Members of the Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations

Casta Tungaraza 

Chair, Dr Casta Tungaraza, President African Women’s Council of Australia

In addition to being President of the African Women’s Council of Australia, Dr Tungaraza is Director of the Australian Institute of Swahili Language and African Culture and a member of the Western Australian Government’s Multicultural Advisory Group. She is a recipient of the WA Multicultural Services Award. In 2012 she received the national Living Legend and Most Influential African in Australia Awards. Dr Tungaraza works closely with the African Diaspora in Australia and actively supports the integration, participation and empowerment of African-Australians within Australian society.


Peter Coleman 

Mr Peter Coleman, CEO and Managing Director Woodside Energy

Mr Coleman has 31 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry, covering Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australasia. He has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Woodside since joining the company in 2011. Mr Coleman is Chair of the Australia Korea Foundation and advisor to the Asia Society.  He is also a member of the University of Western Australia Business School Board, the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Council, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australia-India CEO Forum and Monash Engineering Foundation.


Di Fleming 

Ms Di Fleming, Executive Director Ducere Foundation and President Australia Africa Business Council (VIC)

Ms Fleming has been working in Africa for nearly 10 years, building relationships, teaching and business matching. Ducere is working in schools across 11 African countries to develop passionate leaders and learners and to prepare young people for business creation rather than job seeking. Previously, Ms Fleming was Director of the Centre for Excellence in Digital Design at RMIT University and Associate Professor in Learning at the University of Melbourne. Ms Fleming was the Founder and CEO of Digital Harbour Holdings and the first educator to achieve the Telstra Victorian Businesswoman of the Year Award and the National Telstra/Australian Industry Award.


John Hearn 

Professor John Hearn, Board Executive Director and Chief Executive Worldwide Universities Network and Chairman of the Australia Africa Universities Network

Professor Hearn is Professor of Physiology at the University of Sydney and Chairman of Hearn International Pty Ltd. He was awarded his PhD from the Australian National University and served for 6-7 years each in leading research, teaching and administrative positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, London UCL, Wisconsin, ANU and Sydney. He has lived and worked in Kenya and Uganda, and has extensive education and research links especially in East and Southern Africa. Professor Hearn is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Bill Repard 

Bill Repard, Publisher and Proprietor Paydirt Media

Paydirt Media are publishers of the leading mining industry news and investment magazines, Australia’s Paydirt and Gold Mining Journal. Paydirt Media also runs the major mining investment event in Perth each year - Africa Down Under (ADU). Mr Repard has served as National Chair of the Australian – Africa Business Council (AABC) since 2000. He was a founding Board member of the Australia Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG). He has also served as Honorary Consul for the Republic of South Africa in Western Australia. Mr Repard was previously a senior executive with News Corporation.


Mary Kimani 

Dr Mary Kimani, Director, Super Community Care

Dr Kimani has a PhD in early years’ education. She was awarded her PhD degree from James Cook University. Mary’s experiences in the education field span over twenty five years and include research, lecturing, classroom teaching and training of in-service and preservice teachers at different levels, both locally and internationally. She worked as a Research Fellow with Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), a Senior Program Manager for early childhood development and Education at Plan International Australia, a curriculum developer with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and as a lecturer for seven years in Education Department, Daystar University. Mary was born, raised and educated in Kenya and has extensive experience in international development work including research in education in East and South Africa –Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.


Nadine Shema 

Dr Nadine Shema, ‎Co Founder, Public Relations Director and Health Program Coordinator - ‎Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development International (GLAPD Int.)

Dr Shema is an overseas trained Medical doctor and a public Health professional.

Nadine co-founded the Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development Int. in 2012 just one year after she arrived in Australia (2011).

Since then, she devoted herself to the welfare of migrants and refugees from the troubled Great Lakes region of Africa (Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the D.R. Congo) by promoting peace, harmony and development among those people, both in Australia and internationally through her advocacy and advisory work.

Nadine’s main focus has been to empower refugees to work in partnership with one another and with Australians to create positive changes, including intercultural exchanges.

Nadine was finalist for the 2017 Rotary Inspirational Women’s Awards.

Henry Olonga 

Henry Olonga, former Test Cricketer

Mr Olonga was the first black cricketer to play for Zimbabwe. Best known when Zimbabwe played its first game of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Olonga and his team mate Andy Flower wore black armbands to mourn the death of democracy under Robert Mugabe.

Mr Olonga is a cricket commentator, public speaker and musician, trustee for Build Africa and Global Ambassador for Anglican Aid.
Last Updated: 12 April 2018