The team at the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW working behind the scenes supporting the implementation of the program.

Vanessa Papastavros
Communications and Engagement Director

Vanessa Papastavros is the Communications and Engagement Officer for Speak My Language, overseeing the national media and communications strategy for the program. Vanessa graduated with first class Honours from a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Media, Arts and Production). She received the university medal for her original research on cross-cultural representations of gender deviance in children's animated media. She has a particular interest in cross-cultural communication and transnational media. Vanessa has worked as a media and communications adviser for two Federal Members of Parliament in Australia's most multicultural electorate, Reid. During this time, she oversaw the digital media strategy for a successful Federal Government election campaign in a marginal seat. Vanessa assisted in the early development of Speak My Language (Ageing Well). She is looking forward to contributing to the Speak My Language (Disability) program to assist in delivering engaging content for people living with a disability from diverse backgrounds.

Odysseas Kripotos
Radio Mentor, Radio Strategy Leader

Odysseas Kripotos is our Media Mentor and Consultant Media Trainer. Odysseas is a sought after media and public relations professional who has worked as a journalist in both Greece and Australia. He has extensive experience as a radio producer and presenter including with SBS and 3ZZZ. He has delivered multiple projects in the CALD space, produced two podcast series, and has authored and delivered several communication and engagement strategies (including providing advice to SML). Odysseas is familiar with the Speak My Language (SML) model, as he was a Bi-Lingual Facilitator for the SML - Ageing Well program. His content and contributions were so outstanding he was one of a select few chosen to showcase the SML model and represent the SML brand during an extended interview session with the then Commonwealth Minister for Ageing, Hon. Ken Wyatt AM. MP.

Odysseas holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Masters Degree in Communication and Media, and a Masters of Teaching.

Jude Borromeo
Website Editor, Training Development and Communications Officer

Jude Borromeo is our Training, Development and Communications Officer.

Jude has excellent skills in social media marketing and in the creation and delivery of on-line learning.

Over the past several years, Jude has honed his skills in on-line marketing and effectively using social media platforms (traditional and emerging) to promote brands and to reach target audiences. He has inspired SML to creatively use LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and other platforms throughout the design and delivery of the SML Program.

Jude has also been instrumental to assist us to implement training for State/Territory Coordinators, Travellers and Mentors using on-line content delivery and web-conferencing via programs such as Zoom.
Jude has an interest in building inclusion with people with disability, and has volunteered his services throughout his adult life towards this shared goal.