Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism Award

The Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism Award is one of 10 categories in Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence. It recognises newly arrived migrants and refugees who have contributed to harmony and diversity in Victoria through outstanding leadership and a dedication to voluntary community service.

The recipient may also be eligible to receive up to $3,000 towards a project of their choice, as approved by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

This award was previously referred to as the Multicultural Honour Roll.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership and dedication to voluntary community service
  • Supports cultural diversity in Victoria and has helped transform it into a harmonious multicultural state


  • Individuals who arrived in Australia as a migrant, refugee or humanitarian entrant in the last 10 years and are a permanent resident or citizen, living in Victoria

Nominations in all categories may also be considered for the Emerging Leadership in Multiculturalism Award and the Award for Meritorious Service to the Community.

2018 recipients



Nancy Loomba

Nancy Loomba is of Indian origin and settled in Victoria in 2012. She has been actively involved in a number of events to bring the community together and has shown great leadership in promoting multiculturalism. She is a multicultural ambassador for the AFL and Cricket Victoria and has worked with Victoria Police and Leadership Victoria bringing together young leaders from diverse communities to address issues of disengagement and to celebrate diversity. As Media Manager of the Brother and Sisters Foundation, Ms Loomba also initiated a program in collaboration with Positive Partnership to target the stigma around autism in South Asian communities in Victoria.



Preeti Daga

Since arriving in Australia in 2008, Preeti Daga has beena strong advocate for diversity and gender equality through her work with organisations such as the Australia India Business Council Victoria (AIBC), Bully Zero Foundation, the AFL and Cricket Australia. She has organised outreach programs to encourage South Asian communities’ participation in sport and was pivotal in driving the success of the 2017 AFL Multicultural Round and Melbourne Football Club’s 2018 Welcome Game. As Vice President of the AIBC, Ms Daga has been at the forefront of promoting trade and business relations between Victoria and India. In the last two years she has organised more than 15 events, working with the Indian Consul General, Victorian Government, federal agencies such as Austrade and various Indian state governments. 


Bwe Thay

Bwe Thay is a strong community advocate for new and emerging refugee communities. Since arriving in Australia in 2009 as a refugee from Burma he has held a number of community roles including Vice President of the Communities’ Council on Ethnic Issues, Co Chair of the Refugee Communities Advocacy Network, Multicultural Ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation of Australia, member of the Refugee Tertiary Education Committee and member of the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Southern Metropolitan Regional Advisory Council. Mr Thay has also been involved with the Refugee Council of Australia in a variety of roles. He currently works as a Migrant Student and Community Liaison Officer at Swinburne University of Technology, where he supports refugees to access higher education and helps universities better open their doors to refugees.