Our people

Find contact details for the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre (SZCC) staff.

Our team

Name & roleContact details
Nyadol Nyuon OAM
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Eva Gjeka
Executive Officer
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Ahmad Shakib Shiwa
Legal Projects Officer
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Robin Astley
Program Coordinator
+61 3 9919 7844
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Selcan Kurnali
Community Program Coordinator
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Patron of the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre

The Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC has been the Patron of SZCC since November 2018.

The patronage recognises the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre’s contribution to the Victorian community through its work in law and cultural diversity.

It also acknowledges the success of the Centre's thought leadership regarding access to justice via technological innovation.

The Governor and her husband, Mr Anthony Howard QC, have long supported the work of the Centre, including:

  • hosting the graduation of our Muslim Leaders Education Program at Government House
  • presenting graduation certificates to the participants in our Chinese Legal Executive Education Program
  • formally launching the Centre’s exhibition on Sir Zelman Cowen ‘A Life of Opportunity and Success’, which included an interview with the Governor where she reflects on Sir Zelman Cowen’s life and legacy.
29th Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC.

Advisory board

Sir Zelman Cowen Centre members

  • Nyadol Nyuon OAM
    Director, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
  • Ahmad Shiwa
    Secretary, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre

External members

  • Jill Hennessy
    Prof the Hon. Vice Chancellor's Professional Fellow, Office of the VC & President at Monash University
  • Judge John Cain
    State Coroner, County Court and Coroners Court of Victoria
  • Sascha Gelfand
    Director, Deputy General, Legal Services, Victoria Police
  • The Hon. Marcia Neave AO
    Former Chair, The Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria)
  • Robert Stary
    Partner, Stary Norton Halphen Lawyers
  • Brind Zichy-Woinarski KC
    King's Counsel at Victorian Bar

Adjunct Professors

Adjunct Fellows