Executive Director / Founder
Stephen Mam was born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland. He is of Torres Strait Islander descent and is heavily influenced by his multicultural knowledge and experiences.
Throughout the years, Stephen has extended his knowledge of culture and multiculturalism through travel, having travelled extensively through Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
He explored these interests, studying Social Science, majoring in Development and minoring in Environment and Society at the University of Queensland.
He has been employed in a range of industries, including culture, community, health, information communications technology (ICT) and economics, among others.
From 2000 to 2003, Stephen worked as the Coordinator of Wagga Torres Strait Islanders Dance Company Pty. Ltd. and Brisbane Metro South CDEP. He also spent three years as an economic analyst for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in Canberra.
Stephen is extending his interest in the community as the Executive Director / Founder of SIBW.
Stephen is currently a member of the national Statement from the Heart Working Group, Deputy Chair of Taringa Headspace Consortium, former Community Engagement Coordinator & Committee Member of Reconciliation Queensland, Member of the Queensland Chief Magistrate’s Cultural Advisory Group, Member of BlakDance Indigenous contemporary dance peak body, as well as member of several other community organisations and projects.
Editor / Media Producer
Marian Redmond has been Editor / Media producer of SIBW since June 2016.
Growing up in Darwin, she developed an interest in other cultures through her contact with Indigenous, Chinese, Indian and other communities who made up its multicultural blend, while dreaming of life as it is portrayed in Girl’s Own Stories about English Boarding Schools.
During a time spent living in Sydney, the multicultural festivals of the various waves of immigrant communities, from African to Latin-American drew her to enjoy the music and dance of other cultures, spurring her to learn Spanish, a language she developed further in her travels to Argentina and Bolivia.
Marian studied creative arts at the University of Southern Queensland, cinematography at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, a Masters in film studies at Griffith University and is awaiting results for a PhD in film studies at the University of Queensland.
Before joining SIBW, she worked as a freelance filmmaker and teacher of film and video, and has made documentaries on multicultural artists for SBS.
From teaching community workshops in film and video she moved to teaching university courses, specializing in the making of short videos. From 2008 to 2012 she taught digital video for the Multimedia and Interactive Design areas of the University of Queensland.
She plans to continue learning and writing about film, the arts, community and other cultures in her Editor / Media Producer role with SIBW.
Formally an IT consultant, Judy represented the interests of the public housing tenants of the Inner West Sydney, in the Department of Housing’s regional tenant’s forum, for 6 years. She also served as an appointee to the State-wide Social Housing Tenants Advisory Committee. Her satirical blog Diary of a Desperate Houso is archived in perpetuity by the National Library of Australia. She is a director of Shelter NSW, the state’s peak advocate for housing justice.
Judy is a co-founder of ASteen, a social club for teenagers and young adults on the autistic spectrum, with over 100 member families in the Sydney region. While writing her Honours thesis in Disability Studies at UTS, she coined the “Neurodiversity” meme, which has turned into a worldwide liberation movement for people who are identify as neurologically “different”. Her idea was recently cited in Wired magazine’s 20th Anniversary issue, as being one of the Big Ideas of the last last two decades.
Judy has published articles on housing , as well as autistic self-advocacy in New Matilda, SMH, NGO newsletters, and chapters in both academic and popular books.
Melanie was born and raised in the rural community of Bungundarra near Yeppoon, Queensland.
It was here she grew up on a tropical fruit farm, working from a young age picking and packing tropical fruit such as mangoes, lychees, avocadoes and carambolas, and where she learnt the importance of a sustainable environment.
Her love of travel has expanded her interests in culture, and she has travelled through the Asia Pacific region, spending time in China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Vanuatu and Mongolia.
Melanie studied Journalism and Mass Communications along with International Relations at the University of Queensland.
In 2012, she spent five months volunteer teaching and travelling through India, where she established a strong interest in culture, politics, and international and community based development.
She is completing a graduate diploma in Development Practices.
Melanie ‘s role as Writer for SIBW reinforces her interests in writing, culture, community and the environment.
Rachel is a travel, culture and arts writer originally from Brisbane, Australia, but currently based in Toronto, Canada.
She originally studied Business Management and Economics at the University of Queensland but soon after realised the corporate world was not for her and became an English teacher in order to follow her passion of travel.
She has travelled and lived around the world, from working on organic farms in Spain to living and working with children in Northern Thailand. Rachel realized that learning about different cultures was a passion of hers and now dedicates much of her time, energy and savings to discovering the incredible diversity of our world. She has a keen interest in learning languages and has most recently improved her Spanish skills in Barcelona where she spent some time studying after walking the Camino de Santiago.
Rachel started her own blog two years ago to document her travel stories and has since expanded her writing career by working for various online platforms including Moustache Magazine, Lola Who and now SIBW. She has a Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries (Writing) from Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology) from the University of Western Sydney. She has been a radio announcer for 4ZZZ FM community broadcaster in Brisbane, while in her spare time has spent many years studying yoga.
Rachel has a keen interest in wellbeing, but not in fads, and loves writing, reading and sharing stories that inspire and inform. She loves the positive side of multiculturalism shared through SIBW and enjoys writing articles about people and cultures from around the world.
Ralph was born and raised in The Netherlands. After finishing his university education he was determined to see a lot of the world. He started working for a large multinational company and worked there for 19 years in various technical, supply chain, customer services, marketing, sales and leadership roles.
Having traveled privately to most of Europe and professionally to at least another 40 countries globally, Ralph has a special interest in the diversity that people from different cultures bring to teams and communities. His master degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Delft, an MBA from the European University and speaking four languages reflect his broad interests.
After living for 15 years in Belgium, Ralph migrated with his New Zealand wife to Australia in 2012.
In his role as Event Director, he is able to realise successful productions, complementing the strategic and leadership roles he has in his other business activities.
Retail Services Manager
Jaruprot is Chinese Thai, born in Khon Kaen, North East Thailand. He studied a Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Business Computer at Suan Dust University in Bangkok. He has also completed studies in Hospitality & Tourism.
Jaruprot came to Australia in 2010 and has been working across hospitality, retail and office services.
From a family with a wholesale business background, his interests include hospitality, entertainment, travel and retail.
Jaruprot enjoys learning about new cultures, their differences and their respectful nature. His role as Retail Services Manager consolidates his worldly travels, knowledge, skills and experience.