The Swinburne Annual Barak Wonga Oration is designed to advance understandings in the wider community on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and is named in honour of two significant Aboriginal leaders, William Barak and Simon Wonga.

Swinburne University and the Moondani Toombadool Centre are pleased to have Mr Ian Hamm deliver the 2023 Swinburne Annual Barak Wonga Oration.

Key speaker

Ian Hamm

A Yorta Yorta man, Ian has extensive government and community sector experience, particularly at executive and governance levels. Ian has overseen major policy and strategic reforms for government and community organisations. He works with people from a vast array of backgrounds, managing complex and sensitive relationships to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Ian was CEO of a major Aboriginal community organisation from January to August 2018.

Ian chairs and is a member of a number of boards, including the Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation, the Community Broadcast Foundation, Connecting Home, the Koorie Heritage Trust, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Holmesglen TAFE.  He is also devoting himself to improving the representation of Aboriginal people on boards and other high level governance, through strategic action, advocacy and mentoring.”

Ian will be speaking on 'What does the 2nd Aborigines Referendum tell us and, more importantly, where might we go from here'.

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