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CEO of Settlement Services International

Mentors in Sydney

Violet Roumeliotis


Settlement Services International

I am a social entrepreneur who champions the strengths of our diverse communities. Through my C-suite and board roles, I use innovation and collective impact to promote social justice and inclusion.

I am the CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other vulnerable individuals to achieve their full potential. During my eight years as CEO, SSI has grown from a Sydney-based organisation with 68 staff to an 900-plus workforce that supports more than 37,500 people nationally each year.

I am very committed to achieving equity, and advancing diversity and inclusion in all forms. In 2020, I was made a member of the Order of Australia for outstanding service to the community. I am also a former Telstra Australia Business Woman of the Year, and been named one of AFR’s Top 100 Women of Influence for 2018 in the category of Diversity & Inclusion and was awarded the title of Community Fellow from Western Sydney University for outstanding service to the community.

I currently sit on the board of the Australian Council of Social Service. My other appointments include the SBS Community Advisory Committee, the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Empowerment, NSW Domestic and Family Violence, and Sexual Assault Council, the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity, the UTS Business MBA Advisory Group, the Council on Economic Participation for Refugees, the International Metropolis Steering Committee, the Australian Defence Force's Chiefs of Service Committee's diversity and inclusion panel, and the NSW government’s join partnership working group overseeing refugee resettlement.

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