The Museum’s Role in Citizen Engagement, Social Cohesion & Discourse

Summit: per19

Length: 21:23

For more than twenty years, Melbourne’s iconic Immigration Museum has explored and celebrated Australia’s rich cultural diversity. Following a highly-distinguished career in business, General Manager Rohini Kappadath is expanding the way Immigration Museum collaborates with and represents communities to produce more meaningful, engaging and culturally nuanced experiences.

In this talk, Rohini considers the responsibility of museums and cultural institutions to participate more actively in social discourse and to be leaders in community engagement to better reflect Australia’s rich multicultural society.

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Rohini Kappadath - General Manager, Immigration Museum

Rohini Kappadath is on the Executive Leadership Team at Museums Victoria, as the General Manager of Immigration Museum, where she is leading its transformation into a living, vibrant multicultural space that celebrates and connects us across cultures.

With a diverse career history spanning over 25 years, in the technology and professional services sectors, Rohini was previously a Senior Adviser at KPMG’s India practice, where she brought deep experience in working with businesses within Australia, India, ASEAN, China, Japan and New Zealand.

For US-based, global software multinational, SAS Institute Inc., Rohini started-up and established the Indian subsidiary, as its Managing Director, following a 10 year career in SAS Australia.  Kappadath also established the SAS Global Consulting Division,  which has grown to become the largest R&D centre for SAS outside Cary, North Carolina.

A natural advocate for a more internationally competitive and culturally capable Australia,  Rohini was recognised as a Telstra Victorian Business Woman in 2015. She is the former Chair of the Multicultural Ministerial Advisory Council and on the Cultural Diversity Advisory Council of Commonwealth Bank of Australia.