Emerging Leader 2006 - 2007
Belinda Duarte was an Emerging Leader under the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership in 2006-2007. As a Wotjobaluk person, Belinda is committed to Indigenous issues and the development of Indigenous people.
Based in Victoria, Belinda has a vision of equality across all aspects of living for Indigenous people. As a former elite athlete, Belinda is working on innovative projects to influence the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Victorians and to improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Belinda has held a range of positions of responsibility in government and community organisations – fostering government, business and community relationships.
She is a qualified teacher and previously held the position of Project Manager – National Indigenous Employment Program with AFL Sportsready and was the inaugural Director of the Korin Gamadji Institute, which is based at the Richmond Football Club.
Belinda is currently the CEO of Culture is Life which supports and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led solutions to affirm and strengthen culture and to prevent youth suicide. She has developed a strong track record in cross-sectional engagement and a depth of experience in senior roles and governance, from voluntary, Aboriginal controlled, not-for-profit through to statutory bodies.
In 2013, Belinda was named Football Woman of the Year and noted in Melbourne’s Top 100. She is a committed supporter of young people, community and leadership development, and has a passion for sport.
Significant roles include Director of VicHealth; Director of the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation Australia (NASCA); Director of Kirrit Barreet; Ambassador of the “Go for your Life” program; Ambassador of ‘Ybblue’: The National Youth Depression initiative; Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre graduate; State Manager Aboriginal outreach for the Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria, and many, many more.