Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table

Brisbane is a diverse city with a wide variety of cultures, languages and religions. The Lord Mayor recognises that Brisbane’s future prosperity is dependent on a strong, vibrant, growing and profitable business sector, which promotes inclusive-business to the wider community.

The Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table acts as an independent advisory body that provides business leaders, decision-makers, opinion leaders and key stakeholders from Brisbane’s multicultural community with an opportunity to discuss issues that they believe need addressing to ensure the economic advancement of Brisbane.

This is achieved through promotion of an economic environment that helps multicultural and international businesses to operate efficiently and grow through:

  • provision of coordinated business related assistance, mentoring, referral and advice
  • addressing both opportunities and issues relating to business amongst Brisbane’s multicultural community
  • providing a platform to tap into and promote the business and entrepreneurial acumen of Brisbane’s multicultural community
  • encouraging Brisbane’s multicultural community to participate in relevant Lord Mayor business missions and business matching opportunities
  • tapping into Brisbane’s local expatriate community to promote foreign inwards investment and business development.

The current members are: 

Lord Mayor's Multicultural Round Table members including name and who they are representing.
Member Representing
Mr Michael Chan (CHAIR) Chinese Club of Queensland
Mr Serge Voloschenko Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland
Mr Kanaji Wijesekera Sri Lankan Community in Brisbane Representative
Ms Kerry Xynias Xynias Family Representative
Mr Takeshi Takada Japanese Community in Brisbane Representative
Mr Wai-Kiong Chan Australia Malaysia Business Council (QLD)
Mr David Widjaja Australia-Indonesia Business Council QLD
Mr Bob Bishop Australian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce
Mr Umesh Chandra The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin
Ms Connie da Cunha Chamber of Commerce and Industry Australia Philippines Inc
Mr Stephen Tait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)
Mr Turgut Manli Consulate of the Republic of Turkey in Brisbane
Mr Brian Lorigan French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Mr Michael Anastas Greek Orthodox Community of St George Brisbane
Mr Michael Yau Hong Kong Association of Queensland Inc.
Hon Santo Santoro Representative of the Italian Community in Brisbane
Mr Mohamed Farouk Adam Muslim Business Council
Mr Andrew Foo Singapore Business Group (Australia) Inc.
Mr Gwang-Hoon Hyun The National Unification Advisory Council - Australia chapter (Korean Community in Brisbane Representative)
Mr Labib Abraham The United Australia Lebanese Movement in QLD
Dr Cuong Bui Vietnamese Community in Australia - Qld Chapter
Ms Leila Abukar Australian Multicultural Council
Mr Sebastian Toro Hola Networking Founder and Latin American Community Leader
Mr Wayne Ko Overseas Community Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Mr Michael Ma Queensland Chinese United Council Inc
Mrs Pinky Singh Punjabi Welfare Association of Australia

More information

If you are interested in learning more about Brisbane City Council’s Multicultural Affairs program, contact the International Relations and Multicultural Affairs unit by:

  • email 
  • phone 07 3403 8888
  • mail:
    GPO Box 2287
    Brisbane QLD 4001 Australia.
Last updated: 18 November 2021

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