Introducing the new Victorian African Communities Committee

An important advisory body that will inform the Victorian Government on how to improve social and economic outcomes for the state’s diverse African communities.
28 April 2023

Victoria’s African-born population represents over 50 different nations, sharing unique experiences, skills and ideas that strengthen our state’s social, political, economic and cultural life.

The newly appointed members of the Victorian African Communities Committee (VACC) will play a critical role in ensuring that the advice and insights of Victoria’s diverse African communities are heard at all levels of government.

Pauline Richards MP has been appointed to the role of Chair, continuing the work of Josh Bull MP who was fiercely committed to engaging and empowering Victoria’s African communities during his two-year term.

Supporting the Chair and providing leadership and guidance to the committee are Community Deputy Co-Chairs, Monica Forson and Tigist Kebede.

Congratulations to all committee members:

  • Pauline Richards MP (Chairperson)
  • Monica Forson (Deputy Co-Chair)
  • Tigist Kebede (Deputy Co-Chair)
  • Adongwot Manyoul
  • Anaab Rooble
  • Andrew Gai
  • Catherine Jonathan
  • Dr Stephane Shepherd
  • Fred Alale AM
  • Mahamed Ahmed
  • Mohamed Semra
  • Selba-Gondoza Luka
  • Tawana Basutu
  • Dr Tebeje Molla

We look forward to seeing your passion and drive in the coming months and years.

Visit the Victorian African Communities Committee page for more information about the members.