Board & Executive
Dur-é Dara AM (Chair)
Dur-é Dara is renowned for her devotion to the ethics of food and service, in which she is a pioneer. She is the Convener of the Victorian Women’s Trust (since 1993), a Patron of the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture, and the Melbourne Vice President of Philanthropy Australia. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (1997) and a Centenary Medal (2001). She also received a Vida Goldstein Award, and was selected as one the 150 women in the Inaugural Women’s Honour Roll (2001). In the same year she was inducted as a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Legend.
Michael Drapac (Board member)
Michael Drapac is the founder of the Drapac Group, a property investment firm with a sustainability focus. The company was the first investment group to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment and has produced Australia's greenest building (EPA headquarters). He received a national sustainability award for creating Australia's most sustainable residential project. His interest in health, medicine and sustainability has taken him a number of directions; including as chair of the Swinburne University Postgraduate School of Integrated Medicine, a partnership with Porsche for developing elite cyclists, and as board member of Fraynework.
David Krasnostein (Board member)
David Krasnostein was former CEO of MLC Private Equity, Australia’s oldest and largest private equity investor. He was former Chief General Counsel of National Australia Bank, Telstra’s first General Counsel and Head of Strategic and Corporate Planning, and a Partner of Sidley Austin in Washington DC. He is an adviser to the Australian Government on the International Legal Services Advisory Committee, a Director of WorkSafe Victoria, a Director of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a Director of The Public Interest Law Clearing House, Chairman of Melbourne University Advisory Board for Masters in Banking and Financial Services Law, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Qualitas.
Dr Joe Talia AM (Board member)
Joseph Talia studied opera in Milan and has performed in Rome, Milan, Vercelli, and elsewhere. He adjudicates for international music competitions, regularly conducts International master classes and has collaborated with such opera luminaries as Gabriella Tucci, Francisco Ortiz, Gabriela Fontana, Vincenzo La Scola, and Gianni Tangucci. He has been artistic director of Melbourne City Opera since 1996. He has been involved in over 140 opera productions, and has also taught many competition singers, including five Sun Aria Winners’. He was awarded the Order of Australia for his dedicated services to opera.
Professor Paul Komesaroff (Board member and Executive)
Paul Komesaroff is a physician, medical researcher and philosopher at Monash University. He is Executive Director of Global Reconciliation, Director of the Monash Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society, Director of the Clinical Ethics Service at the Alfred Hospital, Ethics Convener of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Chair of the Australian Health and Development Alliance, a member of a number of ethics and related committees, and past president of the Australasian Bioethics Association. He is author of more than 300 articles in science, ethics and philosophy, and author or editor of twelve books.
Dr Elizabeth Kath (Board member and Executive)
Elizabeth Kath is in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University, an Honorary Research Fellow with the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and Co-Director of Global Reconciliation. She has a political science background and now works within the interdisciplinary field of global studies. She has a long-standing interest in Latin America and the Caribbean (particularly Cuba, Brazil and Mexico). This has resulted in a major study of the social and political dimensions of Cuba’s public health system: Social Relations and the Cuban Health Miracle (2010). She is editor of Australian-Latin American Relations (2016).
Professor Paul James (Board member and Executive)
Paul James is Research Director of Global Reconciliation and Director of the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. He is on the Council of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, and an editor of Arena Journal. He is author or editor of 33 books including Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism (Sage, 2006). He has been an advisor to a number of agencies and governments including the Helsinki Process, the Canadian Prime Minister’s G20 Forum, and the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor.
Professor Alberto Gomes
Alberto Gomes is of Goan Indian heritage and spent his formative years in Malaysia, which instilled in him a strong appreciation for interculturalism. He is Director of Dialogue, Empathic Engagement and Peacebuilding (DEEP) Network and Emeritus Professor of anthropology at La Trobe University. He has also taught at University of Malaya (Malaysia), University of Helsinki (Finland), and Universitat Jaume I (Spain). Alberto's anthropological work and publications are focused on the Indigenous peoples of Malaysia, the Orang Asli, and from them he learnt to value peace, nonviolence, conflict transformation, empathy, equality, and ecological sustainability. Alberto is an ardent critic of structural violence and a strong advocate for peace.
Dr Michalis Michael
Dr Michális S. Michael is Director of the Centre for Dialogue and of the Melbourne node of Dialogue, Empathic Engagement & Peacebuilding (DEEP). He has led, or co-led, a diverse range of projects under the rubric of applied research, community engagement and policy development. He also facilitated a diverse range of dialogues from the local to the global and everything in between. He is author of a number of books including Civilizational Dialogue and World Order (2009), Negotiating History: Resolving the Cyprus Conflict (2009); and Reconciling Cultural and Political Identities in a Globalized World: Perspectives on Australia-Turkey Relations (2015).