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KHADIJA GBLA Appointed May 2016 CATHERINE POUTASI Appointed December 2016 Khadija Gbla is a passionate and inspired young African-Australian woman. She is an award winning inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant who has achieved her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local and State level. Khadija is dedicated to her voluntary work and has utilised every opportunity to inspire others to accept the differences in our multicultural society. An optimistic and passionate representative of the African community, Khadija utilises her powerful and inspired voice to advocate equality and acceptance within the community. Catherine Poutasi was born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand and moved to Wollongong, Australia in 2013 with her husband and two children. Her consultancy offers cultural awareness training and facilitation to government agencies, non-profit organisations and individuals; advocacy and mentoring to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Khadija is the Executive Director of No FGM Australia, which works to protect Australian girls and support survivors of FGM. She is also an Ambassador for Our Watch, a national, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing violence against women. Khadija has received numerous awards, including The Advertiser South Australia’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2014, the 2013 Madison Magazine Australia’s top 100 Inspiring Women, the Amnesty International Human Rights Activists to watch out in 2013, and in 2011 was named Young South Australian of the Year and Young African Australian of the Year. She has quickly made in-roads into her new community and is an active community volunteer in the Illawarra region, as well as taking on a position with the Management Committee of the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra. Catherine has a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology and is of Samoan and New Zealand-European descent. Catherine is the Chair of the Pasifika Foundation in New Zealand which is a Non-Government Organisation with a vision to improve the health, education and social outcomes of Pasifika families. Catherine is also the Director of Integrity Professionals, a small consultancy specialising in project management, service reviews and evaluations. The consultancy partners with culturally and linguistically diverse groups in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. She has extensive experience in both health and social services as a Principal Consultant and has operated her own business since 2007. Before that she held senior roles in the New Zealand public health system. Khadija arrived in Australia as a refugee from Sierra Leone and lives in Adelaide, South Australia with her young son. Review of Operations 2016 25