew Lunardi is a lawyer at Allens in the banking and finance practice group. He recently completed a Masters degree in Law and Finance at the University of Oxford, after previously completing a Bachelor of Commerce and the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne.
DamianSutherland

Damian Sutherland

Treasurer

Damian Sutherland is Senior Director at a leading Australian Accounting firm, William Buck, and holds numerous Board positions.

Renae Lulham

Renae Lulham

Indigenous affairs and marketing advisor

Renae Lulham brings to IEF a wealth of knowledge and experience from a career spanning over 20 years within Marketing, Advertising, Sales, Event Management, and running a Project Management business.Raised in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Renae discovered after the death of her grandmother in 2004 that her heritage included not only English, Irish and French, but also Aboriginal. Further research provided Renae and her family information on their great-great grandfather who was a pioneer in the late 1800’s – Albert Phillips, who taught people how to read and write, and with his wife, Harriett who was the local mid-wife, looked after the health and wellbeing of the Dorrigo community. Albert came from the Worrimi people in Port Stephens, New South Wales, who still have a strong and proud presence in the area. Further research into her family has enabled Renae to date her Aboriginal heritage to the early 1800’s to ancestors Gilbert Numut and Betsy Juba – Albert’s grand-parents.Renae’s desire to assist in educating people about the Aboriginal culture is due to her being denied any knowledge of her heritage and from that is a feeling of displacement. The feeling of displacement is a common theme that Renae has discovered through her discussions with people who are descendants of the Stolen Generation. People want to know where they come from, what makes them who they are and everyone should have the opportunity to that information – the stories, culture, traditions that make us unique.
Pamela Varela

Pamela Varela

Financial advisor

Pamela Varela has over 9 years of actuarial professional experience. She has worked in various fields including consultancy, health insurance, workers compensations, data analysis and so forth. Pamela is passionate about education and helping others to thrive. Aside from this, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading and learning. etc.

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