A voice for diversity

Who's Who of Melbourne's Indian Community 2017
Rohini Kappadath

Rohini Kappadath—Business leader

Overlooking the Yarra River at the business end of Flinders Street—where merchants once unloaded their cargo—the Immigration Museum is located in heritage-listed Old Customs House, one of Melbourne’s most iconic Victorian-era buildings.

A stately city oasis, offering elegant spaces in which to experience moving stories of migration over the last 200 years, this historic Melbourne institution is gearing up for change to meet the fourth industrial revolution.

Leading this change agenda is Rohini Kappadath, newly appointed by Museums Victoria, as General Manager of Immigration Museum.

Rohini is a senior business leader, diversity champion and entrepreneur. She is the current Chair of the Multicultural Business Ministerial Advisory Council and 2015 Telstra Victorian Business Women’s Award Winner.

Museums Victoria has a vision to transform Immigration Museum into a living, dynamic, contemporary Multicultural hub that will amplify civic discourse and deliver innovative new experiences designed to engage and connect our diverse communities with its rich heritage.

“Although Museums are traditionally known to preserve the past, our influence in driving social cohesion in a digitally disrupted world is likely to be profound because we attract and engage with people in real time and space,” says Rohini.

She sees Immigration Museum playing a role in contributing to the Victorian Government’s agenda to lift cultural dexterity of the Australian workforce through a new Corporate Engagement program led by the Museum and its partners.

“The cultural importance of the Immigration Museum and its contemporary relevance will be shaped by innovative new live events and digital experiences that will amplify civic discourse in the future,” she says.

Rohini’s background in business over the past three decades in technology and professional services across Australia, ASEAN, China, Japan, New Zealand and North America lends her a diverse array of skills sets with which to paint a bold new picture on this canvas.

“An exciting future lies ahead for Immigration Museum and for our culturally and linguistically diverse communities who have a new address in Melbourne to call “home”—at the corner of Flinders and William Street,” says Rohini.

So plan your next visit to Immigration Museum—bring your family and friends—and add your migrant story to the rich tapestry of stories now being shaped at the Museum.

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