Coordinative Board of Directors - GDF Sectors
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Peter (Pece) Gorgievski - Chairman & C.E.O
Peter is a humankind enthusiast devoted to humanitarian progress. He is a global citizen. Peter's greatest passion and focus is creating a culture of peace throughout the world. He is co-founder of GDF, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
2013-Current: Director, The OCAM Group P/L
• OCAM Global Logistics
• OCAM 4x4 Accessories
2011-14: Founding Vice Chairperson & Secretary - CL Network Vic Inc. / Whittlesea Community Leadership Network (WCLN) - WCLN is a not-for-profit community association working under auspices of the City of Whittlesea. It provides leadership training and capacity building via access to resources for community-based organisations and cultural and ethnic groups. WCLN facilitates intercultural dialogue and integration with mainstream society.
2007-Current: Chairman & C.E.O. - Global Dialogue Foundation
2001-07: Managing Director, DGX-Asia Pacific. Jointly establishing and developing new companies in several countries.
1999-01: Vice President, Direct Container Line/NACA Logistics-FE Asia, stationed in Hong Kong and Singapore.
1992-99: Direct Container Line-Melbourne, held various positions including State Manager.
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Iliana Schmatelka, MBA - Deputy Director-General, GDF / Unity in Diversity-World Civil Society
Vice President - Business/Corporate
Organization: INTLI, International Leadership Institute
2012 - Present: Founder & Managing Director
Strategic consulting, Business Coaching, Interim and change management, Training and workshops
Education: Master of economics University of Economics, Sofia,
Master Diploma, 1. US MBA Diploma (AACSB accredited) 2. EMBA Diploma
Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Executive Academy - Austrian University of Economics, Vienna
October 201 - ongoing: Senior Adviser - Mattig Management Partners, Vienna, Austria www.mattig-management.at
August 2011 - ongoing: Freelance senior finance consultant: M27 Finance GmbH, Vienna www.m27.eu
2009 - 2011: General Manager Immorent Slovakia and the Slovakian subsidiaries of S IMMO AG and Immorent AG (more than 20 companies)
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Vasan Srinivasan - Assistant Director-General, General Matters / Field Coordinator
- Director, USS Australia Pty Ltd - providing assistance to overseas students. The organisation promotes and facilitates the enrollment of overseas students in Victoria, Australia from around the globe.
- President, Federation of Indian Association of Victoria (FIAV)
o Since FIAV's establishment in 1989, actively participated in its activities
o Former Chairman of Advisory board
- Member - Livingstone Primary School Council: Vermont South - VIC
o Living locally for the past 22 years
o Concerned about the education at primary school council
- Member - Melbourne Lord Mayor's Charitable Funds Grants Committee
o Member of Family Panel since 2003
o Actively involved in Grants & Funding preparation for the family panel
- De Attaché - 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games - Indian Contingent
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Graziella Thake, Assistant Director-General, New Zealand, Small Islands/Project Pacific
Director- Cultures, Civilisations & Ethnicity
CEO & Founder of ICP Conscious Academy
Graziella Thake, the founder and director of ICP Global Academy, its Leadership Institutes and the foundation for Social responsibility is an executive coach, and ex forensic and corporate psychologist who has come form a long history of philanthropy and professional work. Graziella brings much more to executive coaching than simply her extensive experience gained by the position of Director and CEO of various companies. She also brings the knowledge and experience of many years practicing Forensic Psychology, Sports and Team Psychology and Organisational Psychology.
Graziella uses this knowledge not only to help individuals and organisations attain success but also to give back to the community in which we all operate. Ten percent of Graziella's time, as aligned with our company philosophy, is dedicated to CSR and of recent times this has risen with the dedication to the development of the foundation for social responsibility,
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Ben J. Bickford - Assistant C.E.O, Global Technology & Development / Field Coordinator
Ben is a dynamic, passionate and successful ITC strategist with more than
two decades of global experience in commerce, communications and software
In addition to his own entrepreneurial business ventures, Ben has worked for
several organizations of distinction, including:
- EMC² Corporation
- InterWorld Corporation
- Monash University
Ben brings a vast depth and breadth of strategic advisory and solution-based
consulting experience spanning various industries and international markets,
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Andrew Cass - Treasurer-General / Field Coordinator
Since graduating in1983 with a degree in Accounting, Andrew's professional life has encompassed the provision of financial advice to individuals and businesses of varying size.
In 1994, Andrew established the accounting practice Cambel Cass (Melbourne), to continue and expand his involvement in the finance industry through the provision of a quality and timely advice.
In more recent years Andrew has endeavored to increase his involvement in local community based organizations that require the assistance of professionals without the associated cost.
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Evdoxia Gorgievski - Director, Family / Field Coordinator
Secretary GDF Coordinative Board of Directors - Office Managing Coordinator
Starting her career in fashion, Evdoxia's experience includes merchandising and retail management.
Since having three children and until 2009, Evdoxia has been passionately devoted to full-time motherhood. During this time, she has lived with her family in Asia, traveled frequently and has been upgrading her skills through various personal and business development programs.
Evdoxia is a distributor of a leading technology in hydrotherapy and is actively working to improve health standards among families and citizens in general.
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Mark Mayes, Director - Alternative/Natural Medicine / Traditional Chinese Medicine
Mark is currently practicing Chinese medicine in Williamstown and Melbourne, registered with Chinese medicine registration board and is a Victorian committee member of Australian Acupuncture Chinese Medicine Association. He completed his internship at Shu Guan Hospital Shanghai, China and graduated with a double degree from Victoria University in 2008.
Since 1996 Mark has been building a solid foundation and reputation as a nationally accredited instructor in internal martial arts (Tai Chi, Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Chuan) and in 2001, 2003 and 2004 won national competitions. His achievements clearly demonstrate his competence, diligence and insightful knowledge in the magnum opus of Chinese medicine.
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Doug Woodring - Director, Environment - Marine / Field Coordinator
Doug was born in California, but has worked in Asia for over 17 years.He is an environmental and technology entrepreneur, as well as a water sports enthusiast. Prior to working with start ups, he created a framework for a global environmental technology fund at Merrill Lynch in 1998.
He is currently working with a variety of renewable energy technologies, including micro wind, wave, and for buildings, living vertical green walls. He is the chairman of the Environmental Committee at the American Chamber in Hong Kong, organizer of two open water swim races, and well connected throughout the region in the areas of the environment and new media technologies. He has a BA from UC Berkeley,an MA in Environmental Economics from Johns Hopkins (SAIS), and an MBA from Wharton.
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Mihajlo (Michael) Najdovski - Director - Science, Research & Technology / Field Coordinator
Biotechnology graduate, currently working as a Microbiologist for one of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies in the plasma industry. With a strong interest in genetics and life extension techniques, Michael will be undertaking further studies in the field of Biomolecular principles. Michael is also a strong believer in well-being and disease prevention through proper eating habits and an active lifestyle. He has commenced his further Biotechnology/ Bio-molecular studies. He is co-founder of GDF/GDI, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
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Dr. Ilija Najdovski PhD Nanotechnology - Director - Science, Research & Technology / Field Coordinator
Ilija Najdovski completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science in 2006 at RMIT University in the field of Nanotechnology (major in chemistry) and a First Class Honours in Applied Chemistry researching gold nanoparticles in sensing the following year. Following his honours, Ilija completed his PhD in materials science focusing on electrochemical fabrication of metallic micro- and nanostructures and their applications in catalysis and sensing with results published in international journals. Ilija has experience within both academia and industry; working for an international biotechnology company and at RMIT University where he supervises post-graduate students, lectures in batteries, supercapacitors and assists with hydrogen fuel cell research. He is interested in future technological advancements in the fields of renewable energy and medical devices. He is co-founder of GDF/GDI, Global Shipment and Unity in Diversity.
“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed” - Albert Einstein
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Ven. Lobsang Tendar, (Tibetan Buddhist Monk) - Director-Religion & Faith / Field Coordinator
Ven. Lobsang Tendar comes from Kham, Eastern Tibet. Ordained at Dego Samdupling Monastery at the age of 12, Tendar left for Lhasa shortly after. In Lhasa, he joined Gyuto Monastery and trained as a monk for 7 years. In 1989, he made the journey across the Himalayas to join the Tibetan community in India. There, he continued his studies for a further 14 years at Gyuto Monastery in Northern India, specializing in tantric chanting, meditation and butter sculptures and sand mandala.
Tendar has participated in interfaith events, chanted for world peace, healed sick children and the elderly, provided guidance to misguided individuals, worked with the Indigenous community and blessed the land and environment of Australia through his sand mandalas, prayers and offerings.
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Carolyn Briggs - Director- Cultures, Civilisations & Ethnicity / Citizens, Organis. & Community / Field Coordinator
Carolyn is an elder of the Boon Wurrung people, who are the traditional owners of the country that starts at the Werribee River and extends east, through part of the city of Melbourne and as far east as Wilson's Promontory.
Carolyn has devoted most of her working life to advancing the cause of her people and inheriting traditional and customary responsibilities associated with her country, people and culture.
She has been actively involved in significant community development projects, in advocacy, native title, social reform and cultural promotion. She has been involved in negotiating Indigenous Land Use Agreement [under the Native Title Act] and establishing and managing education & support programs at University level.
Paula Scher - Director, Business-Corporate
Paula Scher is a Human Resources executive, with over 10 years of commercial experience developing and implementing human resource strategy. Her industry experience spans professional services, consulting, outsourcing, retail and local government. Qualified with a Masters in Business Administration, Paula has lived and worked in over 8 countries. Currently the Executive Manager ? People and Culture in the financial services sector in Australia, Paula has a passion for developing inclusion, tolerance and diversity in organizations. Her recent career achievements have included leading the greenfields functional delivery into the ASEAN and China markets. Her earlier career included public relations, media buying, advertising and IT which provided interesting opportunities such as the reintroduction of IBM to South Africa, the launch of a 5-star game lodge, as well as preparations and troubleshooting for Y2K for the worlds? largest interactive games company in London.
A Fellow with AHRI and member of the Golden Key Society, Paula can be found fund-raising for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, volunteering for Lort Smith Animal Hospital, lecturing in HR, or travelling to new and exciting places in her spare time. She currently resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Craig, and adopted cat, Chow.
Mr. Rhys Roberts FIA MAICD
Managing Director Roberts Gray Pty Ltd
Senior Partner Roberts Gray Lawyers
Agile commercial law and dynamic international legal advisory
Mr Rhys Roberts has rapidly built an international reputation for concise legal advisory to the highest levels of the corporate world.
At age 31 he was already Private Senior Legal Counsel to Australia?s wealthiest families. Mr Roberts quickly developed a reputation for trusted relationships, sharp analysis and solid advisory.
He has never lost a legal case.
Some years later, Mr Roberts and his elite staff now provide legal advisory and counsel to Australia?s wealthiest families, protecting family assets and investments across many continents.
His business networks extend throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Israel.
Mr Roberts? advisory extends throughout dispute resolution, real estate and property development, family law, banking and finance, intellectual property, wills and estates.
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