Belinda Duarte was born and raised in Ballarat, Victoria, and is a descendant of the Wotjobaluk people with Celtic and Polish origins. As the CEO of Culture is Life, she supports Aboriginal-led solutions for the prevention of Aboriginal youth suicide.
Previously, Belinda was the inaugural director of Korin Gamadji Institute and the first female executive at Richmond Football Club. In 2012, she was acknowledged for her work in the AFL, and awarded football woman of the year.
Duarte holds a range of positions including as co-chair of Reconciliation Victoria, advisory board member of the Koori Youth Council, panel member of the Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel, director of Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, director of WasteAid, and member of the Victorian Regional Churchill Fellowship Committee.