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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander International Engagement Organisation Network is made up of a multitude of different First Nations backgrounds, experiences and skillsets. The diverse nature of the voices within the network are a reflection of the diversity of our tribal nations, clans and communities and the different lenses and experiences within that spectrum are projected from the ATSIIEO platform internationally. This firsthand perspective and lens from different First Nations people is far more reflective of the communities we inhabit and more reflective of the needs, wants, hopes and aspirations of the places we call home.

 

First Nations people, organisations and communities are welcome to connect and join to the network. Whether looking to build connections with like-minded First Nations mob, build international connections and pathways or stand up and speak to the reality and aspirations of your experience from your community.

 

THE ATSIIEO EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The ATSIIEO Executive Leadership Council provide the executive leadership, governance and overarching strategic direction for the organisation. With a diverse array of skillsets, community experience and a commitment to improve the standing, visibility and connections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the team are passionate, dedicated and experienced in creating connection, impact and change.  

Jesse T Martin-  Jesse T Martin is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man of the Wagadagam and Yuin peoples. He is the founder of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander International Engagement Organisation (ATSIIEO) and founder of the Streets Movement Organisation (TSM) a community development charity providing infrastructure development, social impact and education pathways for Indigenous people. Mr Martins work has seen him work in international development and community partnerships around the world throughout the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, China, U.S and U.K including leading delegations with representation at the United Nations. He is a published author with Columbia University and the U.N on Indigenous perspectives in economic, social and political development, with work alongside university and corporate partners around the world providing pathways for First Nations peoples to learn and engage with the international community. He has lead national framework developments around Indigenous governance and community impact as well as nation building projects across the Asia-Pacific and building national programs with international connections to build educational pathways and economic self determination for First Nations people. His work has been developed to provide opportunities in particular to regional and remote areas linking them with international networks, pathways and partners dedicated to a collective impact through utilisation of educational, political and economic development as a driver for creating positive social development outcomes.

Sarah Szydzik- Mrs Szydzik is a Yirrigandji woman from Yarrabah Far North Queensland. She is the CEO of Guuya Duyai the National peak body for First Nations Mental Health and Wellbeing. Mrs Szydzik has held numerous national positions across the arts space and in economic development roles for First Nations peoples. Her work has seen her travel and lead delegations both domestically and internationally to the United Kingdom, U.S and to the United Nations as well as provide national leadership in her field advising the Prime Minister, Senior Cabinet Ministers and Senators in leading national strategies. With a background in law Mrs Szydzik specialises in governance, development and organisational impact and has developed national programs for youth in building educational pathways between universities, economic development strategies for communities as well as social and health policy outcomes on a national level. Mrs Szydzik work within the justice reform, health, social impact and economic development spheres places her as a predominant figure in the First Nations development sphere and an inspiring leader in this space.

George Coe, is a proud Torres Strait Islander and Wiradjuri Man from the upper Galari, born and currently living on his father’s Country which is in the Central West, NSW. Immersed into his Wiradjuri culture Mr Coe also has the benefit of having both First Nations cultures as part of his upbringing and heritage with his connection to his mother’s people in the Torres Straits and their cultural practices. Mr Coe has an extensive background which extends through the Cultural, Community and Political development sphere. With positions including that of Chairman of the Bila Gilari Aboriginal Corporation a community service and impact organisation working across the region and also the founder of Wahlan Warriors a Community Impact organisation designed to deliver pathways, health, cultural and educational impact for young people in the Central West NSW region. Mr Coe is also the founder of FISTT (Fighting in Solidarity Towards Treaties) the nations largest First Nations political and social grassroots activism collective. His work within the grassroots of localised impact and approaches towards First Nations issues has cemented his place as a leading figure in the Aboriginal Movement and as a major figure within this space.

Jack Collard is a proud Nyoongar man with cultural and ancestral ties to Whadjuk and Balladong country. With formal education and a background in Political Science and International Relations he has both academic and practical experience in the international relations sphere. In his leadership capacity within the UN Global Indigenous Youth Caucus he is a Focal Point for the Pacific region as well as SDG 13: Climate Action. Jack was awarded the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship and undertook studies in Indonesia, he was selected as the highest ranking Indonesian scholar as well as the top Indigenous Scholar – making him the only dual Fellow in the history of the scholarship to receive this honour. Jack is a highly sought after speaker and has addressed the United Nations in New York and Geneva as well as keynote speeches to high ranking government representatives in internationally about the importance of long term investment into Indigenous communities. Jack is the Global Ambassador for Indigenous Affairs for Boya Energy, a role that allows Jack to fulfil his international diplomacy work across the globe with the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus as a representative of the Nyoongar nation. He is very passionate about the importance of youth involvement in decision making processes and this passion motivated him to be involved in the facilitation of the Boorloo (Perth) Indigenous Youth Yarning Circle with Jack also spending his spare time mentoring students and teaching Nyoongar language and culture.

Ivan Ingram is a Wiradjuri and Filipino man from Parkes, New South Wales. Ivan holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Bachelor of Applied Science (Biotechnology), and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. He has been practising in the native title jurisdiction since 2015 and is currently working towards completing his Doctorate of Juridical Science candidature at the University of Arizona (Arizona, USA). Ivan was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2021 as a Judicial Registrar, he has been working as a Sessional Academic with the Queensland University of Technology since 2015 teaching on the topics of human rights, Indigenous Peoples’ legal realities, and legal research.

Ivan also holds a number of Board appointments, he is the Chairperson of Gallang Place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Director of Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, Director of Digi Youth Arts Incorporated, Member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group to the Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and Member of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland.

On the international front, particularly during the years of 2016-2021, Ivan was heavily involved with the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, participating as the Pacific Region focal point over a number of terms, contributing to the dialogues at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York (2016, 2017, 2019), and contributing to the ongoing collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome (2017). He was also one of the contributors and drafters of the instruments contributing to the development of the inaugural Global Indigenous Youth Forum (2021) leading up to the Food Systems Summit 2021.

ATSIIEO Partnerships and Opportunities Executive

The ATSIIEO Partnerships and Opportunities Executive are the head focal points working across different regions around the world providing leadership, direction and oversight for the organisation operational impact in their respective regions as taken from the overarching ATSIIEO strategic direction. A cross section of cultural, professional and personal experience. Their in depth knowledge and understanding of community engagement, partnerships, business and economic development as well as in depth cultural understanding and capability ensure they are the best individuals to build connection and partnerships with ATSIIEO within their respective regions. First Nations peoples are always mindful around doing this the right way when entering someone else's lands and with our International connections and guidance from our skilled team we ensure we engage, connect and build in the right way together. 

 

The heads of each region in which ATSIIEO is currently engaged are highly capable and experienced individuals. Their commitment, professionalism and in depth knowledge enable ATSIIEO to connect and build upon opportunity across the globe.

Leigh Chang is the head for Asia-Pacific Engagement and Partnerships. He is a senior executive with over 25 years’ experience in China and Asia.  He has managed large consulting businesses and teams of professional consultants in multiple locations throughout the region.  He has advised C-Suite executives at large multi-national companies on their China and Asia plans and operations.  His extensive network, deep local knowledge and strong operating experience of the China and Asian markets are invaluable in helping ATSIIEO build positive partnerships in the region.

Leigh started his career as an auditor at PwC in both the Sydney and Shanghai offices.  He then transitioned into the marketing and communications industry where he has held senior leadership positions on the agency side, the client side and as an entrepreneur.

Leigh is passionate about international relations in the Asia-Pacific region.  He was previously the National Secretary of the Australia-China Friendship Society as well as the President of the Queensland Branch.  He has acted as a senior consultant to various Australia-China organisations and advises various Indigenous Australian organisations on their engagement strategy with Asia and China.

Lokes Brooksbank is the head of South Pacific Engagement and Partnerships. A Titan descendant of the Mouk people from the Manus Islands, Papua New Guinea John's connections run deep across this region. Traditionally, Titan people were great sea fearers who sailed their diamond sailed canoes as far as the Cook Islands and in keeping with tradition Lokes connects communities across the South Pacific around the world. He is also completing his doctorate in governance systems analysing the PNG petroleum sector and relationships with local communities. He also works across Queensland in research and development on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as, in various community development and research roles. His work has seen him work across the globe with engagements from the U.K, China through South-East Asia and extensively across the South Pacific. His work across the South Pacific over the past 15 years places him as a great conduit within this space as he builds bridges through culture, education and economics. Along with his international engagement and development experience he also works in the media and cryptocurrency spaces. He is a firm believer of co-beneficial coherence, complex adaptive systems theory and that strong governance is the result of good stakeholder engagement.