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 is Lecturer in Strategic Communication at La Trobe University 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); currently Doctoral Candidate La Trobe University.

Jo Silver (Treasurer)

Jo Silver is one of the Founding Directors of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and has served in a range of roles including Chair and Treasurer. Jo is CEO of Stand Up, a Jewish social justice charity focused on Refugee Programs, Indigenous Partnerships and Education. She has previously worked in corporate planning for local government and for the Jewish Community Council of Victoria. Jo has also served 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 Latrobe University.

Dr David Wishart

Dr David Wishart is Associate Professor and Acting Head of the Law School at La Trobe University. His expertise includes Corporations Law, Constitutional Law and issues relating to law and Indigenous peoples.  David holds a Bachelor of Commerce, LLB(Hons), LLM, PhD.

Martin Splitter

Martin Splitter has a lifetime of leadership experience in community and not-for-profit organisations. His previous roles include CEO, Hadassah Australia; executive member and Education Committee Chair, The King David School Council; board member, Victorian Union for Progressive Judaism; President, Photo Marketing Association Australia and Vice President, Photo Marketing Association International; youth leader, scout leader and Queens Scout. He is also a musician, composer, performer, director, and producer. Martin is Managing Director of Signarama (St Kilda) and ImageWorks, responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, financial management, HR and training, IT and project management.  He studied Electrical Engineering at Monash University and holds a Cert IV in Training and as well as various industry qualifications.

Dr Nasya Bahfen

Dr Nasya Bahfen is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at La Trobe University and an AFL Multicultural Community ambassador. She is a former journalist and producer for ABC Radio Australia, ABC Radio National, and SBS in radio and online. Nasya holds Bachelor of Journalism from RMIT, Honours in Media from La Trobe University, PhD.

Dr Andre Oboler (Managing Director & CEO)

Dr Andre Oboler is Senior Lecturer in the La Trobe Law School. Vice Chair MGA Board of the IEEE Computer Society, Member of the Global Public Policy Committee of the IEEE, Executive Member of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Expert member of the Australian Government Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Formerly: Co‐chair of the Online Antisemitism working group of the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, Director of the Community Internet Engagement Project at the Zionist Federation of Australia, Chair of the Lancaster District Diversity Festival, National Secretary of the Union of Jewish Students, a Deputy on the Board of Deputies of British Jews, an invited observer on the board of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, and a charity trustee for the Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre and the National Postgraduate Committee in the UK.  Andre holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University; Honours in Bachelor of Computer Science from Monash University; Juris Doctor from Monash University; Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society; Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Member of the Victorian Society of Computers and the Law.

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