Current Sitting NEDA Council 2017-18




Margherita Coppolino

 Community Representative


Margherita Coppolino is an Inclusion consultant. With an outstanding network of contacts in government, business and social justice organisations, Margherita has a proven ability to inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders on inclusion issues. She has strong commercial acumen and ability to frame inclusion issues in a commercial context. Margherita is a tertiary-qualified and industry accredited Trainer and Mediator. During her career, she also has honed & developed specialist skills in project management, mediation, facilitation, recruitment, case management.

Margherita has undertaken the Australia Institute of Company Directors training and has sat a several Boards in Executive and non-executive positions. She was elected as NEDA President in 2017. Previously, she held the position of Chair on Arts Access Victoria and AFDO Boards. Non-Executive positions on Spectrum Migrants Resources Centre and Action on Disability Within Ethnic Communities, Women With Disabilities Australia and Short Statured People of Australia.

Margherita is first generation Australian, born to Sicilian mother who migrated in the 1959. She was born with a Short Statured condition and is a proud feminist and lesbian.

In her spare time you will find Margherita either taking photos, volunteering, playing Boccia, working out in the gym, travelling wine and whisky tasting and chilling with friends.


Victor Marillanca

 Australian Capital Territory

  Vice President             



Suresh Rajan

Western Australia

Immediate Past President



Michael Maguire



As an Executive member on the NEDA Council, Michael represents Queensland and NEDA’s Organisational Member, TASC National of Toowoomba. Michael is currently the Treasurer of NEDA.

Michael has had a long association with TASC National – practically, from its inception in the early 1980’s. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of TASC for 10 years and a volunteer lawyer over a period of 27 years.

Michael’s background is as a lawyer/principal in private practice and in lecturing at university. He now practices as a mediator based in Brisbane and lectures at QUT and the University of Queensland.

Michael has 3 adult sons and a gorgeous baby daughter. His other interests include cycling and travel.


 Madhu Dasgupta

 Northern Territory




Ivan Matas


 Council Member



Robina Yasmin

 New South Wales

Council Member


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Dominic Hong Duc Golding


Council Member

Dominic Hong Duc Golding came in a box, ‘Operation Babylift’ one of some 300 plus children and babies evacuated from orphanages in South Vietnam. In 2000 he was involved with a site installation performance Memory Museum about Australia's involvement in war for the Adelaide Festival Centre. On numerous projects Dominic has worked with Australian Vietnamese Youth Media and in partnership with the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VIC chapter) directed Walking Without Feet (2004) an art showcase by Vietnamese young adults with special needs Dominic has returned to Vietnam three times, each time a new show was developed, Shrimp (2005, 2007) which won the Drama Victoria Award, Mr. Saigon, Ms. Hanoi (2007). He curator of two exhibitions; Unseen Habitation (2014) and Vessels to a Story (2016) for RISE, a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers. He is an arts and special needs worker, and sits on the Committee of NEDA and DnD, two NGOs that support those with disabilities from migrant backgrounds.


The position  is currently vacant

South Australia

Council Member 



Gustav Gebels


Associate Member 



Christine Williams


Associate Member