About Me

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2008 Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Sydney

1989-90 Australian Public Service Executive Development Scheme (placements in Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Parliament House and BHP-Utah Minerals International)

1984-86 Harkness Fellowship, USA (Harvard, Georgetown and Berkeley Universities)

1982 Doctor of Philosophy, University of New England, Armidale, Australia

1974-75 Postgraduate Studies in Development, University of Hamburg, Germany

1974 Diploma of German Language, Volkshochschule, Hamburg, Germany

1973 Master of Arts (Hons.) in Sociology, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

1971 Master of Laws (Hons.), A. Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland


Since ‘06

      • Director, Equity & Diversity, University of Western Sydney and
      • Hon. Professor, Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies,
        the University of Sydney


      • Australian Human Rights Commissioner and Disability Discrimination Commissioner,
      • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Sydney

1996-00     CEO, SA Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, Adelaide

1987-96     Senior Adviser, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Canberra

1981-86     Principal Project Officer/Director, Human Rights Commission, Canberra

1980-81     Senior Research Officer, Attorney General’s Department, Canberra

1971-73     Research Officer, Institute of Legal Studies, Polish Academy of



2016        Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

2007        Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

2005        Solidarity 25th Anniversary Medal awarded by the Republic of Poland

    • FECCA 25th Anniversary Medal for Contribution to Australian Multiculturalism

2004        Doctor of Social Science Honoris Causa, RMIT University, Melbourne

2000        Chevalier of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland

1995        Order of Australia Medal (OAM)


President, Australian Council for Human Rights Education, Australia (since 2006)

Australia Day Ambassador (since 2009)

Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (since 2009)

Member, UWS Indigenous Employment and Engagement Advisory Board (since 2008)

Director/Board Member, Chain Reaction Foundation (since 2008)

President, Australian Chapter, World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong(since 2007)

Patron, Social Firms Australia Ltd (since 2005)

Patron, Chances for Children, Mildura, Vic (since 2001)

Trustee, South Australian Business Vision 2010 Viva SA (since 1998-2003)

Founding Member and Trustee, Australian Institute of Polish Affairs (since 1989)

Founding Member, Australia Poland Business Council (since 1983)

Life Member, Order of Australia Association Board Member, Graduate International School of Business
and Administration, SA University (1997-99)

Board Member, SA Overseas Qualifications Committee (1996-98)

Board Member, Council of International Trade and Commerce of South Australia (1996-99)

Member, National Security Legislation Review Committee (2005)

Member, Community Consultative Council, Westpac Bank (2004-06)

Member, Australian Institute of International Affairs (since 1981)

Member, Cofradia de la Tierra del Espiritu Santo (Spanish Brotherhood) (since 1998)

Member, Rotary International (since 1994)

Member, The American Society of International Law (since 1985-95)

Member, Australian Institute of Administrative Law South Australian Chapter (1997-99)

Member, Advisory Council of Chinese Chamber of Commerce Inc, Adelaide (1997-2000)

Member,SA 2000 Olympic/Paralympics Steering Committee (1998-2000)

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