Michael Dwyer AM (Chair)

Michael was appointed as Chairman of Australia for UNHCR in 2018 after having been a board director for the organisation since its launch in 2000. He is currently the CEO of First State Super, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds and a director of ASFA, the peak body in the superannuation sector.

Michael's determination to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable people is matched by his admiration for UNHCR's work on the ground which he first saw in East Timor in 2002. Since then he has become an influential advocate for refugees. More recently Michael accompanied a business delegation to Turkey and Lebanon to meet with Syrian refugees and observe how Australian donations are helping UNHCR deliver protection and humanitarian relief.

Michael has been instrumental in galvanising support for UNHCR from the investment and financial sectors. He has spearheaded corporate support for our annual World Refugee Day Breakfast which has raised over $1.6m over the years to support programs such as livelihoods training, malaria prevention and neonatal healthcare for newborns.

In 2011 Michael was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the superannuation industry through leadership and executive roles, and to the community through Australia for UNHCR.
Michael holds a Dip of Superannuation Management, Advanced Dip of Financial Services (Superannuation), Dip of Public Administration, FASFA.

Michael Dwyer AM

– Chair

Kate Dundas (Deputy Chair)

Kate joined the Board in 2015 and was appointed to Deputy Chair in 2018.

Kate is Executive Director of Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera House with overall responsibility for the programming and delivery of performances, events and festivals. Kate’s previous roles include Director of ABC Radio, Director People and Learning for the ABC and Head of ABC National Networks. In 2010 she instigated ABC Radio’s annual large-scale fundraising initiatives, partnering with charities to raise millions of dollars for the displaced and vulnerable, including Australia for UNHCR’s Horn of Africa Famine Appeal in 2011 and Syria appeal in 2015. 

Kate has travelled on mission to Uganda to see the impact of Australia funded projects in Nakivale and Kyaka II camps, as well as Australia for UNHCR’s livelihood programs supporting urban refugee women in Kampala.

Kate has a BA (Comm), Vincent Fairfax Fellow, Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Kate Dundas

– Deputy Chair

John Boultbee AM

John is a lawyer and has been a Director since 2000. He was a Barrister for several years before moving into a career in sports administration, including as the CEO of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), CEO of World Rowing (FISA), and Head of High Performance of the Football Federation Australia, and then Volleyball Australia. He is a member of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, and became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990 for his services to sport.

John is a strong advocate for the transformative sports programs UNHCR provides for young refugees, having observed these programs in refugee camps in Thailand, and has helped galvanise support for refugees from the Australian sports community.

John has a BA, LLB (Hons), LLM, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Boultbee AM

Rick Millen

Rick is a qualified chartered accountant and a former partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (now PwC), in the UK and Australia from 1979 to 2011. He joined the Board of Australia for UNHCR in 2012. At PwC he was responsible for the firm's corporate responsibility agenda both in Australia and globally and he headed up the PwC Global Foundation. In this role Rick helped drive PwC’s 10th Anniversary corporate gift of $6m to UNHCR which is one of the largest corporate gifts to UNHCR, and which helped support the construction of schools and refugee camps in Chad.

Rick has a MA Law, Member Institute of Chartered Accountants, Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rick Millen

Zoe Ghani

Zoe joined the Board in 2017 and is currently Chief Technology Officer at online retailer THE ICONIC, where she leads the company's tech and customer experience strategy. Zoe has held previous roles at several of Australia's most prominent organisations including News Corp and Yahoo!7.

Zoe arrived in Australia from Afghanistan as a refugee in the 1980s and has since taken an active interest in UNHCR’s humanitarian work. She has returned to Afghanistan on several occasions, observing UNHCR’s work on the ground and contributing to a video project for Australia for UNHCR.

Zoe holds a BA in Communications from Western Sydney University.

Zoe Ghani

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