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Meet the Committee

George has been a journalist, broadcaster and media consultant for more than 40 years, working with the likes of SBS-TV - as the original face of multiculturalism - as well as Network TEN and the Nine Network. 

As the founding anchor, George fronted the much-acclaimed World News in Melbourne and Sydney, and then across the nation, as SBS-TV spread its influence and reputation. He has also hosted talkback radio shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, covered the 1990 World Cup for both TV and radio, and was the voice of football at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. 

He is now host of The Daily Brief on Linked-In and Chairman of Football Nation Radio.

​He was an inaugural member of the Australian Immigration Review Panel, and has presented documentary programs related to Australian multiculturalism and travel in Armenia. 

George also holds ambassadorial positions with BullyZero Australia, Carlton FC, Melbourne City FC and the Australian Intercultural Society. 

George Donikian

Bonita has been a football volunteer in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville almost continuously for 30 years.


She has worked professionally in football with a national soccer league club, a state federation, as team manager of the Socceroos, and with FFA as Head of corporate and public affairs. She is also the author of two football books: Frank Farina's My World is Round  and Whatever It Takes - the Inside Story of the FIFA Way. She is a writer, editor and publisher, founder of the Football Writers' Festival and is an advocate for reform in football internationally as co-founder of campaign group New FIFA Now.


Prior to working in football, Bonita also worked as a senior executive with the federal government in the areas of health, education and budgetary policy, and as a Ministerial advisor. She has represented Australia at the World Health Organisation and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation fora including leading APEC delegations.

She is a former Committee member of the Football Media Association and Board member of the Kolling Institute for Medical Research.

Bonita Mersiades

Elia is a lifelong fan of the game and has significant experience in managing and developing community football, including as coach and manager of a junior team.


She also played one season as a striker for Five Dock in Sydney.

She has developed commercial 

partnerships for football at grassroots, A-League & W-League levels, including the securing of improved football facilities. She is an experienced events manager and project coordinator with experience in media production. 


Her previous executive appointments include as a Director and Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of Co.As.It; as Board member and CEO of Sydney Olympic FC; and as a member of Football NSW's General Purpose Tribunal.

She is a former candidate for the Board of Football NSW and is also a Board member of the Heartbeat of Football. 

Elia Santoro

Carole has been involved in grass roots football in the inner north of Melbourne for 16 years. 


While the normal trajectory is to be a player first, and then as the body ages, move into administration, Carole started as a club committee member, served as Club Secretary, and then decided to take up playing at the youthful age of 51. Her playing career was brief and marked by few (if any) decent passes, but at least she can say she’s been on both sides of the fence. She is passionately committed to the development of women’s football at all levels.

Professionally, Carole holds a journalism degree, and has worked for 35 years in both federal and state politics as an electorate officer and ministerial advisor.  


She has also worked as a freelance writer, a community radio broadcaster, and is currently a volunteer biographer for an organisation called ‘Beyond Words’ which helps aged care residents record their life stories. She is also Chair of Banksia Gardens Community Services in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, a winner of a National Justice Award, and most recently of the inaugural Fiona Richardson Award for Gender Equity.

Carole Fabian

Victoria Morton is President of South Hobart Football Club, a position she has held for more than nine years and has been involved in football in Tasmania for 17 years. 


She is deputy Chairman of the Association of Australian Football Clubs (AAFC) and President of the Central Region Football Association in Tasmania, which manages football for 4,500 players between the ages of 5-12 in greater Hobart.

She is also a Director of Morton's Soccer School which runs classes for girls and boys between the ages of 4-18 years. Victoria also manages The Kit Room, which is a football specific store in Hobart. 

In 2018, Victoria re-introduced the Hobart Cup to the local football landscape, with more than 120 teams participating to be Southern Tasmania's most popular junior tournament.


A former restaurant owner and pastry chef, Victoria was also named Football Administrator of the Year in 2018.

Vicki Morton

Alen is the head coach of Central Coast Mariners in the A-League and was coach of the women's national team, the Matildas, for five years until 2019. During his time at the helm of the Matildas, the team was always in the top 10 rankings worldwide.

Also a qualified secondary school teacher, prior to working with the Matildas, Alen was responsible for the NSW Sapphires in the former women's national soccer league, the NSW Institute of Sport's women's program, the head coach of the Under-20 women's national team, The Hills Sports High School football program, and Sydney FC W-League squad.


He has won three premierships with NSW Sapphires and Sydney FC. He is a member of the Sydney FC Hall of Fame and was named coach of the year by the Australian Institute of Sport in 2017.

As well as his role with Central Coast Mariners, Alen is a volunteer coach with a grassroots girls' team.

Alen Stajcic

Dr Jorge Knijnik is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and a researcher in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.


Jorge’s overarching research interests focus on topics of Education (including Health and Physical Education), social justice, sport for development, gender, multiculturalism, football fandom, curriculum and social inclusion.


His community and pedagogical work has been acknowledged by two major prizes: the 2009 Building Gender Equality awarded by the Brazilian Research Council, UNESCO and UN-WOMEN, and a 2014 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, presented by the Australian Department of Education.

Originally from Brazil, Jorge is a lifelong football fan, and has authored or co-authored eight books, both academic and non-academic in genre.


His most recent publication (2018) is entitled The World Cup Chronicles: 31 Days that Rocked Brazil.

Jorge Knijnik

Lesley is the CEO of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation which was established to ensure that every child lives in a safe and supportive environment. Prior to her current role, she was Director of Global Partnerships, Policy and Advocacy with The Fred Hollows Foundation.

She previously worked in State and Commonwealth government in a number of senior executive roles in education, employment, labour market reform, population health, Indigenous health, aged care, biosecurity and emergency response.

Lesley has served on a number of key bodies, including the Board of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health; the Council of Victoria University; the Lowitja Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research; the Board of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and the Victorian AIDs Council. She has regularly represented Australia at the World Health Assembly and UN fora.

She is a former Commissioner for the Women's National League Basketball and a member of the Melbourne Global Health and Development Alliance. 

Lesley Podesta