The Board of Directors

OHPI is managed by a Board of Directors elected by the OHPI membership. The Board itself is run by the OHPI Chairperson, while day to day management is delegated to a Managing Director (the CEO).

Mark Civitella (Chair)

Mark Civitella lectures and speaks widely at universities and conferences; comments in media and works as a strategic communication consultant. He is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

Mark has expertise in countering violent extremism and political communications as well as issue and crisis management. Mark has consulted widely and worked with Monash University’s Global Terrorism Research Centre, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victorian Imams Network, and trained religious and cultural leaders. Mark has formerly been a director of communication and research companies.

Mark holds a B.A. (Monash University); Diploma in General and Comparative Literature (Monash University); Graduate Diploma in Public Relations (RMIT University); he is currently a Doctoral Candidate.

Craig Rowley (Treasurer)

Craig Rowley has held leadership and management roles in both the public and private sectors and a diversity of industries, including engineering and construction; defence; financial services; government; management consulting; media; regional advocacy; tertiary education; urban greening; and youth services. Craig is the founder and managing director of three companies: Campaignr, Connectr, and Rollout Brewing Co. He is also a sessional academic and the secretary of a perpetual philanthropic fund.

An alumnus of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program, Craig holds a B.A. in Psychology (Macquarie University) and a Diploma of Management (Victoria University). He is currently completing a Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (Deakin University).

Prof. David Wishart (Secretary)

Prof. David Wishart is an Adjunct Professor at the Law School, La Trobe University. His expertise includes Corporations Law, Constitutional Law, and issues relating to law and Indigenous peoples, technology and regulation. David is a member of the La Trobe Law Tech Group and Executive Editor of the journal Law in Context.  He is a former head of the La Trobe Law School and also led the research training for students in the Law School’s honours program. David has led the Online Hate Prevention Institute’s work on submissions to government consultations and has testified before parliament on matters relating to vilification laws. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce, LLB(Hons), LLM, and PhD.

Jo Silver

Jo Silver is one of the Founding Directors of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and has served in a range of roles including as Chair and Treasurer. Jo is a strategy and planning consultant. She previously served as CEO of Stand Up (a Jewish social justice charity focused on Refugee Programs, Indigenous Partnerships and Education), in corporate planning for local government, and as a project officer for the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (the peak Jewish community organisation in Victoria).

Jo has held a number of leadership roles across a range of charities including serving as Vice President of the Australian Parents’ Council, a member of the board of Spiritual Health Victoria and Secretary of the Jewish Muslim Christian Association (JCMA). Jo holds an MBA from Middlesex University and a Diploma of Applied Science (Prosthetics & Orthotics) from La Trobe University.

Rita Dimasi

Rita Dimasi has held a number of media and communications roles across a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. In addition to her work in Australia she was worked in Switzerland and across Europe. Rita is Executive Director of the Melbourne Forum and consults to a range of clients includes include a Commonwealth Research Centre at Melbourne University.

Rita’s career includes ten years working with the European Tennis Association, most of them as an events manager. She served as Chief Operating Officer and Editor in Chief of artHub, an arts sector focused media organisations based in Melbourne and with publications in Australia, the UK and USA. She has also worked as an editor for a range of other print and online publications. Rita holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language and Literature/Letters, French and Italian from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Nasya Bahfen

Dr Nasya Bahfen was born in Jakarta and grew up in Melbourne. She has worked as a journalist and academic in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and New York city. She was previously a reporter and producer with the ABC and SBS. She is currently the course director of the Masters in Journalism at La Trobe University. Nasya’s former students number in the hundreds and work in newsrooms and media roles across Australia and the world. She is regularly interviewed by Australian and international broadcasters on issues of diversity in the media, and diversity in sport. When she isn’t working on a book on sport and social inclusion, or acting as an AFL multicultural ambassador, Nasya plays indoor soccer and learns KPop dance routines. Nasya holds Bachelor of Journalism from RMIT, Honours in Media from La Trobe University, and a PhD in Communication from the University of Technology Sydney.

Dr Andre Oboler (Managing Director & CEO)

Dr Andre Oboler is a founding Directors of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and has been the organisations Managing Director and CEO since 2012.

He previously served for 9 years as a co-chair of the Israeli Government’s Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism where he co-led the working group on antisemitism on the Internet and in the media. He is a member of the Australian Government’s Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the Swedish Government’s Malmö Forum Expert Group. He also serves a Vice President of the IEEE Computer Society and a member of the IEEE’s Global Public Policy Committee. As a consultant he has worked for a range of organisations including the American Jewish Congress and the State Government of Victoria.

Dr Oboler received his PhD in computer science from Lancaster University (UK), and his LLM(Juris Doctor) and bachelor and honours degrees in Computer Science from Monash University, Australia. He has also been a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University (Israel). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Robyn McNamara (Director & CTO)

Robyn McNamara taught computer science and software engineering at Monash University for more than 20 years before moving to the Smarter Data Program in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) where she is part of an exciting digital transformation. Her lecturing experience includes software engineering topics such as software design, project management, technical documentation, system programming, advanced Java programming, and full-year capstone project units involving both internal and external clients. As well as her technical skills, she has extensive experience as a communicator and mentor in the IT space.

She holds an Honours degree in Computer Science from Monash University, and joins the board after previous employment as OHPI’s Senior Software Engineer.

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