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Helen Szoke


Helen Szoke commenced as Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia in January 2013. Prior to this appointment, Helen served as Australia’s Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, following seven years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.

She is currently Co-Chair of Make Poverty History, an ExCom member of ACFID, a member of the Deakin University Master of International and Community Development Advisory Board, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for International Mental Health and a member of the Mining for Development Advisory Committee.

In 2011, Helen was awarded the Law Institute of Victoria Paul Baker Award for contribution to Human Rights. Helen has extensive experience in management, community development, organisational development, consumer advocacy and regulation in the education and health sectors. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration.

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